Watches are one of the most collected items on Earth. It is actually, a passion of the rich mainly, since the most beautiful and rare watches are also breathtaking expensive. While watch manufacturers break one record after another, while the prices of these wearable works of art rise higher and higher, while the richest people on the planet compete against each other on having the coolest watch out there, as they are the only ones who really considers buying them, we cannot but admire them from far, collect information and write tops on this subject. Here we have, thus, a top of the most expensive watches in the world.
1. Joaillerie 101 Manchette, Jaeger le Coultre
This is more of a jewel than a watch, and its price is so high that it was not estimated yet. Made out of little precious squares, of which some are filled with 576 diamonds, while others are made of platinum and onyx. The watch face is hidden among these squares, being as small as one of them. This watch’s mechanism is based on the smallest manual watchmaking movement, Calibre 101. It was also polished and decorated manually.
2. The Chopard 201 Carat watch
This incredible jewel is featuring 3 heart shaped diamonds of different colors: a pink one, a blue one and a white one. Around them and on the entire bracelet of the watch, there are yellow diamonds arranged in a flower design, with a white diamond in the middle of each. Together with the heart shaped ones, the total amount of diamonds reaches exactly 201 Carats. Moreover, this magnificent watch includes a mechanism that allows the colored hearts to open, revealing a watch face which includes as well a set of small, round diamonds. The price of this over the top watch is estimated at 25,000,000 $.
3. Patek Phillipe’s Supercomplication
This is a historical watch that comes with a fascinating story. It appears that the timepiece was created at the demand of Henry Graves, born in a rich family of bankers, who requested to Patek Phillipe, from Geneva, ‘the most complicated watch in the world’ , in order to defeat James Ward Packard, his friend, a watch collector as well, with whom he had started a friendly rivalry. The watch was ready after 4 years of hard work. It incorporates 24 horological complications and it is made from 18 carats gold. This watch was sold at Sotheby’s auction for 11,000,000 $, in 1999.
4. ‘Meteoris’ Tourbillon, Louis Moinet
This is a series which includes four watches, each one unique in its own way. They are all made of 18 carat gold and include 3.46 carat diamonds. The most interesting characteristic of these watches are the dials around the openings; they are made from pieces of meteorites, as follows: Tourbillion Mars, Tourbilon Rosetta stone, made of a meteorite called ‘Rosetta’ which is believed to be the oldest on Earth, an unknown asteroid said to had been formed in the vicinity of the sun, as well as a moon meteorite. This collection ,together with a planetarium mechanism that is , itself, a work of art, is sold for 4, 500,000 $
5. ‘Platinum World Time’ , Patek Phillipe
This watch is famous for displaying all the 24 time zones and also, for its readability. This gorgeous watch was created by world famous Patek Phillipe in 1939. The artist had numerous leaders as costumers, such as Queen Victoria and Pope Pius t XI. This watchmaker is so prestigious and it produced so many exquisite timpepieces , that it even has its own museum, in Geneva. ‘Platinum World Time’ was sold at an auction for 4,000,000 $ in 2002.
6. Secret Watch with Phoenix Bird on Top , Cartier
This expensive timepiece is shaped as a phoenix and can be worn on the wrist. The bird is made out of rhodium, while the eyes are two brilliants, and a total of 3,010 diamonds cover the entire surface of the phoenix. This watch is owned by Richemont who bought it for 2,755,000$
7. Aeternitas Mega 4, Frank Muller
Aeternitas Mega 4 succeeded to beat the one of Patek Philip, 1933: it has 36 complications, the most complications ever elaborated on a watch. It comes with a 999 years calendar (this is where it got its name from) and with a chronograph. It also allows his owner to see the time zone in 3 countries. The watch is to be found in Geneva , its birth place, and in New York, and if you’d like buying it, you’ll have to take 2, 700,000 $.
8. Fibonacci Pocket Watch, Parmigiani Fleurier
This is a retro pocket watch, made by the watch manufacturer Parmigiani Fleurier . The name Fibonacci comes from one of the great mathematicians of the past. It is designed with colorful, attractive flower patterns, made of enamel and beautified by precious rocks. Its case is made completely of palladium. The watch includes an everlasting calendar, a minute repeater, and a system which tracks the phases of the moon. It took 3 years to complete this masterpiece, in 1999 and it is valued at 2,400,000$.
9. Tour de L’Ile , Vacheron Constantin
Tour de L’ile marked the 250th anniversary of the watch manufacturer Vacheron Constantin, in 2005, it was produced in a limited edition of 7 watches and it was the most expensive watch of the year. It features many awesome complications and astronomical indications, such as a tourbillion device, a minute repeater, sunset time, perpetual calendar, two time zones, the equation of time and the representation of the night sky. It was valued at 1,500,000$.
10. Big Bang Cronograph, Hublot, Bunter S A
Big Bang Cronograph was designed by the world wide famous watchmaker Hublot, in alliance with a diamond workshop, Bunter SA. This watch is worth a fortune because of the great number of diamonds that cover the entire surface of the watch face. It includes a unique system which makes the material of the watchto totally disappear, the only thing that remains visible being the sparkling diamonds. This combination of a work of art, jewel and watch may be acquired at the price at 1,000,000 $.
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