Top 12 Most Popular Timepieces Brands in the World

Popularity is one of the indications that the product is of superior quality. Often, popular watch brands are also the top choice of watch aficionados and the average persons on the streets.

Here is a rundown of the 12 most popular watch brands that have gained the leader-of-the-pack reputation:

12. Hublot Genève

This brand has made a unique mark in the watch industry, although it is just an emerging brand in the luxury watch market. It was introduced to the public brand in 1980, but its reputation as a reputable watchmaker began in 1976 when it was founded by Carlo Crocco. Hublot watches are known for their unique and attractive style. It is also recognized as one of the best brands of watches for men, serving as the official watch, both for Formula 1 and FIFA World Cup.

11. Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc was previously known as a popular maker of luxury pens and other writing instruments. In 1990, the company widened its product portfolio and ventured into the luxury watch market. Mont Blanc’s entry into the watch market becomes more solidified when it acquired the world-renowned expensive watchmaker, Minerva, in 2006. Some of the celebrities who have worn Mont Blanc include Nicholas Cage, Adrien Brody, and Christopher Lambert.

10. Breitling

Breitling’s rich watchmaking history can be traced back to 1884, the year the company was founded. With headquarters in Switzerland, Breitling focused in three main categories, namely: diving, aviation, and luxury. Breitling watches are known for its quality because it is manufactured using only Swiss-made components. The reputation it has established as one of the leaders in the industry has contributed to the accolade as one of the most popular watch brands in the world.

9. Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe is a popular luxury watch manufacturer whose preeminence in the watchmaking industry dated back in the year 1851. The Graves Super-Compilation Watch, designed for Henry Graves in 1932 was the most celebrated watch created by Patek Philippe as it was recognized as the most expensive watch ever made, sold at a hefty $11,000,000 in 1999. Some of the famous personalities, who patronized the brand, include Queen Elizabeth, Nicoals Sarkozy, and Charlie Sheen.

8. The International Watch Company

IWC is the favorite watch brand of famous celebrities Kevin Spacey, Zindedine Zidane, and Matthew Fox. It is widely popular around the world because of its reputation as the maker of high-end, high-quality watches. IWC is a part of the Richemont Group that was founded in 1968, in Schaffenhausen, Switzerland.

7.A. Lange & Söhne 

A. Lange & Söhne takes pride as a manufacturer of one of the world’s premium watches. The company was founded in 1985 by the famous German watchmaker, Ferdinand Adolph, with headquarters located in Glashütte, Germany. However, after the Soviet administration took over the properties of the company, the band was reduced to a dying state in 1988. Luckily, it was given a great restart in 1990, and from then on, become one of the most recognizable watch brands on the planet.

6. Vacheron Constantin

Aside from the brand’s popularity, the name Vacheron Constantin is synonymous to luxurious timepieces. As early as 1755, it has carved its reputation in the industry, being the preferred watchmaker for great men such as Napoleon Bonaparte and Pope Pius XI. Based on Valle de Joux, Switzerland, the brand’s presence in the global market is strengthened by its stores located in almost all parts of the world. One of the most notable characteristics of the Vacheron Constantin watches is its explicit use of diamonds in their luxurious timepiece collection.

5. Breguet

From its launching in 1755, Breguet has been one of the preeminent leaders in the watchmaking industry that introduced major breakthroughs. One of the stand out charms of a Breguet watch is its use of guilloche dial that is inscribed in a coin edge case. No wonder, Breguet has caught the attention of great men and women, including Queen Victoria, George III, and Louis Philippe I.

4. Omega

Omega is one of the key players in the industry and one of the most popular watch brands for men. Founded by Louis Brandt in 1848, it has expanded its presence from Switzerland to all parts of the globe. The Omega Speed Master became famous as the watch worn by Buzz Aldrin when he stepped on the moon. Omega watches are worn by Hollywood royalties, including Daniel Craig, Nicole Kidman, and George Clooney.

3. Tag Heuer

Tag Heuer is regarded as one of the great Swiss watch brands. The brand was first known as Uhrenmanufaktur Heuer, AG in 1860. When the company was acquired by TAG Group Holdings, S.A., the watches manufactured by the company was given the name Tag Heuer. The Tag Heuer watches became even more famous when it was acquired by world-renowned French luxury goods manufacturer, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy.

2. Jaeger- LeCoultre

Jaeger-LeCoultre is one of Switzerland’s best watch brands that were given premiere recognition all over the globe. The company has been in the watchmaking business since 1833 and from then on, made history in designing beautiful timepieces that introduced a watch system independent of the keys. This means that one does not need to rewind the Jaeger-LeCoultre watches, repeatedly.

1. Rolex

Almost everyone’s dream would be to ride a limousine, wear a Versace suit, and own a Rolex watch. No wonder, Rolex is recognized worldwide as the most popular brand of luxury watches. These watches are worn by famous personalities including Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, and Tom Hanks. Today, Rolex stands as a great status symbol, signaling pride and success to its wearer.

Although some people may raise questions regarding the standards used in coming up with this list, no one can deny that the brands included in the list are some of the most iconic names in the watchmaking industry. These brands produced extraordinary watches in the past, and at present and has maintained the high manufacturing standards that contributed to their ever-growing popularity.


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