Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Tuesday 10- Luxury Wristwatches

Wrist watches have evolved from just being a time teller to being an accessory that completes an individual’s outfit, reflect his personality and style and also show class and sophistication. We present to you our 10 Spice wristwatches of the week.

IWC Schaffaisen

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Established in 1868 by American engineer and watchmaker Florentine Jones in Switzerland. The brand is notable for its signature classic shape and superior material by living up to their motto “Probus Scafusia” which means good, solid craftsmanship from Schaffhausen. The brand is also notable for being the only major Swiss watch factory located in eastern Switzerland.

Audemars Piguet

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One of the world’s oldest watch manufacturers, founded in 175 by Jules-Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet. The over a century old luxury brand is notable for creating perpetual calendar watches.  The brand is also the first steel luxury sports watch, known as the Royal Oak. The watch, which still features the same design today, featured an octagonal steel bezel and white gold screws. The brand is still one of the most reputable luxury wristwatch brands till date.

Vancheron Constantin

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Vancheron Constant is one of the pioneer luxury wristwatch brands. Founded in 1755, by Jean Marc Vanceron and Francios Constant, in Geneva Switzerland. Over the years, the brand has maintained its traditional craft and continued to serve excellent products. Some of the signature models of the brand include, include the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony, Vacheron Constantin Malte, Vacheron Constantin Quai de l’lile, Vacheron Constantin Overseas, Vacheron Constantin 1972, Vacheron Constantin Historiques, Vacheron Constantin Metiers d’art. The luxury watches cost from $10,000 to as high as $11 million.

Rolex

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A favorite in the world of popular culture. From rap artistes, reality TV stars athletes and more. Rolex was founded in 1905 by Hans Wildsdorf and Alfred Davis in London, United Kingdom before moving to Geneva Switzerland in 1919. Rolex is regarded as a reward for excellence, prestige, and invocation. The brand is one of the world’s largest luxury watch brands, which explains why it was ranked in 2016, by Forbes as the 64th on the list of the world’s most powerful global brands.  Rolex is also the first producer of chronometer wristwatches. Some of their products include the DateJust series, Daytona, Explorer series, GMT series, Oyster Perpetual, Yacht-Master,  Milgauss, and many more.

Bremont

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Brothers Nick and Giles English founded Bremont. The brothers inherited some practical mechanical experience from their father Dr Euan English, ranging from clock assembly to aeroplane- and yacht construction. On 4 March 1995 Euan English was killed and Nick was badly injured when their World War II-vintage Harvard aircraft crashed during a training flight for an air show. The crash spurred the brothers to sell watches.

Chopard

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Chopard is a Swiss watchmaker and jewellery maker founded in 1860 in Sonvilier by Louis-Ulysse Chopard originally known for making ladies’ watches and pocket watches, before it was sold in 1963 to Karl Scheufele , a German watchmaker. Chopard is one of the leading Luxury wristwatch brands in the world. The Chopard manufacture in Fleurier produces L.U.C movements which can be found in many Chopard timepieces.

Jaeger Le Courtres

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Jaeger-LeCoultre (JLC) is a Swiss luxury watch company. Jaeger-LeCoultre was founded the 19th century. Since its launch Jaeger-LeCoultre watchmakers have created more 1,242 calibers with records such as the smallest movement, the most complicated watch, and a near-perpetual caliber.

 

Omega

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Omega is owned by the Swatch group but was founded in 1903 by Louis Brandt. Omega is one of the most popular wristwatch brands in the world. Top shot in the world have been sported wearing it, including but not limited to Prince William, John F Kennedy, and George Clooney. Omega watches were also the first on the moon in 1969.  Omega has also been the official timekeeping device of the Olympics since 1932.  It has also been worn by the James Bond Characters in the film since 1995.

Panerai

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Panerai is an Italian watch making factory founded by Giovani  Panerai in Florence Italy. Panerai used 8-day movements by Angelus in some of its earliest watches (along with Rolex movements based on Cortebert ebauches).

 

Louis Moinet

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Louis Moinet, inventor of the chronograph, was a French horologist, sculptor and painter. French watchmaker Louis Moinet (1768 – 1853) has developed the first chronograph after studying watch making and refining his watch knowledge over many years. At a young age Louis Moinet became interested in watches and often worked with professional watchmakers to learn more about horology.

According to watchtime.com, while being a professor in Paris Louis Moinet connected with his a master watchmaker he knew from many years ago. Moinet soon focused entirely on watch making and traveled to Switzerland extensively. He became President of the Chronometry Society of Paris, and a member of other such associations. When Moinet met Abraham-Louis Breguet, the two collaborated immediately.

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