It doesn’t matter how many different smartphones and devices hit the market, there is nothing quite as timeless as an exceptional watch. Not just a stylish accessory with precise functionality; a quality timepiece makes a statement and can be passed down from generation to generation.
Kirk Freeport hosts an extraordinary selection of watch collections, featuring brands recognized and appreciated the world over.
Here are some of Vice President of Operations Chris Kirkconnell’s top brand choices for 2017:
As the company says, “Every Rolex Tells A Story.” A flagship brand, the name Rolex conjures up visions of historic events, expert craftspeople, and an instantly recognizable design revered among collectors.
Top pick: Rolex Air-King – The new Air-King sports a 40mm case in steel and is the first Rolex watch to bear the Rolex logo in green and gold on the dial.
Founded in Florence, Italy in 1860, this luxury Swiss watch manufacturer is a blue-blooded member of the family of luxury timepieces. Its bold designs set it apart from the rest, making it a coveted part of any private collection.
Top pick: Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 – This strong, solid watch is built to take on the world. Water-resistant to a depth of 300 meters, the new Special Edition boasts a case made of brushed titanium and a midnight blue dial with applied hour marker dots coated with Super-LumiNova.
The name Cartier is synonymous with elegance and meticulous attention to detail. From jewelry to watches, that distinctive label says it all. As with other brands of its stature, its customer loyalty is second-to-none.
Top pick: Drive de Cartier – The Drive de Cartier redefines sophistication with its unique cushion-shaped case and in-house Cartier Manufacture Movement.
Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe makes a statement with every timepiece it produces. Steeped in tradition, the company was founded in 1839 and is Geneva’s oldest independent family-owned watch manufacturer.
Top pick: Patek Philippe 5930G World Time Chronograph – This watch made a splash at the 2016 Baselworld fair with its combination of highly complicated mechanisms. A limited production design.
Known for its prowess in the sporting world, TAG Heuer is the watch of choice for those who dare to push the limits of what is possible. Its balance of superior design and impeccable timekeeping make it an elegant accompaniment to those in pursuit of extraordinary feats.
Top pick: Carrera Caliber Heuer 01 – The new Heuer 01 boasts the movement that will become the backbone of the future TAG Heuer collection. Executed with a stunning skeleton dial and redefined case.
The artistic craftsmanship that goes into each Vacheron Constantin watch is instantly apparent. From the company’s inception in 1755, it has referred to its makers as “Master Artisans” with skills handed down from master to apprentice over the centuries. Each timepiece is considered to be an authentic work of art.
Top pick: Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph – Easily interchangeable bracelets and straps bring flexibility to what has been considered as one of the most iconic luxury sport watches on the market. Adding two beautiful colors of chocolate and blue, this timepiece is in a class of its own.