We all know the classics from major luxury watch brands: the Rolex Submariner, Omega Speedmaster and Breitling Navitimer, to name a few. However, each brand has a few models which lack in public recognition or approval despite offering something truly different. And so, in today’s video, I would like to present 5 underappreciated watches from luxury brands.
1 | Rolex Air-King
First, we have the Rolex Air-King which was released in 2016 to replace the former entry-level Rolex. It provides an aviation inspired design and a case balancing superior comfort with impressive specifications. As a bonus, it has the same anti-magnetism and the Milgauss and green on the dial — a hallmark of collectable Rolex…
2 | Omega Globemaster
Next, we have the Omega Globemaster. This offshoot of the Constellation family — once Omega’s range-topping collection — was the first Omega to feature their Co-Axial Master Chronometer movement. It is also packed with technology such as a jumping hour hand and a tungsten carbide bezel yet hides it in a beautiful case.
3 | Vacheron Constantin Quai de L’Ile
Moving to a great Genevan brand we have the Vacheron Constantin Quai de l’Ile. This alternative to their Overseas offers a 100 metre water resistance and stunning design. In truth, it looks like an Art Deco vision of the 23rd century. Naturally, it features Vacheron Constantin’s exquisite craftsmanship but also represents an alternative to the unending slew mainstream of luxury steel sports watches.
4 | Patek Philippe Calatrava 5196
From Patek Philippe we have a timeless classic which receives rather less attention than others in this range: the Calatrava 5196. Created as the model counterpart of the ref. 96, the first serially produced Patek in 1932, this watch is the definition of elegance. From its manually wound movement to its impeccable dial, it proves that complexity is not always necessary.
5 | A. Lange & Söhne Lange 31
Finally, we have the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 31. Initially released in 2007 but most recently available in a white gold version, this watch is a marvel of technology. Central to this watch is its 744-hour power reserve (that’s 31 days, hence the name) which requires a constant force mechanism. This is used to control the torque of two springs ten times the normal length. In short, this is a marvel of engineering.
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