A wrist watch is the best jewel a man can wear. This article is not for the men who think they are women. Let me explain; this article for the real men who didn’t forget they are men and they don’t waste time shaving their legs or their chests and other stupid things like this.
I had the opportunity to work in a major store selling the most beautiful and expensive watch brands. I had the chance to meet some nice men with style. I learned about this must have accessory called wrist watch. The brands I will present are very expensive and if it seems I am discriminating some people, I am sorry, but there are also watch brands accessible to everyone. You just have to do some research. Today, you will learn about the real players, about the high-rollers. You don’t necessary have to buy one of these brands, but you can learn something important for your general knowledge.
- Vacheron Constantin
The company was founded in 1755 by Jean-Marc Vacheron, an independent watchmaker in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1770, his company created the first complication, and nine years later he designed the first engine-turned dials.
The son of Jean-Marc Vacheron, Abraham, took over the family business in 1785. During this period, the company was able to survive the French Revolution (1789–1799). Later, in 1810, Jacques-Barthélemy Vacheron, the grandson of the founder, became the head of the company. He was the first to initiate the company’s exports to France and Italy. Later, Jacques-Barthélemy realized that he was not able to handle his business alone. In order to travel overseas and sell the company’s products, he needed a partner. Consequently, in 1819 François Constantin became an associate of Vacheron. The company continued its activity under the name Vacheron & Constantin.
2. Patek Philippe
Polish watchmaker Antoni Patek started making pocket watches in 1839 in Geneva, along with his fellow Czech partner Franciszek Czapek. They separated in 1844, and in 1845 Patek joined with the FrenchwatchmakerAdrien Philippe, inventor of the key-less winding mechanism. Patek Philippe & Co was founded in 1851. Patek Philippe popularized the perpetual calendar, split-seconds hand, chronograph, and minute repeater in watches.
In 1935, the manufacturer was brought to American markets by New York-based Henri Stern Watch Agency, where it was sold as a sister brand alongside Universal Genève. Alan Banbery, who previously designed Universal’s “Compax” movements and worked as a horologist for London‘s Garrard & Co, would take on the position of director of sales in 1965 and later authored official reference books on vintage Patek Philippe pocketwatches and chronographs.
3. Audemars Piguet
The Swiss company designs and manufactures mechanical watches and jewellery and is famous for it’s avant-garde styling and being industry leader in establishing new product categories such as stainless steel luxury sport watch with it’s Royal Oak line.
The Audemars Piguet watch group is composed of 1,450 employees, 14 distribution subsidiaries, and 18 boutiques worldwide. It comprises three production sites: Le Brassus, Le Locle and Meyrin in Switzerland. The brand is present in 88 countries.
Audemars Piguet has been continuously producing watches since 1875, making it one of the world’s oldest watch manufacturers. The company is still owned by its founding families
4. Jager Le Coultre
Jaeger-LeCoultre watches are just so effortlessly stylish, but under that exotic skin lies some of the best watchmaking in the world, courtesy of the hard work and innovation of some of the brightest minds of the past two centuries.
It began in 1833, when thirty year-old Antoine LeCoultre set up a watchmaking workshop in the small Swiss town of Le Sentier. He focused his efforts on high-quality timepieces, but for his suppliers to manufacture the quality he needed required him to develop levels of accuracy better than currently existed. He did just that; using his newly invented ‘millionometer,’he was able to measure one micrometre; one-millionth of a metre.
In 1847, using his unparalleled tolerances, LeCoultre designed a push button system that not only changed the function of the watch, but also eliminated the need for a key to wind it. This incredible dedication to innovation was not overlooked; LeCoultre was awarded a gold medal for his work at the Great Exhibition held at the Crystal Palace in 1851.
Antoine’s son, Elie LeCoultre, exhibited the same desire for perfection when he expanded his father’s workshop to bring manufacturing in-house. The scene was set; from 1870, the LeCoultre factory began to produce its own complicated movements, and by the end of the nineteenth century had produced over 350 different types of movement. Such was the quality of the components that another Swiss brand, Patek Philippe, had LeCoultre produce their movement blanks.
The introduction of Edmond Jaeger, a Parisian watchmaker with a penchant for ultrathin movements, marked the next milestone in the Jaeger-LeCoultre journey. In 1903 he set Jacques-David LeCoultre, Antoine’s grandson, the ultimate challenge; to produce a movement he had designed that, if LeCoultre could make it, would be the thinnest movement in the world. After four years of work, LeCoultre finished it, the calibre 145, a world record at 1.38mm thick. The challenge evolved to incorporate the manufacture of the world’s smallest movement too, which became the calibre 101, and weighed less than a gram.