When it comes to the most expensive watches in the world, you know exactly what you are getting: unmatched technical brilliance with beautiful appearance.
The most expensive watches have an almost self-proclaimed title thanks to their intricacy and complicated designs. The following watches are incredible, and many are seen as collectibles or artworks. What makes a watch expensive? The valuable and rare parts, the amount of time it took to complete, the detailed level of its capabilities, and how unique the watch is or what attributable value it holds.
LOUIS MOINET METEORIS ($4,600,000)
METEORIS, considered a piece of art, is composed of four tourbillon watches; Mars, Rosetta Stone, Asteroid and Moon. METEORIS unites the most legendary meteorites; one from the planet Mars, a lunar meteorite, a mysterious asteroid and the oldest meteorite ever found on earth, the 'Rosetta Stone'. The Moon tourbillon, the first to picture an authentic lunar meteorite, is distinguished by its dark structure featuring a number of fine occlusions. It is crafted in 18-carat rose gold and fitted wtih a hand-sewn crocodile leather strap lined wtih genuine alligator leather.
HUBLOT BIG BANG ($5,000,000)
This watch stands out for its many diamonds; 1282 to be exact, more than 100 carats of baguette diamonds. The 6 square emerald cut diamonds on the bracelet are each over 3 carats. The rest of the bracelet is made of 782 baguette diamonds, totalling 45 carats. The case has 302 baguette diamonds, totalling 27 carats. The crown is set with 12 baguette diamonds totalling 0.67 carats, and a rose-cut diamond of 1.06 carats. And the dial is set with 179 baguette diamonds totalling 8.75 carats. It took over a full year to find the diamonds, sourced from all over the world and cut by a well renowned jeweller in New York.
PATEK PHILIPPE HENRY GRAVES ($11,000,000)
The Henry Graves super complicated pocket watch has over 24 complications, and hit a new all-time world record in all categories. It was sold by Sotheby’s on November 11, 2014 after a 15 minute bidding by some of the world’s most elite watch collectors. Made by Patek Philippe himself for banker Henry Graves in 1933, this 18 carat gold watch took over 5 years to complete.
CHOPARD 201-CARAT WATCH ($25,000,000)
The 201-Carat watch has 874 rare diamonds, and used to be the world’s most expensive watch and is still the highest priced jewellery watch on the market. The stones do not form any specific pattern. If features a very small display and 3 heart-shaped diamonds, 289 pear-shaped diamonds, 139 round diamonds and 443 FC diamonds, all in a variety of carats and colours.
THE BREGUET MARIE ANTOINETTE ($30,000,000)
The timepiece was said to have been designed by Breguet himself, and commissioned by an alleged lover of the French Queen. Begun in 1782 by Abraham Louis Breguet, it took until 1827 to complete. Originally encased in gold with sapphire to lower the piece’s friction, this watch was later copied in 2005 by Swatch chairman Nicolas Hayek. The original Marie Antoinette watch is displayed as the highlight piece in the famous Sir David Salomons Collection of Antique European Watches and Clocks in Jerusalem’s Museum for Islamic Art. The collection also includes important and exquisite items, artistic instruments of measurement, musical watches, singing-bird boxes, clocks, and more.