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10 Great Luxury Watches That Aren't Designed in Switzerland

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Not long ago it was a commonly held belief that to be truly first-rate, a watch had to be Swiss. However, that hasn't been the case for some time, and in fact, you may not even be aware that some of your favorite watch brands are actually based in Germany, France, and even the United Kingdom. Here are 10 of the best:

Bremont Comet Pilot's Watch, $6,550

Pilot's watches are this British brand's specialty, and this limited edition chronograph ticks all the boxes in terms of looks and functionality.

Glashütte Original Sport Evolution Chrono, $4,600

One of the sportiest pieces this understated German brand makes features an automatic movement and a 40-hour power reserve.

A. Lange & Sohne Grand 1, $23,988

This German watch brand's creations now rank alongside the likes of Patek Philippe in the eyes of its many fans and collectors. 

Cartier Tank Solo, $5,750

Cartier Tank watches might be made in Switzerland but their design is an icon of French style, and in fact, echo the very first men's wristwatches.

Nomos Glashütte Metro Neomatik, $3,050

If subtle yet design-forward is your preference in wristwear, this German watchmaker's pieces will suit you to a T. 

Bell & Ross Aviation Chronograph, $1,948

Most people don't realize that Bell & Ross actually hails from France, and retro-styled pieces like this are a relative bargain.

Graham Chronofighter, $2,040

UK brand Graham's oversized pilot's watches have an outsized personality too, and though they aren't for everyone they certainly make a statement.

Panerai Luminor, $4,500

While Panerai's watch manufacturer is based in Switzerland, the design is uniquely Italian and was originally created for elite underwater commandos.

Speake-Marin Spirit Wing Commander, $5,200

This British brand's signature style has brought it to the attention of watch collectors who appreciate its vintage-inspired looks.

Cartier Roadster, $3,600

Cartier's now-discontinued Roadster models offer an excellent value proposition and are bound to become highly coveted collectibles.