Do you know there are relatively few luxury watches that have managed to cross and mark epochs to such an extent that they have become mythical? These watches have risen to the rank of the icon through the years thanks to an innovation, an unorthodox design, or even a new feature sometimes represent for some amateur of beautiful watches a true Holy Grail.

From the Rolex Submariner to the Tank de Cartier or the Reverso from Jaeger-LeCoultre, today’s overview of these luxury watches icons that have marked the history of the brands that gave birth to them but also more Generally of watchmaking as a whole.

  • Rolex Submariner

At Rolex, the mythical watch, queen of queens is probably the Rolex Submariner, the first diver signed by the Geneva house, a waterproof watch 100 meters born in 1953 under the reference 6204.

After giving birth in 1926 to the ” Oyster ( world’s first wristwatch), Rolex is positioned with the Sub ‘as a brand that innovates and offers models dedicated to professionals … The fact that big names like James bond from 1962 have adopted this model also participates without any The status of the Rolex Submariner.

  • Omega Speedmaster

Created in 1957, the Omega Speedmaster is certainly one of the most famous chronographs in the world simply because it is the first watch ever worn on the Moon. On July 21, 1969, the Omega Speedmaster took his first steps on Buzz Aldrin’s Moon and was nicknamed” The Moonwatch “.

Selected to accompany all NASA manned flights since March 1965, the Omega Speedmaster has distinguished itself since its launch for its precision, readability, and robustness.

  • Cartier Tank

First introduced in 1917, the Cartier Tank draws its inspiration from the First World War and more precisely tanks. This model of square or rectangular shape represents an assault tank seen from above.

This model with the relatively classic Cartier design was marketed from 1919 and adopted by many personalities in the image of Jacky and John Kennedy, Ailain Delon, Andy Wahrol and more.

  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

The Reverso de Jaeger-LeCoultre was born in 1931 and responds to the request of a British officer wishing a watch capable of resisting the shocks inflicted on a watch during a polo match.

The Reverso watch is a sliding watch In its support and able to turn on itself, a watch whose dial can be sheltered. Immediate success for the model which then experienced some disaffection before its rebirth in the 1970s.

  • Tag Heuer Monaco

It was in 1969 that the Heuer Monaco was born for the first time, a watch with an astonishing design with its square dial and its new movement, the famous caliber 11.

Despite a remarkable presence in the handful of Steve Mc Queen in 1971 in the film ” Le Mans “, Monaco does not find its public before in 1985 and the takeover of Heuer by TAG. It was only in 1999 with the takeover of TAG Heuer by LVMH that the TAG Heuer Monaco (the world’s first square automatic chronograph) really took off thanks to a more sustained marketing.

  • Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Presented in 1972 at the Basel fair, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is the first luxury watch in stainless steel, a stroke of genius for this model with original design!

The Royal Oak, which takes its name from British Royal Navy warships, is easily recognizable thanks to its unique design by Gerald Genta, an octagonal dial with eight hexagonal screws. A sporty and chic luxury watch, a bold but successful bet for the Swiss brand of Brassus.

  • Panerai Luminor

In 1949, Luminor (a tritium-based luminescent substance) succeeds Radiomir (radium-based), thus logically precedes the birth of the Luminor range from Panerai, which was born in 1950.

An Italian watch with an atypical design and recognizable thanks to its protective crown bridge, its cushion-shaped horns, and its flat and enlarged bezel.

  • Breitling Navitimer

The Breitling Navitimer (the contraction of Navigation & Timer) is probably the most famous watch in Breitling, an aviator watch designed in 1952 for pilots and aviation professionals.

The design of the Breitling Navitimer is easily recognizable thanks to the presence of slide rule, a tool designed to facilitate the flight calculations of airplane pilots. An emblematic watch that was the choice for a long time the choice of aviators.

  • Piaget Altiplano

As a specialist in the ultra-thin luxury watch, the Swiss house Piaget has since the late 1950s been working on the miniaturization of movements, the finer calibers, but still as robust and precise. From this spirit of the conquest of the ultra-flat was born in the early 1990s the Altiplano collection of watches.

A collection that gave birth to the Altiplano 900P, the world’s thinnest mechanical watch with its 3.65 mm thickness, a watch fusing caliber with hand-wound and dressing.

  • Blancpain Fifty Fathoms

Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms was born in 1953 and is considered the first true modern dive watch, a watch originally designed for combat swimmers. A watch that takes its name from its watertight seal, 50 fathoms, or 91.45 meters deep.

Adopted by the military and then by professionals of scuba diving like Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the Fifty Fathoms also met its success with the civil divers.

  • IWC Portuguese

The Portuguese history of IWC began in 1939 or even in 1938 when two Portuguese watch merchants expressed their regret at being unable to wear on the wrist one whose precision would be equivalent to that of the chronometers of pocket watches.

The result is the birth of the Portuguese, a classic watch with a refined style that still represents the brand’s know-how.

  • Patek Philippe Calatrava

Inspired by the movement of the Bauhaus (which lays the foundation for reflection on modern architecture), the Patek Philippe Calatrava is a luxury watch particularly refined in terms of both technique and design.

Created in 1932, the Calatrava is a classic watch, the result according to the brand’s own words “of a vanguard philosophy favoring the purity of lines and discreet elegance “.