Top 10 Luxury Watch Brands
10 F.P. Journé
As watchmakers go, this is one of the youngest brands in the industry. With less than 30 years in the market, François-Paul Journe’s boutique has managed to hold its own in the luxury watch making field. The French watchmaker has deep roots in the industry that go back decades in a family of horologers. The Vagabondage II watch is proving to be very popular with those who love a digital display. Seen by many as a modern urban watch, the timepiece is perfect for those who love understated luxury. With platinum and gold playing a prominent role, the limited edition timepieces are available for just under $50,000.
9 Audemars Piguet
This is one of the most popular high-end brands in the market. The lucrative brand has a large fan base and boasts of many high profile ambassadors. Some of the famous faces of the brand include music mogul Jay-Z, basketball star Lebron James, politician and movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger, Quincy Jones and race driver Jarno Trulli. Audemars manufactures limited edition watches to commemorate special events.
8 Patek Philippe
At eighth position is yet another top luxury brand, respected by watch collectors all over the world. Patek Philippe watches are very popular among those who love horology and appreciate a perfect well-created timepiece. These Swiss timepieces are hailed for having some of the best engineering or craftsmanship qualities in the market. Each hand-assembled piece goes through an intricate process that helps to ensure that it meets the standards of perfection that have been the hallmark of this brand for over 160 years. The Patek Philippe Celestial will set you back $ 194,200 and for that you get 45 jewels and 301 parts and 48 hours of power reserve.
Hublot is a new brand that has made its mark in the luxury watch market. Founded in 1980, Hublot has quickly risen to fame as the first watch manufacturer to use rubber and precious metal on the same timepiece. Hublot has managed to attract the attention of celebrities with mega producer Dr. Dre being one of the fans. The limited edition timepieces are also created to commemorate special events. Hublot unveiled a $ 5,000,000 white diamond- encrusted timepiece, the most expensive watch in the world.
6 A. Lange & Söhne
One of the most exclusive and complex watches ever made is the Tourbograph “Pour le Mérite”. Released in 2005, the watch is a unique piece in its function and appearance. With only 51 pieces of the watch created, and a price tag believed to be over $500,000, this timepiece is every collector's "must have". As the world’s first one-minute tourbillion wristwatch, it has a solid silver dial and gold-plated and blue steel hands. The crocodile strap is hand-stitched reflecting precision and excellence in watch making.
5 . Richard Mille
As one of the newest brands in the market, Richard Mille founded in 2001 has quickly risen to prominence in the luxury watch market. By using new and exciting innovations, the brand has managed to curve a niche among those who appreciate the use of advanced technology and micromechanics. The watch makers have moved away from traditional methods and uses materials and techniques that are inspired by racecar and aeronautics technology. Materials like aluminum-lithium and nanofiber are part of the very exclusive and limited Richard Mille creations. The brand is popular with celebrities like tennis star Rafael Nadal. At $240, 000, The RM 002-V2 Turbillon looks like a device that has been created for outer space travel.
Founded in Paris, France in 1775, Breguet has the distinction of being the first watchmaker to create the self-winding watch. He also invented the gong spring as well as an anti shock device. In 1801, the tourbillion regulator was patented and in 1810, the very first wristwatch was manufactured. This watch was made for the Queen of Naples. Other famous customers who made the list included Napoleon Bonaparte and Marie Antoinette. The watchmaker is able to strike a harmony between simplicity and sophistication. With a mere $329,000, you can get the Breguet Double Tourbillon Classique Grande Complication, which boasts a platinum case and 69 jewels.
3 Vacheron Constantin
As one of the world's oldest watchmaker, Vacheron Constantin has been in operation for the last 250 years, and has continued to create some of the world famous excellent timepieces. The maker of the precious Haute Horlogerie has concentrated on creating pieces that are aesthetically pleasing and technically outstanding. The hand-finished timepieces are any collectors dream due to the unmatched quality and intricate designs. The unique 30-jewel Vacheron Constantin Skeleton Minute Repeater can be yours for $ 623,000.
Founded in 1735 in Switzerland, this high-end luxury watch is considered one of the most reliable timepieces in the market. Swatch Group currently owns the brand and it continues to produce timepieces that are stylish and elegant. Less than 10,000 watches are created each year and each piece is a unique creation that is different from the next.
1 . Girard-Perregaux
Those luxury watch lovers who want to take it a notch higher can invest $630,000 to own the Girard-Perregaux Opera Three. Like with other timepieces in this brand, the manufacturers are not apologetic about targeting a small niche market. The company prides itself with designing watches for the few and it has been doing so since 1791. The high price tag has not deterred those who do not mind spending over half a million dollars to own a unique device that is available to a privileged few.