The Rolex Submariner is often cited as the perfect watch for every situation, delivering the perfect mix of sportiness and style. That's a pretty generic, bordering on lazy, point of view, however; to our way of thinking each important occasion deserves its own particular timepiece.
Case in point: these 10 luxury watches which can both handle the task at hand and make you look good doing it:
The Boardroom Conference: IWC Portofino, $6,000
When sitting at the head of the table you want to project elegance, authority and unwavering skill; the classic IWC Portofino conveys all three.
The Tropical Getaway: Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean, $3,650
Nothing is more tropical than a burst of bright orange on your wrist, while the 600 meter-rated Planet Ocean can handle any aquatic adventure with ease.
The Date Night: Rolex Datejust 41, $7,000
Wearing this icon on a date says you value her, you value your time, you appreciate beautiful things, you've got style and above all you're solvent.
The Lazy Sunday: Tudor Heritage Black Bay, $2,750
Something classic, capable, rugged and relaxed is called for when you're off-duty for the day or the weekend, and Tudor's Heritage Black Bay fits the bill.
The Ski Vacation: Bell & Ross Aviation, $2,250
While this watch was obviously designed with aircraft instruments in mind we think it's perfectly suited to a ski trip as well, not least because you can read it wearing goggles.
The Creative Retreat: Nomos Neomatik, $3,150
How to express creativity on your wrist? Strap on something from a more design-forward watchmaker like Nomos Glashütte and you're looking good.
The Big Wedding: Cartier Tank MC, $4,600
Your wedding day should be something of a timeless occasion; you don't want to wince at anything you wore 10 years down the road, and that includes your watch.
The Field Trip: Rolex Explorer, $4,200
The first-generation Explorer is the ultimate watch for any excursion where you don't need to look dangerous unless and until the going gets tough.
The Job Interview: Bremont Pilot Solo, $2,550
If you play it right a job interview is the first step to that corner office, and you want to be seen as a man of good taste and good sense who spends just enough for a good watch.
The Yachting Adventure: Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta, $8,500
If you want to be the most stylish man on the starting line, the Luminor Regatta is the way to go. Especially if your yacht was also made in Italy.