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I’m personally considering my first investment watch purchase, so I’ve been studying some of the most iconic designer watch brands, as well as the cult models that you’ll spot on celebrities and fashion insiders. After entrenching myself into the glamorous world of designer watches, there are some key styles to know about. These include everything from iconic brands you’ll be familiar with to limited-edition pieces collected by the most in-the-know watch connoisseurs. Here, discover 5 beautiful designer watches to know about if you're considering the investment.
One of the most iconic watch brands in existence, Rolex is synonymous with luxury timepieces. The timeless design of the Oyster Perpetual watches make them a popular choice among fashion people looking for a classic, versatile piece.
Cartier is home to many iconic watches, but the Panthère de Cartier is carving itself out as a key buy among the fashion set and celebs including Dua Lipa, who wears hers on repeat. Originally launched in 1983, this style is a nod to the fun-loving decade—but couldn't look more modern to this day.
Equal parts luxe and cool, the Chanel J12 watch offers up a sporty take on timepieces that takes inspiration from sailing yachts at the America's Cup. Originally released in 2000, the J12 watch is now one of the house's bestsellers after over two decades.
Bulgari really blurs the line between jewelry and timepieces with its elegant Serpenti watches. Designed to mimic the curving shape of the serpent, each piece is crafted with a unique band that twists around the wrist.
Audemars Piguet is a true watch insiders' watch. With limited-edition releases and fine craftsmanship, the brand produces of the most highly-coveted watches in the world. Their most popular design, the Royal Oak, was introduced in 1972 and can be spotted on celebs including Mary-Kate Olsen and Harry Styles.