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The 15 Best Watches for Spring

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You’ll be saving some daylight this Sunday, tax returns are starting to trickle in, but really your wrist has been feeling a little exposed lately. Point is: you’ve probably got a good enough excuse to pick yourself up a new timekeeper.

So, we did what we do and put together a list of the best new watches of spring for your procuring pleasure...

Check out all 15 after the jump.»

Heirloom Week: Wristwatch Edition

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Typically, one thinks of an heirloom only after it’s weathered a few generations of handsome patina acquisition. But originally—before that watch, or briefcase, or sword earned its perfectly imperfect nicks, battle scars and lived-in familiarity—it started out shiny and new on some store shelf. And since there are still companies out there making stuff that will last longer than you will, we’ve set out to find the new breed of future heirlooms in this weeklong series. Today we begin with watches...

Herewith, the five new watches to buy today, that will be heirlooms tomorrow...»

The Untold Charm of a Vintage Dress Watch

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A lot of the vintage-watch chatter tends to focus on the Rolexes and Omegas of the world—and their divers in particular—but there’s plenty more wrist candy out there to be had.

Case in point: this 1950s Jaeger-LeCoultre dress watch.

And instead of having to hunt one down, our pals over at UrbanDaddy Perks have teamed up with the watch aficionados at Analog/Shift to get you the inside track on this watch and a small cache of other heirloom-worthy timepieces. When we asked which one of the bunch was their favorite, A/S immediately pointed us in the direction of this LeCoultre, noting that it’s got an understated case with a slim profile and a reliable movement that’s easily serviceable. The sweeping seconds register is a nice addition, plus it’s priced to move.

Time is of the essence.

Geneva Calling

As anyone with a serious vintage watch habit can testify, the really good stuff is all at auction. The latest example is a Christie's auction coming up this Monday in Geneva, featuring three of our favorite post-Submariner watches for some extremely friendly prices. (Don’t worry, you can bid remotely.) There’s the Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso, the Cartier Tank and an unusually art deco Patek Phillipe.

That last one also comes in a million-dollar version, if you want to do your part for the Eurozone.

The Economics of the Watch Guy

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As you may have noticed, chunky diving watches are in vogue at the moment. But unless you're in the trade, you might not see it as a business opportunity...

Case in point: this Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris, one of only 1700 ever made, and currently residing in our Watch Guy’s enormous metal safe. We could go on and on about the details—the elegant circular face, the indestructible workmanship, those 16 divots in the back that let it ring underwater—but to a businessman, the most important detail is the skyrocketing value.

Our Watch Guy has been holding onto this one for upwards of five years now, strictly for personal use. The current price tag is $15,000—on the low end for a Polaris in this condition, and easily twice what he paid for it. And based on what we’re seeing on tumblr, we don’t imagine it’s going down any time soon.

As always, if you want to take the thing home, all you have to do is drop us a line. Now, to invest in Amiga futures.

Bond Beauty Goes Topless

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We've heard of watches inspired by cars, but Aston Martin's new V8 Vantage Roadster may be the first car inspired by a watch. The venerable British sportscar marque has had a long association with Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre, and the stunning new convertible was influenced by the company's legendary Reverso. Developed for posh polo players in the 1930s, the Reverso, like the Roadster, has “open” and “closed” modes, both equally stylish…