You can tell a lot about a man by the Scotch he drinks and the watch he wears.
While we know all about whisky, we’re novices when it comes to fine timepieces. So we enlisted the help of Eugene Tong, Details style director, who is the magazine’s resident expert. (We suggest you check out his Top Watch Picks from Baselworld 2013 and his Ultimate Guide to Men’s Watches.)
We got him to recommend five different watches that we then paired with five complementary Scotch bottlings. Let us know if you like the suggestions below. Cheers!
You don’t need to be SCUBA-certified—or even necessarily get in the ocean at all—to own a diving watch. Its rugged good looks are great in and out of the water. And the perfect Scotch to enjoy while wearing a TAG Heuer Aquaracer is the maritime Bowmore 23-Year-Old Port Matured Scotch Whisky, which is, after all, made on the Scottish island of Islay.
Tudor is channeling the 1970s with the retro Heritage Chrono that it recently introduced. (You can even order it with a striped fabric band.) To help set the mood, enjoy the latest release from Balvenie, the limited-edition Tun 1401, Batch 9. It contains a number of rare single malts picked by the brand’s malt master, David Stewart.
Rolex’s historic diving watch, the Submariner, which was originally introduced in 1953, is an enduringly popular classic. The perfect match, naturally, is the smooth Chivas Regal Royal Salute 21-Year-Old, which was also introduced in 1953 (in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation) and is never out of style.
The elegant simplicity of the Patek Philippe Calatrava watch line is not lost on us. While it was first released in 1932, it has a surprisingly modern design. It deserves an equally dapper whisky—the rich Macallan Fine Oak 30-Year-Old, which was aged in former bourbon barrels for three decades, will certainly do.
You’d better sit down for this one: Tong’s connoisseur pick is the pricy German A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Up/Down. Walking around with almost a hundred grand strapped to your wrist might make you a bit nervous: No doubt a sip of Glenfiddich 50 Year Old will calm your nerves.
(Datograph photo courtesy Lange Uhren GmbH)