13 Watches That Costs More Than a Luxury Car!
For the everyday Joe, a watch is probably not something you are going to want to shell out a whole lot of dough on, especially if you work a blue collar job. If you do splurge on a fancy watch, you might go with a Rolex or Cartier, both of which can reach up into the tens of thousands of dollars. Would you believe it if we told you that there are watches available that can cost more than a luxury car? Why there are some watches that can cost more than your home! It is truly unbelievable at the price of some of these timepieces.
Some of these new watches have been unveiled at Baselworld, 2016—a huge trade show for luxury watches, and it takes place in Basel Switzerland. You might be wondering why these watches are so expensive. The astounding price tag can be attributed to the complexities of the machinery inside the watch, as well as the inclusion of countless precious gems and other embellishments. Let’s stop talking about these bad boys and see just what makes them so special.
13. Price: $1.25 Million – Vacheron Tour de l’Ile
The Vacheron watch company has been manufacturing watches for over two and a half decades. The company was formed in 1755, so needless to say they know a thing or two about what they are doing. Thanks to 250+ years of experience and history, the watches they create certainly stand out from the rest. This particular watch has two faces, tourbillion, and more parts and complications than any other watch on this list (even the more expensive watches). This 18 karat gold watch uses a sapphire blue glass that is non-reflective. If you enjoy traveling, you can set this watch to a second-time-zone so that you always know what time it is at home, which makes calling to check in much simpler.
If you’re looking for an innovative watch that is unlike others that you may have seen, check out the next watch!
12. Price: $2 Million – Richard Mille Tourbillion RM 56-02 Sapphire
Richard Mille first introduced the RM 056 at 2012’s SIHH. That particular model featured a split-second chronograph tourbillon with a full sapphire case. When they updated it with the RM 056-01, they added a sapphire baseplate, bridges, and a third wheel. With the latest incarnation, the RM 056-02 added more sapphire, included a suspended titanium baseplate from the sapphire case by using an intricate cable and pulley system. What makes this watch so unique is that the case and components, although sapphire, is completely transparent.
When you are looking for a high-quality timepiece, you’ll probably want one that a master technician has worked on, right? You’ll probably be waiting for a while if you’ve got the next watch on your list.
11. Price: $2.15 Million – A. Lange & Söhne Grand Complication
Although this A. Lange & Söhne Grand Complication watch doesn’t look too complex on the outside, it is made up of 876 parts. A master technician painstakingly works on the same time piece for at least a year before it is completed. It features a petite and grande sooner, a perpetual calendar, a minute repeater, and a chronograph. The first watch was introduced in 2013, and because it is the most complex watch crafted by this or any other storied horological house, there is only one piece made per year. Yes, that’s right… Since its introduction, there are only 3 of these watches in the world. Pretty cool right? Now the price tag is a bit more understandable.
The auction price of this next wristwatch will make your jaw drop!
10. Price: $4 Million – Patek Phillippe Platinum World Time Watch
Back in 2002, this watch was touted to be the most expensive wristwatch available and was auctioned off for a cool $4 million. At the time, it was a one of a kind because it winds itself up and you can wear it anywhere in the world without having to adjust the time manually. Pretty awesome, right? It is certainly a watch that busy business executives could use or anyone else who traverses the globe on a regular basis. The watch comes in a couple of different finishes like white or rose gold, platinum, or even yellow gold. Regardless of your taste, you’ll be the epitome of sophistication and worldliness with this masterfully crafted timepiece to accent your suit.
This next watch is so rare; you’d first have to get a piece of moon rock from our Moon to make it. Curious? Click onward!
9. Price: $4.6 Million – Louis Moinet Meteorites Watch
There are four watches in the Louis Moinet Meteoris collection, and they each go for $4.6 million. Why are they so expensive you ask? It’s because the dial of these watches features a small, hand-crafted fragment of a hand-crafted piece of space debris. For example, the Tourbillon Moon features the Dhofar 459 meteorite, which is an actual piece of the Moon that crashed into Earth and is several thousands of years old. How many people can say that they are wearing a piece of the moon on their wrists? Not very many! The Tourbillion Asteroid features a hand-crafted fragment of the Itqiy meteorite, which was formed close to the sun before it plummeted to Earth. The Tourbillon Rosetta Stone was created by using the extremely rare Sahara 99555 meteorite that scientists believe came from Mercury. The Tourbillon Mars features a fragment of the Jiddat al Harasis 479 from Mars, which is believed to be over 180 years old!
Instead of focusing on rare components, this next watch is made of only one component—Diamonds!
8. Price: $5 Million – Hublot Big Bang Watch
When you approach famed watch designer, Hublot, with a request to create a dazzling wristwatch that is totally blinged out, Hublot has you covered. It took a full year for the manufacturer to find the 1,280 diamonds (that weigh no less than three carats each no less) and each of these stones were cut by a well-known New York jeweler who has 40 years of diamond-cutting experience under his belt. Why was it so important that the stones were cut by the same person? So each stone would have the same cut signature and be a truly special piece. Who would buy one of these iced-out watches? Beyonce bought one for her husband, Jay-Z for his 43rd birthday celebration. If you’ve got the spare change (hah!), this is a definite piece to add to the collection.
If you’ve got a mechanical engineering degree and three Bugatti’s available, this next watch is perfect for you!
7. Price: $5.12 Million – Patek Caliber 89 Watch
This watch was created in 1989 to celebrate the company’s 150th anniversary. Patek Phillipes declared the watch to be the most complicated watch, as it weighs 1.1 kilograms, features 24 hands, and over 1,725 different components. It features a star chart, a leap year indicator, split second hand, a thermometer, time of sunset and it also has a power reserve. It was created out of 18 karat gold and with the help of 9 engineers, it took five years of extensive research and development plus another four years to simply build the watch! Now to say this was a labor of love is an understatement. Because it took so long for the watch to be created, there has only been four ever made: one in yellow gold, one in a white gold finish, one in rose gold, and final one in platinum.
This next watch takes us into the eight-figure price bracket! Ready? Let’s go!
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