Watches are subtle symbols of luxury. Like most anything else, these luxury watchesare also considered to be the benchmarks of quality. Here are 10 watches mostpopular with celebrities and other notable persons.
10 Richard Mille
Richard Mille is a Swiss luxury watch brand owned by the French businessmanof the same name. The company was established in 2001 and is based in LesBreuleux 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 awardfor 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 passionatefans of the brand, with Blake even breaking rules by wearing it during the Olympicsinstead of the official sponsor Omega.
Breitling is a Swiss luxury brand of watches. It was established in 1884 and is basedin Grenchen, Switzerland. The brand is especially popular with pilots and othermembers of the aviation sector. Its watches are all made of Swiss componentsand manufactured in the said country. Its watches can be categorized into threetypes, namely Diving or SuperOcean, Luxury or Breitling for Bentley and Aviation orNavitimer. The watches almost always feature polished cases and large faces. Someof its celebrity users include Tommy Lee Jones who wears a vintage gold and steelchronograph and the rapper Lil Wayne who has Diving and Luxury models. BearGrylls of the television series Man vs. Wild also uses a Breitling.
Chopard is a maker of luxury watches, accessories and jewelries. The companywas founded in 1860 and is based in Geneva. Most of its watches and movementsare made in-house, making it a true manufacture. The brand is considered as oneof the standards in the area of precision luxury watches and jewelries. Some ofthe celebrities that have been spotted wearing a Chopard are Javier Bardem, theAcademy Award-winning actor for No Country for Old Men, and Colin Firth, alsoan Academy Award winner for The King’s Speech. Bardem has a Quattro Regularwhile Firth has the XPS.
Piaget is a maker of luxury watches and jewelries. The company was established in1874 and is based in Geneva. It originally concentrated on watch movements beforeeventually marketing its own line of prestigious watches. The Richemont Group ofSwitzerland, a company that is well known in the luxury goods industry, currentlyowns it. Some of the celebrities spotted wearing a Piaget are Rihanna, who has agold 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 andthe king of jewelers,” the company has a royal warrant from the monarchs ofdifferent countries. The company is based in Paris and is owned by the CompagnieFinanciere Richemont SA. It claims to have produced the first practical wristwatchin 1904 with its Santos model. Celebrities who been seen wearing a Cartier watchinclude Angelina Jolie, who has a Tank, Monica Belluci, who has a Libre, and ZacEfron, who has an automatic Calibre de Cartier.
Omega is a maker of Swiss luxury watches. It was established in 1848 and is basedin Biel/Bienne in Switzerland. Owned by the Swatch group, the company was thewatch 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 ofJames 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 CindyCrawford.
The International Watch Co., or more popularly known as IWC, is a luxury maker ofSwiss 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 pridesitself with its solid craftsmanship. Fitness and yoga expert Bob Harper has beenseen wearing the Big Pilot Eight-Day, while in-demand actor Bradley Cooper has theBig Pilot Seven-Day. Tom Cruise also has an IWC in his collection, though the actorhas also been seen in a Panerai and Bremont.
3 TAG Heuer
TAG Heuer takes its name from the acronym that means Techniques d’Avant Gardeand the family name of the company’s founder Heuer. It was founded in 1860 andis currently based in Neuchatel. It is part of the LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis VuittonS.A. group. Notable owners include Brad Pitt, Tiger Woods, Lewis Hamilton, BarackObama and Maria Sharapova. Leonardo di Caprio owns a Carrera Chronograph,Cameron Diaz has the Lady Tag Two-Tone and Terence Howard sports the TwinTime Carrera.
Panerai is a watchmaker based in Milan in Italy. Giovanni Panerai founded it inFlorence in 1860. The watches, however, are made in Neuchatel in Switzerland bythe company called ETA S.A. The company is owned by Compagnie FinanciereRichemont S.A. It was the watch of choice by the Royal Italian Navy at a time whenthe company concentrated on the design and manufacture of the case while it madeuse of movement made by Rolex. Celebrity owners include tough guys like SylvesterStallone 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 whohave been spotted with it include Sofia Vergara with a Daytona, Usher and EricClapton with a Milgauss, David Beckham with a Deep Sea, Ashton Kutcher andEminem with the Submariner, Jennifer Aniston and Bruno Mars with the Presidential,Uma Thurman with Day/Date, Adam Levine with the Cosmograph, Matt Damon withthe Explorer and Clint Eastwood and Mark Wahlberg with the GMT Master. EvenJames Bond actor Daniel Craig took off his Omega for a Rolex.