Watches are subtle symbols of luxury. Like most anything else, these luxury watches
are also considered to be the benchmarks of quality. Here are 10 watches most
popular with celebrities and other notable persons.
10. Richard Mille
Richard Mille is a Swiss luxury watch brand owned by the French businessman
of the same name. The company was established in 2001 and is based in Les
Breuleux in Switzerland. It makes some of the most advanced watches in the world,
including the RM 008, the chronograph tourbillon. Its RM 056 received the award
for best watch of 2012. It featured a three-part all-sapphire case skeletal case build.
Some of the celebrities spotted wearing the brand include Michelle Yeoh and Seal.
Sportsmen like Rafael Nadal, Felipe Massa and Yohan Blake are also passionate
fans of the brand, with Blake even breaking rules by wearing it during the Olympics
instead of the official sponsor Omega.
Breitling is a Swiss luxury brand of watches. It was established in 1884 and is based
in Grenchen, Switzerland. The brand is especially popular with pilots and other
members of the aviation sector. Its watches are all made of Swiss components
and manufactured in the said country. Its watches can be categorized into three
types, namely Diving or SuperOcean, Luxury or Breitling for Bentley and Aviation or
Navitimer. The watches almost always feature polished cases and large faces. Some
of its celebrity users include Tommy Lee Jones who wears a vintage gold and steel
chronograph and the rapper Lil Wayne who has Diving and Luxury models. Bear
Grylls of the television series Man vs. Wild also uses a Breitling.
Chopard is a maker of luxury watches, accessories and jewelries. The company
was founded in 1860 and is based in Geneva. Most of its watches and movements
are made in-house, making it a true manufacture. The brand is considered as one
of the standards in the area of precision luxury watches and jewelries. Some of
the celebrities that have been spotted wearing a Chopard are Javier Bardem, the
Academy Award-winning actor for No Country for Old Men, and Colin Firth, also
an Academy Award winner for The King’s Speech. Bardem has a Quattro Regular
while Firth has the XPS.
Piaget is a maker of luxury watches and jewelries. The company was established in
1874 and is based in Geneva. It originally concentrated on watch movements before
eventually marketing its own line of prestigious watches. The Richemont Group of
Switzerland, a company that is well known in the luxury goods industry, currently
owns it. Some of the celebrities spotted wearing a Piaget are Rihanna, who has a
gold Ladies Polo watch, and Samuel L. Jackson, who has a Polo Chronograph.
Cartier is a jewelry and watchmaker from France that was established in 1847.
Tagged by no less than King Edward VII of England as the “jeweler of Kings and
the king of jewelers,” the company has a royal warrant from the monarchs of
different countries. The company is based in Paris and is owned by the Compagnie
Financiere Richemont SA. It claims to have produced the first practical wristwatch
in 1904 with its Santos model. Celebrities who been seen wearing a Cartier watch
include Angelina Jolie, who has a Tank, Monica Belluci, who has a Libre, and Zac
Efron, who has an automatic Calibre de Cartier.
Omega is a maker of Swiss luxury watches. It was established in 1848 and is based
in Biel/Bienne in Switzerland. Owned by the Swatch group, the company was the
watch of choice of both the American and British military as early as World War I.
It is also the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games and the watch of choice of
James Bond. It was the first watch on the moon when Buzz Aldrin wore it in 1969.
Other famous users of the watch include Prince William, Pierce Brosnan and Cindy
The International Watch Co., or more popularly known as IWC, is a luxury maker of
Swiss watches. It was founded in 1868 and is based in Schaffhausen in Switzerland.
It is the only major watchmaker located in the eastern part of the country. It prides
itself with its solid craftsmanship. Fitness and yoga expert Bob Harper has been
seen wearing the Big Pilot Eight-Day, while in-demand actor Bradley Cooper has the
Big Pilot Seven-Day. Tom Cruise also has an IWC in his collection, though the actor
has also been seen in a Panerai and Bremont.
3. TAG Heuer
TAG Heuer takes its name from the acronym that means Techniques d’Avant Garde
and the family name of the company’s founder Heuer. It was founded in 1860 and
is currently based in Neuchatel. It is part of the LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton
S.A. group. Notable owners include Brad Pitt, Tiger Woods, Lewis Hamilton, Barack
Obama and Maria Sharapova. Leonardo di Caprio owns a Carrera Chronograph,
Cameron Diaz has the Lady Tag Two-Tone and Terence Howard sports the Twin
Panerai is a watchmaker based in Milan in Italy. Giovanni Panerai founded it in
Florence in 1860. The watches, however, are made in Neuchatel in Switzerland by
the company called ETA S.A. The company is owned by Compagnie Financiere
Richemont S.A. It was the watch of choice by the Royal Italian Navy at a time when
the company concentrated on the design and manufacture of the case while it made
use of movement made by Rolex. Celebrity owners include tough guys like Sylvester
Stallone and Jason Statham. Jerry Ferrara of the hit show Entourage also prefers the brand. Tom Cruise also has one in his collection, while super model Heidi Klum owns the Luminor Marina in titanium.
Rolex is a name that is synonymous with luxury quality watches. Celebrities who
have been spotted with it include Sofia Vergara with a Daytona, Usher and Eric
Clapton with a Milgauss, David Beckham with a Deep Sea, Ashton Kutcher and
Eminem with the Submariner, Jennifer Aniston and Bruno Mars with the Presidential,
Uma Thurman with Day/Date, Adam Levine with the Cosmograph, Matt Damon with
the Explorer and Clint Eastwood and Mark Wahlberg with the GMT Master. Even
James Bond actor Daniel Craig took off his Omega for a Rolex.
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