Mobile gadgets have rendered the wristwatch somewhat redundant – but style isn’t all about function. A beautiful watch is still an essential accessory for well-dressed gentlemen, an anchor for his outfit. Here, Calgary’s best men’s watch stores.
This Edmonton-based chain has three mall locations in the city. Chinook Centre is the newest location, where multiple glass cases are brimming with big mid-to-high-end brands: Swatch, Skagen, Diesel, Swiss Army, Hugo Boss and more. A vast selection of styles – and a wide range of price points – makes Watch It a good place to start your hunt. Chinook Centre, 6455 Macleod Tr. SW, 403-255-8060
Bernard Florence is the Paris-born owner of this Calgary institution, which opened in 1955. Florence’s opulent tastes are reflected in the upscale brands at his boutique: Think Concord, Cartier, Baume & Mercier, TW Steel and Mont Blanc. 1201 17 Ave. SW, 403-245-3131
An authorized dealer for Patek Philippe, Panerai, Omega and IWC, Brinkhaus is the destination for Swiss timepieces – and Swiss labour: In-store, Swiss-trained watchmakers offer ultra reliable repairs and restorations. 823 6 Ave. SW, 403-269-4800
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At this posh downtown boutique, you’ll find a carefully edited selection of haute horlogerie from Bulgari, Chopard, Rolex, Tissot and Tag Heuer. And in the unlikely case that your heirloom Oyster misses a beat, fear not: There’s a certified Rolex technician in-house. 409 3 St. SW, 403-266-1669
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