Luxury watches serve a far more serious purpose than telling the time, they are the ultimate male fashion statement. After all, those timepieces belonging to brands with rich histories carry with them a high fiscal value. By picking the right watch brand, you will not only receive a functional timepiece but a worthwhile investment that will be revered as a piece of art. Let’s take a look at the luxury watch brands that you should know about when hunting for your next timepiece.
Rolex– is arguably the most famous watch brand across the globe. Founded in 1905 by a Swiss watchmaker, it has become the largest luxury watch manufacturer in the world, producing 2,000 handmade watches per day. The most expensive watch in the world is a Rolex, namely Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona was sold for a whopping $17,752,500 at an auction.
Hublot– founded in 1980 by an Italian watchmaker, Hublot skyrocketed to the top of the watchmaking industry with its Big Bang Red Gold model. Since then, it has become particularly popular with sports professionals such as Usain Bolt and other celebrities such as Jay-Z. Today, Hublot is the official timekeeper of Ferrari and the official watch of soccer clubs such as Juventus, Chelsea, and Benfica.
Baume & Mercier– This luxury brand started in 1830 when Swiss brothers Louis opened a watch dealership. Since then, Baume & Mercier has developed an international reputation, blowing the minds of watch collectors with innovative designs such as the Galaxie and the Stardust, both of which have won prestigious international awards including the Golden Rose of Baden-Baden.
TAG Heuer– Since its formation in 1860, the Swiss brand has become renowned for crafting functional yet innovative designs that resulted in Formula 1 entering into a partnership with this brand to release a line of motor-racing inspired timepieces.
Panerai– Roots trace back to Florence, Italy in 1860 where it intriguingly became the official watch supplier for the Royal Italian Navy from 1938 until 1972. Panerai is celebrated for manufacturing watches with a unique heritage, such as the Officine Panerai which marked the 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei’s first celestial observations. In 2011, Panerai opened its thirtieth boutique worldwide in Bal Harbor, Florida.