TOP THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING LUXURY WATCHES

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TOP THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING LUXURY WATCHES

MATERIAL

Premium luxury watches are generally constructed using materials such as titanium, gold and platinum. For a luxury watch, a steel grade of 316L should be the bare minimum. At a similar price point to the 316L grade steel, you may procure a titanium based watch. Apart from the slightly more polished look, titanium has the added benefit of being even more durable and lightweight than its 316L steel counterpart. It also provides added scratch resistance. For Gold luxury watches, one may opt for white gold or rose gold, both very attractive options and massively trending at the moment. Gold watches do have the added benefit of liquidity. What could be better than gold? Well, platinum! Platinum is a precious metal that does not corrode or lose color. They also exude a very premium finish, a true mark of luxury and style. Do keep in mind though, platinum is more dense that gold, so these watches tend to be pretty heavy.

MOVEMENTS

While automatic is becoming popular in most modern luxury watches, mechanical movements have their soft spot with collectors of vintage watches and quartz movement is the current standard. Read More(link)

FEATURES

Perpetual calendars, chronographs, moon phases, multiple time zones, world calendars, chains, and fusee assemblies are common add-ons found in modern day watches

Perpetual calendars, chronographs, moon phases, multiple time zones, world calendars, chains, and fuse assemblies are common add-ons found in modern day watches. A lot of these features aren’t available in low-end watches, so a good mix of features can surely help your watch stand out.

Premium watches feature luminants that glow for over five hours with barely any exposure to light.

Luminant is another feature to look out for in a premium watch. A sign of low quality is having to keep the watch facing a bright light for a minute to have it glow only for a few minutes thereafter. Luminance is where watches from Japan have an edge over watches from Switzerland. That however may change as just one company in the world manufactures watches using tritium gas tubes that allows the watches to glow for over three decades, and they are based in Switzerland.

STONES

Precious stones bring an entirely different level of grandeur to a luxury watch. One should generally check if the stone is natural or synthetic. Natural Stones are procured directly from the earth through mining techniques and are cut and polished to give them its natural feel. Natural stones are the clear choice, as they are higher in value and on a subconscious level, allow you to value your watch more. The term ‘synthetic’ is a misnomer, as these stones aren’t exactly manufactured but rather grown in a laboratory. Various colors of sapphire are the most common synthetic stones seen on watches, apart from diamonds and mother of pearl. Whichever stone you opt for, ensure they have a clear color and symmetrical cuts.

SIZE

The notion generally is that a large watch is a statement of confidence. Our suggestion, however, would be to try a watch on and decide for yourself if the watch suits your wrist and personality type. If the watch looks like the lid of a jar more than a style statement it may not be the right size for you.

LOCKING MECHANISM

Low-end watches feature a single clasp locking mechanism, which locks in a single click. These are prone to failures and the watch band abruptly opening. Premium watches feature at least two or three locking clasps. The first lock is via the ‘click’ mechanism, with the second lock coming from the metal flap locking over it. The third lock is usually a push-button lock.

BRANDS

It’s important to pick a brand whose designs reflect your style. Looking into all the elements mentioned before, will narrow down your selection. If you’re not much of a watch connoisseur then stick with known brands such as Rolex, Rado, Breitling, Omega, Citizen, Tag Heuer, Hublot, and Ulysse Nardin to name a few. If you have a keen eye for a designer watch then look in to the brands we just mentioned along with recognized designer brands such as IWC Schaffhausen, Panerai, Vacheron Constantin, Blancpain, and Louis Moinet. You may also look in to whether the brand hand-makes and self-assembles their watches.  This increases its value considerably, as it is treated more as a work of art rather than a mass produced product. Also research if a brand uses exotic materials in their builds. For example, Patek Philippe and Ulysse Nardin use silicium which does not require lubrication and hence greatly increases the accuracy of the watch’s movement.

BAND

Strap bands can give a really classy and elegant look in nearly all environments. Metal bands are usually the preference for men, with bracelet bands being the preferred option for women.

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