Splurging on shopping when traveling abroad is one guilty pleasure many look forward to. Whether it’s jewelry and gadgets in Dubai or Egypt copperware collectibles, each destination has something fascinating to offer. Luxury watch lovers are always looking for new editions to add to their collection, and online shopping won’t do. The sparkle and feel of a new watch tried on your wrist can’t match the online experience.
Some cities are famous for luxury watches and can even help you save a few bucks on shipping if you happen to be in the city. We have listed out the three most famous cities and the complete guide to going luxury watch shopping.
The United Kingdom had remained a much-loved shopping destination previously, but with Brexit, the entire experience is enhanced. With the pound declining, the city of the Thames and other destinations have been receiving massive sales of luxury watches as compared to before. The NY Times reported that the sale of watches jumped up by 67% in the city in 2016. Whether it’s vintage watches in Gray’s Antique or the Fine Watch section at Harrods, you’re looking at the finest watch shopping experience in the world.
If you’re heading to the United Kingdom, the sterling pound’s steady fall has made luxury watches a little easy on the budget everywhere in the country. But the capital makes for the best assortment of brands in one city. You can head to Bond street, where you can find authorized watch dealers selling everything from Rolex, JLC, Lange, Richar Mille to Patek. However, Hatton Garden is your best bet if you’re looking to jump on a waitlisted watch.
Nonetheless, it’s not just London that’s trending on the watch-lovers list; the rest of the United Kingdom is as good. Surprisingly, Watches of Wales have also kept with the high-end trends and offer sophisticated functions and the latest alloys.
2. New York
The Big Apple isn’t just famous for Times Square and Sex and the City. The biggest watch retailers have set up shop here and bring you the finest collection of luxury watches worldwide.
If you’re looking for all the high–end Swiss brands, you can head right to Madison Avenue and 57th Street. However, the unbeatable collection of more than 100 brands and 8000 models has to be Tourneau Time Machine. Tourneau is the oldest and most trusted watch retailer in the United States and has a history of more than 120 years. The family was European watch sellers who migrated to the United States in 1900 and haven’t looked back.
You can also head to Master of Time if you want your vintage watch looked at, or if you’re looking to shop where Jay- Z shops, Hublot Boutique is your spot. You can find rare timepieces in the Aaron Faber Gallery.
No matter what your taste, you’re bound to find something worth your time in New York. After all, the city that never sleeps values its time!
Geneva is an obvious answer, but I bet you didn’t think Scandinavian countries had something to offer in the luxury watch market. Swiss brands are well-established, but Danish brands are just starting to gain ground and will soon provide strong competition to other brands. So, if you’re heading over to Denmark Or Stockholm, it might be worth your time to have a look at the upcoming brands.
Nordgreen by Jakob Wagner quickly gained a reputation for unique designs and even has a permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Skagen is another Danish brand designing luxury watches since 1989. Bering Time is named after the famous Danish sailor who explored the Arctic and his namesake, the Bering Strait. Its watch designs reflect the clarity and crystal blue waters of the beautiful Arctic.
Now that you know that the most popular and most unconventional destinations to fulfill your passion for luxury watches, you can head right there on your next layover when traveling.