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5 designer watches that have achieved cult status among fashion insiders


The Luxury List is a monthly column on all things luxury, calling on the fashion space’s foremost experts to explore everything from in-depth dives into craftsmanship to little-known details to consider when purchasing quality jewelry.

At The luxury list column, I recently covered everything from the beautiful jewelry that has gone viral on Instagram at key designer shoes to know at isothermal bags intended to define 2021. In the latest installment, I focus on a topic I couldn’t wait to dive into: the best designer watches on the market to have on your radar.

Personally, I’m considering my first investment watch purchase, so I’ve researched some of the most iconic designer watch brands, as well as the cult models you’ll notice on celebrities and fashion insiders. After rooting myself in the glamorous world of designer watches, there are a few key styles to be aware of. These include everything from iconic brands you know well to limited edition pieces collected by the most discerning watch connoisseur. Here, check out 5 beautiful designer watches you should know about if you are considering the investment.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual

One of the most iconic watch brands in existence, Rolex is synonymous with luxury watches. The timeless design of Oyster Perpetual watches makes them a popular choice among fashionistas looking for a classic and versatile piece.

Buy Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches:

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 18k Stainless Steel 26mm White Gold Watch (5145) $

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 18k Stainless Steel and 36mm Yellow Gold Diamond Watch ($ 7,195)

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 18k Stainless Steel and 36mm White Gold Diamond Watch ($ 8,235)

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 18k Stainless Steel 26mm Yellow Gold Watch ($ 4,595)

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Jubilee 18k Stainless Steel Watch in 26mm White Gold Blue 179174 ($ 5,650)

Panthère de Cartier

Cartier is home to many iconic watches, but the Panthère de Cartier is establishing itself as a key buy among fashion and celebrities, including Dua Lipa, who wears hers on several occasions. Originally launched in 1983, this style is a nod to the decade of fun, but couldn’t seem more modern to date.

Buy Panthère de Cartier watches:

Cartier Small Panthère de Cartier 21mm Stainless Steel Watch ($ 3,750)

Cartier Small Panthère de Cartier 22mm 18k Gold and Stainless Steel Watch ($ 7,700)

Cartier Small Panthère de Cartier 22mm watch in 18k rose gold and diamonds ($ 24,500)

Cartier Small Panthère de Cartier 22mm Stainless Steel and Diamond Watch ($ 8,000)

Cartier Small Panthère de Cartier 22mm watch in 18k rose gold and stainless steel diamonds ($ 11,600)

Chanel J12

Both luxury and cool, the Chanel J12 watch offers a sporty vision of timepieces inspired by America’s Cup sailboats. Originally released in 2000, the J12 watch is today one of the house’s bestsellers after more than two decades.

Buy Chanel J12 watches:

Chanel J12 Watch ($ 6200)

Chanel J12 Watch ($ 6200)

Chanel J12 Watch ($ 9,100)

Chanel J12 Caliber 12.1 Diamond Bezel Watch ($ 15,100)

Chanel J12 Watch ($ 14,300)

Bulgari Serpenti

Bulgari really blurs the line between jewelry and watches with its stylish Serpenti watches. Designed to mimic the curved shape of the snake, each piece is designed with a unique band that wraps around the wrist.

Buy Bulgari Serpenti watches:

Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas 1-Twirl 35mm Watch with Diamonds ($ 9,000)

Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas 35mm Diamond Coil Watch, Silver / Pink ($ 32,800)

Bulgari Serpenti Spiga 35mm 18k Rose Gold Watch ($ 8,350)

Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas 35mm Spiral Watch, Steel / Pink ($ 9,850)

Bulgari Serpenti Spiga 35mm Diamond Coil Watch, White / Pink ($ 13,500)

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Audemars Piguet is a true watchmaker’s watch. With limited editions and craftsmanship, the brand produces the most coveted watches in the world. Their most popular design, the Royal Oak, was introduced in 1972 and can be spotted on celebrities such as Mary-Kate Olsen and Harry Styles.

Buy Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watches:

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Blue Dial Stainless Steel Watch ($ 55,500)

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-Winding 41mm Rose Gold Watch ($ 89,000)

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Quartz Black Dial 33mm Stainless Steel Watch ($ 24,500)

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph Rose Gold Watch ($ 61,500)

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-Winding Watch ($ 38,500)

Next, discover 6 fine jewelry items that have achieved cult status among fashion insiders.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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Hazel J. Edmonds

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