The history of luxury watches as a viable men’s accessory can be traced back to the late 16th century in Europe with the advent of the mechanical pocket watch. The mechanical pocket watch was the norm in the industry all the way until the mid-20th century when the advent of the quartz watch arrived in the 1960’s. The quartz watch is powered by electricity and a solenoid powers the balance wheel. Most of the mass-produced watches in the market today are of the quartz variety while the high-end luxury watch market is still dominated by the mechanical variety. From the onset of the first wristwatch produced sometime in the 1810’s, the wristwatch was marketed primarily as a bracelet geared towards women, while the pocket watch was the norm for men all the way up until the mid-20th century.
In recent times, the wristwatch for men has become a primary daily accessory for many men around the world. However, not all watches are created equal. There are a few brands or watch makers that stand head and shoulder above the competition. A luxury watch is a statement that incorporates impeccable craftmanship, art, and aesthetics. These master crafted time pieces are individually handmade and are meant to last a lifetime. Many luxury watches are often passed down within families as heirlooms around the world. These miniature works of worth often range in price from the thousands all the way up to the millions.
Audemars Piguet creates only a limited number of watches a year. The company was founded by Edward-Auguste Piguet and Jules-Louis Audemars in 1875 and is still owned by the founding families. This brand is recognized by many as an industry leading luxury sports watch creator, along with being credited for making the first steel watch.
Patek Philippe is a Swiss watch maker which was founded in 1851 and has been the preferred time piece for royalty over the years. Queen Victoria is known to have owned multiple time pieces from them. The brand is characterized by its uniquely classic style, which is instantly recognizable by any watch enthusiasts around the world.
Vacheron Constantin is the oldest watch manufacturer on this list, with the company being created in Geneva Switzerland in 1755. The company also boasts many famous figures as customers over the years. Among the most notable are Napoleon Bonaparte and Pope Pius IX. Some watches by Vacheron come in at over a million dollars.