The luxury watch market is filled to the brim with excellent watchmakers that love their craft and take pride in their creations. While this is by no means an exhaustive list, it contains some of the greatest watchmakers today.
Here are the greatest luxury watch companies around today:
Rolex is undisputedly the most well-known luxury watch company in the world. Even people who are not luxury watch enthusiasts will have heard of this company. They produce an astonishing 800,000 watches every single year. However, some of their watches are incredibly difficult to find, like the Daytona Cosmograph and other steel sports watches it makes. Rolex does not push the envelope too much, but it does ensure you get a very reliable timepiece that is made using cutting-edge materials.
The single most defining timepiece to come from Audemars Piguet is the Royal Oak. This watch's claim to fame is that it was the first luxury sports watch ever made. Initially debuting in the early 1970s, it was the timepiece that saved the company from bankruptcy. The bold and daring move to create a steel watch whose price was comparable to many gold ones in those days ended up paying off. No watches that came before or after the Royal Oak from this company have enjoyed the level of popularity the Royal Oak does today.
If you live a nine-figure lifestyle, then a Richard Mille watch will be your style, and in your price range. It is not unusual to see Richard Mille watches go for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Prices can get up into the low millions on the secondary market. The incredible rarity of this company's watches is due to its focus on making only a handful or two each year of every version it makes. The innovative and modern style and intricate complexity of Richard Mille watches both make these exceptionally appealing to young and wealthy watch aficionados.
Patek Philippe is a very prestigious watchmaker like Rolex. It is also been in the watchmaking business since 1839, making it one of the oldest in the world that is still making timepieces. There are two distinct styles that Patek Philippe makes its watches in. You have dress watches and high complications, and then you have the 1970s-style steel Nautilus. This company is one of the last independently-owned ones around today. This allows them to craft the watches they want and according to their timetable.
Hublot makes gigantic watches, comparably-speaking. The boldness of this brand leads people to either love them or hate them. You will be impressed regardless of how you feel about them given their dimensions, materials, and horology. That being said, these are not for everyone. A recent unique watch Hublot came out with was thanks to its partnership with Ferrari, and the inspiration in the LaFerrari and Classic Fusion Ferrari GT timepieces can be seen.