Variety Is The Spice Of Life
[intro]You might think an article titled ‘top watch brands for men’ would be a breeze to write. Fun to research certainly, but a walk in the park it is not. Given the subtle undertones, influence of popular culture, variances in personal taste, the experts opinion verse the subversive movement, even an experienced horologist would struggle to do justice to this subject.
On the surface you may feel a watch is just a watch, a bottle of wine is simply wine or a good cigar is purely a good smoke, but when you enter the world of collector and connoisseur, be prepared for a whole new education on these subjects.[/intro]
Not Simply The Humble Wrist Watch
When it comes to quality timepieces, you’re talking luxury, serious money, investment and prestige. This is all mixed together with a hefty degree of insider knowledge, current trend verses traditional craftsmanship, brand, technology, state of the art materials, precious stones and metals, renown designers, up and coming names (and of course, snobbery) – honestly open the lid on the nuisances of designer watch brands and you’ll leave any top fashion house for dust, (perhaps this is why so many big fashion houses have entered into the world of horology).
Luxury Watches for Dummies
Nevertheless, in a bid to make sense of top watch brands without stumbling on any major faux pas (watch enthusiasts can be extremely passionate on this subject, so far be it from me to confuse a Rolex with a Armin Strom) I have decided to provide the novice reader with lists derived from type and ‘genre’ if you will, so as not to step on too many toes.
And so (in no particular order) here goes….
Serious Collectors Pieces
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Obviously to the expert eye I have missed out countless artists in this field and for this I apologise. However, whatever your taste in watches, whether you are influenced by style, engineering, status or are simply looking for a reliable investment, the evitable conundrum is insurance. All expensive watches are susceptible to theft, loss and damage and all need to be insured for the replacement cost – not the purchase price.
A word on insurance
Although the world of fine watch brands could take a lifetime to understand, insurance is a straightforward necessity, and this I know a thing or two about. Depending on the price tags in your watch collection and any particular deals you may negotiate with single item insurers (be prepared to pay excessively for this), then one of the best options is a high value home insurance solution.
The reasoning behind this is simple. Single item insurance is expensive, very expensive. The premiums on higher value homes and contents polices, although higher than standard polices, are relatively competitive and provide suitable cover for expensive watches and jewellery, art, antiques, all valuables both at home and abroad and of course your high value home. By increasing the number of items covered, you spread the cost of the premium, neatly covering eventualities under one easy to manage policy and in the event of a claim, making life much, much simpler.
My advice would be to look at a Highworth high value home Insurance policy; chances are you can purchase adequate cover online without any hassle or additional stress. For more unique situations they have a team of qualified advisors who can discuss your requirements and make the appropriate arrangements for adequate cover.