If you are a watch fanatic, then this is just the list for you. Our compilation of The 15 Most Expensive Watches on the Market Right Now will blow you away and absolutely have you drooling for one or more of these timepieces. They have been researched, constructed, and designed by some of the most prestigious and reputable watchmakers in the world, such as Vacheron Constantin, Cartier, and Patek Philippe. They feature amazing materials and parts, such as stunning gems and diamonds, silver and gold, and alligator skin and fine leather. Plus, some of them are just dripping in colorful jewels, while other are stunningly bold in their design and components.
Technically speaking, nothing can best these 15 watches. They have a number of complications and complex components to help them offer a thoroughly modern reading of different time zones, the perpetual calendar and even the sunrise, sunset, and moon phases. Depending on which watch you choose, you can read a number of different calendar, such as the Hebrew or Gregorian calendars. Moreover, many of these timepieces include minute-repeaters, to the millisecond readings, and many other technological advancements to keep you mesmerized for an eternity. Of course, the price tags will astound you, but if you can afford it, then these watches will have you feeling like royalty while everyone else pales in comparison.
If anything, it is always nice to take a gander at what some of the most prestigious watchmakers are up to, and how hours upon hours of research, years of development, and miles of searching for the best materials can wind up creating something truly magical.
15 Vacheron Constantin Tour de L'ile - $1,500,000
Only seven of the Vacheron Constantin Tour de L’ile watches were released to the public, making it one of the most expensive but also rare timepieces out there. The double-faced watch features sixteen different points to read time zones, a minute repeater, and a reproduction of the night sky. It took thousands of hours of research and craftsmanship to compile the 834 components and parts to create this pristine piece of technology and art. Aesthetically speaking, it has a yellow gold watch case, as well as an hour and minute dial plated in yellow gold. The Vacheron Constantin Tour de L’ile watch is also cutting-edge in its design of components. There is a perpetual calendar, sunrise and sunset calculations, self-winding movement, and a Couple de Sonnerie. Inscribed on the yellow gold watch face casing is the name of the prestigious Vacheron Constantin watchmaking company so that everyone can know your fine taste in timepieces.
14 Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4 - $1,800,000
Not only is this watch one of the most expensive in the world, but it is also one of the most intricate. Now, the Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4 used to run for $3,000,000, but it is a few years old and has been surpassed by a few other timepieces. Still, it is still topping the charts with a hefty price tag of $1,800,000. The mechanical tourbillon of the Franck Muller watch consists of 4 hammers and 4 gongs and a chronograph that involves a whole lot of hard work and patience. The watch also contains 1,483 parts and components that had to be put together into a fairly small timepiece. The watch also has 99 pristine jewels; the diamonds have been hand-bevelled and polished for clarity and sizing. And they didn’t skimp on the watch strap either. It is made of real alligator skin that was hand-sewn.
13 Jaeger Lecoultre Hybris Mechanica Grande Sonnerie - $2,500,000
The clear tones of a Westminster chime allow the wearer to clearly see the time of day and show off the intricacy and exquisite beauty of the Jaeger Lecoultre Hybris Mechanica Grande Sonnerie. That’s a long name for a watch, but it also has a lengthy price tag: $2,500,000. Plus, this timepiece is super complicated and complex, featuring 1,600 components and parts that make up 55 different complications. Those are used for telling the time, a perpetual calendar, and so much more. A white gold case encloses a silver-grained dial that expertly shows you the readings for the hour, minute, and second. The watch’s strap is made of the finest cured leather, while the buckle is crafted of double-folded 20.0 millimeter silver. The minute repeater and tourbillon will not be thrown off by leap years either, making it one of the most technologically advanced and thoroughly modern timepieces on the market.
12 A. Lange & Sohne’s Grand Complication - $2,600,000
This prestigious A. Lange & Sohne watch was introduced back in 2013, and it is still one of the most sought-after timepieces on the market. Hundreds of components and complications make this one of the most complex watches ever, and it also features amazing elements to make it aesthetically and technologically superior to most timepieces out there. For instance, the A. Lange & Sohne’s Grand Complication includes a watch face that is encased in an 18K rose gold case. The complications involve calendars, timing, and chiming technology and parts to create a most pristine and exquisite timepiece. A perpetual calendar and moon phase readings add to the charm of this watch. The technology is offset with a monopusher split-seconds chronograph with flying seconds to ensure timing accuracy. The split-second complication is a favorite of A. Lange & Sohne, so it is featured here, along with a Grand Sonnerie, Petite Sonnerie, and Minute Repeater.
11 Secret Cartier - $2,750,000
This watch is a pure standout for its bold and invigorating design of a phoenix in flight. Rhodium-plated white gold weighing in at 18 carats will set the tone for the Secret Cartier watch. The phoenix wrist strap is studded with emeralds and brilliant-cut diamonds, as well as a pear-shaped diamond of 3.53 carats. With more than 80 carats of diamonds used in this Secret Cartier watch, it has certainly earned its $2,750,000 price tag. This watch is not only a killer timepiece, but it is a prestigious fashion statement that will let others know that you belong with the A-list elite. The gorgeous emeralds create the eyes of the daring phoenix, while a pearl-shaped diamond weighing 3.35 carats adorn the bird’s back and create a stunning watch face that everyone will look at longingly. While it’s higher up on our list, it is one of the most intriguing watches.
10 Patek Philippe 1953 HeuresUniverselles Model 2523 - $2,900,000
We are back with Patek Philippe and its 1953 Model watch, which runs for $2,900,000. This timepiece comes from one of the most famed watchmakers in Switzerland, which guarantees that it will be quite a sight to behold. This watch first comes with a gorgeous gold case made of 18K yellow gold. You can keep track of multiple time zones at once and use the polychrome enamel dial to view a pristine map of North America. The wrist strap is outfitted in the finest brown leather, which will provide comfort and snugness to keep your timepiece securely on your wrist. The gold case matches perfectly with the gold minute and hour dials, which will help you keep track of certain destinations across the globe. Wearing this watch will definitely give off the air of a well-to-do world traveler who has time and money on his hands -quite literally!
9 Piaget Emperador Temple Watch - $3,300,000
Got $3,000,000 lying around? Then you should pick up the Piaget Emperador Temple Watch and amaze everyone with a work of delicate art right on your wrist. This timepiece purely dazzles with 481 brilliant-cut diamonds, 207 baguette-cut diamonds, and a single emerald-cut diamond at the top of the case. Of course, diamonds are just part of the story. The watch features a dial made of mother-of-pearl from Polynesia, and that is set with even more diamonds: 162 brilliant-cut and 11 baguette-cut. The wrist strap is nothing but equal in comparison to the timepiece, and it is adorned with diamonds as well. The face of the watch features a rectangular-cut watch face that displays the time clearly and beautifully. This watch will catch the rays of sunlight reflecting off of it and make it look as though you had dipped your hand into a prestigious diamond mine - if you can afford it!
8 Patek Philippe Platinum World Time - $4,000,000
Patek Philippe is known for featuring some of the most iconic and desirable watches in the whole world. This piece features gorgeous platinum components, and the back of the timepiece has a transparent observation panel for wearers to marvel at the inner workings and plates of the timepiece. Moreover, the Patek Philippe Platinum World Time watch features a crocodile skin strap for design and function, although this timepiece is definitely not a budget watch! It will cost you $4,000,000, but if you can afford it, it’s totally worth it. A gold set microrotor and silvered dial chapters are just a few of the elements that make this Patek Philippe watch a sight to behold. Even famed singer Eric Clapton had a Patek Philippe watch, which he sold at auction for $3,600,000. This Platinum World Time watch lives up to its name by displaying the current time in 42 different cities across the globe.
7 Louis MoinetMeteoris Watch - $4,600,000
With a name like Louis MoinetMeteoris, you would think that this watch would have a high reputation and loads of credibility. Which it does! It comes from a prime watchmaker and at $4,600,000 this timepiece is outfitted with the latest technology and the most incredible aesthetics and designs. The Louis MoinetMeteoris is actually a combination of four tourbillons that come together to create this high-profile, yet highly-unattainable work of art. As the name suggests, the materials that went into this timepiece have come from all over the world. Actually, they’ve come from all over the solar system! Moon rocks, a Mars meteorite, and a random space asteroid are just a few of the construction materials that went into this watch. Oh, and this piece comes with a bonus gift - a personal planetarium that you can enjoy time and time again to suit your earthling fancies (get it?)
6 Hublot Big Bang - $5,000,000
If you’re looking for an incredible big black men’s pocket watch, then you need to go to Hublot. Sure, these watches could set you back thousands upon thousands of dollars, but they pale in comparison to Hublot’s crown jewel - quite literally. The Hublot Big Bang watch boasts a price tag of $5,000,000. Forget the bold black straps and the iconic framework and gears of Hublot’s other black wristwatches. The Hublot Big Bang is completely dripping in diamonds (1,280 of them to be exact,) and they cover every square centimeter of the watch. The insiders at Hublot had to scour the ends of the earth to find these diamonds, and it may have taken a year, but now the Hublot Big Bang boasts gems from Africa, Europe, and beyond. Then, a jeweler had to cut each and every diamond to the right size and shape. Remember, there are 1,280 of them!
5 Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260 - $10,000,000
Forget Heinz ketchup and its 57 different varieties; the Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260 boasts a mind-boggling 57 complications, making it one of the most intricate and sophisticated timepieces in the world. It is also among the most expensive, with a price tag of $10,000,000. One of Vacheron Constantin’s private clients asked the watchmaker to design and develop a complex watch that would rival all other timepieces of the new millennium. And that is how the Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260 was born. Double-dialed with 2,826 parts and components, 10 patents, and 31 hands, it is certainly a sight for engineers. It features 3 different perpetual calendar readings, a retrograde rattrapante chronograph and a moon-phase system that you won’t ever need to recalibrate. It took nearly a decade to perfect this piece of magic, but Vacheron Constantin was able to deliver on its promise to create a watch for the 21st Century Renaissance Man.
4 Patek Philippe - Henry Graves Pocket Watch - $11,000,000
Once selling for $24,000,000, the Patek Philippe - Henry Graves Pocket Watch has dwindled in a price a bit, to a meager $11,000,000. Yet the watch beat the world record of time at auction, beating … itself! The watch has loads of personality and prestige, being created by Patek Philippe and reawakening the era of the Roaring 20s. This watch is comprised of 24 unique complications (or gear functions), and the watch does very well at auction and with watch collectors. In fact, Patek Philippe has developed a reputation for design vintage-inspired watches and timepieces. And while many people will not be able to purchase this watch (or even breathe anywhere near it, probably,) this watch will be adored for generations to come. A total of eight years went into designing and manufacturing this baby, as well as lot of inspiration and commissioned piece that Henry Graves oversaw himself.
3 Chopard 201 - Carat Watch - $25,000,000
This watch is instantly recognizable by its dazzling diamonds in a variety of exquisite colors. Not many have the opportunity to see the Chopard 201-Carat Watch, which is completely covered in colorful diamonds and jewels from top to bottom and front to back. Look closely, because their $25,000,000 watch contains 874 diamonds, which vary in size and color to create an amazing and sparkly composition on the lucky wearer’s wrist. The centerpiece is a combination of three heart-shaped diamonds in pink, blue, and white. They are 15.37-carats, 12.79 carats, and 11.36 carats, respectively. Press the spring-loaded button, and the three pristine diamonds open up like a butterfly spreading its wings. This reveals the face of the watch, which is also outfitted with diamonds - these ones are yellow pears that weigh in at 8.45 carats. This iconic watch comes from the luxury watchmakers in Switzerland, a land known for its stunning and elegant timepieces.
2 Breguet Grande Complication Marie-Antoinette - $30,000,000
As a matter of fact, Breguet was a famous watchmaker back in the day in Europe, and one of his most prized patrons was Marie Antoinette. It’s no wonder that there is now a watch named for the leading lady herself. Marie’s favorite type of timepiece was a perpetuelle that had a self-winding feature. The Breguet Grande Complication Marie-Antoinette is a modern-day attempt at giving the Queen what she asked for. Nearly an exact replication, this $30,000,000 watch took hours upon hours of poring over books, reading centuries-old documents, and doing as much research as possible to get the pieces and design just right. The perpetuelle has a minute repeater, calendar, civil and solar time, and 823 parts and components. This multi-million dollar watch has the exquisite materials that would make Marie Antoinette swoon: plates and bars of rose gold, as well as polished steel and pristine sapphire.
1 Graff Hallucination Watch - $55,000,000
The Graff Hallucination Watch made its first public appearance in the Spring of 2014, and it is still the most expensive watch on the market right now. At $55,000,000, we don’t know anyone who would be able to purchase this stunning timepiece, which features the same aesthetic design as the Graff Boutique (the watch was even designed by the interior designers of the Boutique.) The quartz watch also features diamonds in alluring beauty that total up to 110 carats. You can find all of the fabulous diamond colors in this watch: pink, yellow, green, blue, gray, white, orange. The diamonds are cut into various shapes as well, including heart, pear, square, round, emerald, and radiant. Amidst a pink diamond frame, a quartz dial ticks along to record the time. The watch will continue to tick and tell time with no need for hand-cranking or turning. It’s the perfect blend of art and technology.
Sources: Esquire, Chrono24, Forbes, Alux, RichPeopleBuy, YouTube, AFR
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