ESM picks the best watches from Tourneau at around $1,500. Image from http://www.tourneau.com.

ESM picks the best watches from Tourneau at around $1,500. Image from http://www.tourneau.com.

$1,500.

For most people, $1,500 is quite a lot of money.  If you’re making anywhere between $30k to $50k a year, it’s about the amount of one paycheck after taxes.

And before paying bills.

So when someone spends that kind of money for something like a watch (or a timepiece if you’re into the horological arts) you want to make sure it’s going to get you the most bang for your buck in terms of value.

If we were to guess, the watch you choose at the $1,500 price range will be something you will wear everyday – to work, going out at night and for formal events.

You’re probably also going to give it to your kid as a sort of family heirloom.

So you might as well make it one that is badass.  Something that will make people say “nice watch” when they see it peek out from under your shirt or sweater.  Something you can be proud of whenever you wear it.

For today’s installment of “Timepieces”, we decided to go to Tourneau (since they have a very thorough selection, have stores throughout the United States and have an online store) to see what we thought were the best watches you could buy for around $1,500 (give or take $150).

As we mentioned earlier, we had the following requirements:

  • Badassery
  • Something you can wear to work, on casual days and formal events
  • Something we would be proud of if we wore it

Note: at this price range, we weren’t very particular about features and we definitely were cool with a quartz movement.

Here are our picks:

Hamilton Jazzmaster Maestro Small Second Auto ($1,225)

The Hamilton Jazzmaster has a classic and clean design.  Image from http://www.tourneau.com.

The Hamilton Jazzmaster has a classic and clean design. Image from http://www.tourneau.com.

We liked the clean, classic design of this timepiece.

We’d recommend the Jazzmaster for those people who want something simple and needs a more conservative timepiece design for work.

Additional cool features are the automatic movement and contrast stitching on the strap.

Movado Museum Sport Chronograph ($1,195)

The Movado Museum Sport Chronograph is a dope modern oversized timepiece for those who want to make a strong statement with their watch.  Image from http://www.tourneau.com.

The Movado Museum Sport Chronograph is a dope modern oversized timepiece for those who want to make a strong statement with their watch. Image from http://www.tourneau.com.

At 44mm, the Movado Museum Sport Chronograph visually carries a lot of weight but can still fit on most people’s wrists without it looking too bulky.

We think the chronograph partnered with the traditional Movado sphere at 12 o’clock makes this particular timepiece sportier than their traditional timepieces.

We love this timepiece because it reminds us of the Montblanc Timewalker series of watches which costs four times the price of the Movado.

Alpina Aviation ($1,150)

The Alpina Aviation is a timepiece for those who love big pilot watches.  Image from http://www.tourneau.com.

The Alpina Aviation is a timepiece for those who love big pilot watches. Image from http://www.tourneau.com.

Alpina is a brand we’ve been turned on to in the last few months.

The Aviation is an oversized (44m) timepiece with clean design, Swiss engineering and subtle features which will make people take a second look.

We’d recommend this watch to anyone who appreciates timepieces like the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch, Zenith Pilot Watches or Bell & Ross Vintage collection.

TAG Heuer FORMULA 1 Chronograph ($1,850, but on sale for $1,480)

If you're a gearhead, you can't go wrong with the TAG Heuer FORMULA 1 Chronograph.  Image from http://www.tourneau.com.

If you’re a gearhead, you can’t go wrong with the TAG Heuer FORMULA 1 Chronograph. Image from http://www.tourneau.com.

We’re cheating a little bit with the sale price for the TAG Heuer FORMULA 1 Chronograph, because its sale price puts it within the $1,500 price range, but in all honesty, who cares?

TAG Heuer is one of our favorite brands because of the company’s provenance, history in motorsports and overall design throughout its product line.

We’d recommend this watch for anyone who is a gearhead and wants to up their style game.

Hamilton Khaki X-Wind ($1,595)

We LOVE the Hamilton Khaki X-Wind.  Image from http://www.tourneau.com.

We LOVE the Hamilton Khaki X-Wind. Image from http://www.tourneau.com.

There’s no other way to put this – the Hamilton Khaki X-Wind is a beautiful watch.

The design of the X-Wind is unique, sporty, classic and in our opinion will go well with whatever you have to wear.

The best part?  It’s an automatic and possesses features such as a chronograph and bezel which calculates speed/wind/heading (which you will never use).

For more information on Tourneau’s complete list of timepieces, you can check out their official site at http://www.tourneau.com.

ESM

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