Watches are a decorative complement and, in turn, functional, which has always been an element of distinction as far as fashion is concerned. Although hundreds of new models come on the market each year, the truth is that there are a number of brands that always ensure you make a good purchase. These are the best luxury watch brands in the world.
If you are thinking of making a gift, a watch is always a good choice. It is true that we can go crazy comparing the different models that are in stores, but if you want to make a safe purchase, you can always bet on one of the following brands.
Of course, the Rolex brand is the first in this list, whose watches are considered to be symbols of high purchasing power or high economic status. The company Rolex SA arises after the merger of two others, Montres Rolex SA and Rolex Industry SA. It is Swiss and although it specializes in the manufacture of wristwatches, they also make other kinds of accessories.
For many, this brand is the highest expression of Swiss watch making, has one of the largest stocks in the world producing more than 2000 watches a day. Of course, as we have said, it is a symbol of high purchasing power, so the price of these watches is quite high.
Another of the great manufacturers of luxury watches is the Omega brand, also based in Switzerland, and belonging to the Swatch group. It is one of the emblems of the watch industry due to the company’s age, its popularity, the use of these accessories by astronauts on the moon, its long relationship with sports timing and sponsoring the Olympic Games. Of course, what bad things should not be?
Omega was founded in 1848 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, by a 23-year-old watchmaker, Louis Brandt. Its first great success was the caliber Omega of 1894 and it is necessary to emphasize the step to the production of pocket watches to wristwatches during the First World War.
Much cheaper than the previous two and with great guarantees of being really good Casio watches, belonging to the company Casio Computer Co., Ltd, a Japanese company that manufactures electronic devices, founded in 1946 and based in Tokyo, Japan.
Although this company is well known in the world for the production of calculators, its watches have also been a success. Who has not had or ever seen the Casio F-91W digital watch? It is the image, introduced in the market in 1991 and still sold today.
Another of the companies of luxury watches that fits this list of best brands and also, like Rolex and Omega, is also Swiss is Tissot. It is a historical company that was founded in 1853 by Charles-Felicien Tissot, his son; Charles-Emile established the factory in Le Locle, place where today remains the firm today. In addition, it should be noted that it was merged with the Omega brand for several decades.
Tissot was the first brand to make a plastic watch, one made of wood and one made of stone, and in recent years has developed touch-glass technology for watches. In addition, it must be said that a brand more affordable than the other two Swiss mentioned above.
There is no doubt that Switzerland dominates the world watch industry. In this case, TAG Heuer manufactures luxury watches and is specialized in sports and chronographs, also having a strong link with the world of motorsports. The price of the wrist accessories of this brand is similar to Omega, for fuller pockets.
The company belongs to the luxury goods company LVMH, a French multinational conglomerate, and has as its motto “Swiss Vanguard since 1860”, the year of its founding.
This Japanese watch brand was founded in 1881 by Kintaro Hattori, who had previously devoted himself to repairing these contraptions and selling them second hand. The brand that is used in the beginning is Seikosha, factory under which it becomes the largest producer of watches of Japan and one of the most important of the world.
Currently, Seiko sells many brands, collections and series and markets watches ranging from popular prices ($50) to luxury ($100,000). One of the most famous watch series that sells is the Seiko 5, which refers to its five qualities: automatic, shock resistant, date, day and water resistant.
Patek Philippe & Co
This is another Swiss company of luxury watches that sneaks into the list of the best brands in the world. Patek Philippe & Co was founded in 1851 by Antoni Patek and Adrien Philippe, inventor of the keyless dissolution mechanism.
As curious data of this brand it is necessary to emphasize that its clocks have been used by a great number of notable people, including members of royalty, movie stars and magnates, among them the King Juan Carlos I. In addition, most expensive in the world, already auctioned three times and sold for 11 million dollars, 11.75 and 19.3 million in 2014.
Departing from the Swiss and Japanese manufacturers of watches, we find the French. Cartier is a watch and jewelry factory founded in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier, belonging to the Swiss luxury goods group Richmond. The company is named after the family of jewelers that created it, Cartier, but its control ended in 1964. That yes, it stands out from them that they were the creators of several famous pieces like the diamond necklace ‘Bestiary’ and the first watch Practical bracelet, the ‘Saints’ in 1904. Its headquarters and central facilities are in Paris.
The Lotus watch brand is also one of the best in the world and not because it is Spanish, it has a great reputation among its international consumers. This firm is very young, was created in 1980 by Miguel Rodríguez Domínguez, and belongs to the Festina Group. His first great success was the Lunar Phase watch in 1985, and he has subsequently been obtaining much more and extending his marketing throughout Europe not only with the sale of watches but also with other accessories of jewelry and costume jewelry for women and men.
The watch company Citizen was founded in 1930 in Japan and is now known as a manufacturer of precision tools and machines, and of course, also by its watches. Of this signature, Eco-Drive technology stands out, allowing a watch to operate using only any artificial or natural light source, thanks to the electricity generated by a solar cell. The excess electricity is stored in a rechargeable battery. In this way, these watches have become the best friends of the environment.
Do not be surprised, but this company is Swiss, manufactures luxury watches and is a part, like Zenith or TAG Heuer, the luxury goods company LVMH. Among his models and designs stands out one in which is compressed the mechanism, the mysterious and precise astronomical computer of Ancient Greece, in a handmade wristwatch. It has several collaborations with designers and says that the strength of the brand lies in its clear identity: the unique ability to create watches that combine tradition and innovation.
As you will remember, as we mentioned previously the brand, Swatch is also a group, specifically the largest watchmaker worldwide, which includes, in addition to the Swatch brand itself, others such as Tissot, Breguet, Calvin Klein, Certina, Mido or Hamilton.
This company emerges at the time of crisis of Swiss watchmaking in the 70’s that had stood stagnant against the Japanese, pioneering in terms of technologies. Originally, they made plastic watches, with quartz movement and fun designs, but now there are also digital, automatic and metal models.
This brand is not dedicated exclusively to watches, nor did it at first and then opened its market with the sale of other accessories, but rather the other way around. Bvlgari is an Italian jewelry and luxury goods brand, also owned by the French conglomerate LVMH, which was founded in 1884 in Rome, Italy. The company was gaining prestige as a jewelry, but its range of products gradually opened up to encompass watches, handbags, fragrances and even hotels.
Also very recognized worldwide and with economically affordable watches, we must highlight the Viceroy brand. Its origin goes back to the year 1951 when it was created by a family in Switzerland. In the decade of the 80 gives a qualitative and quantitative leap when being acquired by the Manreco Group, recognized internationally. From that moment, precision, luxury and the tradition of its origin combine with an innovative and differential strategy.
It is not a last place on the list, but another of the leading brands in the manufacture of watches. Recently created, this smart watch manufactured by Apple has entered into force to the market, it is still not known if by its good operation or by the weight that has the mark under which it is commercialized. The watch is compatible with iPhone and sports a rectangular Premium design, with rounded corners.
All of the brands, described shortly are the best luxury watch brands. You can use one of them and play with hand.