While most watch collectors’ definition of luxury timepieces means Swiss-made watches like IWC, Blancpain, and the like, there are still luxury fashion brands and more niche watchmakers out there that need to be explored more. In this article, we’ve listed down four luxury timepieces every collector should check out to decide if the watch is fitted with their collection:
A Cartier Santos is a must-have for any collector. It’s the watch that commemorates the company’s founders- Cartier and Santos-Dumont, and it would be a shame if you don’t get a piece of that history. While the Tank is easily the most iconic of all the Cartier watches, the Santos-Dumont in all of its blinged-out glory totally trumps it in class and range.
Available in quartz and mechanical movement variants, we recommend you get the latter. That means paying for a tad more, but it will serve you longer, and you don’t have to switch out batteries every couple of years! The dial’s shape with its iconic rounded corners lends itself for nice wear on average-sized watches. The Santos-Dumont is decidedly a dress watch through and through, so make sure that you wear it appropriately!
Dior Grand Bal Plume
Another watch from a luxury fashion brand, this one is for the ladies. Dior is not a watchmaker per se, but it does have clout in making some truly iconic ready to wear pieces. For a fashion house, the Grand Bal Plume is an excellent watch that truly encapsulates the beauty of watchmaking and combining it with fashion. This is a watch that not only screams luxury; it’s a watch to be worn with pride!
The automatic movement under the hood is surprisingly agile. It has a 42-hour power reserve, which is not a slouch when compared to its contemporaries. The dial is a white powdery number, reminiscent of the legendary Snowflake from Grand Seiko, but individual from it as well. Water-resistant is up to 50 meters, which could be improved, but we don’t expect you to put this watch through the ringer, so that’s something of a moot point altogether!
Patek Philippe Grand Complications
Patek Philippe is an icon amongst collectors and fellow watchmakers alike. This is the brand that first introduced the wristwatch to the world, and it has been a favorite by royals all over the planet. A Patek is up there in terms of heritage and history with the world’s watchmaking greats, even arguably revered more than Rolex and Omega.
The Grand Complications line from the brand is seriously drool-worthy: it’s the quintessential dress watch if you’ve ever worn a luxury one, with a self-winding movement encased in stainless steel with several choices for the dial. The silver opaline one is seriously a stunner, plus top of the line domed sapphire crystal completes the entire experience. The result? A watch that’s not only museum-worthy, it’s also a buy of a lifetime!
Chanel Monsieur Watch
Fashion house Chanel has had quite a history of making luxury timepieces, and the contemporary Boyfriend Skeleton watch is a testament of how the brand is taking its watchmaking arm seriously. The Monsieur watch, on the other hand, is where the fashion house is excelling. This is quite an expensive watch, but the design, aesthetic, and flair that has been put into it is nothing short of phenomenal.
You get a manual-winding mechanical movement, with a retrograde minute and jumping hour complications. The dial is decked out in 174 baguette -cut diamonds with a whopping total of 5.21 carats, a white gold case that’s similarly designed with the same diamonds, and a leather alligator pattern calfskin strap with 18k white gold buckles. Talk about luxury!
Every watch connoisseur understands the value of luxury timepieces. They’re a picture of a point in time, where these wonders of horological mastery were finally put together into a piece that can be worn on the wrists.