I previously looked at my top 5 dress watches for people on a budget:
Today, I’m throwing the budget out the window!
These watches might cost as much as a luxury car (or sometimes a house), but that doesn’t make them any less awesome!
Here are my favourite high-end dress watches.
Philippe Dufour Simplicity
Philippe Dufour is one of the greatest living watchmakers.
He was born in 1948 in Le Sentier in the Vallée de Joux, Switzerland.
After he had gathered experience as a watchmaker in London, Frankfurt and on the Virgin Islands, he made himself independent in 1978. He is one of the most famous members of the renowned watchmaker association AHCI.
He started making the Simplicity in 2000.
Between 2000 and 2014, he made just 200 watches (about 15 watches per year).
Almost every single component inside a Philippe Dufour watch is meticulously designed and hand crafted by Mr. Dufour himself. His watches are considered some of the most finely finished watches in the world.
There are a few different dial variations, but they are all spectacular in their own way.
His watches almost never come up for sale at auctions, but when one does, collectors go crazy! They usually sell for several hundred thousand dollars.
Patek Philippe Calatrava ref. 5227G-001
The Calatrava is the foundation of Patek Philippe’s line of traditional dress watches. The ref. 5227 has a specially integrated “officer’s style” caseback which you can open to reveal a sapphire caseback and see the gorgeous movement. The movement is a Patek Philippe caliber 324 SC.
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia ref. 219.026
The Saxionia is A. Lange & Söhne’s simplest dress watch. When you turn the watch around you will see the gorgeous L941.1 movement. As usual from this brand, it’s made from German silver, it has a hand engraved balance cock and the finishing is superb.
Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro-Rotor “Montre Ecole”
I have a soft spot for a good micro rotor, and this watch has one of the most interesting ones!
Laurent Ferrier is a very small independent manufacturer.
He worked at Patek Philippe for 35 years and then left to start his own brand
You can read most about the brand on this page:
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony ref. 1110U/000P-B087
Vacheron Constantin is one of the oldest and most respected brands in the world.
This reference is my favourite dress watch from them. I love the colour of the dial. It’s almost perfect.
H. Moser & Cie Venturer ref. 2327-0202
H. Moser & Cie is a very interesting brand. They have a very young CEO and they are not scared to make a statement.
They made headlines in late 2016 when they decided to remove the “Swiss Made” text from all of their watches.
They did this to protest the new rules made by the Swiss federation.
In order to call your watch “Swiss Made”, 60% of the value of the watch needs to come from inside Switzerland.
H. Moser thinks that this is a disgrace, because about 95% of the value of their watches come from inside Switzerland.
As part of this protest, they decided the make the “most Swiss watch ever made”. They called it the Swiss Mad Watch. The case of the watch is made of real Swiss cheese! It’s cured inside a hard resin (so it won’t smell like cheese).
This ridiculously awesome video shows what a cool sense of humour they have. The guy in the video is actually their CEO, Edouard Meylan.
You can read more about the Swiss Mad watch here:
The Venturer ref. 2327-0202 is my favourite watch in the H. Moser & Cie catalogue.
It has an amazing blue dial! I have never seen a blue as deep and rich as the one which they use on this dial.
Please let me know about your favourite high-end dress watches down in the comments!