Thanks to the advent of the cell phone, watch-wearing is a dying art. Now more than ever, watches represent the triumph of fashion over function. Still, we like fashion – and a handsome, masculine watch can act as the cornerstone to an elegant look. Here, the best places to buy a men’s watch in Montreal.
Complete with stone walls and flat-screen televisions, Bailey’s looks like a watch boutique blended with a man-cave. This well respected shop was the first in Canada to stock Bell & Ross and U-Boat brands. In addition to new offerings and other jewelry, the shop sells pre-owned wrist-wear, too. 1427 Crescent, 514-845-8878.
Chateau D’Ivoire is known for its collection of haute jewelry and rare items. The watch collection is large and opulent; brands include Rolex, Chanel, Piaget and Panerai, among others. If you’re looking for a bargain, then stay far away. 2020 De La Montagne. 514-845-4651.
Founder Jack Mosel opened shop in 1945 – and he still works there. The Montreal institution has had various locations across the city, however all have adhered to its upscale-department ethic and aesthetic, featuring prime brands like D&G, Seiko, Swatch, and TAG Heuer. 4048 Jean-Talon W., 514-735-1138.
While this chain carries a wide variety of brands, they are notable as the exclusive dealer of Audemars Piguet – a 130-year-old luxury brand from Switzerland, a place that knows a thing or two about timekeeping. 654 St. Catherine St. W., 514-954-1661; 3035 Le Carrefour Blvd., 450-687-1953.
Image courtesy of Dasha Gaian.