17 Jan Top Ten Luxury Watch Brands
Real luxury is understanding quality; and having the time to enjoy it.”
– G. Bruce Boyer
They say that it is the shoes, which makes the man or a woman; I say it is his or her watch. You can buy a $50 watch, it will tell you the time, and it will run until the battery dies and again you put another one. A pricey watch does not guarantee that it will tell you a more accurate time. This is not the reason in buying a luxury watch. You buy a luxury watch brand because of two things: status symbol & as a very special gift for a special person on a very special occasion.
Before we go to the countdown of top ten luxury watch brands let us first have a look at what buyers are looking for in a luxury timepiece.
It is a status symbol. When you are sporting an Omega or a Rolex people instantly think you are a true connoisseur.
So what are complications? You might get one or two complications in an affordable luxury watch but in a high-end luxury watch you will get additional feature like spinning moon or a third hand that will tell you the time in Tokyo.
Design and build
Most of the luxury watch brands are Swiss and its company dates back to the 1800s. Each piece is handmade to get an incomparable artisanship.
The most expensive watches are all mechanical either automatic or manual wind. You cannot find this in a budget luxury watch.
The brand name attached to a timepiece often immediately qualifies it as a luxury watch. Here are the top ten luxury brand names known for their complicated movements, outstanding artisanship and impeccable design and any watch produced by these companies is automatically assumed a luxury watch.
Patek Phillippe is known to produce the most coveted and high-end watches in the world, fetching millions of dollars for their rare models. Some of its clients are royalties, presidents and celebrities like Queen Victoria, Ellen DeGeneres, Robert Downey Jr., Nicolas Sarkozy and Jon Mayer. The most expensive Patek Philippe is Henry Graves Jr.’s Super-complication watch for $24 million in 2014. If you cannot afford this timepiece, you can opt for this.
This brand is still owned by its original founding families, Audemars Piguet and one of the oldest watch manufacturers in the world. Famous wearers of this brand are James Corden, Tom Cruise, Lebron James and Usher. The most expensive Audemars Piguet sold is the Signed Audemars Piguet Geneve Leap Year Perp for $545,000 in 2015. You can wear this style if you do not have half a million.
The history of this luxury watch brand dates back to 1755 and Napoleon Bonaparte was one of the proud owner of one of their timepiece. Proud owners of this brand are Marlon Brando, Donald Trump, Kate Bosworth and Rick Ross. The most expensive piece of Vacheron Constantin was sold to King Fouad for $2.77 million in 2005. Get this version if you want to be Donald Trump even for a minute.
A more popular brand known by many, Tag Heuer was also established in Switzerland and popular among racecar drivers, this luxury watch brand has the distinction of being the first watch to go into space. Popular wearers of this brand are Brad Pitt Patrick Dempsey, Leonardo DiCaprio and Barack Obama. The most expensive Tag Heuer ever sold to date is Steve MacQueen’s Heuer for $700,500 in 2012. Get this model to be in a league with Brad Pitt.
A. Lange & Sohne
This brand has a reemergence in 1990 after their long hiatus from 1948. Its history dates back to 1845 in Germany and it closed its doors in 1948 after the Soviet administration municipalized the company’s property. They make their mark on the watchmaking industry with their highly complicated timepieces. Famous wearers are Vladimir Putin and Carmelo Anthony. The most expensive A. Lange & Sohne sold is the Platinum Tourbillon for $333,000 in 2005.
Famous for creating the smallest watch caliber Jaeger-LeCoultre is known for its intricate designs. This luxury brand have Robert Downey Jr., January Jones, Matt Damon and Queen Elizabeth II as its proud wearers. The most expensive Jaeger-LeCoultre sold is the Atmos 561 for $425,000 in 2013. Be a queen for a minute by wearing this timepiece.
Did you know that despite its popularity, each of Rolex’s iconic watches are still being made by hand. This timepiece is internationally recognized as a status symbol and is always in high demand. Justin Timberlake, Mark Wahlberg, Orlando Bloom, David Beckham and Kanye West are only some of the celebrities who wear this luxury brand. The most expensive Rolex sold is Bao Dai Rolex for $5 million in 2017. Join the bandwagon and wear this watch if $5 million is a little too much.
From the same group that house the famous fashion brand, Hublot is one of the younger generation of luxury brand watches. It has the distinction of being appointed as the official watchmaker of Formula 1 in 2010. Famous celebrities Kylie Jenner, Kobe Bryant and Jay Z have Hublot in their collection. The most expensive Hublot sold is the Hublot King Power Model Limited Edition Tourbillion for $191,723 in 2014.
Breguet & Fils
Founded in1775, this luxury watch brand is known to have been worn by famous people like Marie Antoinette, Napoleon Bonaparte and Winston Churchill, and one of the oldest watchmaking companies in the world. Model No. 2667 Precision Stop Watch from 1814 was the most expensive sold for $4.7 million in 2012.
Rounding up the Top 10 is one of the most famous brand not only for luxury watches but also for its jewelries and accessories. The company started in 1860 by creating ladies watches. They are known for promoting their products using ethically sustainable gold. Among its famous wearers are Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet and Colin Firth. The Chopard 210 Karat is the most expensive timepiece sold for this luxury brand at $26 million in 2014.
Luxury watches add a look of sophistication and style to an appearance. These luxury watch brands are subtle and often more effective in making an impressive personal statement.