Gateway watches: how to get into the big name watch brands

Sort yourself some wrist candy without breaking the bank

Much is written in this watch-obsessed day and age about how to build a watch collection, or, to use the marginally less obsessive term, a watch wardrobe. Maybe you’re a collector with a grail list longer than your arm, or a style maven who likes to partner the right watch with the right look or occasion.

Either way, most of the advice out there on building that wardrobe comes with a big caveat – that you have a tonne of cash at your disposal. Of course, tonnes of cash are relative, but even then, it’s not the case that you can stock up on the big dial names without investing a penny or two. But there are pieces out there made by the icons of watchmaking that capture the spirit of a brand and that will deliver decades of pleasure without breaking the bank.

Call them gateway watches. Here’s our pick.