What is a luxury watch case? In a nutshell, it is a container that holds the watch movement and all of its significant parts. However, even though the primary purpose of any case is to protect the inner workings from damage, moisture, dirt, and the bumps of daily wear, it is also a piece of art for itself. The truth is that watch cases are no longer created just as protective shells. Made from a variety of precious materials, they have turned timepieces into true jewelry, with various forms and shapes available. Here are the most important things you need to know about luxury watch cases. 

Case shapes

If you have already browsed through our collection of high-end luxury watches for men and women, you have probably noticed that there is a variety of case options available. The most common among them are round-shaped, which was actually the only shape for timepieces after their transition from pocket to wrist. For today, such cases are used by all luxury watch brands, but most largely by Patek Philippe, Rolex, IWC, Blancpain, and TAG Heuer.

Luxury watches

The second highly used in manufacture shape is rectangular with its various types. This category includes square-shaped, cushion-shaped, and tonneau-shaped cases with their different variations of cut and rounded corners. Some of the most popular luxury watch brands that produce timepieces with rectangular-shaped cases are Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Longines, and Baume & Mercier.

Vintage Cartier Cloche de Cartier

In general, designer watches are available in all possible shapes to satisfy any taste and need. While some of them are fairly common; others are quite rare and even unique. This is especially true for asymmetrical timepieces, like those produced by Hamilton, Piguet, Bvlgari, Chanel, and MB&F. Cartier is also known for its unusual luxury watch cases used in the manufacturing of such models as Cloche de Cartier and Crash. 

Case materials

When it comes to the case material, your options are endless. Here are only the most commonly used:

  • stainless steel;Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold
  • 18k gold (white, yellow, and rose);
  • silver;
  • platinum;
  • ceramic;
  • DLC and PVD coating;
  • titanium;
  • carbon;
  • aluminum;
  • tantalum;
  • bronze.

In fact, watch cases can be made from almost any durable material, even concrete and such unusual alloys as Quartz-TPT, which represents a compound of carbon and quartz mineral. In addition, watch cases can be decorated with various gemstones, including diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds, which turn them into valuable jewelry pieces.

Graff luxury watches

It is also worth noting that luxury watch cases come in a variety of sizes, from miniature used in the manufacture of ladies dress watches to large reaching up to 48mm in diameter and sometimes even more. Thus, whatever your taste and style, you are sure to find just a perfect luxury watch that meets all your needs. Go to our collection to find more examples of different high-end watches available for sale today!