Subtle Horology: Four Watches That Exude Understated Luxury

These timepieces may not be as mainstream as others, but they still embody the premium craftsmanship of watchmaking.

When talking about luxury timepieces, the likes of Rolex and Audemars Piguet usually come to mind. The rise of high-end watches in mainstream media has led to an influx of new customers for these brands. However, popularity has its downsides. Due to the sudden demand for these luxury watches, a scarcity of supply has occurred.

A good example of this is how buying a Rolex is as hard as getting an exclusive Birkin in Hermès—there’s a long waiting list due to fluctuating supply and high demand. 

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With that said, other luxury watches deserve the limelight too. These watches are the epitome of premium craftsmanship and horology. Understated, classic, and timeless, these lavish timepieces are a must-have for every watch collector.

Patek Philippe Calatrava

Patek Philippe introduced the Calatrava design in 1932, and very few modifications were made to update the style. The timelessness of the design comes from the slender hands and delicately applied indicators on its silver dial. Only measuring 37mm in diameter, this timepiece is the epitome of quiet grace.

Patek Philippe Calatrava
Patek Philippe Calatrava/Photo from Patek Philippe’s official website

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony

Continuing the theme of timepieces with simple yet effective designs, the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony is one among the many watches of the oldest running watch brand in the world. Sporting a clean and simple design combined with white gold hands, this timepiece truly is a must-have.

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony/Photo from Vacheron Constantin’s official website

Glashütte Original PanoGraph

The Glashütte Original PanoGraph comes from a brand founded in the German watchmaking capital in Glashütte, Saxony. The timepiece boasts a fun yet subtle design. Sporting an asymmetrical dial layout paired with other sharp and innovative features, the watch redefines what a timepiece should look like. 

Glashütte Original PanoGraph
Glashütte Original PanoGraph/Photo from Glashütte Original’s official website

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Small Seconds

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Small Seconds screams understated elegance. Composed of the brand’s signature warm gold tone with shades of pink and an off-white dial, this watch completes any look with absolute finesse.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Small Seconds
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Small Seconds/Photo from Jaeger-LeCoultre’s official website

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