The World’s Top Wrist Watch Brands
A wrist watch is a businessman’s indispensable item. A high-quality wrist watch makes a good impression and can lead to future business projects.
Two high-grade wrist watch brands that come to mind are Omega and Rolex. However, there are other brands that boast tremendous popularity among the wealthy. Here are three brands that only people in the know would know of.
(1) Vacheron Constantin: prestige that has a 260-year history
Established in 1755, this manufacturer was created in Geneva, Switzerland. As a maker that has not ceased production, it is taken to be the world’s oldest wrist watch manufacturer. Its symbol is a Maltese cross, combining four “Vs”, and the eight projecting corners each express eight virtues in chivalry, including loyalty and piety.
Counted among the world’s top three makers of high-grade watches, even in Ginza’s landmark “Wako,” it is sold as one of the “10 brands singled out by Wako” in the imported watch department. If one tries to confirm the price on Rakuten Market as a test, the highest price is for a second-hand item, but is about 20.2 million yen. Most were in the 1 million yen price band, but the products in the 2-5 million yen price band were also lined up in a row.
It has an established reputation for its good quality and beauty, but its stand-out factor above all else would be its eminent technology. In 2015, when they announced the “Reference 57260” pocket watch with 57 complex mechanisms on board (which would become the most in history) ? combining traditional methods in watch-making with leading-edge technology ? it became a major topic of conversation. Packing in various functions, such as six watch functions and eight Jewish calendar functions, its price is rumored to be as much as $10 million. It is favored by the wealthy because it has the backing of such technology.
(2) A. Lange & Sohne: a -first class watch
A. Lange & Sohne was established in the Saxony kingdom in Germany in 1868. Inventing patented technologies in great numbers, while capturing the hearts of watch-lovers by contributing to the improvement of precision in time measurement, it was tossed about by the waves of the time. The watch factory burned down during World War II, and it ended up being annihilated further, being confiscated by the East German government. However, being revived by the founder’s great-grandson in 1990 with the unification of East and West Germany as the cue, it reigns as a German brand unmatched in the world. 2018 is the 10th anniversary of it opening a boutique in Ginza.
They put in maximum effort in guaranteeing item quality. After they confirm that the parts functions are assembled, they, by dismantling everything and cleaning them, assemble them again upon performing surface finishing, or glazing. They say that it is because no matter how much careful attention they pay in performing the work, they cannot exclude the possibility of it ending up becoming a little scratched or small particles ending up entering the watch at the time of adjustment.
In the Rakuten Market, the watches are priced from 1-3 million yen, but the highest price of a second-hand watch is as much as 15.28 million yen. Even at the lowest price, they do not go below 1 million yen (as of March 2018).
(3) Richard Mille: the standard-bearer of the new generation
Established in 2001 and being admitted into the world’s top brands in a mere 10 years, Richard Mille is an impressive brand. It has been said that it has many celebrity lovers such as lyricist Yasushi Akimoto and film actor Jackie Chan.
Its concept is an “extreme watch” that transcends high-grade mechanical watches. Using first-class materials and the latest technology used in F1 or the aerospace industry, together with pursuing perfection, they have also realized a solidity that does not even flinch at problems in spite of being a complex watch. There seem to be many in the price band in the order of 10-20 million yen.
Any of these brands is a stellar choice in the high-grade wrist watch industry
It cannot be said that these brand names are widely known all over the world unless one likes watches, but there is no room for doubt that any of them is a top brand in the high-grade watch industry. And they are watches that people who are really wealthy like.
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