Most Expensive Luxury Watches

Gentlemen and fellow followers,

 

For most of us pay day has just arrived and for some of our fellows, Q2 bonuses are just around the corner. With these in mind, we thought it would be a good time to showcase a few interesting luxury watches. As some of your gentlemen will agree, a watch is much more than just an item that gives you the time.

Hublot Big Bang Steel Ceramic 44mm

Hublot Big Bang Steel Ceramic 44mm – £13,700

A personal favourite of Luxurymenblog is the Hublot Big Bang Steel Ceramic 44mm. The Swiss manufacturer is renowned for their “art of fusion” of different material combinations. This is the entry level watch in terms of price, but it does portrait a sense of edginess and stylish feel when worn. The combination of steel and ceramic gives the timepiece an extra sense of luxury. The movement is Hublot’s Self Winding Chronograph movement.

 

Patek Philippe 2526

Patek Philippe 2526 – £26,900

For our fellows who prefer the more classic timpiece, the Patek Philippe 2526 is a safe choice. Originally introduced in the 1950s, it was Patek’s first automatic movement which is considered an iconic watch by many collectors. The 18K gold case and porcelain dial offers something different to us fellow gentlemen. Only 600 2526 timepieces were created by Patek Philippe, making this watch quite rare.

 

If these two previous timepieces were indeed on the lower end of the spectrum in terms of price, the following timepieces are for the gentlemen who have some spare money to spend from their left over bonus.

LOUIS MOINET METEORIS WATCH

Louis Moinet Meteoris Watch ~ Price £2,760,000

The third most expensive timepiece in the world, the Louis Moinet Meteoris watch. The collection is comprised of 4 models, including Tourbillion Mars, Tourbillon Moon, Tourbillion Rosetta Stone and the Tourbillion Asteroid. Each timepiece features a rare piece of meteorite making each piece unique. Our personal favourite is the Tourbillion Mars, not only for the look but because the piece has a 180M piece of meteorite featuring in it as well as the tourbillion movement.

 

 PATEK PHILIPPE – HENRY GRAVES – POCKET WATCH

Patek Philippe – Henry Graves – Pocket Watch ~ Price: £6,600,000

Fellows, we are now entering a different league of gentlemen. The special pocket watch produced by Patek Philippe for the famous American banker Henry Graves. Being the second most expensive timepiece in the World the Patek Philippe Henry Graves Pocket Watch is by far a super rich timepiece. The watchmakers took 5 years to complete the timepiece in 1933 and boasts 24 different movements and is 18K gold. A very interesting timepiece as it has history behind it.

So Gentlemen, which would you pick?

 

Luxury Watch Competition by Crown & Caliber

Gentlemen and fellow followers,

Happy Easter from Luxurymenblog! Have you managed to find all those Easter Eggs that have been hidden away?

Our fellows from Crown & Caliber have opened a luxury watch contest for all of our fellow followers and watch lovers to submit a photo of their own favourite timepiece.

Submissions to the luxury watch contest will then be posted on their site following which our wider Gentlemen community will vote to decide who wins!

The winner will receive a $100 Visa Gift Card, which of course, could go towards your next timepiece.

To enter the luxury watch contest, please send the best photo of your favourite watch that you own to contests@crownandcaliber.com, or tag them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Deadline is the 25th of April 2014.

Good luck from Luxurymenblog!

Luxury Watch Competition by Crown & Caliber(Picture courtesy of “What’s on Your Wrist” – their blog can be found here)

 

Monday Timepiece by Audemars Piguet

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Audemars Piguet via Watchanish.com

Luxury Timepiece Quiz

Gentlemen and Fellow Followers,

 

When you are in market for that extraordinary timepiece you have no doubt been conducting some serious market research to understand the style of timepiece that would fit your needs and gentleman style.

 Rolex Timepiece Quiz

Some people would say “there are not enough hours in the day”, however when selecting your timepiece this is the perfect time to spend time on going through the different touch points.

 

There are various questions that should be considered:

  • Price: do you prefer buying a brand new timepiece or second-hand would do the job?
  • Style: Traditional Rolex or the latest Hublot design?
  • Strap or Bracelet?
  • Movement: Chronograph, Fusion or Tourbillon?
  • Technology: traditional or latest?
  • Standards of Craftsmanship, Swiss or American?
  • Financial Value
  • Guarantees: after a considerable amount of investment, make sure to check what guarantees you have.

 

Our fellows over at Crown and Caliber have developed a small and fun timepiece quiz for us fellow Gentlemen to see how well we have done our homework before going out to buy our timepiece.

 Hublot Timepiece Quiz

If you feel ready and want to test your timepiece knowledge and skills, you can take the timepiece quiz.

 

Do let us know how you get on by tweeting your results to @luxuymenblog and the fellows with the top 3 highest scores will get mentioned next week.

 

So Gentlemen and fellow followers, do you think you have what it takes?

Luxurymenblog @ Hublot Headquarters

Gentlemen and fellow followers,

 

It’s been a busy Q3 and start to Q4. As most of you are aware, Luxurymenblog visited Geneva this past weekend for business.

Hublot Headquarters

We headed to the really nice town of Nyon to visit Hublot Headquarters and Manufacture. We previously visited the flagship store in London a while back (which you can read about here) and decided that we wanted to better understand the uniqueness of the timepieces that Hublot design and produce for us Gentlemen.

 

Luxurymenblog @ Hublot Headquarters

Before our visit to the Manufacture inside the Hublot Headquarters, we were explained a unique feature that Hublot has to detect replicas and protect your own timepiece from theft, the WISekey card. It is activated once the purchase is complete and is automatically entered into the database in case of theft or for re-sale.

 

WISEKEY

We then were taken around the “Manufacture” where all Hublot timepieces are produced piece by piece and carefully crafted together through Swiss engineering. This is the birth of a Hublot timepiece:

 

  • The Birth of the movement, here the engineers and designers come together and build a case for the new movement inside the watch.
  • The Design, the designers find their creativity within the brands’ DNA as well as through the ambassadors.
  • The final stage is the prototype, where the specialist engineers build a prototype to test. Once the timepiece has been validated, the production of a limited number is started.

 

We experienced the final stage and were taken through all the different “ateliers” and explained that a timepiece can take up to 6 months to build depending on the complications. Also, only a single engineer will work on one timepiece from start to end to ensure the highest quality as they will know it best. Therefore each timepiece produced will be unique.

 

Hublot Manufacture

So Gentlemen, next time you are passing through Geneva and looking for an interesting visit, do check out the Hublot Headquarters Manufacture, it’s definitely worth the trip down the Lake!

Hublot Watches in London

Gentlemen and fellow followers,

 

This weekend, we decided to take a cultural visit to learn more about Hublot watches. We visited the Hublot London Flagship Store in Bond Street. We wanted to learn more about the different collections that Hublot had to offer.

hublot watches

 

For the fellow Gentleman who wouldn’t know the brand, Hublot, was the first luxury watchmaker that combined a precious underground metal (gold) with an above ground material (rubber). From this, Hublot waches developed the “Art of Fusion”, combining exotic metals with traditional Swiss watch making practices

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The store manager, a fellow gentleman, kindly took Luxurymenblog through the 3 main collections in detail:

 

  • The Bing Bang:

 

The Big Bang Collection is by far the biggest range available and holds over 130 unique and varied pieces. The “Big Bang”, introduced in November 2005 is the brand’s flagship timepiece which catapulted the brand into the most prestigious realm of watch making.

 

The collection combines unexpected materials including ceramic, carbon, titanium, tungsten, gold and diamonds and employ the most cutting edge technology.

Hublot Watches

Luxurymenblog’s favourite Hublot – the Big Bang Aero Bang Steel Ceramic 44mm

 

The Big Bang retains the original Hublot ‘porthole’ look and is available in 38mm, 41mm, 44mm, and 48mm sizes.

 

  • The King Power

 

The King Power Collection is bolder and a more striking version of the Big Bang models. The complex dials are made of several layers bringing life to the face of each watch. King Power watches are an exciting concept and at 48mm make a real statement.

Special partners of Hublot have their own designed timepieces, the latest one being of the world’s fastest man, the King Power Usain Bolt 48mm. The King Power collection uses contemporary materials including gold, ceramic, platinum and diamonds which make them stand out from the crowd of every day timepieces.

Hublot Watches

The latest King Power release – King Power Usain Bolt with only 250 pieces made

 

 

  • Classic Collection

 

The Hublot Classic Fusion is an evolution of the concept of the Big Bang. The art of fusion is a key principle behind the design and creation of Hublot. Classic Fusion watches feature the same technical boldness as the Big Bang collection, however with a more classical, attractive aesthetic feel to them.

Hublot Watches

The Ultra Thin Skeleton Watch by Hublot – The Classic Fusion Classico Ultra-Thin All Black 45mm

 

It is rare to find this type of timepiece that blends ceramic, gold, titanium, platinum and diamonds to make watches with such a stylish design. The Classic Fusion combines traditional Swiss watchmaking values with contemporary cutting edge methods.

 

So Gentlemen, when will you be buying your Hublot?