Comprehensive Guide To Choosing A Luxury Watch

Natalia Alonso Arduengo 16 marzo, 2017

Buying a luxury watch is a significant purchase not just in terms of price but emotionally as well. Perhaps you’re celebrating a personal milestone, ticking it off the bucket list, or maybe it’s just an investment opportunity. Whatever the intention, there’s one thing that remains unchanged, which is your decision.

It’s not unusual to feel excited or overwhelmed when buying or selling luxury watches. The wide choice of styles, brands and designs makes it tricky to determine the right watch. Plus, all the complex technology and terminology to wrap your head around can be too much. Therefore, to help you make that decision, we’ve compiled the most important things you should consider before choosing a luxury timepiece.

Start by asking yourself: Why do you want a luxury watch?

There are different reasons why you want to buy a nice luxury watch, and identifying the reason will help make the search easier. The good news is you’ve got a lot of great options!

Do you want an elegant everyday watch or something that portrays your style? Will your timepiece represent your status symbol, or are you simply interested in experiencing its quality and craftsmanship? Answering this will help you focus on the right watch.

Now that you’ve figured out the reason let’s get to the factors you should consider:

  • Brand

The luxury watch brand is one of the most important factors to consider. Brands like Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Audemars Piguet are renowned for their quality, durability, and timeless style. These brands have built a reputation for excellence over decades, and their watches are highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts. You can also consider other brands like Omega, TAG Heuer, and Breitling, which are well-respected in the industry and offer a range of styles to choose from.

  • Style

Style is understandably one of the most important considerations when picking your luxury timepiece. From the dial colour to the bracelet/strap material, every detail is vital while buying your dream timepiece and you must check out different watch styles before settling for one. After all, it’s something you’d want to wear and enjoy at all events & occasions.

Here are some options:

  • Dress Watches 

As the name suggests, a dress watch is designed for dressier events, although nowadays, it’s common to pair it with formal and semi-formal outfits. These are the most popular replica watches.

Simplicity with limited complications, slim cases, low-key dial, minimalist hour markers and sleek leather straps are some of the common characteristics of a dress watch.

  • Diver’s Watches

Diving watches are highly legible underwater in low light. For a watch to be called a diving watch, it must feature a water resistance of at least 100m.

A few must-have characteristics include a unidirectional bezel, a large & luminous dial and a case made of corrosion-resistant material.

  • Military Watches

Military watches, also known as field watches, are tough and robust in extreme conditions. The manufacturers typically make them of steel or titanium.

Features that make them stand out include high legibility in low light or high-stress situations, precise movements, a minimalist design, sturdy straps and tactical characteristics.

  • Pilot Watches

Pilot or Aviation watches are easily functional and highly legible, given they are more practical timepieces. A pilot watch is great if you want something classic with an impressive history.

Distinguishing features include a large dial with luminous hands, a black & white colour scheme for optimum legibility, a notable crown and a leather strap. Some of the important complications include chronographs and time zones.

  • Racing Watches

Racing watches are more flamboyant to look at, and you can find them in various colour and style options.

A tachymeter and a chronograph function are two complications that define a racing watch. In addition, you’ll find prominent Arabic numerals on a large dial allowing easy legibility, a stainless steel case and a metal/leather strap.

  • Materials

Brands produce luxury watches from various materials, including precious metals like gold, platinum, stainless steel, titanium, and ceramic. The materials used in a watch can affect its durability, weight, and overall aesthetics. It is important to consider the build quality of a luxury watch and the materials used to ensure that it will withstand the test of time.

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About The Author

Natalia Alonso Arduengo

Licenciada en Historia del Arte por la Universidad de Oviedo. Su formación se orienta al arte contemporáneo, la conservación y la didáctica del patrimonio cultural. Desarrolla su actividad profesional en el ámbito de las galerías de arte. Ha sido becaria de ATM Contemporary y ha trabajado tres temporadas con Espacio Líquido. Posteriormente, entró a formar parte del staff de Galería Van Dyck y fue asistente de dirección en Aurora Vigil-Escalera Galería de Arte. Forma parte del equipo de Bcollector, iniciativa que pretende una puesta en valor del coleccionismo privado. También realiza proyectos de gestión cultural y comisariado de exposiciones, además de colaborar con artículos para varias revistas (Crac! Magazine, Revista Sie7e, Doblespacio Magazine, 21 Le Mag, Mincho | Illustration and Graphic Art Magazine) y su blog Con el arte en los talones.

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