The World Watch Excellence in Time

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A Look at the Most Beautiful Timepieces from Around the Globe

THE SPOTLIGHT HAS ALWAYS BEEN ON SWITZERLAND for maintaining the lead in time accuracy and movement reliability. In the 1980s, Japan’s quartz timepieces emerged, encouraging the Swiss to up their game in order to remain the global market leader.

With the door open just enough to let in those on the other side of the Alps, craftsmen in Italy, France and Germany combined elegance and prestige with their own luxury brands and launched pieces that have stood the test of time.

Finally, the U.S. has risen to a formerly Euro-Asian dominated craft and created its own timepiece history.

We’ve scoured the globe to gather a small collection of spectacular luxury watches from Switzerland, France, Italy, Germany and the U.S., with price tags that further illustrate the market’s diversity. Here, featured watches range from $995 to $258,000.

Belle Epoque Collection 18K white gold and diamond
Carat weight: 2.60

Ceramic Chronograph Bracelet 40 mm
Stainless steel and ceramic
Burberry check-inspired bracelet links

Imperiale Set in stainless steel
30 Diamonds (2.4 Carats) Mother of Pearl Dial
Price: $20,530

Chiffre Rouge 36 mm
Stainless steel case
Black NATO fabric strap
Black tinted sapphire case-back

Patek Philippe
18K yellow gold case with rectangular pushers
Mechanical manually wound movement Pulsometric scale on dial
Hand stitched alligator strap

Harry Winston
Midnight Minute Repeater 42 mm
White Gold Self-winding
Limited Edition 40 pieces

A. Lange & Söhne
38.5 mm White gold
Sapphire crystal glass
Patented Zero-Reset mechanism
Hand-stitched crocodile strap

Salvatore Ferragamo
Gancio Sport 40 mm
Quartz chronograph Gold detail Rubber strap

Photo Courtesy of Chopard, Burberry, Damiani, A. Lange & Sohne, Salvatore Ferragamo, Harry Winston, Dior

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