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The Most Expensive Watches In The World

By Greg Kelly September 27, 2017

You better start emptying your offshore account

We all know how truly impressive the craftsmanship of making timepieces is, but what happens when you take these intricate processes and run with them, adding every embellishment and added extra known to man? The worlds most expensive watches, that’s what!

Fit for a Queen

If you have a spare $30,000,000, you could potentially buy Marie Antoinette’s Breguet Grande Complication, which in 2016 is the priciest piece there is.

A pocket watch, not a wrist watch, it is encased in gold and uses sapphire to lower the friction within the intricate mechanisms. Sadly, she never got to see it: with 823 pieces (that’s more than an iPhone), it took 44 years to be completed and she was dead by then.

Breguet Marie-Antoinette

Marie-Antoinette was driven by a truly passionate desire for Breguet watches

 

A blaze with diamonds

Chopard’s 201-carat watch sold in 2005 for $25 million and shows off flawless gems in all colours from yellow, to pink and blue all set in a random pattern.

An extraordinary and head- turning ( even eye-watering) masterpiece.

Chopard 201-Carat Watch

The Chopard watch features 874 diamonds

Even more diamonds

The watch that Beyonce bought for her husband Jay-Z’s birthday went further with 1280 diamonds encrusted on it.

This was a Hublot Big Bang and she paid $5 million. Each stone was individually cut to bear the same signature and it took a year just to source all the stones.

Jay Z Diamond Encrusted Hublot

One of the most extravagant and expensive watches ever created

Fly me to the moon

Louis Moinet’s Meteoris watches actually contain pieces of moon rock. The four watches in this collection all showcase a fragment of an asteroid that fell to earth thousands of years ago and priced at a cool $4,599,487. Out of this world.

Louis Moinet's Meteoris Watches

Meteorite hunter Luc Labenne collected pieces from the moon, a Mars meteorite, and an asteroid to create the watch

For the price of a King’s ransom

Patek Philippe boasts some of the most expensive watches on the planet. The Caliber 89 sold for $5.12 million – yes, million dollars. 

A Platinum World Time went for over $4 million in 2002, the only one ever made and at that time the highest ever priced. What makes them so costly? They are tremendously complicated: in fact, the Caliber has 33 complications.

So what exactly is a complication? Well, it’s any feature beyond the simple display of hours and minutes. The Split Seconds Patek Phillipe can time two events that start at the same time but end at different ones. The Ref 5016P won’t need adjusting until 2100 thanks to its perpetual moon calendar. That’s the sort of extra thing you get for spending tens of thousands.

Needless to say they are exquisitely designed and engineered, gorgeous to look at and come with one of the most distinguished names in Swiss timekeeping.

Patek Philippe Caliber 89

The watch was created by Patek Philippe for the firm’s 150th anniversary, in 1989

 

What about the brand that wears the crown?

You could be the proud owner of the most most mythical and legendary timepiece in existence, Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona.

Newman’s very own Reference 6239 with a personal inscription on the back from Woodward (“Drive Carefully Me”) has never been offered publicly before and goes up for auction on October 26th 2017. There is a lot of buzz around this auction expectations are that it will reach a record value.

Rolex Daytona Paul Newman

Paul Newman’s personal Rolex with engraving is more than set to break records at auction

Worried about gravity? Then you need a watch with tourbillon.

These watches stop gravity from affecting accuracy. You could try the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon at $400,000, or the Vacheron Tour de l’ile, with tourbillon, two faces and more parts than even the Breuget Marie Antoinette. Millionaires need only apply as this esteemed old company sells them new from $1.25 million.

Vacheron Tour de l'ile

Vacheron Constantin’s most complicated wrist watch

 


Images ©: Header. A blog to watch 1. Breguet 2. Telegraph 3. Horologue 4. Complex 5. Hodinkee

6. Forbes 7. The Hour Lounge

 

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