What if I told you that not all wristwatches are unavailable on the market, that you can actually purchase and own a timepiece that you like without having to wait a ridiculous amount of time in the so-called “waiting list” and avoid paying big fat premiums?
That’s right, welcome to the No Waitlist Club.
What initially created the oversaturated demand for certain pieces was mainly due to a shortage in supply (by fear of having dead stock circulating at big discounts for the brands, among other reasons) and increasing speculation over the resell price, a bit like reselling imported goods back in the USSR. But gladly in our days, there is no such thing as deficit and the only element that a watch buyer truly needs is an educated choice. Here’s our insider advice:
If we focus on the product only, what does a Patek Philippe Nautilus, an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and a Rolex Daytona have in common?
1) The prestige of the brand
2) A recognizable design
3) An important history of the collection
4) Relatable famous ambassadors
5) The timelessness of the design (As once Andy Warhol mentioned about the Rolex Datejust as being “anti-design”)
Now if you’re like me, not driven by the hype and trends but rather by the quality and history of a watch, then here’s for you a small selection of timepieces that have earned their title of Nobility through Time and that you can acquire right now:
1) Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time
A staple timepiece of the Vacheron Constantin brand, the Overseas collection is the modern
evolution of the historical 222 collection, designed by the legendary designer Gerald Genta. With its dual time zone complication, it is just as useful as it is luxury. For the savvy businessman, here’s the perfect travelling companion.
Retail price: 25’000 CHF (directly available at the Vacheron Constantin boutique and authorized retailers)
2) Audemars Piguet Millenary Frosted Gold Philosophique
A watch shape that has transcended through centuries, the Oval shape of the Millenary reminisces of ornamental watch pendants of the 16th century and has evolved until today to be represented in its most sophisticated form by Audemars Piguet.
The oval shape being a refined and spacious canvas to display all exploits of a true watchmaker, AP unveiled this year the Millenary Frosted Gold Philosophique, featuring a gold case with intricate hand-made effects as if the case was made of crystalized snow. The dial curved and hammered by traditional techniques creates a depth to the watch that is simply hypnotizing. Without mentioning its single-hand display, indicating a slower and more elegant flow of time, which Audemars Piguet named “Philosophique”..
Retail price: 29’700 CHF (directly available at the Audemars Piguet boutique and authorized retailers)
3) Omega Speedmaster “Moonwatch”
Perhaps one of the most recognizable and historically significant watches of the XXth century, Omega has defied the laws of gravity by creating a watch that went on the Moon and back safely: presenting the Speedmaster.
From the moon landing in 1969 until today, the design and functions of the watch remained identical (except for a few technical improvements) and is celebrating this year its 50th anniversary.
Here’s a timepieces that made entire generations dream and look up to the sky, the Speedmaster collection exists in many variants and limited editions. A must-have for any collector.
Retail price: 4’950 CHF (directly available at the Omega boutique and authorized retailers)
4) Patek Philippe Calatrava 5196G
Of all the Patek Philippe’s that are in vogue nowadays, most of their fame and prestige is due to the main collection that made Patek Philippe what it is today: the Calatrava.
“With its pure lines, the Calatrava is recognized as the very essence of the round wristwatch and one of the finest symbols of the Patek Philippe style. Supremely elegant, it charms each new generation of watch lovers by its timeless understated perfection”.
Retail price: 20’000 CHF (directly available at the Patek Philippe boutique and authorized retailers)
5) Tag Heuer Monaco Calibre 11
If there had to be one truly iconic timepiece for the automotive world, it surely has to be the Tag Heuer Monaco. Like the race and city it’s named for, the Monaco is the epitome of elegance and prestige with a vintage flair. The world’s first automatic chronograph in a square case became legendary after Steve McQueen sported it in the classic 1970 Hollywood racing film “Le Mans.” It’s the ultimate watch for car enthusiasts and those living life in the fast lane.
Retail price: 5’700 CHF (directly available at the Tag Heuer boutique and authorized retailers)
With this curated selection, it is well-balanced collection of iconic timepieces that will exhude timeless style, for every occasion.