Nothing speaks style like a beautiful, expensive and classy watch on a person’s wrist. Even though people use their cell phones and other handheld devices to tell time these days, nothing can take away the popularity of a wristwatch. Every year, newer watches are manufactured by the top watch-making houses. The top 10 expensive watches that are worth a look are mentioned here.
Rolex is probably the best known and most reputed names in the world of luxury watches. Rolex has something for everyone; waterproof watches for the deep-sea diver, and classy dress watches for the black-suited corporate achiever. The price range for Rolex watches start at a few thousand dollars and go on to nearly a quarter of a million dollars. Rolex is to watches what the Rolls Royce is to cars. Rolex ranks number 71 in the 2007 annual list of the 100 most valuable global brands in the BusinessWeek. Rolex produces more than 2000 watches a day.
Tag Heuer watches are famous for their finish and admirable quality. Impeccable accuracy and craftsmanship have put these watches, founded in 1860 by Edouard Heuer, on the list of must-haves for fashionistas and sports people. Tag Heuer watches are preferred by automobile racers, for their accuracy on speedy races. Tag Heuer also manufactures stopwatches and timing equipment.
Vacheron Constantin is a name that is synonymous with the best of Swiss horology. Incepted in 1755, Vacheron Constantin crafts special watches to appeal to a wide-ranging audience. Watches with intricate mechanisms, and retro watches that speak of years gone by are Vacheron Constantin specialties. Napoleon Bonaparte and many famous historical figures throughout the world’s history from 1755 have worn Vacheron Constantin watches.
Girard Perregaux is one of the oldest Swiss watch companies. They design some of the best, most intricate timepieces that speak of consistent quality. Girard-Perregaux can date its origins back to 1791. Girard-Perregaux manufactures all aspects of its timepieces inhouse; they hire watchmakers, movement decorators, engineers, polishers and so on to create the high quality watches from the assembly stage to the final encasement, inhouse.
Roger Dubuis watches was founded in 1995, and since then, they have created great looking and excellent functioning watches based on tradition, with an eye to the future. Roger Dubuis manufacturers watch for men, women, sports people, all bearing excellent movement, strong personality and recognizable identity codes. Even though this company is recent, Roger Dubuis has carved a niche for itself as a status watch symbol. Roger Dubuis makes only 28 examples of each precious metal encasing watch, to maintain exclusivity.
Patek Philippe watches are of excellent Swiss make, offering, top-notch quality timepieces that are exclusive and one of a kind. People belonging to royal families, and movie stars and show biz celebrities prefer wearing Patek Philippe watches. Patek Philippe manufactures all elements of its timepieces inhouse. Their timepieces have seen high closing prices in auctions worldwide. The Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva stocks timepieces that are no longer being manufactured, as a testament to the history of the company.
Cartier is a household name in the jewelry market, but its diverse line of watches is just as well known and reputed. Louis-Francois Cartier established Cartier in 1847. Cartier is famous for its jeweled watches studded with diamonds, sapphires and precious stones. Cartier watches are much sought after by movie stars, fashionistas and show biz people worldwide, as they represent glamour, fashion and royalty in watches.
Franck Muller watches have been around for a couple of decades, serving a niche luxury watch clientele comprising of famous movie stars, royalty and other celebrities. These watches are reputed for blending modern style with traditional Swiss craftsmanship. The company is known for creating complicated timepieces, earning the slogan “Master of Complications”. Frank Muller claims to design every watch’s mechanism by himself, which adds to the exclusivity of this line.
Jaeger-LeCoultre is considered a pioneer in the watch making industry since 1833. Jaeger-LeCoultre supplies watch parts and movements to other famous watch companies in Switzerland. Jaeger-LeCoultre is especially famous as the creator of the Atmos mechanical clock, which does not need to be wound. This clock can run for years without human intervention, using atmospheric changes to update its time.
In 1848, Louis Brandt assembled pocket watches by hand, using parts that were designed locally. Omega as a brand became well known from 1894. Omega watches are today a style statement, preferred by celebrities worldwide. NASA chose Omega watches for their deployment to the Moon in 1969. Omega was also chosen as the official Time Keeping device for the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010.
Marina Chernyak is co-owner of 1001 Wall Clocks where you can shop from a large range of kitchen , large and outdoor wall clocks.