Since their invention, watches have been a status symbol. It once cost an arm and a leg to purchase a watch, however today watches can be bought for next to nothing. However, if you are looking for something a little more luxurious that focuses on design, quality and complexity – you have to be ready to folk out a little more cash.
Sometimes you want the right watch to make a good impression, other times you merely want to fit it. Below are some the luxury watch brands that fit the bill just right in various situations.
Panerai have often snubbed by connoisseurs for their harsh modern designs and lack of features. This may be the case; however you cannot deny that the company has an impressive history and legacy within Europe.
The first store was opened over 150 years ago in Florence – the allure and durability of these watches was noticed by the Italian Navy and continues to supply the regia marina today. These luxury watches have been known to cost as much as $1,000,000. That’s the cost of quality and beauty.
If you’ve not heard of IWC, you have been living in a cave! This brand is known for its luxury pieces and is one of the most well-loved and respected luxury watch brands out there. These strong timepieces have become very popular over the last decade and can set you back as much as $750,000!
Originally a Swiss watch brand, it was recently bought by a French company and yet the pieces created are still renowned for their innovation and high quality. Audemars Piquet still produces some of the world’s finest watches and some of their best pieces have sold for over $2, 5000,000.
One of the oldest and well-loved Swiss watch manufacturers’ Blancpain has been creating handmade masterpieces for over 250 years. The most commonly known fact is that this company vowed never to produce a quartz watch in an attempt to remain unique in the market.
Each watch has a single watchmaker, which ensures that the quality is maintained. These are an exceptional luxury watch brand, and that is reflected in the prices; $500,000 to over $3,000,000!
Another Swiss company and another classic watchmaker. Jaeger-LeCoultre is undoubtedly one of the most famous in-house manufacturers and continues to craft some of the finest watches in the world. The cost? $2,500,000.
Cartier was the brains behind the first wristwatch, the Santos de Cartier. Since then, they have continued to develop a huge range of wonderful watches. The brand is known for creating watches with elegance, care and superb craftsmanship. A fine piece will cost around $2, 760,000 but it is well worth it.
This is the youngest of the brands on our list. At only 30 years old, this Swiss company owes its success to their creation of their gold Hublot watch with the first natural rubber band. The company focus on creating simple pieces which are high-quality and elegant.
Rolex; the king of all watches. They are probably the most famous luxury watch brand and sell more watches than all the other brands on our list. Connoisseurs like to snub Rolex, but the company deserves our respect for the iconic pieces it has produced over the years.
2. Patek Philippe
These are a fairly unknown brand, but their pieces can cost up to $5,000,000! To those who have heard of the luxury watch brand, they are likely to have heard of their reputation for precision pieces and handmade craftsmanship. These watches are rare, hence the hefty price tag. Patek Philippe target sophisticated older men who belong to an elite wealthy club.
You cannot beat a classic, and Breguet are exceptional. They have an impressive client list, including Napoleon! This brand are in a league of their own, and a timepiece can set you back as much as $7,000,000. Watches for the insanely wealthy only.