In the modern age, everyone is getting very much concerned about their personality and their appearances. Different types of watches, glasses, shoes, and other accessories have been made and introduced in the fashion industry, for people to enhance their personality and appearances. Bur when it comes to wristwatches, these are more than just mere fashion accessories, these are a way of life now.
You will find watch Enthusiasts all around the worlds who brag about their watches. While someone brags about their latest Digital smart watch, there are people who feel proud in wearing their vintage, old school, hand made watches. So today we will be exploring top five watch models, which have been popular amongst the watch Enthusiasts. These watches can be Quartz or automatic, and in no particular order.
These five companies are also known as the ROYAL TRINITY.
1: Audemars Piguet
Audemars Piguet is an ancient Swiss manufacturer of luxurious mechanical clocks and wristwatches, The headquarter is situated in Le Brassus, Switzerland. The company was founded by Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet in the Vallée de Joux in 1875, in 1881, it got its name as Audemars Piguet & Cie.
One of the most prestigious watches designed by the company is the ROYAL OAK. This watch revolutionized watchmaking art around the world. This was meant to be a sports watch that could be used in everyday life. It could go along formal as well as casual dressings.
One of the most iconic and recognizable aspects of the Royal Oak collection is its dedicated octagonal bezel shape. Which are attached with eight screws, which are themselves, hexagonal? The case of the watch itself is a work of art such a sleek and comfortable design, involving highly technical and skilled production process.
Last but not the least, the companies signature dial, “Tapisserie” pattern is one of the outstanding features of this watch, which gives it a unique and attractive look, making people gaze at your watch while cruising down the streets.
2: Patek Philippe
It has been quoted ” You never own a Patek Philippe, you merely look after it for the next generation.”
Being one of the oldest and most ancient companies of all time, Patek Philippe has been making its name across the world for centuries. Founded in 1839, Patek Philipe is a Swiss luxury clock and wristwatch manufacturer, situated in Vallée de Joux and Canton of Geneva. The company is known for its highly complicated craftsmen ship and professionalism in every piece of creation they ever made.
One of the most beautiful and elite class models we came across includes the Patek Philippe Geneve 5271p Grand Complications. This watch comprises of manually wound mechanical movement. You get the indications by apertures of day, months, years, and even leap years and even day/night. The date indication can be adjusted with hands.
The watch consists of Patek Philippe’s dedicated black lacquered dial, gold hour markers, and the company was kind enough to add a baguette diamond at 12 o’clock marker. The watch has a sapphire-crystal case on its backside, and the overall casing is made of platinum, which is water-resistant up to 30m.
The chronograph is one of the most interesting features of this watch. which indicates all the complicated craftsmen ship of the watch. Its interesting to see how they designed the Perpetual calendar along with the day/night indication
When it comes to luxurious and boutique watches, Rolex will be a must on the list. Rolex is another Swiss watch manufacturing company which is based in Geneva, Switzerland. At first, it was named as Wilsdorf and Davis, under the names of the owners Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis in 1905, in London. In 1908 the company was officially named Rolex, and it remains the same to this day.
The watch we will be looking at today is the Rolex Daytona. Being not only the most expensive Rolex but also the most expensive watch ever sold, beating the record of Patek Philippe’s most expensive 1943 model perpetual calendar chronograph, which was sold for a hefty amount of $11 million, back in 2016
Cosmograph Daytona was designed in 1963, especially for the young professional racing drivers. It is now considered the part of motorsport and been an icon since then. More than 50 years have passed, the watch remains popular among the sports chronographs.
The watch consists of custom made, self-winding, dedicated, mechanical chronograph movement. The bezel is scratch proof, UV ray resistant, and offers a tachymetric scale, colored by gold or platinum.
4: Vacheron Constantin
Founded in 1755, Vacheron Constantin is another Swiss watch manufacturing company on our list. It is one of the oldest watch companies known, with a sustained legacy till today in watchmaking. The watch we will be discussing is a pocket watch named Reference 57260.
Reference 57260 is one of the world’s most complicated mechanical pocket watch, which consists of about 57 types of complications in it. The watch was assembled and released in 2015 by Vacheron Constantin.
The watch consists of about 2,800 components. it has about 242 jewels, the caliber of 3750. It indicates hours, minutes, seconds, and even average solar time regulation as well. It also comprises of Tourbillon regulator which consists of spherical dedicated balance spring. The Hebraic Perpetual Calendar is a highly complicated mathematical system, which combines both the lunar months and solar year.
The material of the watch is made of solid 18-carat white gold and comprises of glazed and polished bezels on each side. Thus making the watch an excellent, beautiful piece of art, which indeed provides an aesthetic look.
5: Richard Mille
On our list, this company appears to be the latest among all, but the reputation it has made in such a short period of time makes it the part of this Holy Trinity.
Founded in 2001, by Richard Mille and Dominique Guenat, Richard Mille is a Swiss company that makes boutique watches in Les Breuleux, Switzerland. The watch we will be looking at today is the Richard Mille Panda RM 026-1, which is considered one of the most expensive watches in the world, being a limited edition with only 15 made by the company.
The watch released back in 2011. The watch was a beautiful combination of Horological pyrotechnics and esoteric sensibility. The tourbillon is manual winding, which indicates hours, minutes, and even power reserve indications.
If we look closely, we can appreciate a ruby & diamond-encrusted, the white gold snake of 18K having a red coral tongue. The interesting fact is all the jewel work in the watch is done very precisely and skillfully by hands! The base plate has been created by unique cryptocrystalline quartz, black onyx.