There was a time when people used to wear watches to keep a track of time, but in the modern world when it was expected that a machine like this would be rendered useless and would become a piece of history and only be seen in museums, watch manufacturers took different train of thought and took watches to whole new level, biggest aspect of which being associating the word “luxury” with the watches and today in the world of style, wrist watches have become a statement of fashion, wearing an expensive designer watch in the business world is highly associated with a sense of pride and in our common day to day life it has become something to show off and brag about. So let us take a look at the top 10 brand of watches around the globe.
1. Rolex, Starting: $500
Based in Switzerland famous for its performance and reliability, Rolex is the most famous and largest manufacturer of luxury watches in the world, a brand worn and bragged about by celebrities and top business man. Officially registered in 1915 the company delivers watches manufactured by hand with the cutting-edge features, quality material used and the precision you would expect in such an expensive branded watch to have. They sell models starting from low thousands, and go all the way up to the gold models with studded diamonds that cost up to high lakhs. The reason of being on no. 1 position is because no other brand in the list matches to the popularity that this luxury watch brand has achieved.
2. Swatch, Starting: $450
Marked by bold new styling, design and marketing launched in 1983 by Nicolas Hayek, swatch saw remarkable success as soon as it came to market and the rage and popularity has still not fallen a bit. Famous for its advanced technology, its outstanding quality, wide variety of styles suitable for every occasion and the price range which makes it affordable for everyone who is looking for a great brand makes this brand a must have item, especially for any top class businessmen.
The name “Swatch” is a short form of “Second Watch” because the brand’s new watches were introduced with a new concept of watches as casual, fun, and relatively disposable accessories.
The company now sells more than a dozen different types of watches, including the Irony series, the Scuba series, the Skin family and even an Internet-connected watch that can download stock quotes, news headlines, weather reports, and other data called the Paparazzi series.
3. Omega, Starting: $400
Swiss luxury watchmaker based in Biel, Switzerland founded in 1848 by 23-year-old Louis Brandt now owned by the Swatch Group which is famous for high quality watches, well-known for sponsoring sports like golf and tennis and has frequently been the official timekeeper for the Olympics. It was the official timekeeper for the 2006 Winter Olympics and 2008 Summer Olympics, and 2010 Winter Olympics.
Omega watches were the first choice of NASA and therefore was the first watch to be landed on the Moon, worn by Buzz Aldrin though Neil Armstrong was the first man to step on moon but he left his watch in the shuttle before stepping due to some reason.
Omega has been associated with James Bond movies since 1995 also Daniel Craig, the current James Bond wears the Omega Seamaster.
4. TAG heuer, Starting: $300
“Swiss Avant-Garde Since 1860” founded by Edouard Heuer, TAG Heuer was the company to introduce the world’s first automatic chronograph (specific type of watch that is used as a stopwatch combined with a display watch). TAG Heuer’s current lines include Formula One, Aquaracer, Link, Carrera, Monaco and Grand Carrera and it also manufactures eye wear, fashion accessories and mobile phones.
In 1911, Heuer manufactured timepieces to be mounted on the dashboards of automobiles, aircraft and boat designed specifically for needs of racers and rallyists. Heuer also introduced timing devices for ski and motor racing events, including Formula One.
Wearers and brand endorsers of TAG watches range from Barack Obama to Chris king and from Brad Pitt and Leonardo Di Caprio to our very own bollywood star Shahrukh Khan.
5. Rado, Starting: $300
Swiss luxury manufacturer of watches, considered a pioneer in the field of using scratch-proof materials, producing about half a million watches a year, Rado’s watches are available in more than 150 countries. The price of Rado watches range from $300 to $28,000 and those studded with diamond range from $30,000 to $250,000. RADO has received more than 20 elite international design awards, from the RED DOT Award to the iF Design Award.
In 1962 the Rado Diastar, the world’s first scratch-proof watch was launched which has been in production ever since and now sold as DiaStar The Original.
In 2004 RADO created a ‘high-tech diamond’, by the transformation of carbon into a nanocrystalline diamond, naming the watch V10K which is the hardest watch on Earth, certified by the Guinness Book of World Records.
6. Gucci, Starting: $200
Guccio Gucci, popularly known as Gucci, is an Italian fashion and leather goods brand, also known for its watch collection. Gucci was founded by Guccio Gucci in Florence in 1921, though it was in November 1997 that Gucci acquired a watch licensee for Severin-Montres, and renamed it Gucci Timepieces.
Gucci sells above average luxury watches, from those with a plain leather strap to those that are studded with diamonds. Most of these wristwatches stand out from the crowd.
7. Casio, Starting: $80
The Casio Computer Company Limited is an electronics manufacturing company based in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. Its products include calculators, mobile phones, cameras, musical instruments and watches. It was founded in 1946, and in 1957 released the world’s first entirely electric compact calculator.
Most famous series ever manufactured by Casio is the G-Shock series which is known for its resistance to shocks ,hence the name G-Shock. They are designed mainly for sports, military and outdoor adventure activities. All G-Shocks have some kind of stopwatch feature, countdown timer, light and water resistance.
The popularity of G-Shocks increased rapidly after its release and remained throughout the 90s. By 1998, 19 million G-Shocks had already been sold worldwide.
8. Fossil, Starting: $80
American brand that makes watches for giants such as Adidas, Emporio Armani, Karl Lagerfeld, Michael Kors, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Burberry, DKNY,Diesel and Armani Exchange. Famous for its very elegant watches which are built on a high standard, this company was founded in 1984 by Tom Kartsotis and now the company also deals in sunglasses, wallets, handbags, belts, shoes and clothing.
Famous swiss brand Zodiac was also acquired by fossil in 2001 to mark its swiss presence.
9. Citizen, Starting: $45
One of the world’s largest producers of watches based in Tokyo, Japan, Citizen was originally founded as Shokosha Watch Research Institute in 1918, the trade name originated from a pocket watch Citizen sold in 1924.
Eco-Drive series used a battery recharged by a solar panel hidden under the watch face. In Eco-Drive Duo series, the solar power was supplemented by an automatic quartz power source. Eco-Drive Thermo model used the temperature difference between the wearer’s skin temperature and room temperature to recharge the battery.
The Skyhawk A-T line of watches features Radio Controlled Timekeeping. The watches synchronize with radio clocks in Japan, North America, and Europe and automatically select the correct frequency for doing so based upon location of home time zone.
10. Seiko, Starting: $45
Seiko Holdings Corporation, more commonly known simply as Seiko, is a Japanese watch company, which was founded in 1881, when Kintarō Hattori opened a watch and jewelry shop called “K. Hattori” in Tokyo, Japan. Seiko is a Japanese word meaning “exquisite,” “minute,” or “success”.
Seiko introduced the Astron, the world’s first quartz watch and later went on to introduce the first quartz chronograph. Seiko produces both quartz and mechanical watches of varying prices. The least expensive are around US $45 and the most expensive costs US $554,000.
Seiko is also the official timer of many major sporting events like 1964 Tokyo Olympic Summer Games in Japan, 1978 World Cup in Argentina, 1986 World Cup in Mexico, Barcelona Olympic Summer Games in Spain, 1992, Nagano Olympic Winter Games in Japan, 1998 and Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games in USA, 2002