Luxury watches are centuries old and rightly position themselves as one of the most important status symbols for men and it is easy to see why many men will align themselves with certain watchmaking brands because they reflect their own sense of style and tastes. But before we can talk about the different brands that make up the highly competitive world of high end watches, such as Baume & Mercier, Breitling, IWC, TAG Heuer and Rolex, it is important to get to grips with luxury watches themselves – understand what makes them tick, literally and metaphorically.
So, let’s get this started, let’s delve into luxury watches and discover all the aspects of their creation and workings that you may always have wanted to know but were too afraid to ask.
Up First – Movements
One of the key components for your consideration when purchasing a luxury watch is the movement which acts as the driving force behind its motion and people are often astounded by just how much craftsmanship and precision is required to manufacture the movements on timepieces from the likes of Patek Phillipe and Jaeger LeCoultre.
There is a vast array of movements when it comes to luxury watches and this is something that you realise for yourself when it comes to picking out the right timepiece for you.
When one talks about high-end luxury timepieces, the most common movements that you will come across include:
- Jewel Movement – This type of movement is typically reserved for the crème de la crème of luxury watches and entails the use of jewels that have polished and drilled before forming the basis of the watch movement. You’ll find that the more expensive the timepiece, the more jewels it will have within the mechanism. Most watches that fall into the “luxury” bracket will have in excess of 19 jewels within the mechanism.
- Automatic / Self-Winding – The variety of movement is undoubtedly one of the most popular when it comes to luxury watches. An automatic / self-winding movement represents a mechanical movement that is fuelled by human movement i.e. they are powered by the owner’s movement and so long as he keeps moving, the watch will remain powered.
- Quartz Movement – The most common variety of movement and one that isn’t as common with the most luxurious watches. Quartz movements are, however, extremely accurate and reliable but, given that they are easier and less expensive to produce, most luxury watch brands don’t opt for this variety of movement.
- Mechanical Movement – This variety of movement has been around for hundreds of years and still remains just as import to watchmaking today as it always was. This type of movement utilises energy which is generated by a wound spring and the motion is powered when this energy is released. This manner of movement can last for decades without any requirement for a battery. There are some extremely impressive luxury watches with highly intricate mechanical movements which are a stunning spectacle.
- Chronograph Movement – Another popular movement for luxury timepieces, a chronograph movement will break time down into hours, minutes and seconds – with some also boasting moon phases and calendars.
Up Next – Style of Watch
Needless to say, there are myriad luxury watches available on the market from a vast array of watchmakers and finding the right variety for you will be dependent on your own personal preferences but one thing that I can say for sure is that there will be a luxury watch out there to suit every taste imaginable.
With such an extensive selection of luxury watches available, it can be difficult to narrow ones selection down but let’s take a look at the most popular styles of men’s watches on the market.
Vintage Style Watches
Vintage style luxury watches are certainly one of the most popular varieties of luxury watches for men and, as you can see from the exemplary timepieces above, there are plenty of watches to turn your head within the Vintage bracket. From left to right above, you have a Jaeger LeCoultre, Zenith and IWC watch and they really typify why vintage or classic style timepieces remain so popular today.
For those people after a more nautical timepiece, there are some truly fantastic luxury diving watches on the market and the vast majority of the world’s leading watchmakers will typically offer a selection of watches specifically for those who enjoy diving. Needless to say, these diving watches look great both in and out of the water. The watches above are from IWC, Bell & Ross and Breitling.
For those men who want their watches to offer a bit more brawn than refinement, there is an excellent selection of sporty style luxury watches to choose from such as the stunning timepieces above from Chopard, Audemars Piguet and TAG Heuer. Luxury sports watches like these are ideal for those who live an action packed or adrenaline soaked lifestyle and there are plenty of men who favour this style of luxury timepiece.
Limited Edition Watches
Luxury watches are, by their definition, exclusive items but in order to ramp up the exclusivity still further, it may well be worth considering a limited edition luxury timepiece such as the, quite frankly, exceptional watches above from Hublot, Bremont and U-Boat respectively. The Limited Edition Bremont Victory watch above, for example, is made from parts of HMS Victory which was Admiral Nelson’s flagship vessel in the Battle of Trafalgar – a fact that really showcases just how unique and desirable these limited edition luxury timepieces can be.
These are just a selection of the types of luxury watches available, of course, and if you’re planning on adding a high-end timepiece to your wrist over the next 12 months then it is definitely a good idea to do some research into the types of luxury watches available on the marketplace. There are few investments that a man can make that will define them more succinctly than their choice of luxury timepiece and it really is a great feeling having such an exceptional accessory strapped to your wrist.
All the watches above can be found online at The Watch Gallery.