Best medium to high-end luxury watches to buy in 2017. From TAG Heuer, Breitling and Cartier to IWC, Panerai, Rolex, Patek Philippe and A. Lange & Sohne.
What are the best affordable luxury watches for 2017? There are several bestsellers in entry-level, medium-range luxury and high-end luxury segment, with price ranging from as low as $500 to as high as $10,000+.
This is the part 2 of our best watch brands series. This this article we’ll review and compare the watch companies which offer bestseller timepieces in affordable and mid-range to high-ends luxury ranges including the top Swiss watch brands.
A. Best Watch Brands – Entry-Level Luxury Watches: $500-$1000
Here are the bestseller watch brands in entry-level luxury range. Most of the affordable luxury watches are available in over $500 to under $1000 price category.
24) Oris Watches, $600+
Founded in 1904, Oris is a Swiss watch company that produces only automatic watches with mechanical movement. Oris employs in-house facilities to manufacture its watches. One of the best watch brands, Oris features a range of watch collections catering to lifestyle, aviation, motor sports and diving.
Oris Culture collection features models with round and rectangular watch faces incorporating different complications.
The Oris Calibre 111 of Oris Artelier collection, for example, comes with Oris’ hand-made movements made visible through a sapphire glass case back; date display at the 9’oclock position; and a 10-day power backup.
Variations come in dial colors; case material (stainless steel or 18Krose gold); and strap material (colored leather band or stainless steel bracelet).Oris Artelier Jumping Hour models feature a digital hour window at the 120 clock position.
Oris Force Recon GMT from Oris’ diver collection features a lockable bezel, which secures the bezel once wearer sets it as required.
The Oris ProDiver Chronograph features a chronograph; a large 51mm case; lockable bezel; Super-LumiNova dial pointers and indices; and a water resistance measuring up to 1000M. Oris ProDiver Pointer Moon features a moonphase indicator, and is also capable of providing tidal range details.
The Aviation range, depending on the model, features a mechanical altimeter, the first of its kind worldwide, a chronograph and dual time zones.
The Motor Sport collection features commemorative models; depending on the models, you can find a chronograph; tachymeter; day/ date window; precious stones in the design; and differentiating designs where strap sticks to the case directly.
25) Baume & Mercier Watches, $800+
Luxury watch brand: Baume & Mercier. Baume & Mercier owns the prestige of being the 7th oldest brand in the world manufacturing Swiss watches. The brand was founded by the brothers Louis-Victor and Célestin Baume in 1830.
With over 185 years of experience in luxury watchmaking, Baume & Mercier caters to connoisseurs that demand statements of excellence on their wrists.
Each collection of Baume & Mercier draws inspiration from its early predecessor and reinvents itself to suit modern lifestyle and tastes of wearers.
Most models employ automatic self-winding mechanism accompanied by luxury features. While the collections differ in features, all models display the same exquisite watchmaking craftsmanship.
The brand’s Clifton collection, based on Clifton 1830 model, uses gold in its design, and features a stainless steel case, skeleton case back, and alligator leather band, among others; some models feature dual time and moon phase indicators.
The Capeland collection is characterized by the use of chronograph. Based on a 1948 model, the Collection appeals to sports watch lovers. Sleekness forms the core of Baume & Mercier’s Classima collection.
Based on the Brand’s 1965 model, timepieces in this collection come with a steel bracelet or alligator leather strap and a Guilloché silver-tone dial, among other features.
If you love rectangular cases, the Hampton collection could interest you. Based on models of the 1940s, the Collection gives you an option of magnificent steel watches. Go for Baume & Mercier only if you are an aficionado of fine watchmaking.
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