The wristwatch has proven one of the most well-loved and popular bits of high-functioning fashion for generation after generation. From the cheapest of the low-end Timex to the fanciest Tag Heuer, watches are an unmistakable marker of one’s look – and, with the high-end brands that go for the price of a used car, luxury lifestyle.
And who knows watches better than the Swiss? The world’s toniest watchmakers gathered in Geneva earlier this year to trot out their newest portable timekeepers. Here are the top 10 coolest watches from the show.
10 – F.P. Journe Quantieme Perpetual
A classic-looking beauty from the Swiss company F.P. Journe, which builds all the parts in its watches.
9 – AudemarsPiguet
AudemarsPiguet remains a family-owned, Geneva-based watchmaker that prides itself on its precision manufacturing on display in this watch.
8 – Richard Mille RM027
Richard Mille is a well-known French businessman who also owns a Swiss watch company named after him that was formed back in 2001. This RM027 is famous for two reasons. It’s been worn by tennis star Rafael Nadal during his world-class matches. And it’s also the lightest mechanical watch on the planet (surely one reason Nadal prefers it).
7 – Vacheron-Constantin
A relatively small company, Vacheron-Constantin employs some 400 people around the world to make its prestigious watches. Most of them are based in its plants in Geneva and Vallée de Joux.
6 – De Bethune DB28
This beauty of a timepiece is by Swiss firm De Bethune, and its face looks something out of this world. The DB28 was also selected as a finalist in the Grand Prix de Geneva watch competition.
5 – F.P. Journe Remontoir d’Egalite
Another piece from F.P. Journe, the Remontoir d’Egalite features a beautiful mother of pearl dial.
4 – Cartier
Paris-based jeweller Cartier doesn’t just limit itself to fancy stones. It also makes luxury watches, such as this high-functioning eye-catcher.
3 – A. Lange & Söhne 1 Lumen
The “lumen” in the name of this A. Lange & Söhne watch stands for luminescent. When the lights are off, the dial and hands on this piece are illuminated.
2 – IWC Ingenieur Automatic
This timepiece from Swiss maker IWC Schaffhausen is a beauty of a self-winding, mechanical watch.
1 – Cartier Mysterious Hour
This Cartier stunner takes its influence from antique stand-up clocks.