It is important to note that luxury watches require some of the finest engineering in the world to function. The ability to offer some many features into a small wrist bound device, that is also waterproof and dust resistant, is quite an engineering accomplishment. The more advanced the features, the more valuable the watch. For some consumer, purchasing a luxury watch is a huge investment, and may in fact be the largest purchase they make. As with most large purchases, the best way to prepare is with research.
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Rolex has been the choice watch of some of the most famous and powerful people of all time. If you are luck enough to own one, you will be in the same company of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Winston Churchill, Marlon Brando, Martin Luther King Jr. and more recently, Michael Jordon, just to name a small few.
Key milestones in the history of Rolex:
- 1927 – Rolex released the first waterproof wrist-watch using the “Oyster” case design. The “Oyster” case, aptly named for closing and securing like an actual oyster of the sea, securely locks the watch to prevent water, dust, perspiration from accessing the mechanics used needed to operate.
- 1931- Rolex released the self-winding feature called “Perpetual”, which eliminated the need to daily wind your watch. Using the force of gravity, the Rolex watch was able to self-wind while being worn by the user.
- 1945 – Rolex releases the “Datejust” model which showcases the calendar date on the face of the watch.
- 2005 – Rolex release the Blue Parachron Hairspring
Key milestones in Cartier watch history:
- 1804 – The first man’s wrist watch was created for Brazlian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, which later became known as the Santos model.
- 1899 – Mystery Clock model was releases, featuring a clear dial with all the mechanism hidden.
- 1912 – The Baignoire and Tortue models were released, and still in production today.
Key milestones in the history of Patek Philippe:
- 1868 – The first wrist watch was created for the Countess Kosowicz of Hungry
- 1916 – First wrist watch was created with a five minute repeater
- 1925 – The first wrist watch with a perpetual calendar was created
- 1949 – The Gyromax balance wheel was patented. A design that is used to date.
Key milestones in the history of TAG Heuer:
- 1911- Patented “Time of Trip”, which could track the duration of a trip while keeping time.
- 1914- First wristwatch was released
- 1971- Steven McQueen wore a TAG Heuer Blue Monoano model in the movie LeMans.
The official motto of IWC: “Good, Solid Craftsmanship from Schaffhausen” was established in 1903.
Key milestones in the history of Omega:
- 1947- created the first tourbillion wristwatch calibre in the world.
- 1969- first watch to be worn on the moon.
- 1999- first mass-produced watch incorporating the co-axil escapement.
- 2011- became the official timekeeper of the PGA of America.
Key milestones in the history of Vacheron Constantin:
- 1770- Developed the first watch complication ever.
- 1779- Developed the first engine-turned dial.
- 1979- Released the Kallista, the most expensive watch of it’s time with 118 emerald diamonds, priced at $5million dollars.
Dedicated to design, Piaget, has developed the thinest automative movements at 2.0mm, allowing for watches of intricate design to be created. To date, Piaget, is know for their unique and stunning designs, and their ultra thin watches.