Complicated watchmaking is the supreme test of a designer’s expertise and a watchmaker’s skills. At Patek Philippe, they have been passing the test with flying colors since 1839. The Swiss company has tackled any and all horological complications to create complex portable timepieces for the ages. If you are a fan of watches and find yourself in Geneva, a visit to Philippe’s museum is in order.
IWC, Schaffhausan, Switzerland
Since 1868, watches have been legendary among true timepiece connoisseurs. Ironically, the founder of the company was an American, Florentine Ariosto Jones. He knew that Swiss watchmakers were incredibly skilled-and relatively low paid. So Jones had the parts made in his factory in northeast Switzerland and shipped back to the United States to be finished. The company has changed hands a few times since then. Perfection of craft, rigorous training of specialists, and refusal to succumb to the lure of mass market are well established principles of IWC.
Vacheron Constantin, Geneva, Switzerland
Switzerland’s oldest continuously active watchmaker, Vacheron Constantin has been synonymous with fine watchmaking since 1755. The women’s Kalla collection consists of watches made with gemstones. For men, I like the Malte collection, with sweeping swordshaped hands and a Maltese cross on the face. I am Maltese so that is why I picked that one as my favorite.
Breitling, Grenchen, Switzerland
In business since 1884, Breitling watches swiss replica watches are known as high performance instruments for professionals. These watches utilize Replica Watches innovative technologies that make them conversation pieces as well as useful timekeepers.