What is it that truly makes a luxury watch collection iconic? For many, the answer will be a timeless design that transcends the many trends that come and go in the watch industry, while others will look to a range of special complications to enhance functionality. In this week’s blog, we will be listing 3 of the most iconic luxury watch collections to ever go into production. All of these watches have inspired others to try to recreate their appeal and have raised the bar in terms of aesthetics and functionality.
It is difficult to choose one outstanding icon from the Rolex catalogue, as nearly all of the Swiss watchmaker’s timepieces can be considered to be classics in their own right. However, the prestige of having been worn by several US Presidents and other prominent world figures sets the Rolex Day-Date apart.
The simple, yet elegant design is instantly recognisable thanks to the day of the week appearing in full at 12 o’clock on the dial.
The Breitling Navitimer is now so synonymous with the aviation industry that it now is now known as the pilot’s watch in many circles.
The Navitimer is instantly identifiable by its complex yet legible dial, which essentially serves as a flight computer with a chronograph function and aviation slide rule, allowing the pilot to measure critical calculations with ease.
While many have attempted to emulate other luxury watch designs, the Navitimer has been left alone, which is a testament to the power of the watch.
Thanks to the brand’s long-standing relationship with the seas, the Panerai Luminor, like most of its watches, was designed for divers.
The Luminor is one of the few luxury watch collections in the world that can be recognised in silhouette, and this is because of the patented crown guard and unique rounded square case.
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