WATCHES WORN BY THE MOST FAMOUS PEOPLE
In today’s world, most of us have reasonably fast-paced lives. This applies even more strongly to certain people like celebrities and businessmen. With so many projects, meetings and events to attend, these people are literally racing against time. As a result, they always prefer to wear shiny watches that are accurate and resistant to damage so that they can always be ahead of time. If you are planning to buy the perfect watch for your wrist, you must hear what famous people have to say about them. In this article, we will be covering the watch brands most commonly used by famous people.
This Swiss luxury watchmaker is probably one of the most highly regarded brands to this day and the first choice of numerous famous people. They are the pioneers of some significant inventions made in the watchmaking industry. These include the world’s first chiming and minute repeating watches, the first watch with tourbillon – a technology that defies gravity and the first watch that is resistant to magnetic field. The watch was worn by some of the most famous figures from John F. Kennedy to George Clooney and Nicole Kidman, from Prince William to Elvis Presley. It was also worn in almost all the Bond movies made after 1995. As you can expect, these watches were the most expensive accessories in the entire history of humanity. Elves Presley’s watch was auctioned for 2 million USD.
2. PATEK PHILIPPE CALATRAVA
The brand was first established in 1932 by Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe. The design of the watches was inspired by the design principles taught at the German art school of the Staatliches Bauhaus. The first models only displayed hours, minutes and seconds, while the larger versions released after 2006 also displayed the date. The prices currently start from 19000 USD. This watch was regularly spotted on the wrist of Akio Toyoda, the president of the Toyota Motor Corporate.
Founded by Auguste Agassiz in 1832, this company is probably the oldest Swiss watchmaking company. In the 19th century, they focused more on pendulum clocks for houses. Later on, they also professionalized in producing stopwatches that could measure the time between activation and deactivation. This came in very handy in sports such as horse racing. Among its brand ambassadors and owners; Albert Einstein, Audrey Hepburn, Aishwarya Rai and Kate Winslet are the most notable. In fact, Einstein owned one pocket-watch and a wristwatch. His gold wristwatch was auctioned for half a million dollars in 2008.
4- ULYSSE NARDIN
This Swiss watch manufacturer was founded in 1846. During the 19th century, their emphasis was based on manufacturing timepieces to navies and shipping companies. In addition, their marine chronometers were used in the determination of time zones, which earned them several awards. Its 2001 model “Freak” received the award for the watch of the year, while the “Trilogy of Time” was a major breakthrough that indicated solar time, orbits, eclipses, positions of the sun, the moon and important stars. It was owned by Michael Jordan, Larry King and Jeff Bezos, who is the founder of Amazon.
5- TAG HEUER
Ever since its foundation in 1860, this Swiss manufacturing company not only manufactures watches, but also produces accessories, eyewear and cellphones. With the motto “Don’t crack under pressure”, they aimed to measure even the smallest units of time. Their model Carrera Calibre 360 was the first wristwatch that measured 1/100 of a second. This precision was further enhanced in 2012 when they produced the Mikrogirder that displayed 1/2000 of a second. To this day, it is still the fastest and the most accurate chronograph. This brand is extremely common and popular among Hollywood stars such as Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Uma Thurman and Chris Hemsworth. In sports, Christiano Ronaldo, Lewis Hamilton and Maria Sharapova are among the owners of Tag Heuer.
The most expensive watch in the world was a Rolex Model worn by actor Paul Newman. Founded in London and based in Geneva, Switzerland, Rolex was among the first companies to start quarts watch manufacturing. Their groundbreaking achievements include the first waterproof watch in 1926. The accuracy of the watch was tested at the bottom of Mariana Trench at 11000 km depth and was as accurate as it was on the surface. Another invention was the self-winding watch in which the internal mechanism of the watch was affected by the movement of the arm. Also, they produced the first watch to display two time-zones at once. Rolex is commonly worn amongst sportsmen, especially athletes, tennis players and swimmers.
This Japanese manufacturing company is a world-leader not only in watch making but also in electronic devices, jewelries and optical products. Its watch manufacturing began in 1924. The first quartz watch and the first automatic quartz of the world were produced by Seiko. Its water resistant structure, durable steel and automatic winding capacities started to challenge the Swiss companies. Its rapid development also resulted in expansion of headquarters into various other countries including the United States. Seiko was used as the official timekeeper for main sports events such as Summer Olympics, Winter Olympics and FIFA World Cup. Another Seiko model was frequently worn by Nasa Flight Director Gene Kranz when he witnessed important events regarding the launching of Apollo 11 and 13.
Because it was established by the founder of Rolex Watches, it can be considered as a more affordable alternative to Rolex. Its main products involved those produced specifically for professional divers and the military. Just like Rolex, they also produced waterproof models as well as those resistant to extreme conditions. They also produced models with distinct alarming features. David Beckham and Lady Gaga are among the popular figures that prefer the recent products of Tudor.
9- NOMOS GLASHÜTTE
This is the most recent and the first non-Swiss watchmaking company on our list. It was founded in 1990 in the Saxony town of Glashütte, two months after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Since then, they have released thirteen watch models. While their products prior to 2005 were mostly mechanical, they have managed to switch to the automatic winding properties. Their recent products also included world time function. This watch was spotted being worn by the 42nd President of The United States, Bill Clinton.
This watchmaking company was founded in 1860 by Louis-Ulysse Chopard, a Swiss watchmaker from Bern. The company was then purchased by the German Scheufele family in 1963. Their products were renowned for the diamond &sapphire glass and the quality of the material. Their target customers were ladies as they also produced diamonds besides lady wristwatches. Recently, they have also been designing and manufacturing products for sportswear. Chopard has been a regular sponsor for events in France and Italy including Cannes Film Festival. The watch is also regularly worn by Dara Khosrowshahi, the founder of Uber.
11- AUDEMARS PIGUET
This Swiss manufacturer was founded in 1875 by Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet. It is one of the few watchmaking companies that has been a family-owned business all along. Their 1972 model, the Royal Oak wristwatch was commercially very successful, being the first minute-repeating wristwatch. They also focused on ergonomic design by manufacturing some of the thinnest watches in the world. This watch has been owned by many athletes such as Lebron James, Leo Messi and Michael Schumacher as well as celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jay-Z and even the Kardashians. Apparently, someone was able to keep up with the Kardashians after all.
12- VACHERON CONSTANTIN
The foundation of this luxury watchmaking company dates all the way back to 1755. The founder Jean-Marc Vacheron was an independent watchmaker who was a close frind of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Voltaire. His son had to deal with financial struggles during the era of French Revolution. Since the early periods, the company focused on creating watch complications, described as the features beyond showing only the hour and the minute. Their inventions included nonmagnetic timepieces that resisted magnetic fields. This quaint and elegant brand was owned mostly by artists and intellectuals. The list includes Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, John D. Rockefeller, Christaan Barnard, Salvatore Quasimodo, Napoleon Bonaparte and Princess Diana.
Even older than Vacheron Constantin, Blancpain was founded in 1735 in Switzerland. They have a very interesting and unique slogan that states “Blancpain has never made a quartz watch and never will.” They are against the idea of producing watches with digital displays as well. The production rate is also fewer compared to the other companies, so that each watch being produced is more personalized according to individual needs. Their inventions include the display of moon phases, small design that features self-winding and minute-repeating. Notable owners include Marilyn Monroe, Brad Pitt and Vladimir Putin.
14- IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN
Although based in Switzerland, it was founded by an American watchmaker in 1868. Their products are exemplar in the usage of titanium in watchmaking. They are also considerate of the environment and sustainable production which earned them an award in 2018 by World wide Fund for Nature for their commitment to sustainable manufacturing. They are also known for their magazine “Watch International” that gets released four times in a year.
This watchmaking company probably has the highest amount of patents to its name. Ever since their foundation in 1833, they have invented some of the world’s smallest calibre and the most complicated wristwatches. Its founder, Antoine LeCoultre invented the milionometre that was used in the size measurement of watch parts, which enabled a more precise practice in manufacturing, He also invented a keyless watch that only had a push-piece. Some of its owners are Robert Downey Jr, Bill Clinton and Elizabeth II.