Luxury Watches

Selecting the right luxury watch, for many, can be quite a challenge. With so many quality brands and models available, it is hard to make a decision. What many professional watch dealers will tell you is, “Find a store you are comfortable in, and try on as many watches as you can. At some point, you will fall in love.” This is great advice, however knowing something about the brands and models before you enter the store will also help, a lot.

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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These are the most common luxury watch brands that we purchase and sell:
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The best word to describe Rolex is, innovation. Founded in 1905 by Hans Wilsdorf, Rolex has become internationally know for their precise engineering, patented technology, and timeless style. In most cultures, wearing a Rolex watch is the universal sign that you have “made it” and are successful.

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
Founded in Paris, France in 1847 by Louis Francois Cartier, Cartier is internationally known as the jeweler of royalty. King Edward VII of England is quoted as saying Cartier is “the jeweler of kings and the king of jewelers”. Cartier jewelry has been worn by royalty of the following countries: Spain, Portugal, Russia, Siam, Greece, Egypt, just to name a few. Cartier began creating luxury wrist watches in 1804, and have developed some of the most stylish and original designs in watch history.

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.
Established in Geneva, Switzerland in 1851, Patek Philippe is credited with creating some of the most complicated wrist watches every worn. Know by many experts as the most prestigious wrist watch on the market, Patek Philippe can boast to having the most expensive watch every sold at auction for around 600,000.00. What adds to the prestige of Patek Philippe, is the rarity of their watches. Each model is produced in small batches of serval hundred to be sure each is made perfectly.

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.
Established in 1860, TAG Heuer, is a luxury watch brand known for quality and an innovative spirit.  TAG Heuer was the official timekeeper of the Summer Olympics in the 1920s. TAG Heuer is well known for having many celebrity spokes-personalities including: Leonardo DeCarprio, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz and Steven McQueen.

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.
With a goal to combine modern day engineering with the skilled craftsmanship of the Swiss, American engineer Florentino Ariosto Jones, established the International Watch Company (IWC) in 1968. Located in a town called Schaffhausen, IWC is the only major Swiss watch factory located in eastern Switzerland.

The official motto of IWC: “Good, Solid Craftsmanship from Schaffhausen” was established in 1903.

Established by Louis Brandt in 1848, Omega watches are internationally recognized for their innovation design and engineering. In fact, Omega, is the official timekeeper of the British Combat Units, NASA, and the Olympic Games. As the official timekeeper of NASA, the Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph, worn by Buzz Aldrin, was the first watch on the moon. Some of the most famous wearers of Omega are: John F. Kennedy, Prince William, Buzz Aldrin and the character James Bond.

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.
One of the oldest luxury watch manufactures, Vacheron Constantin, was established by Jean-Marc Vacheron in 1755. Vacheron Constantin has earned a place in history as the watch worn by Napoleon Bonaparte, Pope Pius XI, Duke of Windsor and Harry Truman.

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.  
Established in 1874 by Georges Edouard Piaget, the company of Piaget was first dedicated to crafting pocket watches and precision movements for other watch brands. In 1911, under new leadership, Piaget began to develop their own wristwatches under the name Piaget.

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.

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