Jewels to Tell the Time
As a concept, the wristwatch dates back to the 16th century, i.e. back to the creation of the earliest watch named the “arm watch”. At this point, wristwatches were almost exclusively worn by women, while men used pocket-watches, up until the early 20th century.
Both the simple and the sophisticated watch types have fascinated people from the early days when watched first became available. Designed for either pocket or wrist, the portable clock world has seen an abundant amount of different devices used to measure time.
Luxury Watch Advancements
From inception through to the middle of the twentieth century, horological developments in watch-making focused on integral components such as:
– making the moving parts work as accurately as possible
– developments in metal technology
– lubrication of small parts
– use of (at first) natural sapphires (and then artificial sapphires) at the spots that received the most stress (the jeweled movement)
What Makes a Watch “Luxury”
Besides the above qualities, the importance of a luxury watch can be observed in the materials which are used to construct the frame, and used for the band, as well as the purpose it serves e.g. luxury sports watches.
Other factors which enhance the status of a watch can be the shape and the tint of metal that is utilized. Watches can be made of gold, platinum, silver, stainless steel, acrylic etc.
Embellishments are used to further decorate and increase the value of a watch. This could be through precious stones like diamonds, sapphires, rubies, or semi-precious stones like citrine, amethyst, to name but a few.
Top brand watches also use exotic leather like crocodile, alligator, lizard, ostrich, snake skin etc. for their wristbands. Additionally, wristbands are not limited solely to a two-part strap, but can also appear in the form of a metal link band, chain, or as a cuff.
Sports watches have characteristics such as being able to withstand high underwater pressure, or cold weather conditions. These types of watches are popular among divers, mountain climbers, as well as military personnel.
In conclusion, judging by the above statements, it can be said that luxury watch brands can express far more about the person wearing them than any tech accessory ever could. Every timepiece is thereby a representation of taste, personality, sportiness, class, and sophistication. Sometimes even all at once.