Top 5 Luxury Watch Brands Ranking

Comparing the world’s most reputable, respected and prestigious luxury wristwatch brands fascinates quite many people, and indeed this global fascination for luxury watches, has produced this very article.

The luxury wristwatch is the ultimate example of a highly personal, wearable and portable object of value, which not only can last an entire lifetime, but can even be handed down to the next generation.

It’s pretty safe to say that the luxury wristwatch is the ultimate intricate mechanical instrument and piece of jewelry you can find on the market today, and whether you are a collector, a connoisseur, a materialist or a person with a zest for the good life, I bet you are interested in knowing how your particular brand is ranked in the luxury watch hierarchy.

Patek Philippe

Country of origin: Switzerland.

Established in 1839 by Antoine Norbert de Patek, and Francois Czapek. Patek Philippe is a member of “The Holy Trinity” of watch brands and manufacturers. Patek Philippe is an independent and family owned watchmaker, though not by the founding family. Next to Rolex, Patek Philippe has the best resale value.

Between 1900 and 1939, Patek Philippe won more than 700 timekeeping prizes! Between 1900 and 1951, Patek Philippe won more than 300 first prizes! Patek Philippe won its awards at the Astronomical Observatory of Geneva in Switzerland.

Believe it or not, but it takes Patek Philippe 9 months to just manufacture the most basic timepieces.  All their watches are handmade by master artisans and watchmakers.

Patek Philippe is considered by many watch enthusiasts and connoisseurs to be the Nr 1 luxury wristwatch manufacturer and brand in the world. Patek Philippe bears the famous Patek Philippe Seal since 2009, which is a new and unprecedented quality standard for mechnical and automatic timepieces, and this standard goes beyond any of the standards in the Swiss watchmaking industry.

Patek Philippe is defined by words such as fine handicraftworkmanship and quality.

Vacheron Constantin

Country of origin: Switzerland.

Established in 1755 by Jean-Marc Vacheron. Vacheron Constantin is a member of “The Holy Trinity” of Watch brands and manufacturers. Nowadays Vacheron Constantin is owned by Richemont Group.

Just like Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin too is a member of the “Holy Trinity” of watches – the three most luxurious, and prestigious luxury watch brands offered on the watch market today.

Audemars Piguet

Country of origin: Switzerland.

Established in 1875 by Jules Louis Audemars, and Edward Auguste Piguet. Audemars Piguet is a member of “The Holy Trinity” of watch brands and manufacturers. Audemars Piguet an independent family owned brand. The manufacturer is still owned by the founding family.

Audemars Piguet is one of the finest and most celebrated luxury watchmakers ever. Audemars Piguet is a member of the “Holy Trinity” of watches – the three most luxurious, and prestigious luxury watch brands offered on the watch market today. The two other members of the “Holy Trinity” are Vacheron Constantin and Patek Philippe.

A Lange & Söhne

Country of origin: Germany. This is the only prominent non-Swiss brand listed in the ranking.

Established in 1845 by Ferdinand A. Lange in Dresden, in Saxony in Germany. Nowadays A Lange & Söhne is owned by Richemont Group. This is a German luxury watch brand and the only non-Swiss brand among the top 15.

Due to WW2, the manufacture of this brand collapsed in 1948, but in 1990, the great grandchild of Adolph Lange – Walter Lange, reestablished the brand and the manufacture through the cooperation with other watchmakers, such as IWC Schaffhausen.

As far as movement quality and decorations are concerned, A Lange & Söhne is comparable to Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin and Patek Philippe.

Jaeger LeCoultre

Country of origin: Switzerland.

Established as LeCoultre in 1833 by Antoine LeCoultre. LeCoultre was renamed Jaeger LeCoultre in 1937. Nowadays Jaeger LeCoultre is owned by Richemont Group.

Jaeger LeCoultre has been early on an expert on a scientific approach to watchmaking, which would entail highly accurate equipment and tools that were revolutionary back in the mid 19th century. With those tools, Jaeger LeCoultre could back then, manufacture their watches with an unprecedented scientific accuracy.

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