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Top 20 Luxury Watch Brands

September 14, 2017 - Watch Articles
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For those new to luxury watches, perhaps considering buying a luxury timepiece for the first time, you may be curious as to which are the top luxury watch brands. We take a close look at the most popular high-end watches and rank our top 20.

Top 20 luxury watch brands: 

  1. Patek Philippe watches
  2. Audemars Piguet watches
  3. Vacheron Constantin watches
  4. Tag Heuer watches
  5. Lange & Söhne watches
  6. Jaeger-LeCoultre watches
  7. Rolex watches
  8. Hublot watches
  9. Breguet & Fils watches
  10. Chopard watches
  11. Girard-Perregaux watches
  12. Blancpain watches
  13. Cartier watches
  14. IWC watches
  15. Ulysse Nardin watches
  16. Panerai watches
  17. Piaget watches
  18. Breitling watches
  19. Omega watches
  20. Montblanc watches

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  1. PATEK PHILLIPPE WATCHES

Patek Phillippe is world renowned for producing some of the most coveted luxury timepieces on the market. Prices can soar up to millions of dollars for rare pieces. Long favored by royalty and movie stars, Patek Philippe is synonymous with luxury.

Notable Patek Philippe wearers: Nicolas Sarkozy, Queen Victoria, Ellen DeGeneres,, John Mayer,

Price range: $15,000 – $1 million+ USD

Most expensive Patek Philippe ever sold: In 2014, Henry Graves Jr.’s Supercomplication watch for $24 million

 

  1. AUDEMARS PIGUET WATCHES

Audemars Piguet is one of the world’s oldest watch manufacturers, and is in fact. still owned by its original founding families.

Notable wearers: Tom Cruise, Lebron James, James Corden, Usher

Price range: $7,000 – $850,000+ USD

Most expensive Audemars Piguet ever sold: In 2015, a signed Audemars Piguet Geneve Leap Year Perp sold for $545,000

 

  1. VACHERON CONSTANTIN WATCHES

Dating back to 1755, Napolean Bonaparte himself was a proud owner of a Vacheron Constantin watches.

Notable wearers: Donald Trump, Marlon Brando, Rick Ross

Price range: $18,000 – $6 million+ USD

Most expensive Vacheron Constantin ever sold: King Fouad for $2.77 million

 

  1. TAG HEUER WATCHES

Established in Switzerland and popular among race-car drivers, the first watch to ever go into space was a Tag Heuer.

Notable wearers: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Barack Obama

Price range: $1,500 – $10,000+ USD

Most expensive Tag Heuer ever sold: Steve McQueen’s Heuer for $799,500 in 2012

 

  1. A. LANGE & SÖHNE WATCHES

A. Lange & Sohne was founded in 1845 in Germany. They are known for their highly complicated watches.

Notable wearers: Vladimir Putin

Price range: $15,000 – $1 million+ USD

Most expensive A. Lange & Söhne ever sold: In 2005, the Platinum Tourbillon sold for $333,00

 

  1. JAEGER LECOULTRE WATCHES

Jaeger-LeCoultre is famed for creating the world’s smallest ever watch caliber.

Notable wearers: January Jones, Queen Elizabeth II, Matt Damon

Price range: $5,000 – $2 million+ USD

Most expensive Jaeger-LeCoultre ever sold: In 2013, the Atmos 561 sold for $425,000

 

  1. ROLEX WATCHES

Globally recognized as a luxury status symbol, Rolex watches are always in high demand. To this day, each Rolex watch is made by hand.

Notable wearers: Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Orlando Bloom, Mark Wahlberg, David Beckham,

Price range: $5,000 – $650,000+ USD

Most expensive Rolex ever sold: In 2017, the. Bao Dai Rolex for $5 million

 

  1. HUBLOT WATCHES

A comparatively  younger watch brand, Hublot was established in 1980. Part of the LVMH group, Hublot was appointed the official Watchmaker of Formula 1 in 2010.

Notable wearers: Jay Z, Kylie Jenner, Kobe Bryant

Price range: $4,200 – $5 million+ USD

Most expensive Hublot ever sold: In 2014, the Hublot King Power Model Limited Edition Tourbillon sold for over $191,000

 

  1. BREGUET & FILS WATCHES

One of the oldest watchmaking companies still in business, Breguet was founded in 1775.

Notable wearers: Winston Churchill, Marie Antoinette

Price range: $7,000-$400,000+ USD

Most expensive Breguet ever sold: The No. 2667 Precision Stop Watch from 1814 sold for $4.7 million in 2012

 

  1. CHOPARD WATCHES

Chopard began in 1860 by creating ladies watches. In 2013, they began promoting their products as using ethically sustainable gold.

Notable wearers: Colin Firth, Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet

Price range: $5,040 – $60,000+USD

Most expensive Chopard ever sold: In 2014, the Chopard 210 Karat sold $26 million

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  1. GIRARD PERREGAUX WATCHES

Since 1791, Girard Perregaux is famed for their production of high quality, handcrafted watches.

Notable wearers: Kobe Bryant, Hugh Jackman, Pierce Brosnan, Quentin Tarantino

Price range: $5,000 – $600,000+ USD

Most expensive Girard Perregaux ever sold: In 2013, the 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon sold for $176,000

 

  1. BLANCPAIN WATCHES

Now part of The Swatch Group, from 1735 to 1932, Blancpain remained under the ownership of the Blancpain family.

Notable wearers: Vladimir Putin, Jacques Cousteau, Francis Ford Coppola

Price range: $7,500 – $1.5 million+ USD

Most expensive Blancpain ever sold: In 2016, Marilyn Monroe’s cocktail watch sold for $250,000

 

  1. CARTIER WATCHES

Famed Parisian jeweler and watch producer, Cartier has long been popular among royalty and A list celebrities.

Notable wearers: John F Kennedy, Angelina Jolie, Sofia Vergara

Price range: $2,300 – $2.5 million+. USD

Most expensive Cartier watch ever sold: Panther Bangle Watch sold for $660,000

 

  1. IWC WATCHES

IWC is an established Swiss watch manufacturer, producing clean and minimalist luxury watches.

Famous wearers: Chris Evans, Bradley Cooper

Price range: $3,950 – $750,000+ USD

Most expensive IWC watch eversold: In 2013, Il Destriero Scafusia sold for $325,000

 

  1. ULYSSE NARDIN WATCHES

Established in 1846, Ulysse Nardin has maintained the same headquarters location since 1865.

Notable wearers: Larry King, Michael Jordan,

Price range: $2,300 – $285,000 USD

Most expensive Ulysse Nardin watch ever sold: Ulysse Nardi’sn Royal Blue Tourbillon has sold for as high as $1.25 million USD

 

  1. PANERAI WATCHES

One of the few exceptions to the rule of luxury watches, Panerai is an Italian brand rather than a Swiss one.

Notable wearers: Sylvester Stallone, Hugh Grant, Bill Clinton

Price range: $4,000 – $1 million USD

Most expensive Panerai watch ever sold: The 1955 Luminor sold for $478,000 in 2014

 

  1. PIAGET WATCHES

In 2007, The Luxury Institute Jewelry Brand Study ranked Piaget as the 6th most prestigious brand.

Notable wearers:  Olivia Palermo, Ryan Reynolds

Price range: $7,000 – $3.3 million USD

Most expensive Piaget watch ever sold: In 2014, the Piaget Retrograde Sliding Clock sold for over $500,000

 

  1. BREITLING WATCHES

Luxury Swiss watchmaker Breitling sold for an incredible $870 million USD back in 2017. The watch brand of choice throughout aviation industry, Breitling appeared in the James Bond movie “Thunderball”.

Notable wearers: David Beckham, John Travolta

Price range: $3,000 – $280,000 USD

 

  1. OMEGA WATCHES

Omega made history in 1969, when Buzz Aldrin wore an Omega Speedmaster on his trip to the moon.

Notable wearers: Elvis Presley, Daniel Craig, Steve Carrell

Price range: $1,000 – $708,742 USD

Most expensive Omega watch ever sold at auction: In 2007, the Breitling Seamaster Planet Ocean in Casino Royale sold for $250,250

 

  1. MONTBLANC WATCHES

Founded in 1911 by a German banker and a German engineer, Montblanc was originally a luxury pen manufacturer. The company now produces luxury watches and jewelry as well.

Notable wearers:  Hugh Jackman,

Price range: $2,000 – $388,000+ USD

 

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