All their watches are handmade by master artisans and watchmakers.
The wheel on the side of the watch that is used to set time. Transmits the stored energy from the mainspring to the escapement through a series of small gears.
Used as bearings to reduce metal-to-metal friction and wear, they improve performance and accuracy.
It’s pretty safe to say that the luxury wristwatch is the ultimate intricate mechanical instrument and piece of jewelry you can find on the market today, and whether you are a collector, a connoisseur, a materialist or a person with a zest for the good life, I bet you are interested in knowing how your particular brand is ranked in the luxury watch hierarchy.
(Image By Rama) Whether you’d like to know how the brands rank for your personal satisfaction of knowing that you have picked the “right brand” (there is no such thing such as the “right brand” – it’s all a matter of personal taste) or if you have a general interest in luxury watches – read on, because this article will interest you.
I do not pretend that my ranking is objective nor do I pretend that my ranking is written in stone, nor do I claim that any official institute or “The Holy Book Of How To Rank The Luxury Watch Brands” exist, but I do claim that if any ranking of the legendary and iconic luxury wristwatch brands should be meaningful, then some criteria must be used and applied.
The criteria down below will give you a good idea of what exactly is the basis of my ranking.
Patek Philippe is an independent and family owned watchmaker, though not by the founding family.
Next to Rolex, Patek Philippe has the best resale value.
There are a handful of companies that are ‘vertically integrated’ and make their own movements without using any supplies from subcontractors.
These companies are referred to as Manufactures, and the watches they make are typically more expensive and highly sought after because of their exclusivity.
Acts like a brake, taking the energy transmitted from the mainspring through the gear train and pushing it out into equal, regular parts.