Best watch for men 2018: T3’s guide to the chronographs, divers, and stylish dress watches from the best watch brands

With only the best watch brands in existence, this is T3’s round-up of the best men’s watches to buy in 2018. It’s not all about Rolex and Tag – there’s a host of top pieces for any budget right here.

One in seven Britons might be replacing watches with new technology, such as fancy smartwatches or fitness trackers, but we still believe a quality timepiece is an essential executive accoutrement. Serving two purposes, it makes a statement about your style and standing, and it also tells you what the time is (which is super useful).

So, whether you flex a rugged, tech-heavy chronograph or a classic, slimline timepiece designed to compliment your suits, your choice of watch says a lot about you, which is why we’ve taken care to pick out the best men’s watches including the timepieces that caught our eye at Baselworld.

Before you start, here are a few watch buying tips to keep in mind

– Remember the basic rules. Black leather strap for formal wear, metal strap with a black face for the office, and a chronograph for weekend escapades.

– Much like shorts with suits, oversized hats and the Hoxton fin, these things all have a shelf life. That’s okay if you’re thinking budget, but if you’re splashing the cash it’s best to stay classic.

– Looking for something that will hold its value? Check out T3’s guide to the watches you should invest in:

THE BEST WATCHES, FROM A TO Z:

AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE DIVER CHRONOGRAPH

Like Hubot, Audemars is another favourite of the rap elite. We love this vibrant divers chronograph featuring the watchmaker’s trademark polygonic design traits. The Royal Oak is waterproof to 300 metres, and features an innovative internal rotating bezel.

These colourful editions are limited to 375 pieces, buy you can still pick up more understated colours.

Price: £18,7000

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