Let’s be honest: the only reason many of us wear watches is to show off. We’re not trying to tell time—we’re trying to signal that we have a certain level of wealth or status, and an expensive watch is an easy way to do that. For most of us, however, we’ll never be able to afford these 14 most expensive watches in the world. But maybe one day…
1. Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon 5002P – $1.3 Million
The Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon 5002P is one of the most expensive watches in the world, and it’s no surprise why: it offers something that no other watch can. The watch features a unique movement that displays both time and celestial information through its minuscule aperture on the dial. It also features a tourbillon escapement, as well as a platinum case with an 18-karat, rose gold bezel and white gold lugs.
With all these incredible features, you’d think that this piece would be number one on our list—but it isn’t! That’s because of its limited production run: only five were made in total—and two were sold at auction for over $1 million each!
2. Jacob & Co. – Billionaire Watch
The Billionaire Watch from Jacob & Co. is a timepiece that any self-respecting billionaire would wear. It’s made of 18k white gold and has a diamond bezel, dial, bracelet, and even movement. The watch is designed to make you look good while also letting everyone know how much money you have (or what you hope to have). It doesn’t hurt that the watch also looks great on your wrist!
The Billionaire Watch comes in at number 2 on our list because it has just enough bling to attract attention while still being subtle enough not to draw too much attention away from your face or other accessories worn with it
3. Patek Philippe Celestial 6104G – $1.5 Million
The Patek Philippe Celestial 6104G is a watch with a mechanical movement, meaning that it has no battery and must be wound by hand. The watch is made of 18k gold and platinum and features a tourbillon mechanism that makes the timepiece more accurate than ordinary watches. It was designed by Jean-Pierre Muller and produced in 2009 and released in 2010.
The list price for this piece? $1.5 million at auction!
4. Breguet – Grande Complication Marie-Antoinette
Price: $2.6 millionYear of manufacture: 2009Case size: 45 mmCase material: white goldCase back: transparent sapphire crystal
Manufactured in France by the legendary watchmaker Abraham Louis Breguet, this timepiece was sold to a collector in 2009. The gold case is crafted from 21K white gold and has a diameter of 45mm with a thickness of 15mm at its thickest point. It features a transparent sapphire crystal case back that reveals the movement inside (which is also made entirely of gold).
5. Hublot Big Bang Black Caviar Bang – $1 Million
If you’ve ever wanted to be eccentric and spend more on a watch than most people do on a car, then this Hublot Big Bang Black Caviar Bang watch is for you. The Swiss-made timepiece features a black dial with gold accents and weighs over 200 grams (about half the weight of your average adult male). This is not just any ordinary piece of jewelry: It’s made from black diamonds and was sold for $1 million at auction in November 2018.
6. Chopard 201-carat Watch
The Chopard 201-carat watch is made with diamonds. It was made for the Chinese market and is worth $25 million. The watch is made of platinum and has 201 carats of diamonds on its face, which is what makes it so expensive.
7. Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication – $24 Million
This timepiece, which was made in 1933 by Patek Philippe and sold at auction in 1999 for $11 million, is the most expensive watch ever. It’s a pocket watch with 24 complications.
The Henry Graves Supercomplication was commissioned by American businessman Henry Graves Jr., who was born into a wealthy family in New York City. The watch took five years to make and cost $15,000 (over $200,000 today). It has an hour-and-minute display for each time zone on Earth, as well as annual calendars for 30 years and leaps year indications. The world map on the back of this piece shows cities where daylight savings time is observed—in other words, it tells you what time it will be anywhere on Earth when you’re wearing it around your neck!
8. Rolex GMT Master II Ice – $485,350
The Rolex GMT Master II Ice is the most expensive watch in the world to have an ice dial, and it is even more expensive than the normal version of this watch. The reason why it costs so much is because of its design. The bezel and dial are made out of platinum and sapphire crystal so you can see both your time zones at once! This is a highly valuable feature because you don’t have to switch your date or time zones when traveling across different countries anymore. This saves precious time that would otherwise be wasted on changing your settings constantly throughout each trip between different cities around the globe!
9. Hublot Big Bang Diamond Tourbillon Pave’ – $1 Million+
The Hublot Big Bang Diamond Tourbillon Pave watch is the world’s most expensive timepiece, with a price tag of $1 million+. The watch features an 18-karat white gold case and tourbillon movement that has been encrusted with 1,120 carats of diamonds. The watch claims to be waterproof up to 50 meters (164 feet).
10. Patek Philippe Caliber 89 – $6 Million
The Caliber 89 is a watch made of 18k yellow gold (the same kind of gold used to build the Statue of Liberty), and it has a tourbillon, minute repeater, perpetual calendar, and moon phase. The biggest difference between this watch and others on this list is that it can be worn by anyone who dares to pay $6 million for it.
11. Vacheron Constantin 57260 Pocket Watch – $8 Million
The Vacheron Constantin 57260 Pocket Watch was created in 2013 by the Swiss watchmaker Vacheron Constantin, and it’s one of the most expensive watches in the world. It’s made out of 18k white gold, with a diameter of 44mm that measures 13mm thick. The watch features a skeleton movement (which means you can see all parts working inside), which is pretty cool if you like to know how things work! This piece was auctioned off at Christie’s Geneva on November 14th, 2016 for an amazing 8 million dollars!
12. Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica a Grande Sonnerie – $2.7 Million
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica a Grande Sonnerie watch is the most expensive Swiss mechanical watch in the world at 2.7 million USD. This limited-edition timepiece has been crafted by renowned watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre and features an automatic mechanical movement with striking grande sonnerie, meaning it can sound the hours, quarters, and minutes on demand.
The case is made of 18K white gold with a diameter of 45mm and comes with another dial that displays the time in hours, minutes, and seconds.
13. A. Lange & Sohne Grand Complication Pocket Watch – $2.5 Million Euros
A Lange & Sohne’s Grand Complication watch is a beautiful and unique piece of horology. It features a minute repeater, chiming mechanism, moon phases, perpetual calendar, and power-reserve indicator—and it’s built to last. The watchmaker is so confident in its durability that they offer you an eight-year warranty on the movement alone!
As you might expect from a watch of this caliber and price tag (the equivalent of $2.5 million euros), it’s not for everyone—but if you’re looking for something truly special that will stand out in any collection or as the centerpiece of your own personal museum (if money were no object), look no further than A. Lange & Sohne’s Grand Complication pocket watch.
14. Hublot Big Bang Diamond Watch – $5 million Euros or $5.5 Million USD
This watch is made from white gold and encrusted with more than 1,000 diamonds. The price? It starts at $5 million euros or $5.5 million USD.
We hope that this article has inspired you—even if you’re not made of money—to treat yourself to a nice watch. If not, then perhaps you’ve learned a little bit more about the world of luxury watches and the people who love them. After all, as long as we continue to wear watches—whether they cost hundreds or hundreds of thousands of dollars—there will always be plenty to learn!
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