What would you wear if you could only wear one watch?

Eight collectors, enthusiasts and personalities answer one of the watch industry’s toughest questions.

By Justine Mastine-frost 05/07/2017

We've all heard varying forms of the question uttered over the years. _What's your favourite watch?_, or _If you could only have one watch what would it be?_ are questions often thrown at journalists and collectors. These are often met either with a heavy sigh, a pensive gaze, or on very rare occasion, a clear answer.

But what _is_ the answer to the age-old question? Though certainly a matter of personal taste, we reached out to an eclectic mélange of figures from across the industry for a snapshot of what industry legends like Laurent Picciotto, George Bamford, and others believe could be their "one watch to rule them all."

George Bamford — Founder of Bamford Watch Department

For me, it would have to be a vintage Heuer Monaco. It just feels right in every way. I love its shape, its design, and especially its history. Jack Heuer is a true legend, and this was one of his best. It's one of those watches that I love throwing on no matter the occasion.

Laurent Picciotto — Founder of Chronopassion, Paris

I have to tell you that this kind of question is a kind of torture, but I am going to say that this is the choice of today (and may not be my choice tomorrow). I would have to choose the Legacy Machine Perpetual from MB&F for two major reasons.

First, the conception of this perpetual calendar movement is revolutionary. Second, this watch perfectly represents both tradition and contemporary modernity, which is a real challenge. In addition, seeing what normally was not visible puts me in a state of constant youth whenever I look at this piece.

Paul Boutros — Phillips Watches Head of Americas

A vintage Daytona ref. 6263 with silver "Big Red" dial is what I would pick to own and wear every day. It's an iconic and legendary model from the world's most well-known luxury watch brand, with a timeless design that's evolved very subtly since it was originally in 1963.

With a very useful chronograph complication, it's robust, water resistant, and built to last several generations thanks to its "Oyster" case. Combined with its timeless aesthetic, the Daytona's styling is so versatile — looking great with jeans or a suit.

Sébastien Chaulmontet — Movement Designer

I think I would choose the Patek Philippe 2499 (the one with round pushers), or even better as a daily beater the more contemporary 3970P because of the sapphire crystal (and the P version because of the weight of platinum). Both references have all the traits of what made Patek Philippegreat. For me this watch has it all — a perfect hand-wound chronograph, a perpetual calendar, and most importantly they are reliable enough to be a daily wearer.

Aldis Hodge — Actor and Founder of Basil Time Piece

I think I'd have to go with Greubel Forsey, most likely the Signature 1. Honestly, I'd be happy with any GF, but I picked the Signature 1 because it is clean and simple with an understated technical element to it. It also expresses a lot about what I try to represent: technical complexity and simplicity finding the perfect rhythm.

Eric Wind — Christie’s Senior Specialist of Watches, Florida

I find my Rolex Submariner reference 5512 from circa 1967 to be the perfect daily watch for me. I never get sick of wearing it or looking at it. I absolutely love the bracelet and the look of the watch. It is always a truly satisfying watch for me to wear.

Felix Scholz — Editor of Time +Tide, Australia

What a question! OK, let's deal with this logically. Immediately I have to rule out anything super rare or valuable, give that I'll be wearing it every day, and by the same token I'll rule out precious metals.

I also wouldn't want something too safe or conservative, as I'd get bored. That said, it needs to be stylistically versatile. Of course some horological credibility is required. Based on all this, I'd have to opt for the titanium Perpetual Calendar from Ochs & Junior.

William Massena — Managing Director of Time Zone, New York

You know, that's the exact question that made me become a collector in the first place. I mean it, I'm not trying to be clever or dodge the question here. I just can't answer it. Even after years in the industry and collecting personally I'm still searching for that one perfect, magical watch, and I don't know that I'll ever find it.


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