TOP WATCH BRANDS
TOP 5 HIGH END WATCH BRANDS THAT YOU SHOULD CONSIDER
When you start looking to buy watches online, you will be bombarded with hundreds of Swiss watch brands, with each having different characters, styles and price points. While there are certainly a lot of top choices out there, here are our personal list of top five men watch brands that are known throughout the world for their quality, craftsmanship and design.
Dubbed as the “King of Jewelers” by King Edward VII of England, Cartier is the first few watch brands that popularized luxury watches for men in 1900’s. Founded in Paris in 1847, Cartier has always been a brand dedicated for royalties and celebrities. The most distinctive icon for Cartier is probably their signature roman numerals coupled with their 22mm leather watch straps. The Cartier Santos is arguably Cartier’s most famous timepiece. With its distinguishable screwed bezel and roman numerals, it is an classic timepiece with a long history dating back to 1900’s.
4. AUDEMARS PIGUET
Being one of the world’s oldest watch manufacturers, Audemars Piguet produced some of the world’s most complicated pieces at the end of 19th century. In 1892, they manufactured the first minute repeater timepiece which is extremely important at that time to allow visually impaired to tell time as well as to determine time in the dark. The most popular Audemars Piguet timepiece of all time is perhaps the Royal Oak. Named after the Britain’s Royal Navy, the Royal Oak featured a bold, radical model with a beautiful, integrated bracelet. It is definitely a watch that has a load of lovers all over the world.
3. VACHERON CONSTANTIN
If you’re looking for unique vintage watches, Vacheron Constantin is the brand to choose. Established in Geneva, Switzerland in 1755, Vacheron Constantin has a rich heritage in making complicated watches and has been a favorite brand for many historical figures, including Napoleon Bonaparte and Harry Truman. In fact, the most complicated timepiece produced till date was Reference 57260, a masterpiece by Vacheron Constantin. It has 2826 parts, has 31 hands and features 57 functions. Rumored being sold for more than 10 million, the Reference 57260 is an original contemporary timepiece, boasting features never seen before.
It is almost impossible if you haven’t heard of Rolex. Perhaps, you might have known that Rolex is known for their philosophy of quality control, but do you know that every Rolex is still largely handmade today? Machinery is deployed, but everything from Rolex movements to bracelets are assembled by hand. The Rolex Submariner, arguably Rolex’s most iconic timepiece, is subjected to a pressure 10 percent greater than that found at the depth to which it is guaranteed before shipping out.
1. PATEK PHILIPPE
Last but not least, Patek Philippe. Patek Philippe are known for their best dress watches and is a brand that has been favored greatly by royalty for decades. Their recent marketing slogan, “You never actually own a Patek Philippe, you merely look after it for the next generation,” highlights not just a relationship between a father and a son, but also its quality that last through generations.
The beginnings of the Patek Philippe dated back to 1839 in Switzerland, Geneva where two Polish immigrants, Antoine Norbet de Patek and Francois Czapek, established a partnership known as Patek Czapek & Co. In 1845, Czapek left the firm. Patek met Adrien Phillipe, a French watchmaker whose pioneering keyless winding mechanism had fascinated him years earlier. In 1851, they partnered and renamed the company Patek Philippe & Co.
Perhaps the most legendary handmade watch by Patek Philippe was the Henry Graves Supercomplication which was sold for a whopping 5.5 million pounds. Being the world’s most complicated mechanical timepiece with a total of 24 different functions for more than 50 years since 1933, Henry Graves Supercomplication took three years to design, and another five years to manufacture the watch.