Designer Watch – How to Choose One
While you can obtain the time from a variety of sources, including the ubiquitous cellphone, lots of people still enjoy wearing a wristwatch. There are many reasons for that, including styling, function and convenience. While anything that will accurately tell the time will do, many consumers enjoy buying designer watches, made by famous manufacturers. Some are famous for their timepieces, and others are well known because of their styling, perhaps even in another area of fashion. When you make the decision to buy a designer watch, you need to consider a variety of criteria before you make your purchase. After all, you want to make sure that the timepiece you purchase suits you in terms of function, style, and most of all, price. By deciding ahead of time what sort of designer watch will be best for you, the process of actually shopping and making the purchase will be a lot easier for you.
Designer Watch Brands
The term “designer watch” is pretty broad, and while it initially had to do with fashion, today it pretty much refers to any company known for making high quality timepieces. This may refer to a company known for solid, reliable products, such as Citizen, or a company known for luxury, such as Rolex, or a company primarily known for fashion, such as Gucci. While your choice of brand when purchasing a designer watch shouldn’t necessarily be your first consideration, it should be in the back of your mind as you ask yourself, “What am I looking for in a watch?” Branding in a designer watch goes hand in hand with style and function, as we’ll explain below.
Porsamo Bleu Watches Review
That’s odd; as watches are often sold in jewelry stores. For whatever reason, there aren’t a lot of companies that specialize in jewelry that also make and/or sell watches.
That makes Porsamo Bleu watches an interesting exception. The company was founded in Los Angeles via a partnership of two longtime jewelers.
Porsamo Bleu watches is a partnership between third generation jeweler Moe Afshar and his creative partner Krisztina Csupo. They strive to make attractive jewelry that’s unique in styling while affordable in price.
They make and sell bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and watches, with attractive styling and affordable pricing.
Read on for our full Porsamo Bleu watches review.
Pono Woodworks Watches Review
If you’re looking for a watch that will definitely stand out, and not in a plastic or gold and diamonds sort of way, you might want to consider the timepieces from Pono Woodworks.
Pono Woodworks watches all feature Koa wood in their construction, and this element not only gives them beauty, but makes them stand out in a way that other watches do not.
Read on for the full Pono Woodworks watches review.
Police Watches Review
Some want to practice the art of watchmaking as art, pushing the limits of what mechanical devices can do. Others offer simple timepieces, and nothing more.
The third group, and perhaps the fastest-growing one, is the group of manufacturers offering wristwatches as a fashion accessory.
That’s where Police watches come in. Police is an Italian fashion brand that got their start in 1983 making sunglasses. Their glasses became popular, so they’ve since expanded their product line into a variety of fashion accessories, and starting in 2003, they added wristwatches to the lineup.
Over the years, the company has employed such well-known celebrities as George Clooney, Bruce Willis, and David Beckham to promote their brand.
As with most fashion watches, Police watches are design-first, so you’re looking at interesting timepieces that will look good, but which likely won’t offer any new innovations “under the hood.”
Still, Police watches are interesting to see, and they’re reasonably well built and they’re offered at a good price.
Read on for the full Police watches review.
Pierre Lannier Watches Review
While a lot of the world’s watches come from Europe, most of them come from Switzerland, or perhaps Germany. There are a few watchmaking companies located elsewhere on the continent, but there are relatively few of them from France.
That’s where Pierre Lannier watches are made, however. Officially, their Website calls them Pierre Lannier Paris, and that’s where the company is located.
Pierre Lannier watches have been on the market since 1977, and while the company is well known throughout France, their watches are not all that familiar to watch buyers or collectors in other parts of the world.
The company makes attractive, affordable watches in a wide variety of styles that should appeal to most everyone.
Read on for the full Pierre Lannier watches review.
Parmigiani Fleurier Watches Review
When it comes to watch brands, some names are simple ones (“Timex”) and others are a handful (“Vacheron Constantin.”) In that vein, Parmigiani Fleurier watches definitely fall into the latter camp; that name is a mouthful, and if you’re an American, it’s not a name that you’ll pronounce easily.
You will definitely want to remember it, however, as these watches are innovative, well-crafted, loaded with precious metals and gemstones, come with a generous assortment of complications and are uniquely attractive.
That said, they’re also quite expensive, but that’s to be expected. Parmigiani Fleurier watches first came to market in 1996, in the Swiss valley of Val-de-Travers, and the founder of the company wanted to build high quality, attractive watches that were inspired by models crafted years ago by other companies.
All of the company’s watches are built by hand, and feature hundreds of parts and require dozens of hours of labor to assemble.
While the brand is not yet a household name, you’ll find that once you’ve seen a few Parmigiani Fleurier watches, you won’t forget them.
Read on for the full Parmigiani Fleurier watches review.
Nautica Watches Review
There are plenty of Italian watchmaking companies, though they’re fewer than Swiss or German brands. Still, nautical-themed watches, especially diving models and chronographs, are quite popular among watch buyers.
Some like the additional features, others like the large case sizes, and others just like a watch that looks busy. If you fall into any of those categories, you’ll likely find something in the line that suits you.
Women aren’t left out, however, as there are plenty of women’s models, too. They’re more colorful than the men’s models, but less feature-laden.
You’ll also find a warranty that is considerably better than the industry average.
Read on for the full Nautica watches review.
Mido Watches Review
If you’re not familiar with Mido watches, you might want to take a closer look. The company was founded in Switzerland in 1918, though the name is Spanish in origin, as “mido” is Spanish for “measure.”
Mido watches have long been at the forefront of innovation, having established a number of industry firsts over their century of doing business.
Today, the company is part of the Swatch group, and offer well-crafted but relatively affordable Swiss-made mechanical watches that offer a good alternative to the better known, but more expensive Swiss brands.
Read on for the full Mido watches review.
Maserati Watches Review
It’s true of fashion brands, to be sure, but it’s also surprisingly common for other industries to want to offer watches as a sideline accessory to their main product.
That’s the case here; the company is primarily known for making automobiles, which they’ve been doing since 1914. They make fine cars, but a few years back, they started selling racing-inspired clothing and fashion accessories.
You’ll find nice styling, adequate to pretty good build quality and pricing that is, compared to their automobiles, quite affordable.
Read on for the full Maserati watches review.
Marc Ecko Watches Review
If you’re a fan of wristwatches but you aren’t familiar with Marc Ecko watches, don’t be alarmed. They’re among many brands that are offered as fashion accessories by companies that primarily sell products that are not wristwatches.
In this case, the parent company, Ecko Unlimited, is an “urban fashion” company founded in New Jersey in the early 1990s.
Their early targeted customers were members of the hip-hop and skating culture, but they’ve since broadened their product line to appeal to a broader segment of the public.
As with many fashion timepieces, the company’s watches are made for them by other companies, and they’re sold at a relatively affordable price point.
Read on for the full Marc Ecko watches review.
Lum-Tec Watches Review
It’s been a while since we’ve written about an American watch brand. Frankly, there just aren’t all that many of them anymore, and most of the newer companies that make watches are turning up elsewhere, particularly in Asia.
Still, good watches can come from anywhere, and American companies have been building good watches for a long time.
Lum-Tec watches are based in Ohio, and offer a rugged-looking timepiece with their featured MDV luminous dials, making it easy to read in the dark.
Lüm-Tec watches are well made, don’t cost a fortune, and will likely appeal to anyone looking for an obviously tough-looking timepiece.
Read on for the full Lum-Tec watches review.