BEST LUXURY WATCH BRANDS 2022

BEST LUXURY WATCH BRANDS 2022

A watch is a wearable work of art that reveals much about your unique style. A quality mechanical timepiece serves many purposes beyond just keeping time. It is also an emotional and monetary investment. A watch from one of the top luxury watch companies in the world will surely continue to develop into a beloved family heirloom.

Truth be told, there are so many luxury watch brands out there that it is not easy to just decide which ones are the best. Here are our year-end choices of the "Top 12 Luxury Watches" that we collectively agreed on, based on the finest materials, incredibly delicate mechanisms, and premium gemstones, an enduring symbol of taste and class; and ones that have a global reputation for having the highest quality, with a massive focus on precision and attention to detail.

 

OMEGA
The first watch to be worn on the moon by Buzz Aldrin in 1969.

 

Founded in 1848 by 23 year-old Louis Brandt in a small village of La Chaux-de-Faunds. 

The North Pole, into the space, and the ocean's depths have all been visited by Omega watches. As a result, Omega has established a reputation as one of the world's most successful watch companies that  has more than 170 years of experience providing collectors and horophiles with great premium timepieces. Omega watches were the only ones to Survive NASA Testing, it has passed the most extreme test you could do to a piece of hardware.

 

 

 

ROLEX
The watch that has gone to the deepest point of the ocean. It was worn by James Cameron in 2012 for 7 hours underwater, and it kept accurate time.

 

Rolex was founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905 at the age of 24. Since then, Rolex watches are known for its commitment to high quality and steady excellence.  Rolex makes use of 904L, the most expensive stainless steel in the world. Their watches are more than just timepieces to wear, it's a symbol of power  and prestige. These timepieces are among the best watches made anywhere in the world. Rolex has been dedicated to perfection since their inception. It has received recognition time and time again for technological innovations that the community of luxury watches has admired. 

 

 

 

PATEK PHILIPPE
World’s most expensive wristwatch sold at an auction is Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300A-010 fetching USD 31.19 million in 2019

 

Patek, Czapek & Cie was the company's original name when it was established in 1839 by Antoni Patek and Franciszek Czapek. On May 1, 1851, Antoine Norbert de Patek and Adrien Philippe established Patek Philippe. Their first business was producing pocket watches for members of high society and the aristocracy. Queen Victoria was one of its first customers in 1851, and the Hungarian Countess Koscowicz purchased the first wristwatch in 1876. Due to its status as the sole remaining family-owned independent watch manufacturer in Geneva, Switzerland, Patek Philippe has managed to retain its distinctive, opulent identity. Each element of every Patek Philippe watch has been meticulously polished by hand by a skilled master craftsman, which is why they are all so unique. Patek Philippe is no ordinary brand. It is renowned for its incredibly intricate and exquisite perpetual calendar timepieces. The simplest watch in Patek Philippe's lineup is made in nine months. Patek Philippe is not just fixated on quality, but it also values attention to detail. Even the simplest timepieces take nine months to produce, and the most intricate models take much longer yet.

Patek Philippe is one of  The Big 3 watchmakers in the world that formed the “Holy Trinity” of luxury watches. 

 

 

 

VACHERON CONSTANTIN
Maker of the very first anti-magnetic watch in the world. 

 

Founded by Jean-Marc Vacheron in 1755. With more than 260 years of uninterrupted experience and production, Vacheron Constantin may justifiably claim the title of oldest watch manufacturer in continuous operation in the world. Vacheron Constantin has created numerous custom watches for prominent individuals like King Farouk of Egypt, Napoleon Bonaparte, James Ward Packard and Harry S. Truman. 

The first anti-magnetic watch was made by Vacheron in 1885. The business began experimenting with new technologies in 1862 in an effort to increase the magnetic resistance of its watches. Magnetism may be a significant problem for mechanical watches, which is why Vacheron Constantin started looking for alternatives. As a result, the business produced the first anti-magnetic watch in 1885. This watch demonstrated its ability to withstand magnetic fields.

One of the "holy trinity" of high-end watchmakers, Vacheron has been responsible for some of the most astoundingly original and inventive timepieces ever made. 

Their vision of time is resolutely unique, their technicality perfectly senseless, and their creations true masterpieces.

This lady’s watch is one of the first series-produced wristwatches in 1889, with a bracelet featuring two winged goddesses.

PANERAI
Maker of the first illuminated dive watches.

 

Giovanni Panerai built his first store in 1860 at "Ponte alle Grazie" in Florence, serving not only as a watch shop and workshop, but also as the city's first watchmaking school.

He manufactured the very first illuminated dive watches for the Royal Italian Navy for their  secret underwater missions during World War II. Panerai watches were made to function in specific circumstances, not to be the newest in fashion. They are tough, functional, and attractive, yet their form and beauty came second to their purpose.

Since the Panerai watches were initially used by the Italian navy, they were exposed to hostile circumstances and a lot of water. Although they may not be worn in the same extreme conditions nowadays, many of Panerai's timepieces are still diving watches. In order to test their watches, Panerai has developed a specific apparatus that exposes them to chemical reactions and artificial seawater to observe how this affects the timepieces. Panerai watches were developed for ardent divers and adventurers who want a timepiece that can keep up with their active lifestyles.

Some of the famous people who wore Panerai are Hollywood actors Sylvester Stallone, Ben Affleck, Jason Statham, Ryan Reynolds, Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Rock Dwayne Johnson and Tom Cruise. 

 

 

 

AUDEMARS PIGUET
AP Royal Oak is considered to be the world’s first luxury sports watch.

 

The company Audemars Piguet was established in 1875 by Jules-Louis Audemars and Edward-Auguste Piguet, two enterprising young men who united their talents to create and make watches with uncommon complexity. One of the most intricate watches ever made by Audemar Piguet was the masterpiece called "A Grand Complication." This pocket watch is a marvel. Its movement, which has 1,168 pieces and 21 functions, took them four years to restore.

Another member of the prestigious "holy trinity" in watchmaking, AP is equally concerned with flawless finishing, intricate embellishments, and striking engravings. The timepieces are renowned for many aspects, including their exceptional quality and uniqueness.  The rich and famous, such as James LeBron, Jay-Z, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, now travel the world wearing AP watches.

The Royal Oak is the first stainless steel sports watch to ever be sold as a luxury wristwatch, fusing fashion with toughness for the first time ever. The first owner of the Royal Oak was Mohammad Razi Pahlavi who was the Shah of Iran for more than three decades. 

What's so special about Audemars Piguet? They use high-quality materials. Instead of using stainless steel, AP uses  black ceramic that is then machine and hand-finished to achieve both polished and satin-brushed surfaces. Additionally, the use of white gold screws shows that they are conscious of the fact that attention to detail is frequently what makes anything elegant and admirable.

 

 

 

JAEGER LE COULTRE
Maker of the world's smallest caliber (Caliber 101), one of the world’s most complicated wristwatches.

 

Antoine Le Coultre founded Jaeger Le Coultre in 1833. He was an innovator who successfully combined intellect and creativity while taking on the difficult task of measuring time. 

The Calibre 101 is still the world's smallest mechanical caliber and serves to continue Jaeger Le Coultre's heritage of technical mastery today. A true icon, it is a remarkable example of micromechanical engineering and exemplifies our desire to push the limits of what is conceivable in a watch. The Calibre 101, which is still in use today, measures just 14mm long and less than 5mm wide. 


Masters of  Complications; The inventions in watchmaking that have allowed Jaeger Le Coultre to master the most outstanding watch complexity were the result of imaginative thinking. The Maison, which embodies a strong spirit of creativity, has more than 430 registered patents and 1,300 distinctive calibers. The strong legacy of mechanical watchmaking at JLC is manifested in works that showcase the brilliance of three key complications. First, the sound for which the maison earned the moniker "The Sound Maker" with the development of a minute repeater. Second is precision, which has a long history of inventions that led to the development of the Gyrotourbillon. Last but not the least, Celestial, which has created some of the most advanced celestial data yet to be displayed in a watch. 

JLC is well-known and produces great watches. With their complex timepieces and cutting-edge designs, they are regarded as one of the watch industry's most creative and original manufacturers. 

 

 

TAG HEUER

Introduced the world’s first automatic chronographs with the Autavia, Heuer Carrera and Monaco models. (1969)

 

The company established by Edouard Heuer in 1860 has 2 foundations - family leadership and technical innovation.  

The "Solunar" (1949), one of his most well-known watches, allows users to keep track of the moon's phase as well as the times of high and low tides, providing valuable information to hunters, fisherman, and sailors. The Ring-master, from 1957, is the second. The rings on this watch could be switched out to time various events, and it had various inserts in vibrant colors.

Since 1860, Tag Heuer has been producing tough and intricately designed items, and its watches have been used in both space and on land. Indeed, TAG Heuer made history when John Glenn wore a stopwatch on the Mercury Atlas 6 and made history as the first Swiss watchmaker to have a piece in space.

TAG Heuer has been fusing technological advancements and exact time since 1860. They are dedicated to the world of sports, especially motor racing, and have developed the most precise timing devices in the world, with an accuracy of 5/10,000ths of a second. Every collection and every piece contains this expertise. Tag Heuer timepieces, including the TAG Heuer Carrera, Autavia, and Monaco watches, are the result of cutting-edge research at the vanguard of the watchmaking sector. Each of these lines has become renowned due to their exquisite design.

TAG Heuer is an acronym for "Techniques d'Avant Garde" and the last name of the creator.

 

 

 

 

BLANCPAIN
The oldest watch manufacturer that is still in business.

Jehan-Jacques Blancpain established the Blancpain watch company in 1735. The business has been passed down through the family for nearly 200 years and is still owned by the founder's descendants. The introduction of the Fifty Fathoms dive watch is arguably the most significant occasion in the company's history. As one of the most recognizable Swiss timepieces ever made, the Fifty Fathoms is today's most recognizable timepiece from Blancpain.

Some of the  Important inventions of Blancpain:

  • 1983. Created the world's smallest moon-phases display.
  • 1987. Created the world's thinnest self-winding chronograph and the smallest minute-repeater movement at the time.
  • 1988.  Created the world's thinnest split-second chronograph at the time.[3]
  • 2000.  Produced the world's first self-winding tourbillon and perpetual calendar, with an eight-day power reserve.
  • 2008.  Produced the world's first movement with a one-minute flying carousel and 100-hour power reserve.

Blancpain produces wonderful timepieces with craftsmanship that is superior to that of many other Swiss luxury watchmakers. Over the years, Blancpain has won an endless number of honors that recognize the company's outstanding accomplishments in the watch industry. 

 

BREITLING

Created the first wristwatch to be equipped with an integrated emergency transmitter  which allows the wearer to transmit a distress signal in case of an emergency.

 

Léon Breitling founded Breitling in 1884. He obtained a patent for a movement in 1893 that had an amazing eight-day power reserve. He also unveiled the pulsograph in that same year, which measures a patient's pulse. The device, which included a logarithmic scale that was perfect for the job, was immediately coveted by doctors. Three years later, Breitling made another significant advancement: a chronograph with a then-unheard-of two-fifths of a second accuracy. The business sold more than 100,000 stopwatches and chronographs in just ten years.

He already had a sizable clientele of military, aviation, and engineering specialists, so he made the decision to grow his clientele even more by creating gorgeous yet useful timepieces for fashionable clients.

Ernest Schneider and a NATO officer had a discussion about how useful an emergency transmitter that could be worn constantly, like a watch, would be very helpful for air and sea crews. This discussion led to the creation of the Emergency.For the first time, a wristwatch included an incorporated emergency transmitter - The Emergency. It was first introduced in 1988 with a single antenna, but it didn't fully realize its potential until 1995 with the invention of a brilliant, patented technology for deploying antennas. A 48-hour independent power reserve and two antennas were included in the model's micro-transmitter, which was locked into the global air distress frequency. A micro-transmitter included inside the Emergency wristwatch allows the wearer to transmit a distress signal in case of an emergency. As a result, people can be found and saved promptly. And the Breitling Emergency watch has repeatedly shown itself to be a useful tool for saving lives.

Brad Pitt, film director Francis Ford Coppola, chess champion Vladimir Kramnik, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and German-American violinist David Garrett are some of the famous people that wear Blancpain watches and brand ambassadors.

 

 

MONTBLANC
First in the world to feature a tourbillon with two cylindrical balance springs. 

 

When Charles-Yvan Robert established his workshop in Villeret, in the Swiss Jura Mountains, the history of Montblanc watches officially began in 1858. Though he was unaware of it at the time, this signaled the start of the illustrious Minerva era. In the subsequent century and a half, Minerva would rank among the top experts in precise chronometry for business.

Motblanc creates items that exude historic history and refined creation by combining great European craftsmanship with time-honored designs.

Montblanc's pieces will endure the ages with you and bear witness to the stories of your family as they develop. Their products, according to them, are made to function flawlessly and represent elegance for many lifetimes, just as a soul survives long after a body does. 

The only luxury watch company in the world with a long history of producing writing utensils is Montblanc. Some of its watches are modeled by the famous pens that the Maison has been producing since its founding in 1906.

Famous for its top-notch luxury items, it is a company that started with a straightforward pen and later revolutionized the watchmaking sector. Even though Montblanc Watches is a younger brand than its other Montblanc siblings, it is nevertheless well-known and adored.

The Tourbillon Bi-Cylindrique, which featured an MB65.63 calibre, was introduced by Montblanc in 2011. This watch made history by becoming the first in the world to feature a tourbillon with two cylindrical balance springs.

 
   
       
RICHARD MILLE

Created the world’s thinnest watch, it is 1.75mm hyper thin.

 

Richard Mille and his friend Dominique Guenat are the founders of Richard Mille. They started the company in 2001.

Richard Mille watches are considered a racing machine on your wrist, powered by movements light years ahead of the competition and crafted from the most cutting-edge materials.

When it was introduced in 2001, this exceptional timepiece, with its ergonomic tonneau case design, distinctive torque screws, and enticing six-digit price tag, instantly elevated the budding brand to the top of the whole luxury watch market.

Richard Mille timepieces are devices that have been created to withstand the motion and duration of life. They withstand impacts, temperature changes, city living, every type of climate, whether tropical or marine, UV radiation, corrosion, and all the other challenges that life throws at us. These  watches are among the most expensive timepieces on the market. These  little technological wonders that are painstakingly created in limited quantities are for people who truly appreciate the great art of fine watchmaking.

Some celebrities who spent fortunes on Richard Mille watches are Tennis player Rafael Nadal, Hollywood actress Michelle Yeoh, Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, Hollywood actor Kevin Hart, and International legendary actor Jackie Chan.

 

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Sources: Luxe Digital, Forbes, Omega, Patek Philippe, Rolex, Vacheron Constantin,  Panerai, Jaeger Le Coultre, Tag Heuer, Blancpain, Wikipedia, Breitling, Montblanc, Richard Mille


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