There are so many watch brands out there it can be hard to keep track of them all. But the truth is, some luxury watch brands are more worth knowing than others. Here are our picks for the top 10 luxury watch brands to know in 2022.
Rolex, predictably, is at the top of this list. We’d be surprised if you weren’t already familiar with this Swiss watchmaker. Identifiable by the five-point crown logo, Rolex watches are some of the most timeless and sought-after watches on the market.
2: Patek Philippe
Owned by the Stern family since the company was founded in 1839, Patek Philippe combines the best of heritage and innovation in watchmaking. Since its founding, the company has produced less than 1 million watches total which makes them both scarce and incredibly desirable.
3: Audemars Piguet
Seen on the wrists of A-listers like LeBron James and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Audemars Piguet watches are modern and exclusive. Owning an Audemars Piguet shows a customer is a connoisseur when it comes to luxury watches.
4: Vacheron Constantin
Few watch brands in the world have as much tradition and established expertise as Vacheron Constantin. This brand has been in operation for more than 250 years, creating exceptional watches that last a lifetime. Worn by Napoleon Bonaparte and Harry S. Truman, Vacheron Constantin creates watches for a very exclusive clientele.
Blancpain has a long and storied history as a luxury watch manufacturer, dating back to 1735. Another Swiss giant, it’s a subsidiary of the Swatch Group and most famous for its 1735 Grande Complication watch.
Yet another brand from the Swatch Group, Omega is a brand that has an incredible history. Omega watches have been everywhere, from the North Pole to the bottom of the ocean, even to space. Buzz Aldrin famously wore an Omega Speedmaster while walking on the moon and since then the brand has only gotten stronger.
Though Swiss watch manufacturers dominate the top watch brands in the world, that doesn’t mean there’s no room for Italian brand Panerai. The brand’s watches, especially the Panerai Luminor, are incredibly popular due to their handsome, timeless designs.
For a customer looking for a luxury ultra-thin watch caliber, there’s no better choice than Piaget. This company has created a variety of understated yet stunning ultra-thin watches, including the world’s thinnest automatic watch. Piaget watches are more than just timepieces- they’re art.
Another well-established Swiss luxury watch brand, Jaeger-LeCoultre is known for its history of innovation in the timepiece market. The company has more than 400 different patents and has developed over 1,000 calibers, including the Grande Complication, a watch often considered one of the most complicated in the world.
Cartier may be best-known worldwide for its luxurious jewelry but the designer actually started as a watchmaker. That history is still going strong and Cartier remains a major player in the timepiece industry. Cartier watches are unique and eye-catching, especially its famous Tank range of watches.
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