Classic and contemporary wristwatches for the modern groom

Statement pieces


By Benedict Unang

Featured images: @jaegerlecoultre / Instagram
Classic and contemporary wristwatches for the modern groom

When choosing attire for your big day, watches are often overlooked as they are not seen as typical wedding accessories such as suspenders, cufflinks and neckwear. Don’t make that mistake, as an elegant, statement timepiece will add memorable details to your wedding day ensemble—from its luxe leather strap to the subtle shine of its bezel. If you have made up your mind to wear a stylish timepiece, here are six of our favourites that would be perfect for the occasion. From the Cartier Santos-Dumont to Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Monoface Small Seconds, these cutting-edge watches are more than just timepieces—they are future heirlooms that can be passed down from one generation to another. 


IWC Portofino Automatic

A sleek design, flat case and easy to slip under a shirtsleeve—the IWC Portofino Automatic IW356501 ticks all the boxes for a perfect wedding watch. In a polished stainless steel case, the self-winding watch sports silver Roman numerals with leaf-shaped hands and narrow indices to show the time. There’s also a discrete date window at the 3 o’clock position so you won’t forget what day it is. Like every other high-end timepiece, the Portofino model comes with a Santoni black alligator leather strap for an elegant, comfy design that outlives any other leather strap. 

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Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Royal Oak

The Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Royal Oak emanates modern sophistication with its silhouette that seamlessly flows from the case to the bracelet and an octagonal bezel with exposed screws that is inspired by vintage diver’s helmets. Beneath the glare-resistant sapphire crystal, the elegant silver-toned dial with a “Grande Tapisserie” pattern accentuates the white gold hour markers and luminescent Royal Oak hands. Additionally, the modern staple sports a stainless steel bracelet with an AP folding clasp for a more comfortable fit on the wrist. 

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Baume & Mercier Classima

The Baume & Mercier Classima 10597 is a modern classic take on the brand’s long history of watchmaking. Set in a glossy pink gold and titanium case, the automatic watch sports gilded hands that add a touch of opulence to the warm opaline dial. The classic round timepiece boasts a subtle window date at the 3 o’clock position, just close to the crown. Additionally, the water-resistant timepiece features an interchangeable black alligator strap that you can mix and match with eleven different straps for the height of elegance.

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Cartier Santos-Dumont

The Cartier Santos-Dumont hits the sweet spot for those with a minimalist taste and a penchant for leather. From the exposed screws to the beaded steel crown set with a blue cabochon synthetic spinel, this watch embodies a certain contemporary sportiness that is uncommon in conventional timepieces. It offers a much-needed contrast to the daring square steel silhouette, Roman numerals, and silver satin dial that have always been synonymous with the Santos collection. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a navy blue alligator strap that will blend perfectly with your suit.

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Omega Constellation Quartz

Famous for its half-moon design, the Omega Constellation Quartz 36mm is a striking timepiece that will endure through the years. What sets this stainless steel model apart from others is the Roman numerals engraved on the bezel and an embossed Constellation Observatory medallion on the brushed case back. The date window at the 6 o’clock position, together with the white gold Constellation star and indexes, complements the black dial underneath the sapphire crystal. The iconic steel bracelet is the perfect finishing touch for the modern groom.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Monoface Small Seconds

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Monoface Small Seconds is for individuals that are keen on detail, especially those who prefer rectangular casings. The sunray-brushed blue dial and the trapezoidal applied indexes that mirror the shape of the Dauphine’s hands evoke a strong sense of style in its wearer. More flair is added by the soft texture of the Fagliano Collection strap created by the renowned Argentinian bootmaker. Not to be missed is the double folding buckle that securely locks the timepiece in place.

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