Swiss watches carry their own name and reputation. It is surprising to see that a country as small as Switzerland can produce so many amazing watch companies. Their unrivaled quality has always set them apart from the rest of the world in so many ways. The sheer class and style statement that a Swiss watch represents has no equal in the watch-making world. There are countless brands and companies that make some of the world’s best and the most luxurious timepieces that money can buy. The sheer numbers of great watchmakers makes it very hard to pick out the top 10 Swiss watch companies simply because each manufacturer has a mark of their own. Still, here is our list for your information.
10. Maurice Lacroix:
Maurice Lacroix is a well-known name in the world of Swiss luxury watches. It was founded in 1975 with its headquarters in Zürich. The high-end but very well-known series of watches that Maurice Lacroix makes is known as the Masterpiece line which was flagged off in the 1990s. The name has since then become an immortal work of art in the world of Swiss luxury watches by carving out a place of its own. The company today has its presence in more than 60 nations worldwide.
Zenith is one of the leading manufacturers of high-end luxury watches that boast of great quality and incredible precision. The beginning of this great company happened in 1865 through a man who was only 22 years of age at that time, Georges Favre Jacot. The most famous watch that comes from this company is the Chronograph El Primero. This line of watches started off in 1969 and is popular even today, the amazing performance of a Zenith made watch stands unparalleled.
8. Baume and Mercier:
Baume and Mercier also known as Baume et Mercier is a manufacturer of luxury watches since 1830. The company today has presence in 70 countries with an annual production of 200,000 watches. The name Baume and Mercier was earlier only Baume and it was changed in 1918 at the onset of the First World War. Today the brand is represented by famous faces like Ashton Kutcher, Andy Garcia and many more.
7. Audemars Piguet:
One of the prominent Swiss watch companies around, Audemars Piguet was founded in 1875 by two people, Lules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piquet. It manufactures watches and accessories and is endorsed by some of the most well known names in film, sport and other areas. Notable endorsees include Indian Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, Quincy Jones, Rubens Barrichello, Arnold Schwarzenegger to name a few. The family members of the founders of the company still have a lot of control over the workings of the company.
Hublot is well-known as the maker of the most expensive watch which has a price tag of 5 million US dollars. This company started off only in 1980 and is one of the most exclusive brands of Swiss luxury watches in the world. The company has around 50 highly exclusive boutiques in some of the most well-known cities of the world. The company was acquired by well-known conglomerate LVMH in 2005 which has some of the world’s best known luxury brands under its ownership.
Rado is one of the most well-known name in the list of popular Swiss watch companies. The company has its presence in more than a hundred nations and it produces half a million units a year. The company founded in 1917 was known as Schlup & Co. and initially it did not make watches. The first line was flagged off in 1957 under the name it has now. The world’s first scratch proof watch was launched in 1962 and is still sold under the name it started off with. DiaStar The Original is one of the most well-known watches in the world even today.
The name Omega is among the most well-known names of luxury watches in the world. The brand has been an official timekeeper of the Olympic Games since 1932 and has been popular choice for many important events. Its long list of celebrity appearances include being worn by the first men on the moon. The company was founded in 1848 by Louis Brandt and is owned by the Swatch group.
Breitling was founded in 1884 by Leon Breitling. The company produces wristwatches, precision timing devices and fashion accessories. Its products target the categories of Aviation, Luxury and Diving. The watches are completely manufactured in Switzerland and made entirely from Swiss components. The most expensive model that the company makes is priced at around 175,000 USD. It is one of the rare watchmakers to have its own mechanical chronograph movement.
2. Tag Heuer:
Tag Heuer was founded in 1860 by Edouard Heuer and is one of the most trusted brands of watches in the world. The company is part of the French conglomerate LVMH and has some of the most well-known faces in the world as its brand ambassadors. The notable names include Lewis Hamilton, Tiger Woods, and Shahrukh Khan to name a few. Well known Tag Heuer lines include the high-end Formula One series, Carrera, Monaco and The Grand Carrera.
Rolex is a name that is not omissible when looking at luxury watches. It is one of the largest luxury brands in the world and has a worldwide presence. The company was founded in 1905 and had its headquarters in London until 1919 when it shifted to Geneva in Switzerland. The company has a long list of innovations that it has given to its customers over the years. It has many firsts to its name like the first waterproof watch, the first watch to display more than one time zone and the first wristwatch to meet a chronometer specification.