Founded in 1884 by Swiss watchmaker Leon Breitling, Breitling has become a watch brand renowned for its highly precise movements and chronographs created in house. Most well known for its relationship with the aviation industry, Breitling watches were used by pilots for in flight calculations and Breitling soon became suppliers of on board chronographs for civil and military aviation alike, with many referring to Breitling as the official supplier to world aviation. Breitling’s Navitimer, designed in 1952 has been manufactured for over 60 years and is still one of the most desirable watches in modern times. Adding to the success of its Navitimer model, Breitling now have a wide range of models including the Chronoliner, Colt, Montbrilliant and Superocean ranges. Following from their success in the aviation world, Breitling have also built ties with the automotive industry by partnering with Bentley to produce a range of watches and onboard clocks, most notably for their Bentley Continental GT, the partnership being called ‘Breitling for Bentley’.
Handleys of London have a strong relationship with Breitling and their UK distributors. We leverage these relationships to provide our valued clients with a Breitling watches and the most competitive prices available, all from our showroom in London’s Hatton Garden. Breitling watches are much more than just timepieces, they are a statement of ambition and precision. The company’s dedication to accuracy and innovation is often representative of their customers.
We understand that Breitling watches are also fashion statements with effortless good looks and tradition entwined within their designs, some of which are over half a century old. We can advise on the most appropriate model for our clients according to their tastes and also their jewellery collection. It is this personable service which sees our clients that may have purchased a piece of jewellery returning to us for advice on acquiring a Breitling watch.
Founded in 1839 by Antoine Norbert de Patek and Adrien Philippe, the Swiss ultra-luxury watch maker designs some of the most complicated mechanical watches in the industry with their first royal connection being attained within years of their founding, Queen Victoria purchasing one of their pieces. They are widely showcased by industry experts as one of the most prestigious watch brands in the world, showcased by their ‘Generations’ marketing campaign which stated that “You never actually own a Patek Philippe, you merely look after it for the next generation”.
With both Men’s and Ladies models, Patek Philippe watches have been created for over 175 years based on 10 core values. These include retaining their title as Geneva’s oldest independent and family run manufacturer, tradition and heritage, innovation including over patents and of course beautiful aesthetics.
Patek Philippe watches are renowned for the ability to stun auctioneers with the value that they possess with many of their watches fetching millions of dollars; the most famous of which being The Henry Graves Junior Supercomplication which demanded a sum of nearly $24 million at auction.
Owning a Patek Philippe watch is a truly rare experience. Their renowned status amongst watch connoisseurs simply serves to increase their rarity in the market and therefore the desirability. Our connections with the manufacturer, resellers and other jewellers in Hatton Garden allows us to source Patek Philippe watches for our clients in London and beyond at competitive prices.
The watches created by Patek Philippe are lifelong investments coupled with incredible aesthetics. Their heritage is visible throughout their range and their quality is undeniable.
Visit us in our showroom in Hatton Garden to understand more about the types of Patek Philippe’s that we can procure for you.
Since 1860, Swiss watchmaker Chopard have been creating exquisite timepieces. Bought by Karl Scheufele in 1963 from the Chopard family, the watchmaker has experienced a resurgence over the past half century under the guidance of the Scheufele family whilst retaining its founding values. Chopard, renowned for its manufacturer of high end men’s watches, also diversified into luxury jewellery and ladies watches in the 1970’s.
Chopard’s watch range is dynamic, with designs that hark back to more traditional eras and others that embrace the technological advancements in both automotive and mechanical watches, such as their classic racing series.
Over the last 150+ years the Chopard name has become synonymous with timeless sophistication, with their classic range described by Chopard themselves as a connection between the original pocket watches created by their founder Louis-Ulysse Chopard and the modern watches of today.
Chopard watches incorporate centuries old design principles with modern technology. Their range of watches gives their customers a wide range of designs to choose from, no doubt fuelled by their interest in the wider luxury jewellery market.
With connections in the London watch market and Hatton Garden’s jewellery trade, Handleys of London sources high quality Chopard watches for your clients. With a current range of 7 different types of watches (Happy Diamonds, L.U.C, Imperiale, Classic Classic Racing, La Strada and their Diamond Watches) we can help you to choose and acquire a timepiece that you can truly compliments your style.
One of the most recognised names in the luxury watch industry, Rolex has developed a reputation for being a status symbol over the last century. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, Rolex have been market leaders since day one, always being one step ahead of their competition. They were awarded the official Chronometer Certification in 1910 by the Swiss ‘Bureau Officiel’, never before had this certification been awarded for wristwatches. In 1926 they created their infamous Rolex Oyster, the first ever watch that was fully water resistant. Wilsdorf exhibited this remarkable feature by sponsoring British swimmer Mercedes Gleitze to wear one when she became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. It was this publicity stunt that truly launched Rolex as the luxury brand we know today.
Throughout the years innovation has been key to Rolex’s success. Always leading the way with exciting watch features that we take for granted today, such as the automated date changer and the self-winding mechanisms.
Handleys of London have considerable experience with Rolex watches, advising clients on particular models so that they can ensure they purchase the perfect style. Rolex have specific ranges for men and women with interchangeable models. A truly exclusive watch brand that has over a century of experience in creating timepieces that will last more than just a lifetime. So whether you are buying one to be worn now or for your descendants, you will never go wrong with a Rolex.
Having built-up strong relationships with a large collection of watch dealers and manufacturers, Handleys of London pride themselves on being able to offer some of the most competitive prices for Rolex watches in all of Hatton Garden and London.
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Luxury watches are not just for accurate timekeeping, they are legitimately considered as stand alone pieces of jewellery and also investments for the future. At Handleys of London we source and procure high end luxury timepieces for our clients, utilising our experience and connections within London’s Hatton Garden and also the wider watch market. Dealing with specific brands such as Rolex, Patek Philippe Watches, Breitling and Chopard Watches our timepiece service is centred around delivering high end luxury watches at a competitive price for our clients.
We are committed to providing the premium service for purchasing luxury watches in Hatton Garden and indeed the whole of London through our honest and personal service. We utilise our expertise in the market to ensure that you not only have all of the relevant information and prices at hand.