You might know everything there is to know about the timepiece you want, but do you know where to go to buy it? Sure, the city has many watch stores around, but there are only a handful of authorized retailers. If you truly want to look at the different options around, it pays to visit the multi-brand shops that carry several manufacturers all in one roof.
From where to get more affordable watches to the most complicated ones, here are some of the best watch stores in the Philippines.
Chronos is a multi-brand store under one of the biggest watch distributors in the country, the Lucerne Group. The concept was created to cater to other parts of the market. In this case, Chronos carries an assortment that includes Seiko, Omega, Victorinox, Bulova, and more.
You'll find more modern brands such as Mondaine, Luminox, and more at Elemento. The store isn't just restricted to that, however, as it also carries other Swiss brands like Maurice Lacroix and Longines.
3. Hour Glass
Located at SM Megamall, Hour Glass specializes in Swiss and Japanese watches. It's been a favorite by local watch collectors since it was established in 1991. If you're a fan of Seiko watches, then this is the place to visit.
L'Atelier is Lucerne's store located at the Shangri-La at the Fort. Shopping at the boutique is a guaranteed experience. It's a place for collectors to appreciate watchmaking, timepieces, and everything in between. Here you can find brands such as Chopard, Jaeger Le-Coultre, and more.
5. L Timestudio
You'll have no trouble finding an L Timestudio as it has over 100 boutiques and department store locations around the country. As one of the largest sports watches retailers, it has almost 40 watch brands including Fossil, Michael Kors, DKNY, Skagen, Adidas, Timberland, Superdry, and more.
6/ Le Temps
Le Temps has a wide selection of high-end timepieces for both men and women. Since its located in Resort's World's Newport Mall, it's open until 12 midnight because a little late-night watch shopping never hurts anybody.
Lucerne is the ultimate retailer when it comes to watches. From a single store in 1982, it has expanded to five showrooms and a long list of brands that includes Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, IWC, Panerai, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Omega, Hublot, Chopard, and Breitling.
Rustan's has plenty of brands in its roster and it houses watch brands, too. Some of the brands found in the department store are Cartier, Bulgari, and Montblanc.
9. Time Depot
Established in 2001, Time Depot stocks the best technological and savviest watch brands around. The store headlines G-Shock, Baby-G, Edifice, Casio but it also carries Suunto, Nautica, and Festina.
10. Time Trend
Time Trend is another institution for local watch collectors. Here you can find watches by Seiko, Orient, Oris, and more.
For over 50 years, Washington has delivered "state of the art concept stores" that are "built to give the best shopping experience." You can find the latest Rolexes, Tudor, Tag Heuer, Oris, and more watch brands in several of its locations.
Multi-brand watch shop Wrist_Pod is one of the best places to go if you're looking for a watch by a fashion brand. The store's long list of brands includes Michael Kors, TW Steel, Philip Stein, DKNY, to name a few.
WSI is an international multi-brand store that stocks fashion watch brands. In its store, you'll find the latest offerings from Michael Kors, Emporio Armani, Diesel, Fossil, and more. Not only that, WSI also has smartwatches and jewelry, too.
* This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.