“Time is priceless” says an old proverb. As cliche as that might sound, we all agree that the world belongs to the people who have mastered the art of using their time wisely. Make every second of every minute of your life count, and life shall reward you with good times. Waste that time and life will leave you with nothing but regrets. By mastering this art of making the most of our time, some of us have created a successful life out of our excellent skills in the art of timekeeping. Confused? I am talking about the passionate and enthusiastic watchmakers of the world. The masters of timekeeping, who work round the clock to manufacture brilliant timepieces. These watches, being the creations of their dedicated watchmakers are nonetheless exceptionally brilliant and hence incredibly expensive. Well! Time is not so priceless afterall. Have a look at the world’s most expensive watches and their price.
10. Vacheron Tour de’lile:
Price: $1.5 million
This luxury watch also entitled as the most complicated watch in 2005 was launched to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Vacheron Constantin. Vacheron Constantin is a swiss manufacturer of luxury watches which was established in 1755. Tour de’lile won this company the “Golden Hand” award The case of this watch is made of 18 carats gold and coated with sapphire crystal. Vacheron Constantin manufactured 7 pieces of this watch one of which was auctioned at 1.87 million swiss francs, making it one of the most expensive watch in the world.
9. Louis Moinet “Meteoris” Watch:
Price: $4.6 million
Known for its unique pieces and limited editions, Louis Moinet made this watch out of the fragment of a Martian meteorite “Jiddat al Harasis”. The fragment is more than 180 million years old which makes the it as expensive as $1000 per gram. It has a tourbillon dial made of 50 components.Tourbillon watches have escapement and balance wheels mounted on rotating cages to counter the effects of gravity. Louis Moinet decided to flaunt the brilliant tourbillon movement of this watch by integrating an open work dial architecture in the design. All in all this Swiss company didn’t leave any stones unturned while manufacturing the”Meteoris”, which made this watch worth every penny of it’s price.
8. AP Royal Oak grande complication:
Price: $ 547,124.00
Featuring a perpetual calendar, chronograph and minute repeater, The Royal Oak is the most famous model of watches manufacture by Audemars Piguet (AP). Audemars Piguet is yet another Swiss manufacturer of watches known for their complicated movements with chimes or tourbillon complications. The Royal Oak was designed in 1971, on request for wristwatch that could be worn while driving a sports car, during a weekend on a boat, at a fancy dinner, and celebrating at the country club. One of the most important feature of this grand watch is its grand tappisserrie pattern, in which the links taper off the closer they get to the clasp. It comprises of a set of eight hexagonal screws which hold the bezel onto the case. The slots in the screws are aligned in the form of a circle.
7. Hublot -Big bang:
Price: $5 millions
When the phrase ” diamonds are a women’s best friend” became too overrated Hublot decided to shut everyone up with this diamond studded masterpiece. The Big Bang is embedded with 1,280 3 carat diamonds each one of them meticulously cut by a well renowned jeweler, such that each one of them have the same signature cut. What’s more to this watch is that it adorns the wrists of the famous rapper Jay z.
6. Patek Philippe Ref 1518 wristwatch:
Price: $ 11 million
This timepiece by Patek Philippe is a stainless steel, rare perpetual calendar chronograph with moon phases. Auctioned at Geneva on November 12, 2016, this watch broke all records and became the most expensive watch in the world, by being sold for $11,136,642. What makes this watch special is the fact that this is the only perpetual calendar chronograph made in stainless steel. This incredible watch is a dream come true for Aurel Bacs, who is an internationally recognized leading specialist in the watch market.
5. Patek Philippe- Henry Graves pocket watch:
Price: $24 million
It took Patek Philippe a total of 8 years to assemble and manufacture this historical masterpiece. Known as the most complicated watch in the world, it featured more than 24 functions and was manufactured in 1933 for Henry Graves (Banker). What makes this watch so expensive is its 18 carat gold case as well as its intriguing history. Ever since it’s manufacture in 1933, this watch kept getting passed on from Henry Graves to his successors, to museums until 2014 when it was put to auction. It was bought for $24 millions by an anonymous entity.
4. Chopard 201- Carat watch:
Price: $25 millions
This luxury jewel watch is a class apart from the rest of the watches on this list. Manufactured in 2000 this timepiece was a trendsetter. As unarranged and vague it might seem from a distance, the watch is in fact very intricately handcrafted into an array of the most precious coloured diamonds. Three uniques features make this watch well worth it’s price. Firstly the brilliant shimmer created by 874 high grade coloured diamonds. Secondly the attention to details and lastly the intriguingly beautiful flower shaped pattern which the 3 heart shaped stones form to reveal the watch face.
3. Breguet Grande Complication Marie Antoinette:
Price: $30 millions
Having a rich history of being a priceless gift for the French Queen Marie Antoinette, a watch was designed by Breguet on order from a mysterious admirer of The Queen. The watch was expected to be as spectacular as possible, incorporating the fullest range of horological known at the time. Having no limitations with respect to time or money led the watchmakers to manufacture a timeless masterpiece. Centuries later Breguet’s watchmakers designed a replica of this fabled timepiece and named it “Marie Antoinette” in the honour of Her Majesty. One of the most distinguishing features of the watch is its self winding movements which comprises of 823 parts and components. The friction points, sinks and bearings are fitted with sapphire.
2. Graff diamonds the fascination:
Price: $40 millions
Here we have Graff diamonds adding yet another diamond laden timepiece to the list and this one is worth a whooping 40 million dollars. The Fascination is made of 152.96 carats of white diamonds with a centre fancy cut exquisitely rare stone which is a 38 carat pear -shaped diamond. This watch can also be transformed into a ring. Quoting Laurence Graff the founder of Graff diamonds ““The Fascination is an outstanding piece, carefully crafted so it can be worn in a number of different ways – adding a touch of magic to the jewel”
1. Graff hallucination:
Price: $55 millions
The Fascination was definitely not where Laurence Graff stopped. Instead she took the exquisite diamond show on timepieces a notch up by unveiling The Hallucination at the Baselworld watch and jewellery fair in 2014. This timepiece is made of 110 carats of the rarest diamonds fitted on a platinum bracelet. The rarity and vivid and sharp colours of the diamonds makes this watch the most expensive watch in the world. Graff diamonds created this expensive timepiece to showcase it’s authority, skills and excellence in the industry.