Our pick of some of the most expensive, exquisite time pieces out there………..
Spending your money on a luxurious timepiece is one of the most indulgent and satisfying things a man (or woman) can do.
These watches however take us to the next level of extravagance and one can only dream of coming close to one of these models on your wrist.
The beginning of luxury watches can be traced back to the eighteenth century, during the peak of jewellery manufacturing. The Swiss are considered to be the pioneers of modern wristwatches as we know them. Luxury watch making has become an art, masterpieces to make people stare in awe and envy and over the decades they have all come a very long way.
Today, there are numerous luxury watch manufacturers across the world and these are some of the finished articles that definitely make our jaws drop.
And in no particular order……
Graff Diamonds Hallucination 55 Million
The title as it stands of the most expensive watch in the world goes to Graff Diamonds for the incredible, Hallucination. Worth a whopping 55 million dollars, the Hallucination is a masterpiece with over 110 carats of coloured diamonds set into a bracelet of platinum.
Paul Newman Rolex Daytona £13.5,000,000
Gifted to Paul Newman by his wife Joanne Woodward was engraved with the message “Drive Carefully” in reference to his love for racing in 1968. Considered a holy grail timepiece amongst collectors and fans for decades, but even the most in depth Rolex followers couldn’t have imagined just how much it would reach in auction. Given a conservative price tag of £1,000,000, this everyday watch, with its black-and-creme exotic dial, was eventually sold to an undisclosed phone buyer for an unbelievable price tag of £13.5,000,000.
Breguet Marie-Antoinette Grande Complication Pocket Watch 30 Million
An incredible timepiece with a fascinating story. Worth 30 million dollars, the original pocket watch was commissioned by an alleged lover of the French queen, Marie Antoinette in 1782. Unfortunately, the intended recipient died before ever being able to receive this fantastic watch, which took over 40 years to construct.
Patek Philippe Caliber 89 $11 million
Tracing back to 1989, Patek Philippe decided to create the most complex mechanical watch to celebrate the company’s 150th anniversary. Its diameter is a huge 88.2mm and came as a limited edition with only 4 pieces: platinum, rose gold, yellow gold, and white gold. There is a prototype stored in the Patek Philippe Museum as well. It is extremely rare to find this watch, and the last time it came under the spotlight was at the Christie’s New York sale in 2016. The caliber 89 boasts an overwhelming number of complications: a full perpetual calendar displaying the year in an aperture, a split seconds chronograph, the moon’s phases and age, and a second time zone. The other side displays astronomical indications: zodiac signs, equinoxesand solstices, seasons, times of sunrise and sunset, and equation of time.
Jacob & Co. Billionaire Watch $18 Million
Billionaire in every sense. If you can buy this you’ll receive a seriously luxurious watch complete with 260 carats of emerald-cut diamonds and a stylish skeleton face.
Well that’s me putting in for overtime this week…………….