We all are highly receptive to the word luxury- luxury cars, luxury house, luxury vacations. All of these come attached to visions of instant status recognition and high-end quality. Included in these sought after luxury world is the luxury watch- the best style accessories. The inception of the wristwatch owners has found impressive ways to showcase its beauty. Some of them are adorned with gems, some encased in diamond while others are wrapped in gold and silver variety. As these luxury watches are held in high esteem, its purchases are considered as an investment.
Luxury watch is simply about style. They are classic accessory that goes with everything and anything. Moreover, these unique timepieces act as an heirloom that can be handed down from generation to generation. In such cases, the watch is esteemed for emotional bonding and also for monetary value. Consequently, buying a luxury watch is more about commitment from the manufacturers to uphold their standards by maintaining the high quality operation of their watches. So when you wish to add a luxurious timepiece to your collection you may have some questions in your mind. And yes, those questions are definitely answered by the information provided in the wristwatch buying guide.
Have you decided on your budget?
Watches are often compared to other luxurious items because of the mechanics and technology used. But the comparison could also just as well apply to your spend. As an exclusive watch can be quite expensive, so it is better to start your search based on how much you wish to invest and then stick to it.
Are the investments protected?
There are no hidden extras beyond what you see. However, do not forget that buying a luxury watch specifically a mechanical one will need as much attention as a car require. The brands also recommend you to get your new watch serviced every three to five years. Over a period of time, the lubricants vitiate and need replacing before all the moving parts of the chronograph start to wear out. This is worth remembering before you buy a watch to protect your investment for a prolong period of time.
Does the size matters?
Yes it does. They are available in all manner of case size. Luxury watches for ladies-particularly the cocktail pieces-can be as small as 20mm in diameter while some men watches can be as big as 50mm mark. With the passage of time, case sizes have changed. People want variation. Some say, a classic Patek Philippe with 39mm is the ultimate size while others prefer 42mm Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore. Well, the thickness cannot be avoided. Anything deeper than 10mm can start to play havoc with a cuff. That's one of the reason why until recently ultra-thins have grabbed the attention of its fans.
Do you take a look under the dial?
In the broadest category, there are two types of watch those powered by mechanical movement and those by a battery-powered quartz movement. Mechanical movements are more expensive as they are assembled by hand and each movements comprises of hundreds of parts. Watch lovers admire the mechanical movement which are either automatic or manually wound as they feel this particular characteristics make the timepieces more romantic and have longer value which is why the top brands still manufacture them even though the technology is years old.
Is it complicated?
Mechanical watches get really interesting once you start adding in complications. In layman's term almost every luxury timepieces comes with complicated functions. Among these, what you might call convenient complications are second times zones, annual calendars that show the day, date and month of the year and chronograph. Some of the most illustrious horological complications are intensive more on rejoicing the art and craft of the great mechanical watchmakers.
Have you taken the plunge?
The water-resistance quality is often misunderstood-the case back and the numbers on the dial should not be taken literally. To make it more precise, watch with 30 meters water-resistance will deter rain but should not be submerged in water. Similarly a watch with 50 meter water-resistance is ideal for swimming and 100 meters for snorkeling and 200 meters for other extreme water sports. However, watches for diving should have a 500 meters water-resistance capacity. To your surprise, there are specially designed professional watches for Scuba diving with 1000 meters or more on the dial. But water-resistance is not permanent. If you use them regularly under water you will need to get it reproofed every couple of years.
Rolex, Tag Heuer, Omega, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Vacheron Constantin, Panerai Luminor and the list is endless. If your passion gets really serious you can turn your attention to horological wonder of these endless lists as you now know your checklist.