Top Luxury Watch Brands
1. Louis Moinet
Louis Moinet is an independent watch brand located in Saint-Blaise, Switzerland, specialising in the creation of high-end timepieces, often featuring exotic materials and innovative technology, underpinned by the philosophy of limited-edition mechanical art.
Under the guidance of founder, CEO and creative director Jean-Marie Schaller, the brand harnesses the passion and inventiveness of master watchmaker Louis Moinet, one of the greatest horologists of all time.
2. Audemars Piguet
"AUDEMARS PIGUET IS MORE THAN A COMPANY. IT REMAINS INDEPENDENT AND FAMILY OWNED, RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TRANSMISSION OF KNOWLEDGE AND KNOW-HOW TO THE FUTURE GENERATIONS. HERE IN LE BRASSUS, WHERE IT ALL STARTED IN 1875." said Olivier Audemars, Vice president of the Board of Audemars Piguet
3. Vacheron Constantin
Ever since its creation in 1755, Vacheron Constantin's special vocation has been to produce custom-built watches, with its master watchmakers lavishing countless hours on determining the exact appearance of a model and on choosing its functions and its components. Extreme complexity or a poetic expression of time, guilloche or enameled dial, Roman or Arabic numerals, seconds in the center or perpetual calendar - anything is possible and no pains are spared to give a watch the character that will forever reflect the wishes of its owner.
4. Patek Philippe
Patek Philippe has been pursuing traditional Genevan watchmaking artistry without interruption since 1839. The manufacture benefits from full creative freedom, which allows it to design, develop, and craft watches that connoisseurs consider to be the world's finest – as pledged by its founders Antoine Norbert de Patek and Adrien Philippe. In addition to exceptional skills, Patek Philippe also nurtures a tradition of innovation that has meanwhile been crowned by over one hundred patents.
5. A. Lange & Söhne
For several generations, the A. Lange & Söhne watchmakers have pursued one goal: to craft timepieces that are at the pinnacle of international haute horlogerie. They follow the rule that Walter Lange once formulated: “There’s something one should expect not only of a watch but also of oneself: to never stand still.” Thanks to this approach, A. Lange & Söhne continues its pursuit to craft exceptional mechanical masterpieces. The developed timepieces are unique, just like the people who have actively contributed to A. Lange & Söhne’s success story. It is the personality of every single employee that shapes our company.
6. Roger Dubuis
Swiss watch Manufacture Roger Dubuis is governed by an audacious mindset that drives innovation while cultivating profound respect for traditions. Since its founding in 1995, the Maison has consistently pushed technical boundaries and shown an unswerving commitment to boldly go where no other watchmakers have gone before.
7. Maurice Lacroix
When Desco von Schulthess Company, an internationally operating company, launched its first watch models under the name Maurice Lacroix in 1975, it was able to draw on its long experience in this industry: The company with its long tradition, founded in 1889 in Zurich, had represented wellknown Swiss watch brands since 1946, especially in the Far East. In the early 1960s, the parent company of Maurice Lacroix purchased a business for assembling watches in Saignelegier.
Here, in the heart of the Swiss Jura mountains, high-quality timepieces were produced for several name brands of watches, which carried the private label signatures on dial, case, and movement. Thanks to its know-how gained from decades of building high-quality watches, it was only a small step for Desco von Schulthess to create its own brand.
8. Arnold & Son
Arnold & Son belongs to a select group of watchmaking companies in Switzerland entitled to call themselves a manufacture, a French term reserved exclusively for watch manufacturers who develop and produce their own movements in-house. The brand's prowess in the development and production of in-house movements is reflected by an impressive collection of Arnold & Son calibres with a complete range of sophisticated complications. Some measure of its achievement can be found in the fact that at least two new movements have been launched each year: an exceptional achievement that puts Arnold & Son on the same level as some of the most dynamic manufactures in the watch industry.
Every Arnold & Son movement has its own story to tell and reflects the brand's heritage. They range from the minuscule repeating watch presented to George III that cemented the founder's reputation, to the precise marine chronometers that made travel at sea so much less hazardous and put the British Empire on course to expansion.
At the beginning of the 18th century, Jehan-Jacques Blancpain perceived the potential in a completely new business activity: watchmaking. In 1735, he founded the Blancpain brand, setting up his first workshop on the upper floor of his house at Villeret, in the present-day Bernese Jura. By recording his name in the official property register of the municipality of Villeret, this pioneer had created an establishment which is now the world's oldest watchmaking brand.
Louis-Ulysse Chopard, the son of a farmer from Sonvilier, quickly conquered Switzerland and the world at the age of 24. The artisan watchmaker created works of art with innovative designs, which early on helped him export to such illustrious places like the court of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Qualities like precision and reliability were very sought-after characteristics in watches, dating all the way back to the 19th century. With unique chronometers and pocket watches, Louis-Ulysse Chopard aimed to fulfill and exceed these desires.
Chopard’s extraordinary timepieces helped build a reputation of reliability and quality for Swiss-made products. Early on, Chopard won two very prestigious commissions: becoming one of the official providers of watches for «Tir Fédéral» and the Swiss Railways.
11. IWC Schaffhausen
The heritage of IWC is deeply rooted in American pioneering spirit and entrepreneurship. Florentine Ariosto Jones, a watchmaker from Boston, founds the International Watch Company in 1868. He draws on the help of eminently qualified Swiss watchmakers, modern technology, and hydropower sourced from the nearby River Rhine to manufacture pocket watch movements of the highest possible quality. The Rauschenbachs, an industrialist family from Schaffhausen, take over the company following Jones’ return to the United States. During its early years, IWC produces pocket watches with a digital “Pallweber” display, as well as wristwatches for women and men.
Pioneer of the wristwatch since 1905, Rolex is at the origin of landmark innovations in watchmaking, including the first waterproof wristwatch - the Oyster - and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism. For over a century, Rolex watches have accompanied explorers and achievers around the world, from the top of the highest mountains to the deepest reaches of the ocean.
13. Ulysse Nardin
In 1846, in Le Locle, Switzerland, young watchmaker Ulysse Nardin had a vision of the future. Despite living miles from the sea, he was convinced of two things: a rising demand for marine and pocket chronometers, and his ability to meet that demand.
He was right on both counts, and Ulysse Nardin navigational timepieces would come to set the standard for precision in both civil and military realms, and establish his company for generations to come.By the 1870s, over 50 navies and international shipping companies were equipped with Ulysse Nardin marine deck chronometers, providing sailors instruments for accuracy and efficiency across trades and continents.
When he died in 1876, his son, Paul-David Nardin, took control, ensuring Ulysse Nardin's continued quest for technical innovation. By 1975, the company had 4,300 watchmaking awards to its illustrious name, including 18 international gold medals, as well as a great number of technological patents.
In the heart of the Vallée de Joux, in the Swiss Jura Mountains, the Manufacturer Jaeger‑LeCoultre has continuously renewed its creativity and inventiveness since 1833. One hundred and eighty different expert skills are brought together under one roof, to breathe life into the heart of the watches and to animate each infinitely small component. Design, assemble, decorate or crimp; every different stage required for the creation of a Jaeger‑LeCoultre timepiece is conducted within the Grande Maison.
Since the beginning, the Maison has created more than 1200 calibers, which today have earned it unique renown in the watchmaking industry. Its iconic collections, such as the Reverso which was born of the Art Déco movement in 1931, the Master, with classic and refined masculine lines, or even the Atmos, the pendulum watch with almost perpetual movement, form the foundation for the Manufacturer's pride and the satisfaction of their loyal clients.
Giovanni Panerai opens his watchmaker's shop on Ponte alle Grazie in Florence: serving not only as a shop and workshop but also as the city's first watchmaking school, Officine Panerai's history begins here in 1860.
In 1874, at the age of nineteen, Georges-Édouard Piaget set up his first workshop on the family farm where he devoted himself to the manufacture of components and high precision movements. His motto “Always do better than necessary” reflected both his ambition and an ideal of self-surpassing that would continue to permeate the company and contribute to its success. Its reputation began to radiate well beyond the pastures of La Côte-aux-Fées. Soon Piaget would be supplying components and movements to the most prestigious watch brands in Switzerland.
SociÊtÊ Cartier is a French luxury goods conglomerate company which designs, manufactures, distributes, and sells jewellery and watches.
Léon Breitling focused on chronographs, which were increasingly in demand at the time for industrial, military, and scientific applications as well as for athletic organizations. In 1889, Léon Breitling was granted a patent for a simplified model, which distinguished itself from its competitors through its sleek design, uncomplicated manufacturing process, and straightforward maintenance.
Omega SA is a Swiss luxury watchmaker based in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland. Formally operating as the La Generale Watch Co, founded in 1848, later incorporating the name Omega in 1903.
"Time began for Bremont in 2002, when we embarked on a journey to make beautifully crafted pilot's watches of exceptional quality. Inspired by a love of flying historic aircraft, of watches and all things mechanical, our timepieces had to be tested beyond the normal call of duty. The watches in our core range are all COSC-certified and we are one of the few companies offering a 3-year warranty on every product. Immensely precise, reliable and durable, Bremont watches are hand built in limited numbers.
Each is designed to appeal to those who share our passion for - and appreciation of - the innovation and mastery behind a beautiful mechanical wristwatch. We hope you enjoy the same satisfaction when you try on a Bremont watch, as we do in creating one." said Nick and Giles English, Bremont Co-Founders
21. TAG Heuer
"The world of TAG Heuer is closely connected to motor racing and marking infinitely small times, but its appeal extends much further: its masculine styling speaks to intrepid women; its collections that are waterproof to 500m perfectly meet the demands of yachting and surfing alike. Over the years, we've expanded our horizons and our company has made a mark in areas as varied as lifestyle, art - contemporary music in particular - and sport including basketball football and baseball, as well as so-called 'extreme' sports. The values of boldness, daring, pioneering spirit, non-conformism, quality and reliability have served to shape our company's identity since its creation and continue to give us direction today. " said Jean-Claude Biver, TAG Heuer CEO