To begin with, I would like to note that many factors influence the cost of a watch. Here are just the main ones:
- Brand, or — the name of the manufacturer.
- Material of manufacture, type of coating, the presence of precious inclusions.
- Type of mechanism and its reliability.
- The presence of additional functions (pedometer, heart rate monitor, calendar, etc.) and the complexity of the design.
- The limitedness of the party, or — the limitedness of the collection.
- The historical and cultural significance of the subject.
- Investments in an advertising company.
Portal Luxe.Digital studied the cost of lots from prestigious brands with a worldwide reputation and prepared a rating of the most expensive watches in the world. When studying the current topic, the experts focused on data from open sources for 2021. We present to your attention the complete list.
|1 Graff Diamonds Hallucination||$55 million|
|2. Graff Diamonds The Fascination||$40 million|
|3. Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300A-010||$31 million|
|4. Breguet Grande Complication Marie Antoinette||$30 million|
|5. Jaeger-LeCoultre Joaillerie 101 Manchette||$26 million|
|6. Chopard 201-Carat||$25 million|
|7. Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication||$24 million|
|8 Rolex Paul Newman Daytona Ref. 6239||$18.7 million|
|9 Jacob & Co. Billionaire Watch||$18 million|
|10. Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Ref. 1518||$12 million|
|11. Patek Philippe Gobbi Milan ‘Heures Universelles’ Ref. 2523||$9 million|
|12. Vacheron Constantin 57260||$8 million|
Jacob & Co. Billionaire Watch
The penultimate one in the top luxury watches is an accessory from Jacob & Co. Watches for billionaires cost accordingly — their price is more than $ 18 million. The case and bracelet are encrusted with 189-carat diamonds. Their unique cut makes each gem visually larger by a third.
The clock mechanism is not hidden in the case, but is behind the glass under the dial. Thanks to this, you can observe the work of each of its 167 parts. The bracelet and dial are one piece and are made of 18-carat white gold.
The appearance of this brand in the ranking of watch manufacturers is not surprising. This brand has gained worldwide fame and is respected among fashionistas and people who are not indifferent to innovation.
CALVIN KLEIN wristwatches captivate with bold design solutions at first sight. These fashion accessories amaze with the architectural precision of lines and the ability to emphasize the features of the wearer’s clothes. They will become a complete addition to the fashionable image.
Features of watches of this brand:
- The absence of pretentious details, an abundance of diamonds and precious materials.
- Variety of bracelets. Available in classic and whimsical. Of the latter, it is worth highlighting the CK Element K5022420 and CK Body K4G23526 models. Any will attract the attention of a fashionista who is not indifferent to unusual solutions.
- Dial shape variations. Round, rectangular, square, oval, wide and narrow, in the form of a cat’s eye — the range will satisfy any customer.
- An assortment of flowers. Saturated golden or cold silver, black, steel — the range of brand products is diverse.
The models are covered by a 24 month warranty.
Ulysse Nardin — high-quality and not cheap Swiss luxury watches. They are characterized by excellent quality and extravagant appearance. Products of this brand are very popular among wealthy auction participants. Masterpieces with the company logo are listed in the Guinness Book of Records. All watch models have wear resistance and chic external data, due to which they are an indispensable addition to the image of the wealthiest representatives of the highest elite.
Design house Roger Dubuis has released a series of wristwatches «King Arthur». One of the most beautiful watches in the series was the “Table Ronde” model – the Round Table of King Arthur and his knights.
A watch with a rather high and powerful case, because under the glass there is a round table, around which the knights of King Arthur are located.
The legendary historical plot and original design really convey the breath of the time of good old England. Such a watch will decorate not only the wrist, but also life.
Breguet Grande Complication Marie Antoinette
The Breguet Grande Complication Marie Antoinette is the fourth most expensive watch in the world. According to Esquire, the watch was commissioned in 1782 for the French Queen Marie Antoinette of Austria. True, the queen herself did not survive the French Revolution and did not wait for a real work of watchmaking art, which was completed only in 1827 by the watchmaker’s son.
A truly royal pocket watch costs about $30 million. They were stolen, but they were found and are now in the Los Angeles Museum, available for sale. Made of solid gold, they include many features. They have a perpetual calendar and even a thermometer.
Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Ref. 1518
Rounding out the top ten is Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Ref. 1518. There are only four copies of such watches in the world. Their main attraction lies in the case. It is made of high grade stainless steel, which is different from other luxury watches, which are most often made of gold.
One might think that steel would make watches less valuable than gold, but this is a misconception. This is one of the few steel watches with a perfect mechanism, a perpetual calendar and the most accurate chronometer. This makes them stand out from the rest of the luxury accessories. Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Ref. 1518 is approximately $12 million. The buyer pays for the Patek Philippe brand, which is included in the European Business Review’s list of the most expensive watch brands.
The most expensive watches are not just a means of determining the time and date. This is a means of demonstrating wealth and chic. Therefore, the most expensive watches are made in single batches and are valued so highly.
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Alexander the Great 780-90
Lovers of beauty, history and extraordinary historical personalities will appreciate the Ulysse Nardin wrist watch “Alexander the Great”.
On the dial of the historical watch, original in form and execution, Alexander the Great is depicted in armor and on horseback at the time of the battle. Perhaps the designers depicted one of the commander’s significant victories over the Persian ruler Darius.
All figures are not static, but move to the beat of the sound of the repeater. The beauty of the watch is also given by the parts of the watch mechanism that are open to the eyes.
Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime
Third place among the most expensive watches for Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime. According to Forbes, the watch was sold at the Only Watch charity auction in Geneva for $31 million. This one of the most complex mechanical watches in the world is represented by only 7 pieces.
For three tens of millions of dollars, the buyer acquires a huge set of functions. The watch has four spring drums with 20 complications, a minute repeater that strikes the hours like chimes. There is a built-in instant perpetual calendar with a four-digit year display and leap year adjustment, the ability to set a second time zone and a number of additional dials with date and 24-hour time display.
The watch has front and back dials that can be easily changed, and an alarm function that is not typical of conventional mechanical watches.
Midnight Planetarium VCARO4J000
Men’s watches from Van Cleef & Arpels will be appreciated by lovers of space, and, perhaps, philosophers. The men’s watch is decorated with an original dial in the form of the solar system.
Designers combined the mysterious image of time with the infinity of outer space.
For each planet and sun, precious stones are selected according to the real color of the planets, and the realism of the «Universe on the hand» gives the movement of the planets with their inherent rotation speed in reality.
Space lovers will appreciate this model. Exactly the same way they will appreciate our article on the most-beauty about the most beautiful and unusual planets in the Universe.
This French brand has not without reason appeared in the top watch brands: it shows record sales in Europe. At first, PIERRE LANNIER watches were produced only for women, but over time, the manufacturer decided to expand the range with men’s and unisex models. The company relies on design, paying enough attention to the design of each model. It is impossible to find two similar models in the product line.
Models are presented in the following collections:
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The second feature of the brand’s products is the focus on a wide audience, people from 16 to 60 years old. The basis of the lineup is made up of youth products designed for lovers of an active lifestyle.
The range includes women’s and men’s watches. The first one is different:
- decoration: it can be elegant drawings or decoration with stones, such as, for example, model 096J681 — it will suit an evening dress;
- graceful, thin bracelets.
- materials — titanium, steel;
- mechanisms of the highest precision;
- the presence of both classic and everyday models.
For the manufacture of the case, the manufacturer uses brass or stainless steel. Belts are made of fabric and leather, bracelets are brass and stainless steel. There are chrome and gold-plated models.
Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication
Sixth place among the most expensive watches in the world for Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication. These Patek Philippe were produced in 1933 in a single copy for the American banker Henry Graves, after whom they are named. It is noteworthy that their production took 7 years.
Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication: Getty Images
The watch has many functions, including a perpetual calendar and a minute repeater with Westminster chimes. The main highlight of this pocket watch and the pinnacle of the watchmaker’s attention to the client was a separate dial, which displayed a map of the starry sky over Graves’ house. The watch is currently in the hands of an unknown private buyer who bought it at auction for $26 million.
Graff Diamonds Fascination
The second place in the top of the most expensive watches in the world is Graff Diamonds Fascination. This women’s watch is a masterpiece of the art of watchmakers and jewelers. It features 153 carats of white diamonds and a 38 carat pear-shaped diamond dial in the middle that can be worn as a ring. In fact, Fascination is a transformer watch.
Graff Diamonds Fascination: Getty Images
Such a wonderful accessory costs $40 million. The watch is perfect for lovers of an abundance of precious stones and chic. Unique diamonds were cut by the best British craftsmen.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Joaillerie 101 Manchette
The fifth most expensive watch in the world is the Jaeger-LeCoultre Joaillerie 101 Manchette. The uniqueness and enormous value of these watches is evidenced by the fact that they were made in the singular as a gift to Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain in honor of the 60th anniversary of her reign. Their cost is estimated at $26 million.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Joaillerie 101 Manchette: YouTube / SPEEDY WORLD
The Joaillerie 101 Manchette has a unique white gold profile with a series of polished diamond-studded links and a miniature caliber 101 movement, considered one of the smallest in the world. A watch worthy of being worn by a queen.
VICTORINOX SWISS ARMY
This Swiss company has been around for over 100 years. In production, she adheres to the military style, focusing on the quality of parts. Before being sent to stores, watches are tested to obtain certification. As a result, only the best products, which are covered by a three-year warranty, go on sale.
The model range is constantly updated with new designs that use innovative technologies. VICTORINOX SWISS ARMY watches are available for men and women. In addition to the classic ones, there are sports models — for example, women’s V241700, and fashion — for example, men’s V241726.1.
The features of the company’s products include:
- Combination of military and classic styles — this solution will appeal to lovers of solid, strict watches, emphasizing the prestige of the owner;
- Assembly in the manufacturer’s own workshops;
- Protection due to a titanium or steel case and sapphire crystal, immune to mechanical stress;
- Only useful details without decorative dials and elements used as decoration;
- The most expensive models — for example, V241421 — have a water resistance of 500 m.
Models with high water resistance have rubber bracelets, so they are perfect for divers. The arrows are illuminated.
Chopard 201 Carat Watch
Chopard 201 Carat Watch is the seventh among the top 10 most expensive watches. Their value exceeds $25 million. The main reason for this value is the incredible number of gems. The watch is adorned with 874 diamonds weighing 201 carats, which reflects the name of the expensive accessory.
Watches have not become advanced in terms of technical and engineering solutions, but have taken one of the leading positions among luxury goods.
As Luxe Digital writes, while the Chopard 201 Carat Watch is a watch, its timekeeping feature is a nice bonus against the sparkle of diamonds.
Elite watches — men’s and women’s
Vacheron Constantin Tour de l’Ile — $1.5 million
Priced at around $1.5 million, this watch, like most on our list, will only be available to a certain type of elite clientele.
The watch was produced by the Swiss manufacturer Vacheron Constantin and released in 2005.
The release marked the 250th anniversary of the manufacturer. To maintain exclusivity, they released only 7 copies.
Once called «the most complicated wristwatch in the world», although the Tour de l’Ile no longer holds that title, it still commands an impressive price!