Born in the 15th century, Peter Henlein invented the world’s very first watch. His small pendant watches are deemed to be the first creations in the history of timekeeping. Five centuries later today, watches have carved out a whole new spectrum in both the fashion and the technological industry. Considered a perfect amalgamation of technology, art, and luxury, wristwatches are a staple piece of jewelry worn by both men and women and continue to be the pinnacle of extravagance today.
Luxury watchmakers over the centuries have found a way of keeping wristwatches relevant even after the introduction of digital timekeeping. They create each timepiece like it’s a piece of art, crafted using the best technology, enveloped in diamonds (and other precious stones), and paired with a price tag that will give you serious snob appeal.
Many of these timepieces are often only released as limited editions and hence are not always available to buy unless you’re willing to enter a three- to four-year-long waiting list. However, there are those classic staples, the Rolex Daytona, the Hublot Big Bang, or the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak that never go out of fashion and are always available to buy. Scroll below to see the 10 most expensive wristwatches you can actually buy!
10 Piaget Limelight Gala Milanese Bracelet Watch
The Piaget Limelight Gala Milanese Bracelet Watch will make heads turn everywhere you go. Inspired by and reinterpreted from a 1973 glamour icon, this quartz watch comes with a 32mm case crafted using 18ct white gold, stunning Roman numerals, a white dial, and a string of precious diamonds surrounding the dial.
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The Milanese mesh bracelet adds a contemporary flair to this watch that retails for $42,903.
9 Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Quantieme Lunaire Watch
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Quantieme Lunaire wristwatch for men brings you a truckload of information packed in a small yet powerful 42mm ivory colored dial. The three subdials showcase the date, the moon phase, and of course, the time. The rest of the dial is rendered with minute indicators, a power reserve indicator as well as rose gold hands.
It comes with a 50-hour power reserve and a brown alligator leather strap. You can get your very own Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre for $46,202.
8 Bovet Recital 11 Miss Alexandra R110014-SD1 Watch
Founded in 1822, Bovet has a rich history of crafting beautiful timepieces, inventive concepts, and imaginative developments. The Bovet Recital 11 Miss Alexandra watch from the Bovet Dimier collection is no exception to the illustrious history of the brand.
The 41mm oval case is manufactured with 18ct white diamond and diamonds. The watch also boasts a blue alligator leather strap, diamond hour markers, a sapphire crystal case and a picturesque diamond encrusted dial. Much like all Bovet watches, this timepiece comes with a handcrafted dial that is like no other. You can get your hands on this iconic Bovet watch for $53,250.
7 Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Watch
The Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Orlinski King Gold Alternative Pave automatic watch is a perfect blend of Hublot’s iconic Porthole design, skilled craftsmanship, astonishing functionality, and incredible design.
The 45mm watch is coated with 248 individual diamonds that weigh a total of over two carats, an 18ct gold bezel that is encrusted with 156 additional diamonds, and a smooth black rubber strap. This watch retails for $53,630.
6 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ladies Watch
The iconic octagonal bezels coupled with extraordinary dials allow the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watches for women to evoke true desire.
This beautiful timepiece comes with a rose gold bezel encrusted with 40 individual bands, a rose gold bracelet, and even a rose gold dial, rendering the pinnacle of luxury. It comes with a 60-hour power reserve and retails for $54,385.
5 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Watch
Since 1993, the Royal Oak Offshore collection by Audemars Piguet has been known to be defying all norms by giving the luxury Royal Oak collection a sportier edge.
This timepiece comes with a striking grey ruthenium dial that is enveloped in a 42mm 18ct rose gold case, surrounded by a 18ct rose gold bracelet. It’s self-winding and comes with a 50-hour power reserve. You can bag this rose gold beauty for $77,045.
4 Breguet Classique Hora Mundi Men's Watch
The 43mm automatic Breguet Classique comes with an alligator strap, Roman numerals, sapphire crystal glass, a platinum case, and a white mother-of-pearl dial.
The dial depicts the European, Asian, and African continents and an off-center chapter ring at the 6 o’clock position. You can get your hands on this classic timepiece for $93,410.
3 Bovet Amadeo Fleurier Ladies Watch
The Bovet Amadeo Fleurier watch for women is no ordinary timepiece. Just like all Bovet dials, this dial is handcrafted and also painted by hand to render a truly exclusive and stunning watch.
The watch comes with a whopping 72-hour power reserve (a lot longer than most watches), an alligator strap, 18ct rose gold, and a diamond encrusted bezel, all coming together to craft a watch fit for the most luxurious crowds. You can get your own for $99,831.
2 Patek Philippe Grand Complication Watch
The alligator strap, satin silver dial, and platinum case all come together to form this classic and beautiful timepiece by Patek Philippe. Along with the time, this piece of technology also indicates the day of the week, the date, the month and the current moon phase.
This automatic timepiece comes from Patek Philippe’s Grand Complications collections, a collection that prides itself in both, remarkable designs, and skilled craftsmanship. This watch currently retails for $1,06,327.
1 Patek Philippe Gondolo Watch
The Gondolo collection from Patek Philippe draws influence from many of the brand’s most iconic timepieces and brings the sophistication of art deco to cushion and rectangular shaped watches.
Seeped in true luxury, the 39mm case is crafted using 18-carat white gold, the dial is encrusted with a whopping 367 diamonds and the hour markers are created in gold. You can purchase this beautiful piece of luxury for $1,07,095.