A watch is a small timepiece intended to be carried or worn by a person. It is designed to keep working despite the motions caused by the person activities. A wristwatch is designed to be worn on a wrist attaches by a watch strap or other type of bracelet. Watches evolved in the 17th century from spring powered clocks which appeared as early as the 14th century. The first digital electronic watch was developed in 1970. Most inexpensive and medium priced watches used mainly for timekeeping are electronic watches with quartz movements.
Expensive collectible watches valued more for their elaborate craftsmanship aesthetic appeal and glamorous design than for simple timekeeping often have purely mechanical movements and are powered by springs even though these movements are generally less accurate and more expensive than electronic ones. There are brands of watches that are purely marketing constructs and are not associated with a specific company. You have to sell multiple of your fat garage Ferraris to buy a single Patek Philippe watch then you are know the you are a walking piece of Luxury. Here are the 15 of the most expensive Watches Ever Made.
- Graff Diamonds Hallucination $55,000,000:
Graff Diamonds unveils the 55 million dollar hallucination an exceptionally rare multi colored diamond timepiece estimated to be the most valuable watch ever created. The world leader of important diamonds Graff is famous for unique had crafted jewels that showcase the rarest stones in the world. The booth 503 square meters upon a single elevated space was designed by Graff Monaco based interior design team in the likeness of a Graff Boutique. The incredible worth stems from 110 carats of really rare and really big colored diamonds set into a bracelet of platinum. The Graff diamonds hallucination watch holds many of these rare finds in a single timepiece. It features diamonds of many shapes and colors and is a piece of which company founder Laurence Graff is particularly proud.
2. Breguet Grande Complication Marie Antoinette $30,000,000:
Marie Antoinette never lived to see the watch as it was completed 34 years after she had been executed. This watch was part of the watch collection at the L.A. Mayer Institute for Islamic Art in Jerusalem having been donated as part of the David Lionel Salomons collection. It was stolen by renowned master-thief Na’aman Diller with many other watches in 1983 although it was recovered in 2007. As of 2013 the watch was valued at $30 million. Neither Abraham Louis Breguet nor Marie Antoinette lived to see the completed watch. This piece has twin rotating tourbillions in a platinum case lined with baguette cut diamonds. The dial is paved with more diamonds.
3. Jaeger LeCoultre Joaillene Manchette $26,000,000:
Jaeger LeCoultre have used the 101 to make extremely small watches and have also placed it on show into larger cases where it sits in the middle looking like an island surrounded by clouds the dial colors are white and grey not blue that is why clouds and not water. They have also played with the 101 making watches that look like a piece of jewellery which in effect they are and the Jaeger LeCoultre Joaillene Manchette is one of these. In a masterpiece of miniaturization, the Swiss watchmaker’s tiny Calibre 101 is hidden in a supple gray gold and diamond pave fine jewelry cuff. This watch which looks more like a bracelet at first glance is made up of a series of polish and diamond-set squares.
4. Chopard 201 Carat $25,000,000:
Chopard 201 25 Million Dollars this watch by Chopard is beautified by three-heart shaped diamonds 15carat pink diamond a 12 carat blue diamond and an 11 carat white diamond. For good number 163 carats of white and yellow diamonds were thrown to bring it to the total of 201 Carats of diamond resulting in making it the most expensive watch. The Chopard 201 karat looks more like a bracelet than a watch thanks to its 201 karats of coloured diamonds. Watch as a fashion statement is more of a man thing than a woman’s.
5. Patek Philippe Reference 1527 – $5,700,000:
This beautiful piece 1527 was made in 1943 and sold on August 22th 1946. This is almost $5,700,000 which makes it the most expensive yellow gold Patek Philippe ever auctioned. The winner of the acution is a museum in Switzerland. Rumour has it that the museum in question is the Patek Philippe museum in Geneva. This way they can keep the prices of old Pateks at a certain level. It is unclear where this rumor came from. Patek Philippe a unique and historically important 18K gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases and tonneau shaped case. Accordingly prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to important this lost into another country.
6. Patek Philippe Henry Graves Super Complication $24,00,000:
The Patek Philippe Henry graves super complication is one of the most complicated mechanical pocket watches ever created. The super complication remains the most complicated mechanical watch built without the assistance of computers. The Henry Graves super complication sold Tuesday for approximately $24 million smashing the $11 million record it established in 1999 at Sotheby Geneva sale of important watches. The Henry Graves super complication is the product of three years of research and five years of effort that resulted in a gold open face minute repeating chronograph clock watch with Westminster chimes. The Henry Graves for most expensive watches ever made.
7. Patek Philippe Calibre 89 $5,000,000:
The Patek Philippe Calibre 89 is a commemorative pocket watch created in 1989 to celebrate the company’s 150th anniversary. Declared by Patek Philippe as the most complicated watch in the world it weighs 1.1 kg exhibits 24 hands and has 1728 components in total including a thermometer and a star chart. The Patek Philippe white gold Calibre 89 the most complicated watch in the world sold for $$5,000,000 at Antiquorum’s 30th anniversary watch and clock auction April 24 in Geneva Switzerland. It was the second highest price ever paid for a watch at auction, and topped per sale estimates by 160%. The incredible result realized for the Calibre 89 in our 35th anniversary auction indicates that the market for the most complicated and important watches in the world remain exceptionally strong.
8. Hublot Big Bang Diamond $5,000,000:
We realize that a watch is unlike any other piece of jewelry you own. A watch may be given by a special person or presented as a gift to commemorate a special occasion. The Big Bang series of watches has become one of his most successful. Widely considered one of the best new watches released in 2005 this watch has enjoyed partnerships with organizations such as UEFA, Ferrari, FIFA and a few professional sports teams. The super couple have a history of extravagant gift giving which is an option when you are combined wealth is larger than most countries. Bey once will always buy Jay the best gifts money can buy. This watch can be considered as a veritable collection of diamonds. Each was individually chosen in relation to the others to create a harmonious whole.
9. Breguet & Fils Paris 1667 Precision $4,680,000:
This extremely rare watch made of 18 karat gold features two movements. It was originally sold in 1814 to a Mr. Garcias of London for 5,000 francs and it is now worth over $4,680,000. The Brown family held onto it until the 1970 at which point it was passed around by a few larger companies. Finally swatch bough it back in 1999. One of the finest pieces to be created after Breguet took his son into his business the 2662 precision pocket watch.
10. Louis Moinet Meteoris – $4,600,000:
The Louis Moinet Meteoris si designed with the same interests that its original watch maker Louis Moinet became well known for in academic circles. What makes them very expensive is the fact that they are made from material from the moon, a Mars meteorite and also material from an asteroid.he brand associated with his name to this day is known as a maker of the finest watches in the world. Though they have relocated to Switzerland, they market themselves as carrying on the creativity and innovation of Moinet himself. The Meteroris is actually 4 tourbillion pieces each depicting parts of the solar system. The 17th and 18th centuries identified Louis Moinet as an extraordinary artist, stone engraver, a master watchmaker and president of Europe chronometry society.
11. Patek Philippe Platinum World Time $4,000,000:
No much is known about this historic wristwatch but it was sold in 2002 and considered one the only watches ever made of its time. This watch became world most expensive watch in years 2002 when it was sold for $4,000,000 at auction. The special thing about this watch is that displays a 24 hr time zone in different countries and it’s very easy to read. The integration of a coupling system into the watch helps the user to switch to a different time zone without having to reset the movement. This collector’s sensation is available in 18 karat yellow or white gold rose gold or platinum.
12. Patek Philippe 5004T $3,985,000:
The Patek Philippe 5004T sold at auction in 2013 for about $3,985,000. In a surprise move Patek Philippe created a sportier look for the 5004T dress watch as a way to say farewell to the otherwise conservative collection. Patek Philippe 5004T produced as a one of a kind model 2013 for an auction the Patek Philippe 5004T is the only titanium version of the no longer produced reference 5004 watch collection. The 5004T was sold for just under $4 million and is encased in titanium. It possessed 24 complications including a different chronological function for each hour of the day. It is a complication watch and has a calendar has a twelve hour chronograph and measures the phases of the moon.
13. Patek Philippe Ref 2499 Eric Clapton $3,600,000:
The Calibre 13 mechanical movement was stamped twice with the Geneva Sea. The watch from the famed guitarist and songwriter has 23 jewels silvered matte dial applied gold and square numerals, gold dauphine hands, other Arabic five minute divisions, windows for day and month, three subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes register and moon phases with date, circular case stepped down turned lugs snap on back. Patek Philippe an exceptionally rare very attractive and highly important platinum perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases. Prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lost into another country.
14. Piaget Emperador Temple $3,300,000:
The Piaget Emperador temple actually has two hidden watches that are revealed by pushing down on certain parts. On one watch the case is set with 481 brilliant cut diamonds baguette cut diamonds and an emerald cut diamond on the top of the case. The timepiece contains a variety of stone cuts. The watch has baguette cut stones brilliant cut stones and one emerald cut stone that tops off the stack o’ precious gems. The watch case fits the Emperador style mold and inside the watch are two movements. The grander of the two being the tourbillion. Not too sure whether the top movement is mechanical or quartz.
15. Patek Philippe 1953 Heures Universelle Ref 2523 $2,900,000:
The Patek Philippe ref 2523 watch was originally created for staying in the family as a trademark in the year 1953 and later was sold on 10th of October 1956 by famous French Patek vendor Jean Guillermin. The least impressive of the Patek Philippe watches on our list is also our number fifteen entry. With that said its worth more than some city blocks. The distinctive feature is the poly chrome dial that displays the map of North America and different time zones that are presented in an 18k gold case.