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News Buying Guide Brands Events About Us The most expensive watches in the world By Charlie Thomas

February 4, 2015

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Expense is a subjective notion. For one person, a £1000 watch might be completely out of reach, whereas for another, it could be a spare of the moment impulse buy. With these watches though, there’s no doubt for anyone that they are pricy, as each and every one of them costs more than a small mansion. For your hard earned cash though, you’ll get the pleasure of wearing a timepiece constructed from the finest materials known to man, by some of the world’s most skilled craftsmen. Here are the most expensive watches in the world.



Vacheron Constantin are almost unbeatable when it comes to creating ultra-elegant watches, with simple, highly legible faces. What’s immediately noticeable, even in their simplest of watches, is the attention to detail and the quality of finish, and it is this notion that’s prevalent with the Tour de L’ille. It features two faces on the front and back, which is necessary to house the watch’s many complications including a second time zone, perpetual calendar and sunset time indicator.

Vacheron Constantin Tour de L’ile, $1,538,160



Richard Mille are famed for creating some truly exotic watches, whether in their signature tonneau-shaped case or a more traditional round case. This is their most exuberant creation yet though and, with a case made entirely from sapphire, also their most expensive. Housed within the see-through exterior is the brand’s utterly mesmerising, and truly innovative cable-and-pulley-system movement, too.

Richard Mille RM 56-02 Sapphire, $2,020,000



Forget the Apple Watch. This is what we like to call a real smart watch. Created as a demonstration of what the famed German watchmakers can achieve, this 50mm beast has a perpetual calendar with moon phase, a split-seconds chronograph with flying seconds sub-dial, and a grande and petite sonnerie with minute repeater. It also costs in excess of $2.5m, making it quite the investment.

A. Lange & Sohne Grand Complication, $2,497,000



If you’re paying such a large sum for a wristwatch, chances are you want something that will demand plenty of attention. The Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4 will do just that, and the Swiss brand even go as far to say that it’s the most complex wristwatch in the world. Whilst we can’t confirm if this is true, the watch’s 36 complications, 1483 components and 99 jewels certainly forward a good case.

Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4, $2,700,000



Dating back to 1943, this particular Patek Philippe is widely believed to be the most expensive watch in the world. It’s a one-off piece that has gone on to inspire a number of future complicated Patek watches and was, up until its sale at Christies in 2010, stored privately at the brand’s own museum.

Patek Philippe Ref. 1527, $5,708,885

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Most Expensive Patek to Return to Auction at Sotheby’s

The world’s most famous watch will return to the auction block as the centerpiece of Sotheby’s Geneva sale of Important Watches November 14.

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The Henry Graves Supercomplication, a timepiece which has an estimated value of $16 million, is “the most complicated watch ever made completely by human hand” and will be sold in Geneva on November 14, Sotheby’s said.

“The list of superlatives which can be attached to this icon of the 20th century is truly extraordinary,” the auction house said, describing it as “the Holy Grail of watches”.

The timepiece, made by PATEK PHILIPPE , was commissioned by New York banker Henry Graves in 1925 and took a total of eight years to complete.

It features on its display not only the hour but also a plethora of other indicators: a perpetual calendar, the phases of the moon, sidereal time, indications for the time of sunset and sunrise, and the night sky of NYC.

The Henry Graves watch was the world’s most complicated for 56 years before it was surpassed by designs executed by technicians aided by computers.

It sold in 1999 for a then-record $11 million and is on sale again to mark the 175th anniversary of its manufacturer.

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Most Expensive Watches Ever Sold Top 20 Most Expensive Watches Ever sold

Are you in the market for an elegant timepiece that will compliment any outfit? Take your old analogue watch and have it traded for one of these beauties. Lots of trading firms can find you an individual watch that can be yours for slightly more than the old one. After you have traded the old watch in and have upgraded to one of these works of art bedecked with jewels or as masculine as they come, you will never miss another appointment. These feminine masterpieces dripping with jewels are a unique art piece alongside your man’s ultra modern or fashionable pocket watch.

Top 20 Priciest Watches Ever Sold

Which is the most expensive watch ever sold in the world 2014 ? Which are the top ten priciest watch brands that selling over 1 million dollar ? For most people, owning a wrist watch that cost over 1 million is a thought that never crosses our minds. For the scarce who can manage to pay for such a pricey commodity, there is an entire market out there dedicated to this. Though that amount might sound insane, the people who buy them view them as more than just watches . To them, they are assets that can be leveraged at any time.

Which is the most expensive watch ev sold in the world ?

Here are some of the priciest time pieces ever and the first one, Brequet Pocket Watch 1970 BA/12  by Brequet , costs $734 000. Below we list the top 20 priciest watches ever :

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This very stylish pocket watch in 18 karat gold is a beautiful piece of work. It is hand engraved and features a silver face of exquisite workmanship. A secure watch chain is called for after you have traded an old watch for this piece.

18. Blancpain 1735 Grande Complication $800,000

This magnificent representation of the watchmaker’s art is another self winding watch. No more batteries are you have traded your old watch for this. Some parts of this watch have been crafted from 18 karat gold.

17. Louis Moinet Magistralis $860,000

This remarkably stylish man’s watch contains a genuine piece of meteorite that was found on the moon. After you have traded in your old watch for this you will have no excuse about what day of the year it is as it has a perpetual calendar mechanism.

16. Hublot Black Caviar Bang $1 million

After you have traded your husband’s watch for this beauty he will never miss an anniversary again. Its 18 karat case of white gold is embellished with black diamonds and white diamonds are mounted on the face.

15. Chopard Super Ice Cube $1.1 million

What woman would not want her old watch traded for this beautiful diamond watch? With its 60 karats of diamonds this watch and bracelet is water resistant to 100 feet and also resistant to scratches.

14. Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon $1.3 million

This incredibly complicated watch has the night sky on one side that has precision that is all of its own. The front is also complex with date and the moon phases. This is an amazing watch and a piece of modern art.

13. Vacheron Constatin Tour de I’lle $1.5 million

This 18 karat gold watch has a blue sapphire non-reflective glass. It is a two sided watch that is definitely worth being traded for. You can set this watch to a second time zone. Wonderful for the world traveller.

12. Aeternitas Mega 4 – Franck Muller $2.7 million

The Aeternitas Mega 4 is a watch built as per the design of Franck Muller . The Aeternitas Mega 4 had made it into the list of priciest watches and rightfully so. The company which is responsible for making this exquisite watch was founded back in 1991. It easily settles in the 10 th place owing to the complications with which it was built. As per the record on which it is built, the watch boasts of 36 complications. More to this it also happens to have 1,483 components. The Aeternitas Mega 4 is the most complex watch in the world .

11. Patek Philippe 1953 Heures Universelles Model 2523 $2.9 million

Listed among the priciest watches in the world , it retails at $2.9 million. Patek Philippe & Co . was founded back in 1839 and as a matter of fact, it is a company that has no match. It times of the most complex and fine tuned time pieces, the company is considered by horophiles to be the best. Their watches appreciate steadily and don’t disappoint. This watch is inclusive of an 18k gold case, an enamel and polychrome dial which display a map of North-America and a number of distinctive time zones. It goes for $2.9 million.

10. Patek Philippe 1895/1927 Yellow Gold Minute Repeating $2.9 million

The Patek Philippe 1895/1927 Yellow Gold Minute Repeating is yet another watch produced by this astute company, this watch easily fits in the priciest watches list exclusively when you contemplate that it is a rare timepiece that dates way back. Originally when it was designed, it has a $600,000 original reserve. It made history when it was named the priciest watch to ever be sold by the Sotheby’s auction for a whopping $2.994 million. It can be dated back to 1895 but the case which it presently has dates to 1927. It goes for $3 million.

9. Blancpain Le Brassus Tourbillon Carrousel $3.9 million

The Blancpain Le Brassus Tourbillon Carrousel is a mechanical watch and one of the greatest impediments is the force of gravity. It does a slice of damage to them. Carrousel and Tourbillon are such two methods and the uniqueness of this watch is it uses both. As far as engineering goes, this is a real feat. Blancpain was founded back in 1735 was the initial one to do so. The brand is owned by Swatch Group . The entire watch is made up of 379 parts and also has a 44.60 mm diameter case. Its price is $3.85 million. It is among the priciest watches.

8. Patek Philippe 1939 Platinum World Time $4.0 million

The Patek Philippe 1939 Platinum World Time is also a expensive watch and listed among the priciest watches in the world , this model is of a rare kind. It is full of history that is only known to a few in the entire world. Just from its look, you will get a feel of how exquisite this watch is. The Patek Philippe 1939 Platinum World Time is a world time wrist watch that can be used with convenience all over the world. When it was sold, it was for an overwhelming $4,026,524 and this was at the Antiquorum in 2002, over a decade ago. It is one of a kind, as attributed by experts.

7. Louis Moinet ‘Meteroris’ $4.6 million

The Louis Moinet ‘Meteroris’ watches are rare time pieces of their kind and they were made following collaboration with Luc Labenne . The Louis Moinet ‘Meteroris’ watch depicts the chronograph’s legacy. As one of the priciest watches, its worth can be mostly attributed to the materials which are used to construct it. The four tourbillons on it sell for $4,599,487 and they have earned their spot. Pieces for making these watches have been gathered from a Mars meteorite , the Moon and an asteroid. This massive investment also comes with a complementary planetarium which depicts the solar system.

6. Patek Philippe Platinum World Time $4 million

What a stylish watch after you traded you old digital for. This watch winds itself and you find the time anywhere in the world. This watch has a variety of finishes to choose from, yellow, white and rose gold and platinum for the discerning buyer.


5. Breguet & Fils, Paris, No. 2667 Precision $4.7 million

The Breguet & Fils, Paris, No. 2667 Precision is yet another member of the prestigious  Swatch Group among the priciest watches. The Swiss watch maker , Breguet, was founded by Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1775. It takes the form of 18k gold pocket watch that has 2 distinct movements. Originally, this artistic piece of craft sold for a meager 5,000 francs in 1814. These days however, its price has shot up to $4.7 million. It is indeed a rare acquisition if you were to boast of one of these magnificent watches. What an accomplishment in artistry this is.

4. Patek Philippe 1943 Watch Ref. 1527 $5.5 million

The Patek Philippe 1943 Watch Ref. 1527 was made back in 1943 and is one of the priciest watches ever and it is the priciest wrist watch ever to be made. Its outfit consists of an 18k yellow gold case; also inclusive with a paired silver matte dial which measures in at 37 mm. also featuring in this wrist watch are an exquisite moon phase display, perpetual calendar and chronograph. It was sold at the Christie’s auction in Geneva for $5.5 million; this is a very high price tag. It is indeed a vintage and worth its high asking price.

3. Patek Philippe Caliber 89 Pocket Watch

The Patek Philippe Caliber 89 is an overwhelming 33 complications, it is a pocket watch that can only be classified rightfully as one of the most complicated. It’s among the priciest watches and it has a record 1,728 components. The myriads of functions it can perform are inclusive of showing the prevailing temperature. It was built in 1989 and has a weight of more than two pounds. Its value is $6 million.

2. Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication $11 million

An 18 carat gold pocket watch with over 900 parts took 5 years to make. Originally it was made for an American banker called Henry Graves. A good trading firm should be able to locate one for you. Another great watch from master makers “Patek Philippe” who make a watch suitable for every man.

The Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication is a pocket watch and the most expensive watch ever made. As it would seem with this watch listed among the priciest watches, owning the most complicated watch in the world is a contest the rich like engaging in. Though experts from Sotheby’s auction house had estimated that it would only sell for not more than $5 million, it surpassed that figure and sold for $11,002,500. It used to be the most complicated watch the whole world over before the Caliber 89.

1. Chopard 210 karat $25 million

With its 201 karats of coloured diamonds, this watch is for the love of your life. It is a spectacular piece of jewellery first and a timepiece second. This watch is beautiful and simple time piece that looks like it is surrounded by flowers.



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