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Top 5 Luxury Watches to Kickstart Your Collection

Starting a luxury watch collection is not just about style or status. True collecting means investing in pieces that encapsulate craftsmanship, history, and hold a special meaning too.

For anyone looking to embark on this refined journey, choosing the right first watch is paramount. Here are five iconic luxury watches that promise to build a solid foundation for any aspiring collector.

 

5 of the best watches for new collectors

  1. Rolex Submariner: The Quintessential Diver’s Watch

The Rolex Submariner stands out as a prime starting point for any collection. Renowned for their blend of durability, elegance and prestige, Rolex watches are a cornerstone of luxury horology.

Introduced in 1953, this watch was designed specifically for military diving, offering water resistance up to 300 meters. Its rugged and robust design has made it a favourite amongst the professionals along with watch enthusiasts and collectors. The Submariner’s timeless aesthetics and its role in cinematic history, prominently featured in the very first Bond film, adds to its desirability.

 

  1. Omega Speedmaster: The Moonwatch

The Omega Speedmaster, affectionately known as the “Moonwatch,” carries a unique legacy as the first watch worn on the moon during NASA’s Apollo 11 mission.

This watch features a precise chronograph function and a tachymeter scale, encapsulated within a classic design, largely unchanged since 1957. Its historical significance and exceptional reliability make the Speedmaster an essential piece for any collector, especially those fascinated by space exploration and scientific achievement.

 

  1. Tag Heuer Carrera: Motorsport Heritage

Born from the world of motorsport, the Tag Heuer Carrera was introduced in 1963 and has since become synonymous with motorsport: notably, the F1 scene in Monaco and the Porsche Carrera Cup.

The Carrera’s clean, readable dial and durable construction reflect a design ethos driven by the demands of high-speed racing. Known for its elegant yet athletic appearance, this watch is suitable for both casual and formal wear. It appeals to younger collectors and those drawn to the prestige of motorsports, embodying a spirit of endurance and precision.

 

  1. Patek Philippe Aquanaut: The Modern Luxury

Introduced in 1997, the Patek Philippe Aquanaut is a modern icon that blends the traditional style of the Patek Philippe brand with a more contemporary, casual design.

Famed its unique “tropical” strap and geometric pattern on the dial, the Aquanaut is both a functional sport watch and a statement of sophisticated taste. Its rarity and high demand have seen its value appreciate over time, appealing to collectors keen to invest in a watch that will only grow in financial and historical significance.

 

  1. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak: The Game Changer

When it was launched in 1972, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak turned the watchmaking world on its head with revolutionary design. It was the first luxury watch to treat stainless steel as a precious metal, crafting it into an octagonal bezel secured with visible screws. These daring features seamlessly blend bold aesthetics and robust mechanism.

The integrated bracelet and the “Tapisserie” patterned dial are distinctive features that continue to draw admiration from collectors and experts alike. The Royal Oak is not just a watch: it’s a piece of modern art.

 

Overview

Each of these watches brings something unique to a collection, be it historical significance, innovative design, or lasting value. Starting a luxury watch collection with any of these pieces paves the way towards a portfolio that is not only impressive in terms of appearance but also carries significant horological impact.

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