Who exactly is producing your precious watch?

Here’s your quick guide to today’s prominent watch makes and the makers making them.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider

Given there are literally hundreds of watch brands competing for your attention, you might be surprised to know there are a mere dozen conglomerates behind some of the best known.

No, that doesn’t include Rolex or Patek Philippe, but otherwise you might be surprised at the company your favourite brand keeps.

This is the time of year, August, when many watch companies, especially the Swiss, take a break, having hopefully ensured their latest models are well and truly in store.

What better time then – while they’re having a breather – to take a look at who’s behind the names on our wrists.

Some of these monikers are venerable brands saved from extinction by the majors that now own them; others  – in particular more recent ‘fashion’ watches – are made under license.

Here’s your quick guide to today’s prominent watch makes and the makers making them.

IWC Connect
IWC Schaffhausen

THE COMPANY: RICHEMONT

BRANDS: Vacheron Constantin, A. Lange & Söhne, Cartier, Piaget, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Panerai, Roger Dubuis, Baume & Mercier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Montblanc, and Ralph Lauren.

 

THE COMPANY: SWATCH GROUP

BRANDS: Breguet, Blancpain, Omega, Jaquet Droz, Longines, Rado, Tissot, Glasshutte Original, Calvin Klein, Balmain, Certina, Mido, Hamilton, Swatch, Flik Flak and most recently, Harry Winston.

 

Tag Heuer Monaco Calibre 6
Tag Heuer Monaco Calibre 6.

THE COMPANY: LVMH

BRANDS: Tag Heuer, Hublot, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Zenith. and Bulgari.

 

THE COMPANY: FRANCK MULLER

BRANDS: Franck Muller, Pierre Kunz, Martin Braun, European Company Watch, Barthelay, Backes & Strauss, Pierre Michael Golay.

 

THE COMPANY: KERING

BRANDS: Girard-Perregaux, Gucci, Ulysse Nardin, JeanRichard, Boucheron, Bottega Veneta.

 

GRAND SEIKO Hi Beat GMTTHE COMPANY: SEIKO

BRANDS: Seiko, Grand Seiko, Credor, Pulsar, Lorus, Alba, Orient.

 

THE COMPANY: CITIZEN

THE BRANDS: Citizen, Campanola, Arnold & Son, Bulova, Harley-Davidson.

 

THE COMPANY: FOSSIL

BRANDS: Fossil, Zodiac, Skagen, Adidas, Burberry, Diesel, DKNY, Emporio Armani, Karl Lagerfeld, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs.

 

THE COMPANY: MOVADO

BRANDS: Movado, Concord, Ebel, Hugo Boss, Coach, Juicy Couture, Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger.

 

THE COMPANY: TIMEX
BRANDS: Timex, Nautica, Opex, GC, Guess, Salvatore Ferragamo Timepieces, Versace, Versus.

 

THE COMPANY: FESTINA

THE BRANDS: Festina, Perrelet, L.Leroy, Candino, Lotus, Jaguar, Calypso.

 

THE COMPANY: BINDA

BRANDS: Breil, Moschino, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Bahama, Ted Baker.

 

THE COMPANY: CITYCHAMP

THE BRANDS: Corum, Eterna, Rotary.

 

 

 

 

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