The 10 most expensive watches in the world make us think time is really very valuable. If you are one of those gentlemen who are filthy rich and have a passion for dressing up prim and properly, you’d most likely be interested in investing into a luxury watch. But antique watches aren’t just luxury they are historical pieces of art, crafted by the best for the best.
10 Most Expensive Watches in the World
10. Breguet Pocket Watch 1970 BA/12
Filled in with 18 karat gold, the Breguet Pocket Watch is a masterpiece and one of the most expensive antique watches in the world. The exquisite workmanship has a silver face. Breguet is a company with a real history of luxury. Some of the surviving Breguet pocket watches from the days of Abraham-Louis Breguet himself including Breguet Pocket Watch 1970 which costs something around $734,000 today. These Breguet original watches are today scattered all over the globe found in museums and private collections. Their simple dial and beautiful style has enchanted antique clock lovers for decades.
The Blancpain 1735 Grande Complication is among the world’s most expensive watches. Some parts of this watch, which is a self-winding one, have been crafted from 18 karat gold. Blancpain’s 1735 is pretty unique because it was developed by modern watch-making techniques by the computer when it was still in its infancy. It’s incredible design has held on its own for over a decade. In 2014, the rare Blancpain 1735 Grande Complication watch was estimated at something around US$ 265,000-370,000. The watch features a perpetual calendar moon phases and moon age, a one-minute tourbillon regulator, a co-axial split seconds chronograph, and a minute repeater. The platinum case is 17 mm thick.
The Louis Moinet Magistralis, one of the most expensive watch in the world is made by Louis Moinet, a French horologist, sculptor and painter. Like the Blancpain 1735 the Magistralis is a Grande Complication and features a mono-pusher column wheel chronographer, a minute repeater with cathedral gongs and a violin style amplifying case, a perpetual calendar, among other antique things. It was made in Geneva over 100 years ago and therefore has the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark. Inside the dial one can see blued steel hands with numerous indications. It is a remarkable piece that is valued at something around $860,000.
Price: $1 million
The watch is made of 18 karat case of white gold and is embellished with 501 baguette-cut black diamonds and white diamonds right on its face. When it came out in 2009, Hublot’s One Million $ Black Caviar was a stunning jaw-dropper. The watch has 322 diamonds on the case, 179 on the bezel, and 30 on the clasp totaling to 34.5 total carats. It is a very light and highly fashionable timepiece and truly stands out. It has an adjustable leather strap.
Price: $1.1 million
The Chopard Super Ice Cube Watch is adorned with 18 karat white gold and is among the world’s most expensive watches. The dial fully set with baguette diamonds, is scratch-resistant made of sapphire crystal and is also water-resistant to 30 meters or 100 feet. It is a unique beauty with its 60 karats of diamonds. The gemstones in the top have been cut and shaped like ice cubes. The side of the case as well as the face of the dial is made of baguette-cut diamonds. All together the Chopard Super Ice Cube weighs 66 carats.
Price: $1.3 million
This piece is an absolute gorgeous art. Patek Philippe is called a triumph of artistic and technical perfection. The Sky Moon Tourbillon is 42.8 mm in diameter and 16.25 mm in height. The solid gold dial has been coated with blue enamel. Out of all Patek Philippe wristwatches Sky Moon Tourbillon is the most complicated. It has two dials, one on the front and one on the back. On the front there is retrograde date, perpetual calendar and a chart of the stars in the sky whereas on the back dial, there’s a deep blue-and-gold celestial chart.
Price: $1.5 million
The Tour de I’lle has been called the most complicated wrist watch manufactured by the Swiss manufacturer Vacheron Constantin and is one of the most expensive watches ever sold. Released in a limited edition of 7 pieces in 2005, on the occasion of the manufacturer’s 250th anniversary, the Tour de I’lle has got 16 complications and 834 individual parts. It took over 10,000 hours to design the watch with its snap-in caseback embellished with Sapphire crystals, alligator leather strap and a hand-guilloché motif on the back dial. This superior watch is 18 karat gold and a blue sapphire non-reflective glass. Like the Sky Moon Tourbillon too is a two sided watch.
3.Patek Philippe Platinum World Time
Price: $4 million
This stylish watch tells you the time of a number of places in the world and also winds itself. It has a Fold-over clasp and sapphire-crystal case back. This exquisite piece is 3.88 mm in height and 27.5 mm in diameter. It has also got 33 pieces of jewel studded into it with 8 bridges and has 239 parts in total. Made of platinum, it is Water resistant to 30 m. But besides platinum the watch has a variety of finishes to chose from – white, yellow and rose gold.
Price: $11 million
Credited with being one of the most complicated mechanical pocket watches ever made the Patek Philippe Super Complication is also one of the most expensive watches ever sold. Commissioned by a banker Henry Graves Jr, the watch has got 18-karat gold. It took three years to design, and another five years to manufacture the watch and could do a total of 24 different functions. . Introduced in 1933, the watch is far more complicated than any other mechanical timepiece made in the last 50 years. The timepiece contains 920 individual parts features perpetual calendar, split seconds chronograph, grande and petite sonnerie, among other cool things.
1. Chopard 210 karat
Price: $25 million
Yes, you saw that right. The Chopard 210 karat costs $25 million. Louis-Ulysse Chopard is the founder of the Swiss-based luxury watch company that made the Chopard 210 karat. Called the Kohinoor of watches, it is the most expensive timepiece and features 874 diamonds. One heart-shaped pink diamond, one heart-shaped blue diamond, one heart-shaped D colour diamond, three pear-shaped yellow diamonds, twenty six pear-shaped yellow diamonds, forty eight round yellow diamonds, two hundred and sixty pear-shaped D colour diamonds, ninety one round D colour diamonds and four hundred and forty three FC yellow diamonds, making 210 karat in total.
The above list had brought you the most expensive and elegant time pieces in human history. These are made with painful intricate details by the greatest and most passionate watchmakers. Expensive stones, gems and diamonds are used to adorn the watch that makes it so expensive and out of reach for a common man. But the watches are more than just jewel studded time teller, they are pretty unique and have intricate mechanisms. Their complexities also justify them as the most expensive antique watches in the world ever sold.