The watch boasts 1,300 parts, which make it capable of playing the entire Big Ben chiming sequence. It was released in 2009 as part of the Hybris Mechanica 55 trilogy, a trio of very expensive watches that comprised 55 complications altogether.
The company Patek Philippe is a name you are used to if you like fine watches and jewelry, and a name with which you will become familiar as you read through this article. The dial of this gem is polychrome and enamel, and features a diagram of North America. It also features plenty of time zones and a case made of 18 karat gold. In 2006 it sold for just under $3 million at auction.
As well as holding the position for the most expensive watch ever, Graff Diamonds is also behind the second most pricey timepiece. Dubbed The Fascination, this $40 million watch consists of 152.96 carats of white diamonds and includes a centre, 38.13-carat, pear-shaped diamond that can detach into a ring.
The Meteoris is a set of four “tourbillon” style watches, each of these four contains material from Mars, an asteroid, the moon and a meteorite known as “Rosetta Stone”. They must be purchased as a full set, which comes with a planetarium, pictured above.
Eric Clapton’s Patek Philippe was sold for $3.6 million in 2012 and has a chronograph, indicates moon phases and has a perpetual calendar. The watch is decorated with most of the parts being made with precious metals and of course 23 jewels.
Jaeger-LeCoultre is a Swiss company founded by Antoine LeCoultre back in the early 1830s. What started out as a tiny watchmaking shop run by a man with brilliant attention to detail has turned into one of the most highly regarded timepiece manufacturers in the world. While it looks like a bracelet, the watch part actually has the smallest mechanical movement in the world according to record books. Queen Elizabeth II wore a similar piece on the day of her coronation in 1953 and this edition of the same series of timepieces was the company’s gift to her sixty years later.
This unique piece was sold a few years ago for $3.3 million and features just under 700 diamonds along with a dial that is made of nacre (mother of pearl). This watch is the epitome of “shiny, sparkly things” and sold very shortly after it was declared for sale.
Limited to only eight pieces earns its $1 million price tag with the 1,185 baguette diamonds covering every surface of the watch, from the case and bracelet to the open-worked dial. For the case alone, a 15-person team had to perform 1,800 hours of cutting and 200 hours of dimensional checking and quality control. Certainly one of the most expensive watches ever made by Hublot.
The pocket watch, which is worth $30 million, 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.
This stunning watch stands as the most expensive of the wrist watches ever created by Patek Philippe. It was completed in 1943 and is an absolutely beautiful piece with a perpetual calendar, over 20 precious jewels along with 18 karat rose gold. Only one of these watches was ever made and it was sold a few years ago for $5,700,000. This watch is considered to be one of the models that future Patek Philippe watches are based on, and was originally estimated to sell for between one and two and a half million dollars.
Abraham-Louis Breguet was a Swiss horologist (fancy term for watch maker or clock specialist) who founded his own company back in the 1770s. We’ll see more of his company later on. Breguet’s company was handed down a few generations before the family no longer wanted to be in the watch business, and it eventually became the possession of watchmaker Edward Brown. The Brown family held onto it until the 1970’s at which point it was passed around by a few larger companies. Finally Swatch bought it back in 1999.
The 5004T is considered one of the “sportier” pieces ever created by Patek Philippe but given the work ethic and name attached to it, it was still seen as the prize feature of The Only Watch auction two years ago.
This incredible watch’s name tells you exactly why it’s worth $25 million. Created by Chopard, the 201-Carat Watch consists of a 15-carat pink diamond, a 12-carat blue diamond, and an 11-carat white diamond as well as a further 163 carats of white and yellow diamonds.
The magnificent 1989 watch produced for the 150th anniversary of the company features two dozen hands, and over 1,700 individual pieces. It weighs a little over a kilogram and is considered the most complicated watch in the world. It has a star chart, moon phase display and a thermometer, for just a couple of examples of the complications this piece includes. It took over nine years of research and work to actually create this watch and only four were made. One was white gold, one yellow gold, one rose gold and one in platinum.
The title of the most expensive watch in the world goes to Graff Diamonds for the incredible, Hallucination. Worth a whopping $55 million, the Hallucination is a masterpiece with over 110 carats of coloured diamonds set into a bracelet of platinum.