Forget functionality, a luxury watch attached to a wrist just always seems to be a major enhancement to any wardrobe. Brands like Rolex and Cartier carry an air of prestige that truly exhibit the extent of a person’s success, as well as command respect and admiration for the perfected craftsmanship in which these items are created.
While the main purpose of luxury watches is to tell time, many of today’s models offer state-of-the-art functionality. Some of these peculiar options include two-way radio capability, small computers, even GPS. Just imagine looking at your watch to find out where you are located if you become lost! It’s incredible what these prestigious companies have come up with.
As if this wasn’t enough, some watchmakers have chosen to go above and beyond even these state-of-the-art options. Some watchmakers actually offer watches that will last a lifetime, a true luxury in which the owner never has to consider purchasing another watch ever again, but of course, if they have the exorbitant amount of money it takes to purchase one watch then they will most likely buy another one eventually.
If you happen to find yourself lucky enough to be in a position to buy a luxury watch, then there are a few things you should consider when making a purchase. Even though you will most likely purchase a high quality time piece from whichever maker you decide on, it is still a good idea to do a little research when buying such an expensive item.
First of all, there are two different types of luxury watches to choose from; an automatic watch and a quartz watch. Other than the fact that it runs on batteries, there is not much uniqueness to a quartz watch; however, it is less expensive than an automatic watch.
An automatic watch does not run on batteries; instead, it runs according to the physical movement of the person wearing it, meaning that if you go a long span of time without wearing the watch it will stop, requiring you to wind it and shake it a few times to get it working again. There are two types of automatic watches; caliber automatic watches and standard automatic watches. The differences between the two are not much, but they bear mentioning.
As mentioned, automatic watches do not require batteries; however, after a period of time has passed, the time they keep tends to be slightly off. A caliber automatic watch provides better precision. For example, a standard automatic watch, after being worn for a month, is typically off by about 12 minutes. A caliber watch though, is only off by two minutes.
In addition, a standard automatic watch will continue to operate for 36 days before stopping, while a caliber automatic watch will run for 50 days. As you might guess, a caliber automatic watch is the more expensive of the two.
Which watch you decide on ultimately depends on your taste and sense of style. Buying a luxury watch is a hefty expenditure so make sure you are getting exactly what you want and that it is suits your lifestyle, and lastly, have fun while shopping. You now know what to look for, which really should not leave you with too many concerns. All luxury watchmakers provide high quality timepieces.