Sydney has long held an enviable place in the hearts of the global community. Beautiful scenery, incredible man-made environs and a backdrop that rivals the best the world can offer. And with a rising economy, Sydney is poised to solidify its position amongst the world's elite cities. Which means that we have access to some pretty amazing watches at a handful of establishments. We take a look at Sydney's top 8 watch stores
The Hour Glass
Sydney's very owe haute horlogerie haven, The Hour Glass is split over two levels, offering its customers unrivalled access to some of the worlds most incredible and most highly sought after timepieces. Oozing a rich culture of watchmaking knowledge and passion, The Hour Glass holds contemporary brands like Richard Mille and Roger Dubuis, stalemates like Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, IWC and Rolex, along with some amazing pieces from independent watchmakers like MB&F, F. P. Journe and De Bethune.
Location: 142 King St, Sydney
With locations all around Sydney, Gregory Jeweller's holds a place close to my heart, having worked with the family-owned business on my wedding bands. There aren't many watch stores that can boast such a varied array of timepieces, but I suppose being one of Australia's oldest retailers does help, having opened its doors way back in 1967. Gregory Jeweller's boasts an amazing assortment of watches from the likes of TAG Heuer, Panerai, Oris, IWC and Breitling, along with a handful of entry-level manufacturers, too. A superb balance of exceptional customer service with the authenticity of being a family-owned and run business. Oh, and if you pop by their flagship store in Bondi Westfield, ask for store manager Dennis - one of the nicest guys in the industry and always down for a chat!
Location: Visit the website for store locations across Sydney
Watches of Switzerland
With a collection of watches to rival that of The Hour Glass', Watches of Switzerland sits nice and pretty at the end of Sydney's infamous George Street with spectacular views of the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and Circular Quay. But don't let the views distract you, because behind its doors sits some of the country's most incredible timepieces. Featuring brands like A. Lange & Sohne, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, Tudor and Breguet, Watches of Switzerland has a plethora of options that will tick the boxes of many a discerning collector.
Location: 199 George St, Sydney
Located smack bang in the centre of the Sydney CBD, Swiss Concept has long heralded an audacious and highly enviable assortment of watches that appease both the seasoned collector as well as the budding enthusiast. Swiss Concept currently holds timepieces from the likes of Vacheron Constantin, Blancpain and Cartier, along with holding hard-to-get watches from Rolex.
Location: 90 Pitt St, Sydney
J. Farren Price
Since its inception in 1942, J. Farren Price has supplied Sydney-siders and travellers alike with a collection of the country's finest timepieces. Through its stocked up windows displaying the holiest of grails from Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin, along with some very special and highly sought after pieces from Rolex, J. Farren Price has long enticed those with deep pockets and forgiving partners. Featuring manufacturers like Greubel Forsey, IWC, Chopard and Jaeger-LeCoultre, J. Farren Price is a favourite within Sydney's watch community.
Location: 80 Castlereagh St, Sydney
With perhaps the most incredible architecture, Kennedy is located inside Sydney's Star casino. Sitting next to the main entry, Kennedy is a beacon for all those aspiring to hit it big upstairs, hoping to stop off at the illustrious watch store to grab their dream watch. Kennedy holds brands like Rolex, Patek Philipe, Ulysse Nardin, Cartier and Girard-Perregaux and prides itself on providing an exceptional experience for all those that enter the store.
Location: The Star Harbourside, 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont
Time Keeper Boutique
Time Keeper Boutique is the new kid on the block, but that doesn't mean that they're anything less than awesome. Located in Sydney's historic Strand Arcade, Time Keeper Boutique stocks an ever-changing array of watches. One week Time Keeper Boutique could hold market-hitting steel Rolex's, while the next they may be holding complicated Richard Milles. The Time Keeper Boutique is run by some very passionate and enthusiastic guys and offers unprecedented access to some of the world's best watches.
Location: The Strand Arcade, shop 14/412-414 George St, Sydney
Perhaps not as well known as the other watch stores we've mentioned is Hardy Brothers, a 160 year old establishment that has endowed Sydney with an outstanding collection of watches. Featuring brands like Omega, Grand Seiko, H. Moser & Cie, Corum, Girard Perregaux and Rado, Hardy Brothers has a longstanding reputation of impeccable customer service throughout the buying process.
Location: 60 Castlereagh Street, Sydney
Shum Watches & Jewellery
Down the not-so-beaten-path is Shum Watches & Jewellery. Located in Sydney's Chinatown, Shum Watches & Jewellery is an oasis of prestigious Swiss watches. Entering through the grey marbled frontage, you're met with an abundance of pieces from Glashutte Original, Blancpain, Omega, Longines, Breguet, Franck Muller, Piaget and Tissot. Shum Watches & Jewellery also offers exceptional after-sales services, including comprehensive overhauls and restorations.
Location: 419 Sussex Street, Sydney