Luxury Watches (Short Bios)

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Blancpain Watches

Inspired by authenticity, passion and emotion, Blancpain embodies the creative spirit of the company’s manufacturers and craftsmen. This Swiss company is that the world’s oldest watchmaker. It is founded in 1735 by Jehan-Jaques Blancpain. In honor to his legacy, the company continues to develop and produce complicated watches using only the traditional style in mechanical watchmaking.

Blancpain received praise and recognition when it crafted the Blancpain 1735 model, one of the world’s most complicated watches ever made. It is an ultra-slim hand-made watch which contains 745 components.

The Fifthy-Fathoms watch, launched in 1953, was one of the most successful masterpieces of Blancpain.

It was created for the Frech Navy who contracted the company in producing a reliable watch that can withstand pressure at great depth for underwater operations.

Blancpain is also famously known for sponsoring various motorsports program including the Blancpain Endurance Series, Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series, and Reiter Engineering‘s GT1 and GT3 cars.

In a recent survey conducted by the New York based Luxury Institute, Blancpain watch brand was ranked first by the majority of wealthy US consumers.

Rolex Watches

Who wouldn’t want a Rolex? It’s the most coveted time piece on earth! Rolex is synonymous to precision and style. It is the leading luxury brand which produced the first waterproof wristwatch, first wristwatch with self-winding movements, first wristwatch with an automatically changing day and date on the dial, and the first wristwatch which shows two time zones. Rolex has been and remains to be a status symbol. The brand continues to magnify its long history of triumph and innovation.

The history of Rolex started from the brilliant mind and visionary spirit of its founder, Hans Wildorf, who entered the watchmaking industry in 1905. But it was in 1908 when he opened an office in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland registered the trademark “Rolex”.  Pocket watches were very in demand during that time; however Wildorf envisioned elegant and reliable watches to be worn on the wrist. When the company produced its first wristwatches equipped with small and precise movements, it was the beginning of a long way of huge accomplishments.

A. Lange & Söhne Watches

For over 100 years, A. Lange & Söhne has launched fabulous watches with incredible craftsmanship and horological expertise. This prestigious luxury watch brand has proud roots that go back to the Royal Saxon Court in Germany. Ferdinand A. Lange, the company’s founder, was an apprentice to Johann Christian Friedrich Gutkaes, the renowned Court master clockmaker.

On December 7, 1845, Adolph Lange established his first manufactory in the poor town of Glashutte. His goal was simply to create high quality and reliable timepieces. Lange became famous for introducing the millimeter as the underlying unit of measurement in watch making, replacing the complicated Parisian system of lines. His brilliance and contributions brought prosperity to the town. After his death, his family members assumed the responsibility in putting the company in the world of fame.

Since 1868, the company was operated with the name A. Lange & Söhne. The company has launched exceptional collections like the Lange 1, Saxonia, Datograph, Jeweled Watches, Unforgettable Timepieces and Historic Pocket watches.

Patek Philippe Watches

 

The Swiss luxury watch company Patek Philippe has been pioneering extravagant and highly reliable watches since the early 1800. It is the only Geneva watch manufacturer that received the Geneva Seal, recognized as the highest official quality distinction in the watchmaking industry.

Antoine de Pradwdzic, a Polish watchmaker who later on acquired a Swiss nationality and changed his name to Patek, met the young French watchmaker, Adrienne Philippe in 1844 during an exhibit at the Paris Exposition. Both creative men joined forces together with the aim to produce the finest watches in the world. In 1851, Patek Philippe & Co was founded. That same year, the company started making and supplying luxury timepieces for Queen Victoria and her court and other royalties followed.

In 1868, the company invented and produced the first wristwatch. Patek Philippe is also notable for establishing the first perpetual calendar, split-seconds hand, chronograph, and minute repeater in watches. Patek Philippe & Co is best known for creating highly auctioned timepieces and the world’s most expensive watches in 2008 and 2010.

Cartier Watches

Only Cartier can produce timeless watches with the exact and perfect combinations of precision, functionality and aesthetics. For over a century the company’s collections have been lusted by the international market and admired by those within the elite watch industry. Cartier’s time pieces are regarded as very fashionable and meticulously done by experts. Some of their famous watch lines include the Roadster, Tortue, Tank, Tankissime, Calibre de Cartier, and Pasha de Cartier.

Although Cartier did not create the first wristwatch, the company was responsible in perfecting and promoting it to all types of market. It was in 1904 when the Santos, the first wristwatch for men was designed and created for Alberto Santos-Dumont, a Brazilian aviator. The Santos wristwatch became available for sale in 1911.

Louis Francois Cartier, a talented French jeweler and watchmaker established the company in 1847. Together with his son and three grandsons, their diligence and enthusiasm turned the family business into an empire.

TAG Heuer Watches

From the year 1860 up to these times, TAG Heuer has been true to its company motto “Swiss Avant-Garde”. A world-renowned creator of advanced and high performing watch pieces and chronographs, the luxurious watchmaker stays to be a desired partner in the world of sports and Hollywood. Steve McQueen, Alain Frost, Maria Shaparova, Lewis Hamilton, Shah Rukh Khan, Leonardo Di Caprio, and Cameron Diaz are just some of the ambassadors who celebrate their craft and passion with a favorite TAG Heuer watch.

The company which is a division of LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton at present, has been pioneering remarkable watches since its founding by Edouard Heuer. In 1887, the company invented and patented the oscillating pinion for mechanical watches. In 1911, the first dashboard chronograph designed and used for aircrafts and automobiles was patented. In 1920, sports chronometers with single and dual fly-back hands and accurate split-second functions were created. From 1930s, 1940s and the years that followed the company developed watches perfect for aviators, sea fearers, astronauts and athletes.

Breitling Watches

No other Swiss luxury watchmaker has built a solid reputation in the world of aviation than Breitling. The brand is the leading choice of pilots worldwide. The Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association named Breitling as their official watch because of its outstanding performance.

Breitling saga began in 1884 when Léon Breitling devoted himself in specializing précised instruments perfectly suited for sports, science and industry.

In the early 1930s, Breitling earned worldwide fame when it created onboard chronographs intended for aircraft cockpits. The Royal Air Force used this breakthrough in its famous World War II propeller-driven fighter planes.

In 1952, Breitling achieved its leadership in the world of watchmaking when it introduced its legendary Navitimer wrist chronograph, a perfect instrument that can perform all navigation-related calculations. This timepiece became the first wrist chronograph that went to space when it was worn by Scott Carpenter on his orbital flight aboard the Aurora 7 Capsule in 1962.

What makes Breitling stand out above other major watch brand up to these days is the fact that every model is equipped with chronometer-certified movements.

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