How to start your own watch collection
Every occasion is the right occasion to talk about watches and especially when it comes to those timepieces that are perfect for special personal watch collections. It is obvious why a watch is an important companion. Some of the most important reasons include reflecting one’s style and interests, serving as a special present for future children or grandchildren, telling a riveting story or a kind of investment.
You might be asking yourselves how a watch could possibly be an investment?! Well, recently you must have heard about the story of the rare Rolex which was listed to sell for £200,000. The beautiful story that this Rolex Submarines 5512 carries is that it was first bought in 1964 by a Nottinghamshire miner for around £70 to celebrate his 40th birthday. Being referred to as “the holy grail of vintage watches” this Rolex with an exceptionally rare 3-6-9 dial is real proof of a watch’s growing value in time.
Creating a unique and special collection of precious timepieces is an exciting yet at times, a complicated timely process, and as there are many watch brands and details that make them special. This does not mean that it has to be a difficult, lonely road. Don’t worry, we are here to help you out with a few leads for this beautiful adventure of creating a special collection of precious watches.
- Get inspired
In order to know what kind of watches would suit you better, hence your watches’ collection as well, it’s important to understand what your passions are and use them as a source of inspiration. Whether you’re passionate about sports such as skiing, climbing mountains, following Formula 1, watching football, etc., or different forms of art, like music or design, these are key indicators that would benefit you in determining a shortlist of choices. For instance, Mouvex is an amazing watch inspired by art, specifically by the Art Deco design and the limited-edition aspect about it makes it perfect for a special collection of timepieces. So, start your search for your future watch collection by putting down your inspirations.
- Make a good research
While going for iconic watch brands makes it difficult to go wrong, we suggest for you to go deeper in your research. To start with, consider a budget for a practical price range. It does not mean you need to have a great budget to create your special collection of precious timepieces. There are series of entry priced luxury watches out there yet to be explored and you would be amazed by the stories and legacies that they carry with them.
- Confront choices
There is no accounting for tastes. Whether you would like to hold in your hands a timepiece belonging to an old production but kept in good conditions, or you would like to make yours a new limited-edition production that carries with it a rich history and legacy, the choice is on you, and either way it would be fairly right.
- Expand on your choice
At this point, the choices become easier and easier. Let’s suppose that you are into divers’ watches and have finally picked your genre. The first choice is the most challenging but once you have already gone through that the rest of the collection watches are easier to decide upon. You might easily find yourself indulging in a watch like Omega’s Seamaster diver or searching more on the partnership between Panerai and the Royal Italian Navy.
Let us help you with a handful of choices. These are our picks:
- Hermès Slim d’Hermès
This watch has been maintaining its great reputation since its release in 2015 with the only difference of its line growing with more striking models over time. Powered by the Hermes H1950 movement, this watch can be bought for less than €10,000. Hermes has pointed for originality in this model and in order to achieve that goal Hermes hired the graphic designer Phillippe Apeloig to create the watch’s most distinctive feature, the typography behind the hour indexes.
- Jaeger LeCoultre Polaris
Released in 2018, Jaeger LeCoultre Polaris models are not echoes of the classic original Polaris. This release by the brand actually aimed to bring an entry-level sports watch for the same price as the brand’s simplest time-only dress watch. The detailed design, the in-house JLC caliber 898/1, the great-looking are enough reasons, in this case, to classify the watch as a great collection timepiece for under €10,000.
- Panerai Luminor Marina
If you have heard about the large watch trend that started in the late 1990s and which continued through much of the 2000s, then you must have heard about the Panerai Luminor. This watch is all about refined aesthetics and great performance. Powered by a caliber Cal.P.9010, the Panerai Luminor Marina model is a legitimately iconic watch that costs less than €10,000.
- Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
The Rolex Daytona concept was first introduced in 1964. This watch used to be and still remains to this day a wonderful timepiece. The major updates to it though were introduced in 2013, for the 50th anniversary of the Daytona. The watch uses a Valjoux 72 hand-wound chronograph and is powered by the Rolex caliber 4130. For around €10,000 Rolex is always a great timepiece to enrich your collection.
As we previously mentioned in the article, not every watch in your collection needs to be very expensive. Our suggestion is Mouvex which has gloriously been brought back after a long period hibernation into the modern days. The special details about this watch include it being artistic paying tribute to the art deco area while also being versatile by allowing the wearer to best express oneself through the interchangeable straps. Moreover, this watch can be yours for less than €1,000.