Luxury Watch Brands in the World to Know
Watches are not just used to keep up with time. It’s also a reflection of one’s taste and individuality. Those who are all for showing their personal style (and status), carefully choosing the perfect timepiece for them is a top priority. While a lot of watches can be found on the affordable side, there’s something only the posh ones can offer. First of all, it’s not just the price tag, though it certainly cannot also be the similar horological thing you just found at some bazaars or clearance sales.
Surely a fancy watch is a good starting point because it will never be called luxury if it’s not pricey in the first place. But with such a cost, you know you’ll get the best kind in return. By best, we mean the best design, best build quality and best functionality.
1. Patek Philippe
A Swiss brand known to have been top choices by royalties like Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Patek Philippe has set the standard for luxury watches since its founding in 1851. This brand is famous for its classic, understated and traditional look with highly functional mechanics. This brand is also known for its masterful complications such as star charts, moon phases, perpetual calendars and a lot more. But if you’re the type who wants the dials to look more prestigious, this may not be for you as PP dials are much simpler than other brands. Plus it doesn’t illuminate that much in the dark. But overall, their style is to die for. No wonder Patek Philippe is the choice of most royalties or even famous personalities like Albert Einstein, Brad Pitt, Paul Mc Cartney and Pablo Picasso.
2. Audemars Piguet
Founded by Swiss childhood friends Jules-Louis Audemars and Edward-Auguste Piguet in 1881, this brand is known for producing the best, innovative watches for over 150 years. They are known for being the first to create the first repeater wristwatch in 1882, first jumping second-hand watch, the world’s thinnest wristwatch, first oversized watch ( under the brand name Royal Oak offshore), the first steel luxury sports watch and more. If you are looking for a timepiece that has stood the test of time, the AP brand is a perfect choice. Even brands like Tiffany & Co. and Bulgari use AP’s movements. Now we know why LeBron James, Tom Cruise, Serena Williams, Jay-Z and Kylie Jenner love wearing them. Just be careful not be too careless when having it for everyday use as the crown does have a tendency to get easily busted when you get a tad too careless.
3. Vacheron Constantin
Vacheron Constantin is one of the oldest manufacturers of luxury watches. It was founded by Jean-Marc Vacheron in 1755. It is known for precise detailing, complicated designs, and craftsmanship, truly reflecting its heritage. In 1770, Jean-Marc Vacheron’s company built the first complication, which in horology, refers to any feature in a mechanical watch that displays more than just the simple hours and minutes (A watch that only indicates the hours and minutes is known as the simple movement). Years later, he created the first engine-turned dials.
Currently, Vacheron Constantin is owned by Richemont group, a Switzerland-based luxury goods holding company. And this is why Marlon Brando, Donald Trump, Kate Bosworth and Rick Rose are known wearing this brand proudly.
Highly-coveted Rolex is perhaps one of the most identifiable and most popular luxury watch brand worldwide. While this was founded in London, United Kingdom, it has moved its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. For many people, wearing Rolex is a status symbol and people always associate wearing this super pricey watch for being successful, although the brand proves otherwise. It’s actually beyond that. Surely, it has such a price tag, but the cutting-edge designs and masterfully crafted mechanics make it all worth it.
For sure, James Bond, Martin Luther King, Dalai Lama, Elvis Presley and Manny Pacquiao love Rolex for its quality. Unfortunately, popularity has its price as Rolex is arguably the most faked timepiece in the market. Be careful with the knockoffs, especially those found on eBay and if the price is too low to be true, I can almost guarantee that those are counterfeits.