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5 Best Award-Winning Designer Watches

When it comes to watches, getting the right one isn’t just about taking the brand name or how popular is into consideration. It’s about the craftsmanship, the style, the watch movement, and the functions the watch offers. 

For watch connoisseurs, getting an award-winning designer watch is sort of a necessity. Below are some of the best award-winning watches that we highly recommend:

Bvlgari Octo Finissimo

Beloved for their Serpenti line of watches for women, the Octo Finissimo is a collection for men who are looking for that extra special something in watches. With a skeleton watch face plus an ultra-thin tourbillion under the hood, the watch doesn’t only look good but also feel good on the wrist. It’s a beast underneath, and is up there with prestigious luxury watch brands in the market.

Bvlgari watches are one of the few designer watches that can compete with major watch brands, as the company focuses on making their watch movement as competitive as possible. Particularly, the Octo Finissimo watch boasts an in-house caliber movement with 52 hours of power reserve. To make it even better, quality material like carbon bracelet completes the package.

Porsche Design Chronotimer Flyback

Porsche Design Chronotimer Flyback

Hailed as “Best of the Best” in the recent Red Dot awards, the Porsche Chronotimer is a testament to the brand’s dedication to making a great all-around watch. The Chronotimer isn’t just a good-looking watch; it’s the most balanced watch of the year. 

The 42mm watch in brown & leather has 25 jewels that serve as indicators and an in-house caliber movement developed specifically for the watch with a 2-day power reserve. Also, the case material is premium titanium. You won’t need anything else for a great everyday watch. 

Cartier Santos

What’s a designer watch list without a little Cartier? The Santos watch is iconic because of its heritage: it’s a tribute to Santos-Dumont, the pilot who first flew an aircraft without the aid of a launcher in 1906. Three years prior, the Wright brothers were credited as the first people to be airborne, but they used a rail track and catapult to do this.

Getting the Cartier Santos-Dumont is like getting a piece of history. In its modern iteration, the one in Skeleton variation is particularly stunning. Alongside Cartier’s iconic styling, this almost visceral timepiece is given an elegant coating, and looking at it, you’ll wonder if it is a skeleton watch or not. 

Chopard Happy Sport Oval

Talk about a watch that’s basically a piece of jewelry. Chopard has been at the forefront of elegant and understated jewelry making since the dawn of the brand, and it’s heritage as a company is truly one of a kind. The Happy Sport Oval watch continues that legacy with lots of  gems, literally. With a watch face set in sparkling white diamonds, the watch is something that can never go wrong if you are attending formal events.

What’s more, it’s called “Happy” for a reason – the material and crown case is wielded from 18k gold, or rose gold, with a premium sapphire crystal for the back. Under the hood, the watch is carrying a mechanical self-winding movement. What more can you ask for?

Chanel Signature Grenat

Chanel Signature Grenat

If you want some more sparkles or bling factors, the Chanel Signature Grenat may be more up your alley. The watch is more of a museum piece than a timepiece, with a bevy of sapphires, garnets, and diamonds in an articulated bracelet form. The watch, which is teeny, sits in the middle, covered with a big garnet. You have to see it to believe it.

To Conclude

Designer watches can be hit or miss. Not all designer brands can do watchmaking right, and even the ones that do still have hiccups along the way. As a consumer, you need to be more aware of what’s inside the watch instead of focusing on the name. This way, you’ll find a truly timeless  and loyal watch companion.

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