Watches are not just an accessory; they are an identity for a gentleman and of course, a time telling tool. Even though, we have clock in our phones, but nothing can beat elegance of wearing branded watch.
With the passage of time, wristwatches for men have become necessity to maintain their daily schedule and to enhance their outlook. The fashion industry has grown so has the watch manufacturers. Watch brands has revolutionized the designs with new and modern ideas and methods. Everyone wants a reliable watch that will provide fashion and function for years to come. Watch brands for men have popped up their personality and style. Everyone likes a different watch brand. A man must has a decent collection of watch in his wardrobe. It is his own personal taste, choice, identity and class.
A question may arise in your mind that how to choose the best watch brand for men? Therefore, for your ease, we have rounded up the list of watch brands for men, which is created after a detailed research of watch brands for men. Have a look to this list:
Rolex, the brand that everyone knows. Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis in London, England founded this watch manufacturer company in 1905 (116 years ago) by the name “Wilsdorf and Davis”. It was renamed as “Rolex Watch Co. Ltd.” in 1915. It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. By 2018, Forbes (an American business magazine) ranked Rolex as the world’s 71st most valuable brand. One of its company’s slogans is “A Crown for Every Achievement”. Rolex company war the first to invent waterproof watch, the famous Oyster model. In 1945, they also brought the first self-winding watch (automatic watch) to the market. By 2019, the production output of the company is more than 800,000 pieces, with revenue $5.2 billion.
This watchmaking company was founded by Louis Brandt in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1903, the company was originally known as Louis “Brandt et Frère - Omega Watch & Co.” Later in 1982, the company was officially renamed as “Omega SA”. It is the subsidiary company or daughter company of the Swiss “Swatch group”. Its headquarter is in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland. “Omega – Exact time for life”, is the slogan of Omega’s company, which was developed in 1931. In 1892, Louis Brandt, in collaboration with Audemars Piguet, manufactured the world’s first minute repeating wristwatch. Omega has been delivering luxury watches to horophiles for more than 170 years. Omega SA is also the official timekeeper for the video game Need for Speed II.
Audemars Piguet is a Swiss maker of luxury mechanical watches and clocks. Jules Louis Audemars, along with Edward Auguste Piguet founded the company in 1875. Audemars Piguet is best known for introducing the Royal Oak wristwatch (first stainless steel sports watch) in 1972. Moreover, it has developed the first skeleton watch in 1934 and manufactured some of the thinnest watches in the world. In 2018, AP produced 40 thousand watches, with revenue 1.1 billion CHF. In 1921, the company created the first jumping-hour wristwatch of the world. Their Millenary collection was launched in 1995. Their slogan is “To Break the Rules, You Must First Master Them”, which was introduced in 2012.
Patek Philippe SA is a clock and watch manufacturer, founded by Antoni Patek, Franciszek Czapek, and Adrien Philippe in 1839. Its headquarters are based in Canton of Geneva, Switzerland. This brand is one of the oldest watch manufacturers of the world. Company offers more than 400 stores in the world. As of December 2019, among the world’s top ten most expensive watches sold at auctions, seven are Patek Philippe watches. In 2019, Patek Philippe earned US $1.49 billion by selling watches. This company’s slogan or moto is "You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation”, which was launched in 1996. In 1956, Patek Philippe generated the world’s first all-electronic clock, which received the "Award for Miniaturization” in New York in 1958.
Cartier is a French luxury goods conglomerate (multi-industry company), which designs, manufactures, distributes, and sells watches and other jewelry items. It was founded by Louis-François Cartier in Paris in 1847 (174 years ago). The company offers its services in more than 200 stores in 125 countries. In 2018, Forbes ranked Cartier 59th most valuable brand of the world. This brand is best known for its “Tank” range of watches. King Edward VII of Great Britain called Cartier as "the jeweler of kings and the king of jewelers”. In 1974, the company launched the first leather collection in burgundy. In 2016, Cartier did the business of 6.1 billion Dollars.
This brand is located in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. The company was founded by Florentine Ariosto Jones in 1868. IWC has been the subsidiary or daughter company of the Swiss Richemont Group since 2000. It uses titanium in watchmaking. This brand is best known for producing pilot/ aviation watches. The company’s slogan is “Probus Scafusia”. It is a Latin phrase which means "good, solid craftsmanship from Schaffhausen”; moto was developed in 1903. There are six IWC Schaffhausen watch families: Pilot’s Watches, Ingenieur, Portugieser, Da Vinci, Aquatimer and Portofino.
Chopard is a luxury watches, jewelries and other accessories manufacturer and retailer. The brand was founded 161 years ago in 1860, by Louis-Ulysse Chopard in Sonvilier, Switzerland. According to 2016 report, the company produced 75 thousand watches and 75 thousand jewelry items. Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, along with his sister, Caroline Scheufele is the co-president of Chopard. On November 10, 2015, a Chopard “Happy Diamond” wristwatch was sold in auction for around U.S $1.67 million. “Happy Diamond” collection of Chopard is one of the most famous and company’s highly prized collection, which was launched in1976.
Blancpain SA was founded in 1735, 286 years ago, by Jehan-Jacques Blancpain, in Villeret, Switzerland. It is the oldest surviving watch manufacturing brand in the world. Blancpain has been a subsidiary company of the Swiss Swatch Group since 1992. This company is well known for its Fifty Fathoms diving watch, which was launch in 1953. The company’s existing slogan or moto is “Blancpain has never made a quartz watch and never will”. The brand produces less than thirty watches per day. In 1988, Blancpain created the world’s thinnest split-second chronograph (double chronograph) at the time. Blancpain’s most classic collection is the Villeret collection, named after the birthplace of Blancpain.
This luxury watch and clock manufacturer company was founded Antoine LeCoultre in 1833 (188 years ago). The headquarter is based in Le Sentier, Switzerland. The brand has been a fully owned subsidiary company of the luxury group “Richemont” since 2000. It is regarded as a top-tier Richemont brand. In 1844, Antoine LeCoultre invented the Millionomètre, which was the first instrument in history capable of measuring the micron, which allows for the precise manufacture of watch parts. In 1847, the company invented a keyless watch. In 1907, the LeCoultre Calibre 145 set the record for the world’s thinnest movement at 1.38 mm thick. Now the company has produced more than 1,242 different calibres. Jaeger-LeCoultre offers up to six years warranty.
Vacheron Constantin SA was founded by Jean-Marc Vacheron, in 1755. Its headquarter is located in Plan-les-Ouates, Canton of Geneva, Switzerland. It has been subsidiary or daughter company of the Swiss Richemont Group since 1996. In 2018, this brand produces 20 thousand watches. This brand’s pocket watch No. 402833, which was owned by King Fuad I of Egypt (1929), ranks as one of the most expensive pocket watches ever sold at auctions. In 2015, the company introduced the pocket watch No. 57260, which is considered as the most complicated mechanical watch ever made in watch manufacturing history, with 57 horological complications. “Patrimony” wristwatch, a model of Vacheron Constantin, is known for its elegant and simple designs and its ultra-thin case.
Ulysse Nardin SA is a watch manufacturing company, founded by Ulysse Nardin, in 1846, headquartered in Le Locle, Switzerland. Other than wristwatches, the company also manufacture writing instruments and other accessories. The company has been a subsidiary of Kering, the French luxury group, since 2014. In 2001, Ulysse Nardin launched the “Freak wristwatches”. In 2005, the brand launched the “Freak Diamond Heart” watch, featuring a patented escapement made from synthetic diamonds. The company first gained attention for making highly accurate marine chronometers.
Officine Panerai, or simply called Panerai, is an Italian luxury watch maker company. The founder of Panerai is Giovanni Panerai; company was established in 1860 in Florence, Tuscany, Italy. Company’s headquarters are based in Geneva, Switzerland. Pamerai is a wholly owned subsidiary (daughter company) of Compagnie Financière Richemont S.A. The brand offers watches across four marketing lines: Historic, Contemporary, Manifattura and Special Editions in runs of 500, 1000, 2000 or 4000 units. Ferrari and Panerai signed a five-year agreement to design, manufacture and distribute Panerai watches having the Ferrari trademark. Their partnership ended in 2010. Its best known watches are Luminor and Radiomir
Girard-Perregaux SA was founded by Jean-François Bautte and Constant Girard, in 1791, has 227 years experience. The company is headquartered in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. In 1999, the company opened the Girard-Perregaux Museum in Villa Marguerite (near its headquarters). It is regarded as a top-tier Kering brand. The company is well known for the historic Tourbillon with three gold bridges, which was awarded a gold medal at the International Exposition in Paris, in 1889, soon after the launch of the watch. Other notable models of the company includes Vintage 1945, Tri-Axial Tourbillon and Laureato. The latest addition of Laureato is a sapphire case model, which is presented in 2020, the “Laureato Absolute Light”.
Hublot, a Swiss luxury watch manufacturer, was founded by Italian Carlo Crocco in 1980. It is a wholly owned subsidiary company of France’s LVMH. The company’s headquarter is located in Nyon, Switzerland. In 2012, Hublot did the business of €262.6 million. Hublot operates 96 stores all over the world. In 2007, Hublot opened its first mono-brand store in Paris. The brand has a flagship store on Bond Street, London. In 2008, Hublot agreed a sponsorship deal with the football club Manchester United of worth £4 million a year. In 2019, the brand became the first watch brand to work with ICC, event co-hosted by England and Whales. By fusing centuries-old craft and designs with the latest engineering techniques, Hublot is a pioneering force in watch-making, producing original and future-forward designs.
Bulgari is an Italian luxury brand well known for its watches, jewelry, accessories, fragrances and leather goods. The brand was founded by Sotirios Voulgaris, in 1884, in the region of Epirus, Greece. The company has been making watches for 137 years. It is headquartered in Rome, Italy. Bulgari’s watches collections include BVLGARI BVLGARI, Octo, Diagono and Haute Horlogerie creations for men; it also include women’s watches collection. The company mixes Italian design and Swiss watchmaking. Bulgari offers its services in about 300 stores all over the world. The largest store is the 10-storey Bulgari Ginza Tower in Tokyo, which is 940 square meters of retail floor space; it also includes lounge bar and a restaurant. First most attracting Bulgari’s watch was the “Art Deco-inspired Serpenti collection”, having snake-like design, launched in 1940s.
NOMOS Glashütte is a German watch manufacturer company. The NOMOS brand was founded by Roland Schwertner, in 1990. It is headquartered in Glashütte, Germany. It is especially known for artisan manual-winding and automatic mechanical watches. Its first collection of watches came forward in 1992. The brand started by the four classic models of NOMOS, which are Tangente, Ludwig, Orion, and Tetra. To date, more than 150 prestigious design awards are won by NOMOS watches (as of December, 2018). Approximately 20,000 pieces are made by NOMOS annually. Currently, there are thirteen NOMOS watch models, which come with a vast variety, which are:
Breitling SA is a Grenchen, Switzerland based luxury watchmaker. Breitling company was founded by Léon Breitling in 1884, in Saint-Imier. The company is well known for precision-made chronometers designed for aviators. “The Chronomat” is the company’s one of the well known collection, which was launched in 1941. Chronomats is one of the best selling models ever produced by the Swiss watch manufacturers. “The Breitling Emergency” (brand’s collection) watch contains a radio transmitter for civil aviation use. In April 2013, the company announced a new version of the Emergency watch “Emergency II”. The brand has also developed a few smartwatches, such as “Exospace B55”, which has special features for aerospace professionals.
Bremont watch company is a British watch manufacturer. The company was founded by Nick English, along with his brother Giles English, in 2002. Company’s headquarter is located in Henley-on-Thames, England. John Ayton is the chairman of Bremont watch company. The brand produce 8,000 to 10,000 watch pieces annually. The brand has long been connected with aviation, with a range of pilots watches. Bremont has won a number of various awards like “Best Emerging British Luxury Brand” 2008, “Watch Brand of the Year Award” 2011, “Breakthrough Brand” 2012, “Luxury Watch Of The Year” 2012, “Luxury Watch Brand Of The Year and Store Design Of The Year” 2013, “HSBC Global Connections, overall winner” 2013, and “Watch Company Of The Year” 2019.
TAG Heuer SA is a company that designs, manufacture and markets watches, other fashion accessories, eyewear and mobile phones. The company was established in 1860, by Edouard Heuer in St-Imier, Switzerland. Headquarter is based in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. TAG stands for “Techniques d’Avant Garde”. TAG Heuer is a wholly owned subsidiary company of LVMH (French Multinational Corporation). The slogan of company is “Don’t Crack Under Pressure”, which was introduced in 1991. On November 9, 2015, the brand announced the launch of their first smartwatch, which they called as “Tag Heuer Connected”. The company won many awards due to their high class production. A TAG Heuer watch is a great option for those who are looking for a luxury timepiece that is also one of the less expensive luxury watch brands.
The brand was founded by Roger Dubuis & Carlos Dias in 1995, working for 25 years. Company’s headquarter are located in Geneva, Switzerland. Roger Dubuis was acquired by Richemont group in 2008. The company watches include the “Excalibur” and “Velvet” collections, also include motorsports watches in collaboration with Squadra, Cors Lamborghinie, and Pirelli. Roger Dubuis calibres are made of titanium, carbon, gold, diamonds, ceramic and cobalt.
The company was founded by François-Paul Journe and it is named after the founder, in 1999. The company is headquartered in Geneve, Switzerland. Company produces watches per year. Its slogan is “Invenit et Fecit”, which is in Latin that means, “he invented it and made it". This is the only brand, which won three times Aiguille d’Or grand prize from the Fondation du Grand Prix D’Horlogerie de Genève; in 2004, 2006 and in 2008. The brand produces limited quantity watches; about less than a thousand watches are made each year. F.P. Journe has opened ten boutiques in different countries all over the world. The first store was opened in Tokyo in May 2003.
TIFFANY & CO.
Tiffany & Co. or Tiffany’s is an American luxury jewelry and retailer company. The company was founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young, on September 18, 1837. The company has 183 years of skills. It is headquartered in New York City. It sells watches, jewelry, leather goods, fragrances, water bottles, stationery, sterling silver, personal accessories and many more. Tiffany is well recognized for its diamond and sterling silver jewelry. It has opened its 326 stores all over the world. The company is also known for its elegant timepieces, which are manufactured in Switzerland. High-quality materials and diamond are used in the making of true luxury watches. The company has been making men’s and women’s stylish watches for more than 150 years.
Louis Vuitton Malletier, or abbreviated as LV, is a French fashion house or luxury goods company. Louis Vuitton established the company, around 167 years ago, in 1854. The products are watches, shoes, ready-to-wear, jewelry, bags, sunglasses, accessories and books. From 2006 to 2012, it was considered as world’s most valuable luxury brand. In 2020, it did the business of U.S $15 billion. The company operates more than 460 stores in 50 countries. LV’s dazzling watches for men are of high-quality and innovated.
BELL & ROSS
Bell & Ross is a French luxury watch manufacturer. The company was founded by Bruno Belamich (Bell) and Carlos A. Rosillo (Ross), in 1992 as a university project. Bell & Ross is based in Paris and manufacture watches in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. The company has supplied pilot watches to the French air force since 1992. It is the official watch supplier to the Escadron de Chasse 2/4 La Fayette and the French space program. The Bell & Ross Space 1 was the first automatic chronometer, which was worn in space in 1994. BR 01 is one of the finest and stylish example of this brand’s watches. The company has specialty in diving watches; high water resistant watches. Bell & Ross hold the Guinness World Record for the watch with the highest water resistance, at 11,000 meters.
Tudor was founded by Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex SA, in 1926. Both the companies are owned by Hans Wildorf foundation. Tudor is well-known for manufacturing of diver and the military watches. Tudor Heritage “Advisor alarm watches” and the “Fastrider Chronograph” were released in 2011. In 2018, the brand announced the Heritage Black Bay GMT at the Baselworld (watch and jewelry show) fair. In the early 2000s, Tudor’s sports watches with fabric straps became popular. Tudor’s slogan is “Born to dare”. These Tudor’s watches are the favorites of celebrities like David Beckham and Lady Gaga. Tudor watches are quite less expensive than Rolex SA.
Seiko Holdings Corporation (セイコーホールディングス株式会社) is a Japanese watches, clocks, jewelries, semi-conductors, electronic devices and optical products manufacturer. The company was founded by Kintarō Hattori, in 1881. Company’s headquarter is located in Ginza, Chūō, Tokyo, Japan. The brand is known for introducing the world’s first quartz watch (which was released on December25, 1969) as well as the world’s first quartz watch with a chronograph complication. Seiko watches ranges from around ¥4,000 (U.S $45) to ¥50,000,000 (U.S $554,000). The brand has several collection lines like the Seiko 5, luxury “Credor”, “Velatura”, “Presage”, “Prospex”, and the “Grand Seiko” series.
The company was founded in 2010, by Laurent Ferrier. The company produced around 150 watches in 2018. It is headquartered in Plan-les-Ouates, Switzerland. Laurent Ferrier Company has won three different awards, in 2010, 2015 and 2018.
HAMILTON WATCH COMPANY
Hamilton Watch Company was founded by Abram Bitner, in 1886 in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States. Hamilton Watch Company became the subsidiary company (daughter company) of the Swatch Group (World’s largest watch manufacturing and marketing conglomerate. It is headquartered in Bienne, Switzerland. The company became popular by making railroad chronometer (or railroad watch). Its first series of pocket watches, the Broadway Limited, was marketed as the "Watch of Railroad Accuracy”. Hamilton Watch Company offers its services in 1,600 locations globally. The company got many achievements such as in 1957, the Hamilton Venture became the world’s first electronic watch powered by a battery, which means, “Hamilton Pulsar” was the world’s first LED digital watch.
Compagnie des Montres Longines Francillon S.A., or briefly said as Longines, was founded by Auguste Agassiz in 1832, having 1189 years of experience. Its headquarter is based in Saint-Imier, Switzerland. Longines has been a subsidiary company of the Swatch Group since 1983. Longines’ slogan is “Elegance is an Attitude”, which was released in 1999. Their previous moto was “The World’s Most Honored Watch”. Longines produces a lot of high-quality watches; it has 2,781 different model collections. Longines’ logo is a winged hourglass, registered in 1889; it is oldest unchanged trademark.
Parmigiani Fleurier SA was founded by Michel Parmigiani in 1996. The company is headquartered in Fleurier, Switzerland. In 2006, the brand produced the “Bugatti 370”, a driving watch, which won the “Watch of the Year Award” in 2006 from the Japanese press. All their watches are hand-made and are constructed with only precious metals and stones. They produce only few watches per year, around 150 watches. Their popular watch lines include “Forma” (Kalpa), Toric, and the Bugatti 370, inspired by the Bugatti racing cars. They make watches with a rubber strap or steel bracelet, and their watches are water resistant up to 200 meters.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
How long does Louis Vuitton bag last?
The luxurious Louis Vuitton bags are the international standard in baggage. These bags are timeless; Louis Vuitton bags last for almost 20 years.
What is the most affordable luxury watch?
The most affordable watch brands for men are:
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Watches have become necessary to maintain daily schedule. Every men and women likes to wear watches; they have different choice of brands, while keeping an eye on their budget. Here is the list of thirty high-quality, stylish, classic and best watch brands for men, which will enhance their charm.