Luxury Watches

Timeless Investment pieces for the Sophisticated Sybarite

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Luxury

Usually status symbols as these can cost upwards of millions, and confined to the realms of connoisseur watch collectors . These collectors' items are not for everyday wear, and make really sound investments and family heirlooms; although there are affordable lines to be had.

Quartz

Cheaper battery powered watches with individual precise ticking second hand movements. These are more durable than mechanical watches, hence perfect for everyday wear.

Mechanical

Some of the most expensive watches are powered by a mechanical movement/calibre which causes the second hand to move in a smooth sweeping motion. For the horologist, these are usually cherished timepieces.

Chronograph

One of the most popular watch styles, powered by kinetic energy from the wearer's wrist, which drives automatic functioning. As a doctor, I prefer this due to it's precision - useful for timing heart and respiration rate when without alternative technology.

Military/Pilot

These are popular functional watches with larger faces, adaptable to low light conditions. Usually almost indestructible with titanium perimeters so last a lifetime.

Sports

It goes without saying that you choose a watch for your lifestyle. For divers, this is especially crucial as time is of the essence when you are relying on your oxygen supply. For swimmers/triathletes etc, a good waterproof watch which tracks a host of activity and targets is essential.

Watch collection in case

About Luxury Watches

Time has always been; and so has man’s obsession with it. From the archives of prehistoric times to the invention of the timepiece in 1275 in England, this fascination hasn’t waned a bit. This has led to mass production due to ongoing high demand and the constant reinvention of the timepiece over the years.

We are now in the age of digital technology, and the luxury brands are evolving to reflect this. TAG Heuer, MontBlanc, Alpina to name a few have expressed an interest in delving into the smartwatch craze, so this is one avenue to watch (pun intended). 

However, the draw of the classic chronograph is standing the test of time due to the beautiful manufacturing and innovation invested in these amazing pieces. The time of the wristwatch marches on. If you don’t already own an investment timepiece, now is the time to start thinking about it. 

I will be doing a few reviews and making some recommendations in the future.

A Few Firm Favorites

TAG Heuer

A well established leading Swiss luxury watchmaker since 1860 with it’s headquarters in La-Chaux-de-Fonds under the umbrella of LVMH.

The name is a combination of “Techniques d’Avante Garde” (TAG) and the surname of it’s founder. This is a conspicuous brand worn on the wrists of many a high profile celebrity, and seen commonly in racing circuits.

magnified tag heuer watch face
bearded man in suit displaying rolex
Rolex

A highly desirable and functional luxury brand initially founded in London in 1905, and now based in Geneva. It is one of the top 10 most expensive watches to be sold at auction and is  considered a status symbol; representative of the elite. It is commonly seen in a number of sporting circuits including tennis, watersports, and racing.

Cartier

Dubbed as “The jeweller of kings and the king of jewellers”, this French luxury house was established in 1847 and highly sought after by European royalty.  It has kept abreast of the times and maintained it’s legacy of elegant timepieces, reflected of course in it’s price. One of the most expensive designs is the limited bespoke Cartier Phoenix Decor Secret Watch valued at $2.76 Million.

However, despite it’s opulent heritage, a classic Cartier watch wears easily and fits any mould.  It can be a perfect companion to the wearer of a sharply cut suit, an elegant dress, or a jeans and T-shirt combo.

small cartier watch on display