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October 19th, 2023

Tips for Starting Your Watch Collection

Luxury watches are not just timepieces; they are a testament to craftsmanship, precision, and elegance. Starting a luxury watch collection is an exciting and rewarding journey, but it’s understandable if you fear you don’t know where to start. So, to help you embark on this adventure, we will guide you through building a collection featuring some renowned brands, from the more affordable to the top-tier options.

Our watch experts at Banks Lyon will explore how to begin your collection with Tissot and progress through TAG Heuer, Breitling, Cartier, IWC, and Omega. Join us as we delve into each brand and explore how you can build a watch collection that will suit your style regardless of the occasion.

Begin With Tissot – The Affordable LuxuryTissot T-Classic Everytime 38mm Quartz Watch

Tissot is a superb choice for those entering the world of luxury watches. With Swiss craftsmanship and affordable prices, this brand offers a wide array of top-quality timepieces. Tissot watches combine elegance and functionality, providing the perfect blend without a hefty price tag. And, with their reputation for excellence and attention to detail, they are sure to make a lasting impression. Whether for a special occasion or everyday wear, Tissot offers a range of styles to suit any taste.

Take the Tissot T-Classic Everytime 38mm Quartz Watch, pictured right, for example. At only £245, you can enjoy the perfect balance of quality and affordability as you start your journey.

TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Date 40mmElevate Your Collection with TAG Heuer

When it comes to elevating your watch collection, TAG Heuer is the ideal choice. Renowned for its sporty and stylish designs, a TAG Heuer watch like the Carrera or Aquaracer is a perfect addition as you progress in your collection. These timepieces exude a sporty and sophisticated charm, adding a touch of diversity to your collection. With their exceptional craftsmanship and renowned reputation, owning a TAG Heuer watch is a statement of both style and quality. So, take your collection to the next level with a TAG Heuer watch and experience the perfect blend of sportiness and sophistication.

Pictured left is the TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Date 40mm, available at Banks Lyon for £2,500 or just £20.83 per month on 0% finance.

Explore Breitling – A Pilot’s DreamBreitling Top Time B01 Triumph

Breitling is an exceptional brand to enhance your watch collection. Renowned for their pilot and aviation-themed timepieces, consider adding a Breitling Navitimer or Avenger as you advance your range of watches. These timepieces not only provide unrivalled precision, but they also exude a robust and masculine allure. With Breitling, you can embrace the spirit of aviation and enjoy the perfect blend of functionality and style. Adding Breitling watches to your collection showcases your appreciation for remarkable craftsmanship and a passion for the world of aviation.

Elevate your watch collection with iconic and reliable timepieces from Breitling, such as the Breitling Top Time B01 Triumph, pictured right. This vintage-inspired watch is available from Banks Lyon for £6,250 or just £52.08 per month on 0% finance.

Panthère de Cartier Small WatchIndulge in Cartier’s Elegance

Cartier is the epitome of timeless elegance and sophistication. Adding a Cartier Tank or Santos to your watch collection will elevate it with sheer luxury and refinement. This is because these watches symbolise sophistication and are perfect for formal occasions, highlighting your exquisite taste in design. With Cartier watches, you’ll possess a timepiece that exudes class and elegance, making it a must-have for watch enthusiasts seeking to elevate their collection with a touch of luxury.

Take the stunning Panthère de Cartier Small Watch, pictured left, for example. This is one of Cartier’s most distinctive designs and can be purchased from Banks Lyon for £12,100 or just £100.83 on 0% finance.

IWC – The Watchmaker’s ChoiceIWC Portugieser Automatic Watch

IWC Schaffhausen is renowned for its craftsmanship and technical innovation, making it an excellent addition to any watch collection. The IWC Portuguese and Pilot’s watches, particularly, bring Swiss precision and excellence to your collection. These timepieces are admired for their robust build, ensuring durability and reliability, and with their timeless aesthetics, an IWC watch will stand the test of time and remain a classic choice for discerning watch enthusiasts.

Experience the perfect blend of technical innovation and exquisite design with an IWC watch, such as the IWC Portugieser Automatic Watch, pictured right. This piece has become one of Schaffhausen’s most successful Portugieser models ever produced and could be yours for £21,600.

OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Co-Axial Master Chronometer GMT Worldtimer 43MMCrown Your Collection with Omega

Omega is the ultimate brand to crown your watch collection. With its renowned history involving NASA and James Bond, Omega has established itself as the pinnacle. A serious watch collector cannot overlook the significance of owning an Omega Seamaster or Speedmaster, as these iconic timepieces embody a rich heritage, unparalleled innovation, and a profound connection to the stars. By adding an Omega watch to your collection, you acquire a symbol of prestige and secure a piece of horological history that will captivate and inspire for generations to come.

Pictured left is the OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Co-Axial Master Chronometer GMT Worldtimer 43MM, available at Banks Lyon for £43,900. This outstanding watch features a 43mm polished 18k Sedna gold case and bracelet. The opaline silvery dial is divided into two sections: the exterior showcases a GMT ring with a circle of global destinations printed in red, blue, and gold, while the centre has a 24-hour glass ring to indicate daytime and nighttime. If you’re looking for a piece to bring your watch collection to life, this is it.

Hublot – Fusion of Innovation and Boldness

Hublot is a relatively young brand founded in 1980, and has significantly impacted the luxury watch industry with its bold and innovative designs. Hublot stands out with its distinctive fusion of materials, combining traditional craftsmanship with modern aesthetics. The Big Bang collection, Hublot’s flagship line, showcases the brand’s penchant for avant-garde designs and exceptional engineering. The watches from this collection feature bold, oversized cases, striking dials, and various materials such as carbon fibre, ceramic, and colourful gemstones. In addition to the Big Bang collection, Hublot’s Classic Fusion range, such as the Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Titanium 45mm (pictured right), exemplifies the brand’s dedication to striking design and exceptional craftsmanship. With its sleek and refined aesthetic, the Classic Fusion retains the brand’s boldness while offering a more understated and versatile option for those seeking a luxury timepiece.

Starting a luxury watch collection with brands like Tissot, TAG Heuer, Breitling, Cartier, IWC, Omega, and Hublot can be a rewarding endeavour, but you need a reliable watch stockist to help you get the best for your budget and start a collection that you will treasure. Each watch you add to your collection tells a unique story and represents a milestone in your journey as a watch enthusiast, so allow Banks Lyon to guide you through.

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