Eco Drive Sports Watch
One would be forgiven for thinking that all luxury watches are simply out of the realm of possibility for most guys. Broadening our scope beyond the category of steel watches, we took a deep dive into a number of different segments, selecting seven incredible timepieces that lead their respective categories not necessarily by being the most affordable, but by offering a level of finishing, functionality, or complication that is seldom seen for the same price. Michael Wainwright, the managing director of Boodles, which sells Patek Philippe watches, said the British luxury jeweller had seen good business from Asian and Middle Eastern clients, who usually visit the UK at this time of the year, because the exchange rate had made desired items about 18% cheaper than anywhere else in the eurozone.
In 1981 Biver found himself jobless as a result of the quartz crisis; determined to stay in watches, he persuaded his friend Jacques Piguet to buy Blancpain from Omega for just CHF20,000. Explore the Carl F. Bucherer collections to find unparalleled luxury watches for men and women. This collaboration spawned the beginning of Geneva’s luxury watch industry.
Consider the fate of Whit Haydon, who began selling watches thirty years ago as an authorized dealer for brands like Patek Philippe, Jaeger LeCoultre, and Cartierat his Raleigh, North Carolina jewelry shop Haydon & Co. At that time the gray market for all intents and purposes was non-existent. That’s all changed. The profit on luxury watches has become unrealistic.