Class, success, and style are discreet, these luxury brands always leave their mark. It leaves its impression on everyone. For each occasion, from work to play, a watch is not just an accessory to add. It is part of the wearers’ identity. It defines you and who you want to be.
You have come this far because you are looking for a watch that can make you stand out. Whether it is a specialist watch like a diver’s or aviator’s watch or one modified to have a tachymeter, stopwatch, or date, the brands listed below would have one that fits your specification and budget.
1. Rolex’s Sister Brand: Tudor
You guessed right, that is not the name of a watch brand but a clue to a brand on the list. Everyone knows how expensive the Rolex brand is, so it has no business being here.
Shortly after Rolex was founded in 1905 by its makers in London, they proceeded to launch their first waterproof and dustproof watch made from the Oyster case. The next creation was their first self-winding automatic timepiece with a perpetual rotor in 1931, then came the Datejust model in ‘45, and the Submariner in ‘53.
These strides helped in securing the Rolex brand amongst the luxury watch industry, which meant they were expensive. The creators probably felt guilty that everyone could not afford it, then decided they were going to create a sister brand to Rolex and launched Tudor.
The Tudor watch brand was launched as an affordable alternative to Rolex. This is why it should be on this list. The watches are made in a similar way to Rolex with just minor differences. Tudor is an actual classic brand having timepieces such as the rugged cased chronograph and Black Bay watch to its name. If you
A vintage watch brand that has been around since the 1800s, Jaeger-LeCoultre is known as one of the world’s best-known watch brands. Located in the Vallée de Joux of the Swiss Jura Mountains, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been manufacturing precision timepieces by bringing close to two hundred various expert skills under one umbrella, with one goal – perfect the art of watchmaking.
The brand was founded by Antoine LeCoultre and has a record of coming up with different innovations and designs. 1844 marked a milestone in the industry when the founder, Antoine, created the Millionometre. It was an instrument with the ability to measure microns to perfect the production of watch parts and was the first of its kind.
Another milestone from the Jaeger-LeCoultre brand came during the Art deco movement in 1931, where the revered Reverso collection was born. The idea behind its reversing case came as a challenge to design a model timepiece, it could ride out the polo matches of British officers in India.
The Master watch is known for its elegant and polished masculine lines, while the Atmos clock, the pendulum timepiece whose inventiveness still surprises many constitutes the foundation of the watchmaker’s pride.
The brand’s latest innovation from the multi-axis tourbillon generation is the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel. Quite the exquisite name from a classic brand.
When you hear Victorinox, makers of the renowned Swiss Army Knife come to mind, and you would be just right. Also established in the 1800s like Jaeger-LeCoultre, Karl Elsener first started his cutler’s workshop in Ibach-Schwyz, Switzerland, 1884.
Seven years later, he began supplying for the first time the soldier’s knife to the Swiss Army. He would go on and create the Swiss Officers and Sports Knife, which is now the famous Swiss Army Knife in 1897. This was going to be the starting point for a company that would not only blossom but would stand out on its own on a global stage.
The brand’s name is a combination of the founder’s (Karl) mother’s name and inox (another name for stainless steel in french and other languages).
Victorinox is now an international company with over 100 years of experience in delivering excellence. From swiss-made watches, to travel gear, to the Swiss Army Knife, and the professional line of cutlery, Victorinox has delivered innovation and quality consistently.
Their watches division was established in its North American branch, with each watch specially crafted and designed to give you the perfect balance between performance and sophistication. Every Victorinox watch worn on your wrist has been duly tested passing over one hundred quality control tests.
4. Uniform Wares
The Uniform Wares is a London watch brand that is rapidly making a name for itself. They clearly stated their watches are created through brilliant design and not branding. Uniform Wares’ wristwatches are Swiss-built with London design, which is another term for saying it is a combo of elegance and style.
The company was founded in 2009 and is already on the same list as century-old watch brands. They seek to create timepieces whose designs are developed in-house.
To maintain its elegance and essence, Uniform Wares watch is created and developed in London. Its watch parts are produced and shipped by few international partners who have a similar vision in paying attention to detail like the company, and the timepiece is finally assembled with care in Switzerland.
Men’s watches are usually mechanical or automatic, yet their choice of a wristwatch must consider certain features. If you are looking to rock a timepiece for everyday use, you should consider picking a piece with a base metal. Metals such as stainless steel or titanium should be at the top of your consideration list instead of rose gold or platinum, which are better for occasional wear on a tux for ball events.
Finding the perfect watch that not only matches our outfit but also budget can be a challenge. Yet the hunt can be fun as we see pieces of our ideologies in some watchmakers, and the right choice can bring us years of enjoyment. With this list, you do not have to go out of your budget to look. There is a timepiece fitting to both your pocket and style.