June 29th, 2017
The watch has always been a classically beautiful timepiece. It is displayed for all to see, and can be a personal show of prestige, wealth, power, and taste. For many, it is much more than just a way to tell time. It becomes akin to a cherished piece of jewelry, and is treated with the same reverence as a family heirloom.
Watches can be seen at any major store, and are mass manufactured. This makes them available to nearly everyone, at varying degrees of quality. We're all familiar with the distinguished looking pocket watch that was primarily carried from the 16th- 19th centuries. The personal watch really began to take off with the introduction of the waistcoat in the 17th century. As watch making technology became more and more reliable - the personal timepiece became a household commodity. Pocket watches are still carried today, but they really play second fiddle to the wrist watch.
Europeans were the first to produce the basic design of the wristwatch as more than a specialized piece of jewelry in the early 20th century. Prior to this, watches had been sewn to arm bands or other pieces of clothing as a ladies' fashion accessory. It was the military that finally made the wristwatch a commonplace item. They found that the easy access to the time allowed them to synchronize their movements in ways that they'd never been able to before. After World War One, the wristwatch was a normal item in the American home.
As with any wearable item, a sense of fashion and a need for quality began to develop. Over the years, creating beautiful wristwatches has become an art form. Many collectors keep their most prized pieces in specialized watch boxes for men. If you ever find yourself in the market for a luxury wristwatch, consider some of watches listed below.
Blancpain 1735 Grande Complication
This watch carries a hefty price tag, but is considered a true work of art. At around $800,000, the Blancpain has 740 hand crafted separate parts. These are placed by an expert craftsman into a beautiful platinum setting. A band of crocodile skin is used to hold this watch in place. The face offers a unique look inside the parts of the watch. A single master watch maker spent a year hand crafting every part of this watch, and it's one of the most unique and prestigious time pieces in the world.
Chopard Super Ice Cube
Its value is based more on what it's made of and not how it's made. It is completely encrusted with perfectly square cut diamonds. 60 Karats worth of gorgeous shining stones cover every part of this piece. It's also waterproof (even though this is probably the least of anyone's concerns). At $1.1 million dollars, it's definitely a flashy collector's dream.
Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillion
This is considered the most complex watch ever made. These watches are made to tell an extremely precise time, as well as to offer a perpetually accurate calendar. They are, very simply, beautiful. They have the Night sky intricately carved into the backside of each piece. They represent the day and night with such an expert hand, that it's truly difficult to take your eyes off of them. This watch is well-worth the $1.3 million dollars that it goes for, and is akin to a famous piece of art being worn at the wrist.
Rolex is far from the most expensive brand on this list, but this is art of what makes is so incredibly accessible. This is a beautifully designed piece that is made for everyday wear, and would make a fantastic addition to any collection.
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