High-end wristwatches are the ultimate expression of luxury and artistry. Combining complex mechanisms with sophisticated designs, luxury watches such as Rolex and Patek Philippe are internationally recognized...
Top Luxury Watch BrandsMay 30, 2017 - Watch Articles
The top luxury timepiece brands share a few key traits: high-quality materials, first-class design, and reliability. But with so many designer watch brands on the market, which brands are the best? Keep reading to see our curated list of the top 10 watch brands.
TOP 10 LUXURY WATCH BRANDS IN THE WORLD:
1. PATEK PHILIPPE
Founded in 1851, Swiss brand Patek Philippe has set the standard for luxury timepieces for decades. Their watches are known for their craftsmanship, understated design, and masterful complications.
Famous wearers: Nicolas Sarkozy, Brad Pitt, Albert Einstein, Paul McCartney and Pablo Picasso
Price range: $17,000-$1.3 million USD
Most expensive Patek Philippe sold at auction: Henry Graves Jr.’s Supercomplication watch sold for $24 million USD
2. AUDEMARS PIGUET
Swiss childhood friends Jules-Louis Audemars and Edward-Auguste Piguet began creating and producing watch movements in 1875. In 1881, after a few years of successful business, Audemars and Piguet founded their company. Since its inception, Audemars Piguet has continually innovated, creating the first minute repeater wristwatch, the first jumping second hand watch, the world’s thinnest wristwatch, and more. Audemars Piguet’s complex, technologically advanced movements have been used by brands such as Bulgari and Tiffany & Co.
Famous wearers: Serena Williams, Tom Cruise, Jay-Z and Kylie Jenner
Price range: $17,000-$1.3 million USD
Most expensive Audemars Piguet sold at auction: Gold Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch sold for $542,000USD
3. VACHERON CONSTANTIN
Now owned by the Richemont group, Vacheron Constantin started in 1755 in Geneva, Switzerland with young master watchmaker Jean-Marc Vacheron. Highly sought after, Vacheron Constantin timepieces combine the best in design, craftsmanship, complications, and heritage.
Famous wearers: Donald Trump, Marlon Brando, Kate Bosworth and Rick Ross
Price range: $18,000 -$6.5 million USD
Most expensive Vacheron Constantin sold at auction: King Fouad watch sold for $2.77 million USD
4. A. LANGE & SÖHNE
Established in 1845 in Germany by Ferdinand Adolph Lange, A. Lange & Söhne became known for its prestigious pocket watches, often worn by European royalty. After decades of success, the brand was expropriated by the East German communist government in 1948 and the Lange family was forced to leave the business. In 1990, 145 years to the day since the founding of A. Lange & Söhne, the great-grandson of Ferdinand Lange brought the brand back to life. Since its resurrection, the company has been acquired by the Richemont group and has achieved immense success.
Famous wearers: Carmelo Anthony and Vladimir Putin
Price range: $18,000-$2.5 million USD
Most expensive A. Lange & Söhne sold at auction: Platinum Tourbillon wristwatch sold for over $330,000 USD
Jaeger-LeCoultre timepieces are best-known for their impressive complications and intricate, innovative movements. Since its creation in 1833, Jaeger-LeCoultre has supplied movements to some of the most prestigious watch brands, including Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, and Vacheron Constantin.
Famous wearers: Matt Damon, January Jones and. Queen Elizabeth II
Price range: $5,000-$2.5 million USD
Most expensive Jaeger-LeCoultre sold at auction: Atmos 561 sold for $425,000 USD
Established by 24-year-old Hans Wildorf in 1905, Rolex has since become a household name. Beyond their identity as status symbols, Rolex watches are prized for their craftsmanship and reliability. Some of the most iconic figures in history have been known to sport Rolex watches.
Famous wearers: Elvis Presley, James Bond, Dalai Lama, Paul Newman and Martin Luther King
Price range: $5,000-$680,000 USD
Most expensive Rolex sold at auction: Bao Dai Rolex sold for $5 million USD
7. BREGUET & FILS
Abraham-Louis Breguet, a budding watchmaker, founded his company in 1775 in Paris. Breguet aimed to mix beautiful design with innovative technology. Breguet invented the first wristwatch, the first self-winding watch, the first pare-chute shock-absorption system, the first minute repeater’s gong spring, the first tourbillon, and more.
Famous wearers: Marie Antoinette, Winston Churchill and Napoleon Bonaparte
Price range: $7,000-$420,000 USD
Most expensive Breguet sold at auction: No. 2667 Precision Stop Watch from 1814 sold for $4.7 million USD
Girard-Perregaux dates back to 1791 in Switzerland, when Jean-Francois Bautte began creating luxury timepieces. In 1852, watchmaker Constant Girard founded Girard-Perregaux, and in 1906 he merged with Bautte’s workshop to create the Girard-Perregaux company known today. Some of Girard-Perregaux’s most popular timepieces include the 1966 collection, the Hawk, the 1945, and the recently-reintroduced Laureato.
Famous wearers: Pierce Brosnan, Hugh Jackman, Quentin Tarantino and Kobe Bryant
Price range: $5,000-$620,000 USD
Most expensive Girard-Perregaux sold at auction: 945 Jackpot Tourbillon for over $175,000
The oldest still-active watch company in the world, Blancpain is famous for its exclusivity—only about 30 watches are made per day. Blancpain has never produced a single quartz watch and vows to never produce watches with digital displays. The company’s commitment to producing only the highest quality timepieces are what keeps its items so popular today.
Famous wearers: Vladimir Putin, Jacques Cousteau and Francis Ford Coppola
Price range: $7,500-$1.8 million USD
Most expensive Blancpain sold at auction: Marilyn Monroe’s Blancpain watch sold for $250,000 USD
Cartier, widely recognized for its jewelry and wristwatches, was founded in Paris in 1847 and was one of the first brands to make wristwatches fashionable. Today, Cartier is owned by Richemont and continues to make a name for itself in the luxury timepiece world. In early 2017, Cartier announced it would be bringing back their famed Panthère watch, adding to their already exciting array of watches available for purchase.
Famous wearers: Princess Diana, Cary Grant, Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn and Angelina Jolie
Price range: $2,300-$2.8 million USD
Most expensive Cartier watch sold at auction: Panther Bangle Watch sold for over $660,000 USD
WHAT MAKES A LUXURY WATCH VALUABLE?
There are a few key factors that affect the value of a luxury timepiece:
- Watch Brand: Certain luxury watch brands fetch a premium on the market. This is due to craftsmanship, innovation and marketing.
- Watch Model: Rare or limited edition watch models are more valuable due to scarcity of supply.
- Watch Condition: The better the condition of a watch, the more valuable it is. This is why it is important to keep your luxury watch stored correctly and have it serviced regularly.
- Market Conditions: The value of a watch will depend on supply and demand for that exact watch.
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