Every watch enthusiast has his own favorite brand, something they aspire towards, an accessory that exudes class, grace, beauty and professionalism. There are many watch brands out there who aspire to become the most wanted on the planet, yet there is one country that seems to take pride in creating watches. Yes, you are expecting it, aren’t you? We are talking about Switzerland. In today’s list of watch brands we are going to talk about the top 5 brands that are most desired by any person on this Earth, whether they are a watch enthusiasts or just diving into the chrono world. There is a reason why we mentioned Switzerland before our top 5: it is because Swiss watches are so desired that the first 4 positions in our top are taken by Swiss brands. You need not worry, however. The world of watches is vast enough for any of your preferences. We will provide you with brand names worth mentioning so that you can have a broader image related to the market and what it can offer you. So let us dive into our top 5 most wanted watch brands.
Coming in at number one we have Patek Phillippe. This most prestigious Swiss brand was born back in 1851 and the watches it produces are some of the most complicated in terms of mechanics and styling. There is a traditional feeling about them and, just to understand what a powerful brand this is, Patek Phillippe watches are known to have been worn by royal figures in history. It is also a brand that communicates effectively via promotional campaigns. In short, it is a trustworthy producer who offers the best watch quality and pays attention to his customers. The watches that Patek Phillippe produced are known to be amongst the most expensive. Have you ever heard of a watch worth 24 million dollars? Patek Phillippe made one: the Henry Graves Jr. Supercomplication. The watch carries heavy historical importance because of how complicated it was compared to any other watch made before its time. It had 24 complications, was made of gold and had above 900 parts inside. It was delivered to his owner, Henry Graves Jr. in 1933. The watch lost its “most complicated” title in 1989, but it drew attention again in 1999 and 2014 when it was sold for 11 million dollars and 24 dollars respectively. But this is just showing off. There are plenty “more affordable” watches from Patek Phillippe that are worth mentioning. One of them is the Unique Extra Large Single Button Chronograph, valued at 2.24 million dollars. This model stands out because of its simplicity, for instance, and since big watches are becoming popular these days it is normal for a 46mm golden case watch to stand out. Not to mention that his initial owner was Scuderia Ferrari.
Some other important watches from the famous Swiss brand are the Aviator Prototype Wristwatch, the Reference 1563 Split-Second Chronograph and the Sky Moon Tourbillion 6002G, all of them valuing approximately $1.5 million. At number two we have Audemars Piguet. This ultra-luxury brand is also a Swiss titan founded in 1875. Jules-Louis Audemars and Edward-Auguste Piguet have ensured their legacy and 36,000 watches with their brand leave the fabric every year. Audemars Piguet is perhaps most known because it produced the first and foremost steel luxury sports watch. It was released under the name of “Royal Oak” in the year of 1972 and its oversized offspring appeared in 1993 dubbed “Royal Oak Offshore”. If you are interested in sporty-casual looks and want to approach some affordable watches from this producer, here are a few watches that could interest you. The Royal Oak Self-winding watch also came out in 1972. The mechanism was divine and was placed in a metal that did not carry much value. Still, this watch is desired by many and the 15400 model is a 41mm, automatic-winding device that contains 40 jewels. You can find it at the affordable price of $17,000.
The Royal Oak Offshore Diver is also just as affordable. For only $19,000 you can experience the Self-winding sensations into a modern watch. Even though it matches today’s watch standards, when this watch was created it shocked anyone who would could behold what it would do. It also comes in with a 300 meter water resistance, which pretty much means that you can swim with it and not at all. Some other affordable options include the Millenary 4010, valued at $24,500, the 42mm Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph, for $26,000, and the 44mm Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph valued at $33,500. The third most desired brand seems to be Chopard. Chopard does not only pride itself with their mechanics, but with jewelry as well. Its watchmaking involves a great eye for detail, desire for perfection and innovation. Suffice it to say that when you say Chopard you actually say premium luxury.
This brand actually owns the most expensive watch ever created: the Chopard 201-Carat Watch, valued at 25 million dollars. Each diamond this watch is made of weighs 163 carats. As a bonus, you get another 3 diamonds in a heart-shape which open up so that you can see the time. The affordable pieces include the Chopard Imperiale Automatic White Gold, the Lunar One White Gold, the Imperiale Automatic Pink Gold and the Happy Sport Square XL White Gold. The price for these sweet beauties ranges in between $65,000 and $55,000. Vacheron Constantin is the fourth on the list of watch brands and it is the oldest one of the Swiss family. Jean-Marc Vacheron founded it in 1755 in Geneva and it has one of the strongest heritages in the world of watches. Vacheron Constantin also boasts on historical relevance since it is rumored that Pope Pius IX, Harry Trauman and even Napoleon Bonaparte wore their watches. Among VC’s greatest products you can find the Patrimony Retrograde Day, a 42.5mm and 10mm thick, white gold case that cannot go unnoticed. It contains 27 jewels and the Power Reserve can go up to 40 hours, which proves how valuable the watch is.
Other worthwhile models are the Patrimony Traditionnelle Chronograph, the Chrono Perpetual Calendar and the World Time. But the Perpetual Contemporary Calendar is something that we cannot simply mention and be done with it. It is quite thick for a 41mm diameter watch (8.96mm) and it is polished with gold. You can see the day of the week, the date of the month and month sub-dials placed accordingly under the 9 o’clock, 12 o’clock and 3’o clock positions respectively. While the Power Reserve is still 40 hours, this watch is made of 276 parts and 36 jewels. The last super brand in our top 5 is Luis Moinet, also based in Switzerland, but of French origin. Luis Moinet was best known for being a painter, a sculptor and, above all, an horologist. Jean-Marie Schaller took Moinet’s identity to a new level and created a brand that is now known worldwide. Prices for these premium accessories range from $400,000 to $5,000, so it is quite easy to identify what you are exactly looking for and pick your best choice. The Vertalor Tourbillion is an extraordinary option for approximately $230,000 while you can always go for a classic Geograph valued at approximately $9,000.
Some honorable mentions include de Sideralis Double Tourbillion, the Vertalis Tourbillion Quatar Meteorite (yes, it does contain meteor rock from Meteorite 001, Quatar) and the Derrik Gaz model. Fortunately, watch brands do not stop here. There are literally hundreds of brands out there that are bound to meet your needs, both stylish and financial. Here is a list of trustworthy brands that you can always turn to in case the one that we mentioned are not exactly what you are looking for: Blancpain, Bell&Ross, Cartier, Breitling, Jaeger LeCoultre, Rolex, A Lange & Sohn, Ulysse Nardin, Gucci, Dior, Chanel, Piaget, Tag Heuer and Omega. Should we mention that the list can continue? It does. We feel that this range should be more than enough to find what you are looking for, but you can always pursue further. Remember: the current most wanted on the list of watch brands are Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Chopard, Vacheron Constantin and Luis Moinet. They are all Swiss, they have been producing watches for approximately two centuries each and they have acquired their fame over a long period of research and innovation.Since they are the most sought after watches, those who design them put a lot of effort into obtaining high-quality products which practically look as though God himself helped it their creation. Some watches value up to 25 million dollars and there are people out there who invest money into these mechanical wonders. But these brands are not all about obtaining huge sums of money. Products can be found for almost any client and with reasonable prices. In case you feel that any of the top 5 are not close to you, be it style, identity or finance, there are plenty options out there which guarantee great style and feeling. The watch you want is the best watch for you, no matter the name written on it.