A watch is no longer just an expensive luxury product and a simple timing tool, but a ‘fashion on your wrist’. A distinguished watch can also show a person’s identity and status. The classic watch exudes timeless charm and lasts forever. Take a look at the world’s top five classic watches.
Girard-Perregaux The founder of Girard-Perregaux J. F. Bautte produced his first watch in 1791. In 1854, the name Girard-Perregaux was officially born. By the beginning of the 20th century, Girard Perregaux continued to grow in popularity. In 1930, when watch sales exceeded pocket watch sales for the first time, Girard Perregaux’s strategy for developing watches 50 years ago proved to be correct. In 1998, Girard Perregaux established a branch in Japan and a watch was selected as the ‘Best Watch of the Year’ in Japan. In 2000, Girard Perregaux established branches in the United States.
Patek Philippe Founded in 1839, Patek Philippe is the only Swiss watch manufacturer to survive in the family. Patek Philippe watches have always attached great importance to the design and production process. The watchmaking process has been completed in the original Geneva factory. It is the only brand in the world that has all its movements won the ‘Geneva Seal’ brand.
Audemars Piguet Jules-Louis in 1875. Jules-Louis Audemars and friend Edward Augusti. Audemars Piguet was founded by Edward-Auguste Piguet. In 1972, Audemars Piguet introduced the all-steel high-end sports watch series ‘Royal Oak’, which became a classic in the watch industry. Audemars Piguet has a watch school in Switzerland. Each apprentice must complete a 4-year course at the watch school to qualify as a watchmaker. In addition, it takes 1 to 2 years of training to make ultra-thin movements, and 10 years of training before starting to make complex movements.
IWC (IWC) was founded in 1868 as ‘mechanical watch expert’, each IWC watch has to undergo 28 independent tests. The founder is American Florentine. Jones (Florentine A Jones). In the early 20th century, IWC sales in Germany, Austria and other places increased significantly. Today, IWC has more than 700 points of sale worldwide, and its products are mainly sold to the Far East, Switzerland and Germany. Currently under the Swiss Richemont Group.
Cartier Cartier has a history of more than 150 years and is a famous French jewellery manufacturer. In 1888, Cartier attempted to attach a ladies’ mechanical watch to a diamond-set gold bracelet. In 1938, Cartier manufactured the smallest watch in the world and gave it to Princess Elizabeth of England. Cartier watches have always been pets of high society and have a long history. They are currently part of the Richemont Group in Switzerland.