Luxury watches evoke incredible images of exclusivity and perfection in most people’s mind. Since the 1800’s the timepiece industry has always been ahead of its time with world-famous Swiss engineers dedicating their lives to the perfection of time.
To this day combining technical excellence and artisan beauty in a watch is held as a true mark of manufacturing perfection. Switzerland is the undeniable home of watchmaking with virtually all modern manufacturers drawing roots from Swiss, French and German heritage. The Swiss made label is now a synonymous sign of high-quality watch engineering.
The mechanical complexity that is put into such miniature lightweight form has led to technologies that supersede the industry and even make some brands a world power. Even with the development of computers, the allure of handcrafted luxury watches makes them stand the test of time.
Patek Philippe is an enduring world leading fine watchmaker. The founding fathers, Antoni Patek and Franciszek Czapek, brought the company to the world in 1851 combining their eye for watchmaking and inventiveness. Czapek’s inventions, including keyless winding mechanisms, carried Patek Philippe to the forefront of watchmaking where they illustriously remain today. Their pride in combining innovative beauty with quality fine workmanship draw plaudits across the world, even supplying royalty like the British Monarchs.
Another one of the oldest watchmakers in the world, Audemars Piguet is still remarkably still in the ownership of the original families. The Swiss brand was formed in 1875 and still base themselves in Le Brassus, Switzerland. Audemars Piguet is known for bringing artistic excellence to their technical mastery. They consider themselves true artisans as they gloriously build watches with a unique mastery of complex watchmaking. Rather than striving for perfection, Audemars Piguet continually pushes the watch design boundaries to inspire the world of arts and engineering.
This luxury Swiss watch manufacturer truly is a powerhouse of watchmaking as they have been for generations. Jean-Marc Vacheron, an independent watchmaker in Geneva, founded the company in 1755. They produce around 20,000 watches a year drawing kudos from wealthy middle-eastern investors. The close bond between astrology and horology is what they believe represents the foundations of time measurement. Their work is truly an art and incredible value is placed on their custom watches that represent stories of time from around the world.
A. Lange & Söhne.
The German watchmakers have had quite a storied past and the company has been brought back to the world after a generation of missing watches. The original watchmakers were founded in 1845 but the company was disbanded after World War II. The founder’s great-grandson Walter Lange restored the company in 1990 after the German reunification. Their distinctive qualities use gold or platinum coupled with German silver to create exclusive luxury watches. Walter Lange once made a rule that they now abide by “There’s something one should expect not only from a watch but also of oneself: to never stand still.”
The entrepreneurial watch and clock manufacturer is still based in Le Sentier, Switzerland. Jaeger-LeCoultre leads the way with innovation with hundreds of creations to their name. Their technical inventiveness has transcended the watchmaking industry allowing them to hold close ties with other honored companies including Aston Martin. Their craft mastery and creativity allow them to make unique movements, features, and engravings that exude passion in every detail. As a hallmark of perfection, they make parts for many other companies that look to Jaeger-LeCoultre for engineering excellence.
What more needs to be said about this Swiss watchmaker that is not already known? Rolex transcends the industry into the mainstream culture while maintaining their status of exclusivity. The famous watch company is one of the most powerful brands in the world and the largest luxury watchmaker. Wilsdorf and Davis eventually founded Rolex in London, going on to dominate the industry. Their focus on wristwatches for the past century has given them the edge especially when adding innovations such as waterproofing and automatic date changing. Their watches are of such prestige that references to Rolex can be found throughout popular culture as a sign of affluence and success.
Breguet & Fils.
Another legendary watchmaker that embeds in the heart of Switzerland. Abraham-Louis Breguet founded the company in 1775 and despite now being a part of the Swatch Group they still continue their distinct design. Taking his son Louis-Antoine as a partner in 1805, the unmistakeable hand-crafted engine turned motifs now make the watches clean cut yet noticeable. Their smooth watches keep you in tune with the world from every passing second to phases of the moon. Delicate design is sign enough of the meticulous care that goes into each and every watch.
Originating in 1791, Girard-Perregaux oversees every element of their watchmaking to ensure imperfections are eradicated. The base of Le Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland was once a perfect home for watchmaking after the town was redesigned. Wide streets produced stunning natural light for engineering in a time when artificial lighting was minimal. The technical excellence of Swiss watches combined with global influence has long been pinpointed as a reason for their high-end designs. Girard-Perregaux sees it as their duty to continue a prestigious company by delivering iconic stylish watches to the world. They are a manufacturer that builds all parts in-house as an attempt to construct perfection.
Blancpain is the final piece of the puzzle when it comes to exclusive luxury watches. They started making watches way back in 1735. Founded from Villeret, Switzerland, Blancpain stays true to classic watchmaking and they have never produced a digital watch among their privileged collection. The care that each and every watch receive is unparalleled with every piece being built by a single watchmaker. They do not try to compete with the larger manufacturers instead only creating 30 watches a day of impeccable quality. Their watches look to lead the way, infusing tradition with innovation.