It’s no secret that the watch industry looks up to Swiss watchmakers as movers and innovators. Swiss-made watches have the branding of a sturdy, well-made timepiece, and with that, prices follow. Swiss watchmakers usually price their products at a steeper price than, say, their Japanese counterparts. In this article, we’ve collated the best Swiss watches money can buy:
The Breguet Classique is a classic watch. See what we did there? Any watch collector will say that getting a Breguet is like injecting class into your collection. The company has been around for ages and has had some truly classic watches that have withstood the test of time. The latest Classique is powered by a caliber 502.3SD, which features a mainspring barrel with a power reserve that can last up to 2-3 days.
The presentation skews to vintage, and it looks like a gentleman’s watch very much through and through. At 38mm, it’s not the biggest of watches, but it surprisingly looks bigger on the wrist. The reason being that the Classique has a plain-looking yet very subtly designed dial. It’s water-resistant for up to 30m, so you can use it anywhere without worrying about the delicate movement inside.
Hublot Big Bang
The Big Bang line from Swiss watchmaker Hublot has been a contention point for both enthusiasts and owners of the timepiece itself. To say that it’s an unorthodox watch is understating it. The Big Bang marches to the beat of its own drum, and among a sea of dress watches, you’ll easily identify it. Lately, the Big Bang has seen some continued patronage from CEO’s, actors, and political leaders.
Under the hood and depending on the model you’ll go for, you get a self-winding mechanical movement that’s developed in-house. The line’s spirit has grown since its initial launch, and several Big Bang lines like the Partnership line have produced some really cool timepieces. The Garage Italia partnership watch is seriously a looker, and if you’re looking for something really out there to add to your collection, this is the watch to do it with.
Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Chronometer
The Royal Oak line from Audemars Piguet, or fondly called AP by connoisseurs, has been the brand’s shining star for years now. And although getting a timepiece from this collection is an excellent choice, we say you go for the Jules Audemars Chronometer instead. It looks and feels like the watches of olden times, equipped with the new technologies on watch movements right now.
The chronometer alone in this watch is seriously a showstopper. The movement is a mechanical escapement, featuring a double balance spring and a tourbillon. It’s a limited edition watch, and to see it is to believe it. White gold, sapphire crystal, satin-brush finish – this is a stunning watch with a stunning movement. We don’t know if it’s still available from the official AP store, but you can scour the Interwebs to get a deal.
If there’s one Swiss watchmaker that’s not talked about enough, it’s Breitling. The Breitling Navitimer revolutionized the slide bezel rule, and it’s now part of some high-end Swiss watches. The Navitimer itself is a legend among its contemporaries, having been part of a long tradition of vintage watches that still is present until today.
What’s great about the Navitimer is that you can get a “for him” and “for her” version. An in-house caliber movement powers the watch, and if you get the one with a chronograph, the complication is COSC-certified. There’s also a variety of case materials to choose from – 18k white gold, platinum, and stainless steel.
The stainless steel and 18k red gold anthracite edition is a looker and perfect for any modern gentleman. For the lady, a stunning and sophisticated stainless steel and copper combination should do the trick. Both of these watches are glare-proofed on each side, and the case back is screwed in. All in all, a very contemporary yet classic take on a seriously powered-up dress watch!
A Swiss watchmaker stalwart, this list wouldn’t be complete without a trusty omega. Omega has been in the industry for centuries, and best believe that it has produced some of the greatest watches that the world has seen. Omega is known for its innovations; the NASA-certified Speedmaster is one of its shining glories, plus the extra step in certification that only the brand achieves.
While the Speedmaster is a shoo-in when it comes to a collection, don’t forget about the Seamaster. It’s officially the James Bond watch, fueled by Daniel Craig’s navy Bond. But the Omega Seamaster doesn’t rely on marketing alone. It has the chops that it claims it has – ISO diving watch certification at 300m – with options of 600m and a whopping 1200m, co-axial movement, and master chronometer on its top of the line watches.
Swiss brands are really something else when it comes to watchmaking. And if you want to make your collection a great one, getting one or two of these is a given! Get these classics and you’re set for life.