If you’re a collector of fine timepieces, or are looking to purchase a luxury watch, take note of these pointers before your next purchase. Baroque Access finds out what’s important to consider before taking out your wallet
Watch collectors will tell you that good timepieces are also great investments. Which doesn’t mean you can’t wear them on your wrist. On the contrary, wearability is as important when choosing a luxury watch as the investment value. So let’s take a look at what you need to consider before you buy. After all, whether you’re spending a few thousand dollars, or a few million, it’s important to know exactly what you’re aiming for.
Think before you buy
Ask yourself the following questions:
What type of watch am I looking for? Something to wear occasionally, or to wear every day?
- Do I want something more traditional, or should it be the latest trend?
- Do I want just a watch, or do I want something that does more than tell the time, whether it’s a sports watch with a timer or one I can wear for diving. Perhaps you want a smart watch. Consider all these pointers.
- Consider your lifestyle before you choose a watch. Are you looking for something that is versatile enough to wear to the office, and out in the evening? Are you an adventure junkie who needs a sports watch more than a classic one? Make sure that the timepiece you choose suits your personality and your lifestyle.
Consider comfort as well investment value
The watch you purchase must be one you will be happy wearing, whether it’s for special occasions, or for everyday. Make sure it’s comfortable on your wrist, not too heavy or bulky, and that you look good wearing it. It may tell the time, but it’s as important as jewelry as an accessory.
Consider all the different luxury brands
There are many luxury brands of watches, and what you ultimately choose will be up to you. But do look at a selection of top luxury brands before choosing your timepiece. We have picked a few of the top luxury brands to help you…
- Audermars Piguet
Founded in 1875 by Jules-Louis Audemars and Edward- Auguste Piguet, this Swiss watchmaker is famous for creating stylish, elegant watches that are extremely complex in design.
- A Lange & Söhne
This German watch manufacturer is renowned for crafting exceptional timepieces that are often unique and unusual.
Originally founded by Jehan-Jacques Blancpain, this Swiss company is now part of the Swatch Group. Yet Blancpain remains one of the world’s oldest watchmaking manufacturers. It is particularly known for creating the world’s smallest and thinnest movement. The company produces 30 watches a day.
- Jaeger LeCoultre
Founded by Antoine LeCoultre, this Swiss brand is famous for creating some of the most complicated watches ever made. It is also famous for manufacturing the best in-house movements.
- Patek Philippe
One of the most luxurious and coveted watch brands in the world, Patek Philippe mechanical watches are highly valued for their complexity.
Swiss company Rolex is perhaps the most well-known luxury watch brand. It is as popular for its investment value as it is for its designs.
- Ulysse Nardin
Famous for its Marine chronometer for which it has won numerous medals and thousands of prizes, this top designer brand is coveted by those who enjoy yachting and sailing.
- Others to consider
Breitling, Roger Dubuit, Vacherin Constantin and many more.