When you buckle a trustworthy timepiece onto your wrist, you can’t help but walk a little taller, speak a bit more clearly and carry yourself with greater confidence. (Plus, you always show up on time.)

These refinements send crucial messages to your colleagues – during increase season, no less. “The details convey whether you’re the kind of guy who follows the crowd or blazes his own trail,” says Eric Wind, a collector and writer for Hodinkee, an online watch magazine.

Here’s our pick of watches to drool over (or if you’re looking for a gift for yourself this Christmas)