The Making of a Luxury Watch

The Making of a Luxury Watch



“The making of a man is on what kind of watch he wears!” I often times hear my friends say and I believe this is true. A branded wrist reliable watches is always a symbol of prestige and elegance. An expensive watch carries in itself a certain status and craftsmanship that exhibits art in its truest form. How would you rate a man riding a Lamborghini? How would you look at a guy wearing a Swiss masterpiece? Surely you can easily establish a character out of the man who uses a luxurious timepiece in his hand.

2014 introduces several expensive watches in the market with prices more than that of a Lamborghini. It’s really breathtaking and inspiring to take a look at a real masterpiece. However, before I take you on a tour to see these incredibly marvelous artworks, let us examine what sets all these watches apart from other watches, aside of course for their extravagant price that only a billionaire can afford.

What Makes a Watch Expensive?

A watch could be an intriguing piece of art. Principally made and manufactured for the purpose of determining time. Who could have told then that it would later conquer the world’s attention with its status and elegance? A watch, which is just a little mechanical timepiece developed from the emerging principle of a sundial in 1940 has now became a real craftsman’s state of the art masterpiece. The time spent for every details of each feature gives the timepiece its value of uniqueness and truly enhanced by choice of quality materials used such platinum, rare and expensive rocks, bones or metals. A report says some manufacturers use rocks from and moon and dinosaurs bone and that what makes such a watch expensive and extraordinary. A watch is carefully handcrafted with skill and mastery fully embedded with passion and dedication, fashioned in the making of every detail it carries. It is a proven state-of-the-art technology as it embodies in itself such value of significance.

Emergence of Watches

Before the 20th Century, a watch was only meant to be a woman’s novelty. It is called a “wristlet” and had gained little recognition from men as a timepiece. It was only in the 20th Century when Military started to change their opinions on wrist watches as they see its valuable use in keeping time during the war. It is believed that in 1980s, the German Imperial army were already using wristwatches and synchronizing their time for tactical naval attacks. Such wrist watches were provided by Girard Perregaux. Decades later, the British won in the Anglo Boer War in South Africa (1899-1902).British were able to win the war by using wristwatches to synchronize troop movements and attacks. In 1905 wristwatches became more acceptable to men.

But its popularity is still limited to women. It was only during the 1014-1919 war when Europe goes to battle against the German Empire that demands for wrist watches increased due to their popularity in the Boer War. Wristwatches then became an obvious necessity.

Over the years, wrist watches had gained popularity not only among the women but among the men as well. A watch is later considered a luxury item. Advanced technology was used as more features were added and a variety of engineering designs was applied. Some manufacturers like Francis BaumgartnerBorgel and Dennison introduced new engineering designs, which lead them to make watches resistant to water and dust. Glass covering of these watches that are conducive to breaking and chirping were later replaced by a more durable type of plastic material.