Top 5 prestige watch brands (in term of: Recognition, History, High Complication Calibre)?

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  • A. Lange & Söhne

    104 74.82%
  • Audemars Piguet

    69 49.64%
  • BLANCPAIN

    19 13.67%
  • BREGUET

    56 40.29%
  • Cartier

    5 3.60%
  • Chopard

    2 1.44%
  • Franck Muller

    1 0.72%
  • Intl Watch Co.

    7 5.04%
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre

    68 48.92%
  • OMEGA

    13 9.35%
  • Panerai

    2 1.44%
  • PARMIGIANI

    0 0%
  • Patek Philippe

    120 86.33%
  • PIAGET

    4 2.88%
  • Richard Mille

    6 4.32%
  • ROLEX

    43 30.94%
  • ULYSSE NARDIN

    7 5.04%
  • Vacheron Constantin

    87 62.59%
  • ZENITH

    11 7.91%
  • Others (Please specify)

    9 6.47%
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    Cool Top 5 prestige watch brands (in term of: Recognition, History, High Complication Calibre)?

    Hallo everyone, I am a newbie in this board but have been interested in watch for 3 years now. Today I would like to know your opinion on what is your top 5 watch brands in term of their Reputation, Prestige, High Complication Calibre, History, and etc. For me, The top 5 brands are:
    1. Patek Phillipe
    2. Vacheron Constantin
    3. Audemars Piguet
    4. A. Lange
    5. Blancpain
    So, What are yours? ^^

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    Re: Top 5 prestige watch brands (in term of: Recognition, History, High Complication Calibre)?

    If talking mainstream brands, it has to be: Patek, Lange, Vacheron, Audemars and Breguet (though not necessarily in that order) ....


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    Omega Speedmaster Professional Moon (1975)
    Panerai PAM 025 Submersible
    Patek Philippe 5146J Annual Calendar
    Rolex GMT Master II Pepsi 16700
    Rolex Sea Dweller 16600
    Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph (49150)
    Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine (WG)



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    Top 5 prestige watch brands (in term of: Recognition, History, High Complicat...

    Hublot, Roger Dubuis, Richard Mille, Urwerk and Christophe Claret.

    Edit: I would change Urwerk and Christophe Claret to AP and Patek Philippe.

    So it goes: Patek, AP, Hublot, RM and Roger Dubuis.

    Proof: see instagram of the rich people posting their watches.
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    Re: Top 5 prestige watch brands (in term of: Recognition, History, High Complication Calibre)?

    None of real super high end brands are recognized often. :) (RM, Urwerk, Jorne, etc.)

    with real history and innovation, then I suppose
    Seiko and Rolex will come into play, but Rolex does not really have High complication calibre (their MOST complicated is annual calendar on their Skydweller I believe), and Seiko is probably not really recognized as "prestige watch brand" though they make fantastic watches especially in their high end lines (GS/Credor) as well as really super complicated watches.

    Well then, I would go with:
    Patek, Vacheron, Audmars, Lange, (this is tough one, but with your requirement) JLC
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    Re: Top 5 prestige watch brands (in term of: Recognition, History, High Complication Calibre)?

    My votes: PP, VC, ALS, Breguet and JLC, in no exact order.

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    Re: Top 5 prestige watch brands (in term of: Recognition, History, High Complication Calibre)?

    Patek, Vacheron, Audmars, Lange, (this is tough one, but with your requirement) JLC
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    Re: Top 5 prestige watch brands (in term of: Recognition, History, High Complication Calibre)?

    I voted:

    ALS, JLC, Breguet, Rolex and Patek.

    All for different reasons, and without using average selling price as a sole determiner.

    ALS - simply for what they're doing now. Stunning watches. Top of the heap in my opinion.

    JLC - I've read it referred to as the 'watch-makers watch'. They have, and continue to produce movements for top brands. And they aren't too shabby at case and dial construction either.

    Rolex - simply because a) the history of the brand and its watches, b) the ridiculous level of vertical integration they've achieved, and c) the degree of integration with society at large - they're a cultural phenomenon as well as a watch company. That's important.

    Patek Philippe - in many ways I look at them as being like Rolex, just more expensive. Significant history. A heck of a manufactory. Beautiful designs. And cultural significance.

    Breguet - have you looked at the people who've owned a Breguet? Their history? Amazing.
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    Re: Top 5 prestige watch brands (in term of: Recognition, History, High Complication Calibre)?

    High Complication w/o history:
    Urwerk, MB&F, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Greubel Forsey

    High Complication /w history:
    AP, Patek, Lange, VC, JLC
    ROLEX Datejust 36mm Blueberry;
    ROLEX Pepsi GMT-Master 16700 (Circa 1987);
    ZENITH El Primero 36'000 VPH Tri-Color;
    SEIKO Prospex Solar Tuna SBDN026 (1981/3000)

    Considerations:
    AUDEMARS PIGUET Royal Oak 15450
    A.LANGE & SOHNE Saxonia Thin 37mm

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    Re: Top 5 prestige watch brands (in term of: Recognition, History, High Complication Calibre)?

    Alphabetical:

    A Lange & Soehne
    Audemars Piguet
    Jaeger LeCoultre
    Patek Philippe
    Vacheron Constantin

    Sort as you wish
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    Re: Top 5 prestige watch brands (in term of: Recognition, History, High Complication Calibre)?

    Here we go again...
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