05 May Top 5 watch brands in 2017
Has your current watch lost its former lustre? If you no longer feel the sense of prestige and exclusiveness your piece used to give you, it’s time to find a replacement.
Fortunately, the world’s leading watchmakers have come out with a number of attractive models recently.
To save you the mental fatigue, we have come up with a list of the top watch brands in 2017 that any distinguished lady or gentleman would be proud to don on their wrist.
Peruse at your leisure below:
1 – Audemars Piguet
This year is expected to be a big one for the watchmakers at Audemars Piguet.
First, they are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their Royal Oak line for women by shipping a model that is coated with frosted Florentine gold.
Second, their Royal Oak chronograph line is marking their 20th anniversary by crafting a model which resembles the very first piece, along with the enhancements that have made them so popular over the years.
Other stunning releases include their diving chronograph, a perpetual calendar model which tracks the date and month along with the time, and the attention-grabbing Diamond Outrage, which is studded with hundreds of the valuable gemstones.
2 – Rolex
As one of the world’s most easily identifiable luxury watch brands, Rolex has a reputation to maintain. Accordingly, it is no surprise that this watchmaker has once again found itself among the top watch brands in 2017 in old and new media publications alike.
This year, the buzz is surrounding the release of two new models – the Oyster and Cellini collections. Between the two, you’ll find several different watch types that mix brilliant colors, attractive font faces, and innovative features which give you plenty of options to choose from.
All come with a five-year guarantee that they will exceed tolerances that other makers don’t come close to touching, making them a no-brainer choice for those who aren’t as well-versed on the more boutique watchmakers out there.
3 – Jaeger-LeCoultre
With a history of crafting quality timepieces which go back to 1833, it goes without saying that the technicians at Jaeger-LeCoultre know how to put together an exquisite watch.
Characterized by expertly crafted leather straps, watch faces that are innovative without losing their elegance, and useful industry-leading features, it is no surprise that sales of this brand continue to flourish in 2017.
4 – Patek Philippe
Another Swiss company who has been around for many generations, Patek Philippe has long been preferred by many members of royalty.
Being the timepiece of choice of Prince Albert and King Christian IX of Denmark will do a lot to boost the prestige of any brand, but the watch creators at Patek Philippe do well at upping the bar year after year, which goes a long way in explaining its enduring success.
2017 will see the addition of a new perpetual calendar watch, homages paid to classic models from the past, and a special 20th-anniversary release of the Grand Complications line, making it a great year to buy a new watch from one of the top watch brands in 2017.
5 – Panerai
Not all the watches on our 2017 must-get list are from one country – Panerai, which bases its operations in Florence, Italy, has managed to create a series of releases in 2017 strong enough to break through the Swiss juggernaut.
While they have made timepieces since 1860, Panerai is less of a household name than its competition due to its former singular focus on creating military issue watches.
Only expanding to the civilian market in 1993, this brand is a well-kept secret even in the information age, with only a smaller segment of the market enjoying its precise, reliable, and stylish creations.
If you can’t decide which 2017 releases to get, we recommend the Luminor Marina 1950 America’s Cup piece, as it aims to recreate the watch Panerai made for the Italian Navy back then, all while channeling the spirit of the America’s Cup yacht race perfectly.