You’re in the market for a high-end luxury watch for the first time? There are some things to keep in mind when looking at watches and deciding which is right for you. There are plenty of things to consider when buying a watch, such as: style, price point, technology, size, and why you want/need a luxury watch. You can find a high quality timepiece that will last for years for as little as $500 to upwards of tens of thousands of dollars.
Entry level watches start at around $500 to $1,500 and are usually mass produced or made by third party sellers in smaller batches. You’ll usually see sapphire crystals, stainless steel cases with solid (not hollow or stamped) steel bracelets, and with Swiss or Japanese movements. The dials are more often three dimensional with applied indices instead of printed on and feature strong and even lume.
A mid range luxury watch is approximately $1,500 to $8,000 and tend to be crafted in house instead of buying from a third party. These watches will feature certifications that they meet reliability and accuracy standards given by governing bodies in Switzerland such as COSC chronometer certification. They will be made of more exotic materials rather than steel, such as titanium, carbon fiber, ceramic, etc. and the dials might be made of enamel or porcelain – a material that takes much more skill and labor to finely finish and shows its value and refinement.
At the top we have high end luxury watches that price above five figures and are more often hand crafted with all the components being hand finished. Gold and platinum are used more often and highly advanced techniques like guilloche are used on the dials or case back. You will see watches that do more than tell time and feature an array of complications and features like perpetual calendars and tourbillon.
So whether you just need a high quality watch or want a timepiece to impress your clients, or maybe to match your personal style or even show you status, there are many options to choose from and you will need to decide what is most important to you and use your best judgement. Seeing a watch in person will give you a better sense of its craftsmanship and quality as well as how well it looks and feels on the wrist.