Most famous watch brands
The world's most famous watch brands are often more than just timekeepersMost of us have heard of Rolex, Omega, Cartier, Breitling, and Tag Heuer. They are some of the most widely known and most famous watch brands around the world. But how many have heard of Alain Silberstein, A. Lange&Sohne, or Patek Philippe?
Below, let's take some time to get to know many of the most luxurious and exclusive designs in the business. Some you may already know and love, while others have thus far only come to the attention of true connoisseurs due to limited availability/production, price, and sheer craftsmanship.
From Rolex to Tag Heuer, we'll delve into what makes each so popular, so sought after, and so damned priceless. Read on!
For over a hundred years, Rolex has been the leading name in timepieces. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, Rolex has 28 affiliates around the world with over 4,000 professionals operating in more than 100 countries.
Over the years, they've been responsible for inventions like waterproofing/dustproofing, the first certified chronometer (tuned for both precision and accuracy), and an automatic changing date. In 1931, Rolex patented "the world's first self-winding mechanism with a Perpetual rotor," according to their website. This invention was to be the origin of every modern automatic watch to follow throughout the years.
In part due to the yuppie movement of the 1980's, Rolex came to prominence thanks to the young, affluent folks who spent their hard-earned cash on extravagant purchases. They brought Rolex into the mainstream culture where it's stayed for many, many years. Rolex, by definition, is one of the most popular and famous watch brands in the world.
The Rest of the Best
Apart from Rolex, what are some of the other widely known timepieces out there? Many of us have heard of Omega, Ebel, Cartier, and Breitling, examples of companies which tend to make up the main luxury class.
For example, Breitling has been operating since 1884 and is one of the last remaining independent Swiss timepiece manufacturers. Omega has been producing state-of-the-art pieces since 1848 and is a world leader in sports timekeeping, according to their website. Omega products can be seen in the new Bond movie, Skyfall, as well.
Ebel, Omega, Breitling, and Rolex are examples of producers in this main tier of luxury timepieces. Thus, all of these models espouse a fundamental level of quality and durability. Prices can range anywhere from $1,000-$4,000 for Steel models, according to the Chronocentric website.
They offer great value and prestige; thus, many people know and have come to love both the timepieces and their makers.
Strictly for Aficionados
Those in the know may have an understanding of some of the highest-end luxury models; many of the rest of us don't have a clue, though, when it comes to models outside of Rolex, Omega, Breitling, and Tag Heuer. Some of the highest-end luxury timepieces are made by:
- A. Lange&Sohne
- Audemars Piguet
- Alain Silberstein
- Patek Philippe
- Ulysee Nardin
- Vacheron Constantin, and more
Why don't many people know about these particular models? They are normally produced in smaller numbers, available for purchase only through specialized dealers, and are notoriously and rightfully expensive. Many are handcrafted models and can run the gamut, in terms of price.Over at CNN.com, Chris Anderson and Riani Townshend offer insight into 10 of the most popular luxury watches. Some of the aforementioned timepieces have made it onto their list, like the Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Lange&Sohne, Rolex, and more.
It's an interesting guide for those looking to learn more about price ranges and specific models. On their top ten, the lowest price runs around $8,000 up to the highest at $54,500. For many, these models may not be the most popular, but for those connoisseurs in the know, they are the best, brightest, and most luxurious options the world over.
Chronocentric.com: Beginner's Guide to Major Watch Brands.