Started off as an idea in which we'd wish to produce a full-length coverage of each of the twelve pieces (in fact, we did manage to do one, for the Rolex Submariner), we quickly realised this might not be the most efficient way to go about this. As a result, we are coming back with this very feature to introduce all these legendary watches to you in two parts, so you could have a quick, good sense of what they are and what make them great. And at the end of this feature, you should be able to at least name ONE signature watch from the likes of Rolex, Audemars Piguet or Heuer.
Ready? Let's meet the legends.
#1: The Rolex Submariner
What makes it great: Its utilitarian look, unmistakable features and its status as the most successful lineage of the most successful watch company on the planet makes it easily any watch lover's first wet dream. It's also extremely versatile and goes with literally anything. It's also extremely well endorsed by some of the biggest personalities in the world. Below are the Google Image search results if you type "Rolex Submariner Celebrities". Nuff said.
#2: The Omega "Speedy" Speedmaster Professional
What makes it great: The reliable chronograph was selected by NASA to be the watch of choice for the first American spacewalk in Gemini 4 mission, worn by none other than the legendary astronaut Ed White. Ever since, NASA has been exclusively collaborating with Omega who supplied more Speedmasters in the missions to come. Oh, that little mission of moon landing? Yes, Neil Armstrong's Speedmaster was right there with him too (as seen on his right wrist in the picture below). Tell me that wasn't cool.
#3: The Patek Philippe Calatrava
What makes it great: Firstly, it's a Patek. Secondly, it is handsome and classy as fxxx. Thirdly, this is something you'd want to pass to your son/ daughter the day they get married as you gracefully take this off your wrist. Just take a moment to imagine that scene. Just try.
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#4: The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
What makes it great: 100% unique design language that appeal strongly to young adults who want to own a piece of "Swiss Trinity" without having to resort to a Patek which might come across as a little too formal or staid. While positioned as a luxury sport watch, it feels even more at home under a suit in our opinions due to its rather thin construction. For the sportier of you, do check out the Royal Oak Offshore collection which retains everything that defines a Royal Oak while adding practical configurations that can certainly get the job done in active settings.
#5: The A.Lange & Söhne Lange 1
What makes it great: This is a very honest watch through and through. Innovative design and dial arrangement executed in exactly the way you'd expect a German to: precise and unforgiving. Usually cased in precious metals, the Lange 1 is a hefty piece that gives the wearer that bit of an extra assurance and sense of security. And ITS MOVEMENT. Do you know how famous A.Lange is known for its manual finishing? If not, just take a look at below.
#6: The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso
What makes it great: It flips. It's classy looking. It has an even longer history than the Patek Calatrava. It comes in any sort of variety you could imagine (duo face, GMT, tourbillon, minute repeater, and more) and last but not least: it flips.