Time really is money! See for yourself in this top ten most expensive watches list. Some of them are truly like nothing else, and their prices are simply prohibitive.
1. Joaillerie 101 Manchette
Jaeger-LeCoultre makes these beauties which are believed to be the most expensive watches in the world. An eye catching jewelry puzzle camouflages the small watch, and the object as a whole looks more like a bracelet than a time measuring instrument. We do not know the price yet, but we do know that it is an 18 carat white gold watch adorned with either 576 diamonds or 11 onyx cabochons and 400 diamonds (there are two versions).
2. Tour de I’lle
These babies are quite young, but that does not make them any less precious. They were first designed in 2005 by Vacheron Constantin and are limited edition watches. They are not the most expensive, but they do have the most intricate design elements. The Tour de I’lle boasts a hand-sewn alligator skin band, a 18K gold dial and a pink gold buckle. Among its important features there is the sunset time, the tourbillion device and the perpetual calendar.
3. Big Bang Chronograph
For $1 million you can get one of these Big Bangs manufactured by Hublot, Bunter SA. The Big Bang Chronograph is a beauty all covered in diamonds and such watches are only made for the most important people in the world. After all, only they could ever afford these practical adornments.
4. Classical Billionaire Tourbillion
There are four different versions of this wrist watch, and only 10 pieces of each version were made. This sets the Classical Billionaire Tourbillion by Corum in the “highly exclusive” range. Because of this reason and the fact that it is covered with 850 diamonds it has an exorbitant price of $998,000.
5. Tecnica Skeleton Chronograph.
Manufactured by Parmigiani Fleurier, the Tecnica Skeleton Chronograph watches cost $850,000. For this amount of money you can only get the best features. The chronograph, the tourbillion and the minute repeater are only a few of the reasons why you should empty your pockets for this watch.
6. Grande Complication
These beauties will set you back $785,000. Blancpain made them highly special with their crocodile skin band, the perpetual calendar, the automatic winding mechanism, the split-seconds chronograph the moon phase and the tourbillion.
7. Opera One
Alligator skin band, minute repeater, huge power reserve, manual winding and a see-through backing. These Girard-Perragaux watches are worth $495,000, and to make things more interesting, they sound each hour with tunes.
8. Double Tourbillion
These are hand engraved Breguet watches with casings made of 95% pure platinum. The hands are manually wound, but what makes them really unique are the two tourbillions that rotate independently. The two-tourbillion mechanism is patented by Breguet. They cost around $329,000.
9. Titanic Watches
Believe it or not, these watches’ casings are made of Titanic’s hull. Further more, the coal that once burned in the ship’s furnaces has been recovered and mixed with ceramics to obtain the black dials. They are manufactured by Romain Jerome and one can acquire a Titanic Watch for $152,435.
10. Zadora Timepieces
The last collection of Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof is absolutely splendid. One of its most enchanting pieces is a bee made of oxidized palladium and micro pave. It is covered in black and yellow diamonds, while its eyes are made of emerald. Anyone can have it for $150,000.