The first wristwatch was invented more than a century ago. It was in 1907 when the French jeweler Louse Cartier, at the request of Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, who wished to have his hands free to control flight hours, created a piece that allowed more independence and autonomy, something that does not facilitate pocket watches, for example. In this way the object was born that for years has been used to control time. However, today, and for several decades, the wristwatch is not only a piece that tells the time, but it is also the element of jewelry that defines us and offers personality.
Gradually, conventional watches were acquiring luxurious features and so far, there are totally lush pieces that few millionaires can afford. The best watches always combine exceptional craftsmanship, bold features, and timeless design, and this, coupled with the best technology, diamonds and a lot of carats, is what makes totally unattainable pieces for the vast majority of mortals. We are not talking about Gerard Piqué’s 40,000 euros watch, nor about the lucky piece of tennis player Rafa Nadal, valued at 800,000 euros. The exorbitant prices of the following accessories define the elegance, sophistication and class that only the most expensive watches in the world provide.
1- Graff Diamonds Hallucination
It has earned the name of “the world’s most expensive watch” for a cost of 51.5 million euros, so if you have this amount of money you can have in your hands a piece that cannot be overcome with any other. This Graff Hallucination jewelry watch, presented in 2014 and displayed in Basel, Switzerland, carries with it a dizzying mix of 110 carats of multi-colored diamonds that is placed on a platinum bracelet, making it unique and original.
“Regardless of how elegant the watch is on your wrist, you will never use anything like” hallucination, “said company owner Lawrence Graff. Have you seen this perfect combination of cheerful colors before?
2- Graff Diamonds The Fascination
It belongs to the same collection as the most expensive watch in the world, only that it contains 152.96 carats of white diamonds and also has a removable pearl-shaped diamond ring of 38.13 carats, located in the center of the watch. Its price is slightly lower than the previous one, being valued at 35.7 million euros, but it is still the second most valuable watch in history.
3- Breguet Grande Complication Marie-Antoinette
It is believed that the clock was commissioned in 1783 by Count Hans Axel von Fersen, admirer and alleged lover of the French Queen, Marie Antoinette, hence receiving this name. Apparently, it was almost 44 years until the clock was finished and Maria Antonieta did not live to see it finished, so it remained in the hands of the Breguet company, which created it. When the clock was recovered in 2007, after suffering a robbery at the Instituto L.A. Mayer of Islamic Art in Jerusalem, it was estimated that the price of this jewel was 27.6 million euros.
4- Jaeger-LeCoultre 101
On the day of her coronation in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain put a watch on her arm, launched by the Swiss jewelry Jaeger-LeCoultre 101. In 2012, at the coronation of Isabel II, Jaeger-LeCoultre made a Exhibition on the walls of his own boutique in Old Bond, London. The exhibition included the 101 clock (in honor of the unique mechanism) and thanks to its characteristics and the flood of good reviews it received, the value of said clock is estimated at 23.2 million euros.
5- Chopard 201-carat
The firm is one of the most famous and recurring when it comes to big events or red carpets, so it is not surprising that a Chopard design is among the 15 most expensive watches in the world. The 201 carat Chopard looks like an exceptional design, since the watches were created in 2000 by jewelers in Geneva. The miniature dial is literally covered with precious stones and the three most important stones are the heart-shaped diamonds of white, blue and red, 39 carats. Its price? 22.3 million euros.
6- Henry Graves Supercomplication
This is the most expensive watch of the brand, and was created for an American banker who gave name to this piece valued at 21.4 million euros. Although its creation was a resounding success, instead of being nicknamed the most expensive clock in the world (which today is not) they began to call it “the most
complicated clock on the world”, however not as a result of to handle it it takes a guide, however as a result of it’s mechanisms that transcend the essential functions of a watch.
Among its eccentric characteristics is that of a perpetual calendar, giving the sunrise and sunset times a map of New York.
7- Jacob & Co. Billionaire Watch
Jacob & Co products combine sophistication with simplicity. The Billionaire watch launched in 2015 has a value of just over 16 million and is covered with diamonds of 260 carats. The elegance of Jacob Arabo’s products was appreciated by professional boxer Floyd Mayweather. The world champion finished his sports career several years ago without ever losing, and in the summer of 2018 he decided to take this “little whim”. Since then this watch is related to the athlete.
8- Paul Newman Rolex Daytona
It is not just any piece, since there came a time when it became the most expensive watch in history. The name is given by Paul Newman’s wife, actress Joanne Woodward, who gave it to her in 1972. Three years before, the couple had appeared in the Winning motoring movie, and that was partly what inspired Newman to Become an amateur racing driver.
Joanne Woodward, before giving him the clock, asked that they recorded on the back of the clock ‘Drive safely me’, which means “Drive safely with me”. After the death of Paul Newman, the clock passed to his best friend until he reached an auction that left everyone with his mouth open. The clock was auctioned for 15.9 million euros.
9- Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 in Stainless Steel
This watch was auctioned in Switzerland and, although the bid started at 3 million, nobody could imagine that 9.8 million euros would be given for it. The piece is cast in high quality stainless steel, the 1518 is the first in a series of four limited edition Patek Phillipe pieces. Made in 1941, 1518 was the first wristwatch with a perpetual calendar chronograph ever produced. Seven bidders fought for the clock and was finally sold to a private collector.
10- Patek Philippe Ref. 1527
And from 9.8 million euros of the Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 in Stainless Steel we go to the Patek Philippe Ref. 1527, which belongs to the same collection and nevertheless has a considerably lower price since it is valued at just over 5 million Euros It was made in 1943 and although the Patek Philippe Ref. 1527 may seem quite simple to look at, the watch contains more than twenty different gemstones and is made of 20 karat rose gold.
11- Patek Philippe Caliber 89
We are still in the same collection … This is the Patek Philippe Caliber 89, a pocket watch that never goes out of style and is the second most expensive. It was created in 1989 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the company. Patek Philippe declared 89 as “the most complicated clock in the world” at the time of creation. It weighs 1.1kg and has 1,728 components in total, which is why it costs 4.9 million euros.
12- Hublot Big Bang
4.46 million euros to be disbursed want to wear the Hublot Big Bang on his wrist. With 1280 diamonds with at least three carats each, this dazzling watch is a luxury piece. Each stone in the watch was cut by the same jeweler in New York with more than 40 years of experience to ensure that each one has the same cut signature and is symmetrical. In addition, Beyoncé gave this watch to Jay-Z for his 43rd birthday.
13- Louis Moinet Meteoris
Four scarce watches of this model were created, so that already determines that it is a luxury watch. With an estimated price of 4.1 million euros, Louis Moinet, from Saint-Blaise, Switzerland, specializes in the creation of luxury watches with exotic materials and innovative technology, backed by the philosophy of mechanical art of limited edition. All Louis Moinet watches are exclusive limited editions or unique pieces.
14- Rolex Daytona Ref. 6263
And luxury remains, but prices have already fallen considerably. This Rolex valued at 3.6 million euros is the second most expensive Rolex in the world. The watch, which has a stainless steel case, owes its name to the design target. Also this watch was only made four times.
15- Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega
It costs 2.4 million euros, and is one of the most complicated watches in the world. Of course, it also has its facilities, because the piece has an eternally renewable calendar that does not need to be adjusted in a thousand years. Wow, everyone who receives it from inheritance should not worry about this “adjustment.”