It is already a fact that a watch is more to it than meets the eye. An art piece that has been perfected by renowned blacksmiths and craftsmen. A tool that not only tells time but also shows a glimpse of your nature. An instrument that changes the perception towards the wielder of such ingenuity. Luxury watches, on the other hand, are high-tier and exquisite, and we’ll focus more on this.
In the watch industry, luxury watches are defined as manufactured watches of exceptionally high quality combined with a premium price. A good example of this is authentic Rolex watches. Many luxury watch brands have already mastered their crafts, but in this article, we will discuss brands that have pushed their limits for the year 2021.
First on our list is the ever-popular, Rolex. A luxury watch manufacturer that is based in Geneva, Switzerland, founded in London in the year 1905. Their watches usually have been associated with quality and precision, and have been a status symbol particularly for the common people.
Recently, they have released 4 new generations of their top quality watches, namely Datejust, Oyster Perpetual, Sky-Dweller, and Day-date. In this new generation, minor changes are added to the models such as the new Submariner and Datejust. While for the new Oyster Perpetual and Sky-Dweller, a new model was added, and an innovative bracelet made of high-performance elastomer.
2. Patek Philippe
Next on our list is Patek Philippe. One of the holy trinity when it comes to luxury watches and also the bearers of the first Swiss wristwatch. Their headquarters is in Geneva, Switzerland, where most of their manufacturing is done. Patek Philippe is one of the best well-known luxury brands out there and considered the epitome of luxury watches.
In the year 2020 alone, Patek Philippe released multiple watches similar to Rolex. For their latest venture, they have released the grand et petite sonnerie, a watch that has a large and small strike mechanism. It is one of the most attractive designs from their new compilations in their recent releases.
3. Grand Seiko
One of the rising luxury brands of the watch industry, Grand Seiko is a luxury brand that offers watches that are made entirely in Japan, particularly in Seiko’s two exclusive watchmaking studios by master craftsmen. Grand Seiko was once joined with Seiko and rivals for manufacturing watches. In the later years, Grand Seiko separated from their parent company and focused on developing high-quality luxury watches.
In the latest releases, Grand Seiko brought their A-game. With 2 anniversaries, they have released 2 watches that have the watch community very interested. They have released the Grand Seiko Kintaro Hattori to honor the 160th anniversary of their founder and also the King Seiko KSK celebrating Seiko’s 140th anniversary.
Next is the luxury brand Jaeger-LeCoultre, a company based in Le Sentier, Vlaud, Switzerland. They are known for their multiple designs, patents, and, of course, their watch’s movement. They are also the bearers of the world’s smallest movement and the world’s most complicated wristwatch, which are the Grande Complication and the Atmos clock. Jaeger-LeCoultre is also renowned for their creative and innovative watchmakers, which built their empire of one-of-a-kind designs in the industry.
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon Moon has recently been released. It is a typical yet beautiful example of the tourbillon genre, but with a few technical features. It has definitely distinguished itself from the rest of its kind with a rare full-rotor tourbillon movement.
From the makers of the Moonwatch, Omega is a Swiss luxury brand that is based in Bienne, Switzerland. They are known for the first watch in space and the first watch on the moon with their 2nd and 4th generation Speedmaster. Omega is also known for their sport-inspired watches such as chronographs intended for sports, dive watches, and for their co-axial movement. They also revolutionized the way sports watches should have been designed in which certain characteristics should be met first before being called a sports watch.
Omega’s new release is one of great importance due to it having a new model for one of their classic watches, which is the Moonwatch. Now the old model for the Moonwatch, which is the Caliber 1861, is officially discontinued. The new model, the 3861, which in respect is still considered a Moonwatch. This new version has new movement, a configuration of the balance spring, increased jewel count, and also a new bracelet to boot. The new Moonwatch definitely grabbed a lot of attention from the watch community.
Luxury watchmakers pride themselves on their work. They put so much in such a small yet complex instrument for the satisfaction of their consumers. The many hours utilized and many brainstorming sessions just to put up an ingenious product. Watchmakers have been improving and conceiving designs that would not only make you excited but also yearn and be interested more in the luxury watch industry.