We all love to show off a little bit and nothing says ‘luxury’ quite like a designer watch. But when it comes to watches, some designs go above and beyond the rest. Here is a list of the Top 10 Most Expensive Watches in the world, starting from the most affordable and ending with the most expensive.
10- Patek Phillips Stainless Steel
Price: $11 Million
Patek Philippe’s Stainless Steel 1518 is an iconic and highly sought-after timepiece. First released in 1941, it was the first ever serially produced perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch. It is also the most expensive watch ever sold at auction, fetching a record-breaking $11 million USD in 2016. Its timeless design features a stainless steel case, black dial, applied gold numerals, and three sub-dials. The movement is highly precise and features a moon phase indicator and a power reserve of 45 hours. The Patek Philippe 1518 is a collectible item that represents the pinnacle of watchmaking craftsmanship, making it a highly coveted timepiece for the discerning watch aficionado.
9- Jacob & Co Billionaire
Price: $18 Million
Jacob & Co Billionaire is one the most expensive watch in the world. Crafted with 18-karat rose gold, it is adorned with 260 carats of emerald-cut diamonds. Its unique design features a three-dimensional globe with a rotating band. The timepiece also includes a perpetual calendar, a tourbillon, and a moon phase indicator. It is powered by an in-house movement, the Caliber JCAM11, with a power reserve of 72 hours. The case measures 47mm and is secured with a folding buckle. It offers water resistance of up to 50 meters. The Billionaire watch from Jacob & Co is a remarkable feat of watchmaking, combining intricate mechanics and luxurious materials.
8- Rolex Paul Newman Daytona
Price: $19 Million
The Rolex Paul Newman Daytona 6239 is one of the most sought-after timepieces in history. It was produced in limited quantities in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This watch features a stainless steel case, a black dial, and an engraved tachymeter bezel. It is powered by a manually wound mechanical movement and features a trio of subdials, each measuring elapsed time. The Daytona 6239’s rarity and iconic style have made it one of the most expensive watches ever sold. In 2018, one of these watches sold at auction for a staggering $18.8 million. Today, the Rolex Paul Newman Daytona 6239 is considered an icon of vintage watchmaking and a status symbol for wealthy watch enthusiasts. Its timeless design and impressive craftsmanship make it an impressive and coveted timepiece.
7- Chopard 201-Carat
Price: $25 Million
Chopard’s 201-Carat watch is the world’s most expensive timepiece, boasting a staggering price tag of $25 million. Crafted from 18K white gold, the watch is decorated with no fewer than 874 diamonds, including a 15-carat pink diamond at its center. The timepiece also features a handful of other precious stones, such as blue and yellow sapphires and Paraiba tourmalines. This luxurious watch is a masterpiece of artistry and innovation, combining modern technology with classic design. Its movement is powered by a self-winding chronometer, ensuring precise accuracy.
6- Patek Phillips Henry Graves
Price: $26 Million
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Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication is the world’s most expensive watch. It was commissioned in 1925 by banker Henry Graves. It took five years of work to complete the timepiece. The watch has 24 complications, including a chart of the night sky of New York City. The watch was sold in 2014 for 24 million US dollars. It has a rose gold case and a blue leather strap. The dial is engraved with a map of the world.
The watch also features a perpetual calendar, equation of time, and minute repeater. It also has a split-seconds chronograph and a power reserve indicator. The watch has a total of 920 parts, including 128 screws and 33 jewels. The hour and minute hands are made of gold, and the hands for the other complications are made of blued steel. The watch is now owned by an anonymous collector. It is considered a masterpiece of watchmaking and an important part of horological history.
5- Jaeger LeCoultre Machette
Price: $26 Million
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Joaillerie 101 Manchette is the world’s most expensive watch. Crafted from 18K white gold, the watch face is set with a total of 876 diamonds. The bezel is adorned with an additional 59 diamonds, making it a truly dazzling piece. The watch is powered by an ultra-thin mechanical movement, making it a marvel of modern engineering. The watch also features an original Jaeger-LeCoultre buckle, adding to its luxurious feel. The sapphire crystal case-back reveals the intricate details of the movement. It is a truly unique piece of horological art.
4- Breguet Grande Complication
Price: $30 Million
Crafted in the late 18th century, the watch is a masterwork of horology. Its beautiful gold and enamel case is set with diamonds and sapphires. Inside, the watch features a balance spring, a fusee and chain, a perpetual calendar, a thermometer, and a chronograph. All of these mechanisms were revolutionary and incredibly complicated at the time. The watch was also the first with a minute repeater. It is no wonder that this watch is so highly valued and sought after by collectors. Its unique beauty and remarkable level of craftsmanship make it a true treasure.
3- Patek Phillips Grandmaster
Price: $31 Million
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Patek Philippe’s Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300A-010 is the most expensive watch ever made. It is a complicated double-face wristwatch with 20 complications. It features a grande and petite sonnerie, a minute repeater, a date repeater, a perpetual calendar, and a second time zone. The case is made of 18-karat white gold. The dial is adorned with several subdials and an additional hand. It is powered by two manually wound movements and has a power reserve of up to seven days. The watch is truly a work of art and its price tag of $31 million USD reflects its exclusivity.
2- Graff Diamonds Fascination
Price: $40 Million
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Graff Diamonds Fascination is the world’s most expensive watch. Crafted from 18-karat white gold, this limited edition timepiece features a whopping 152.96152.96 carats of rare, flawless diamonds, including a pear-shaped diamond of 16.08 carats in the center. The watch’s case, dial, bezel and bracelet are all set with round, pear and marquise-shaped diamonds, adding to its remarkable magnificence. The watch also features a specialized design that gives it an eye-catching look, with an intricate pattern of diamonds that creates an alluring optical illusion. The diamond-encrusted bezel and lugs are complemented by a Diamond encrusted black alligator strap, giving this watch a timeless and luxurious look.
1- Graff Diamonds Hallucination
Price: $55 Million
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Graff Diamonds has created a wristwatch that is making heads turn and wallets quiver – the Graff Diamonds Hallucination. This eye-catching timepiece is an exquisite combination of diamonds, gemstones, and 18k white gold. It is a statement piece that is sure to impress and leave an unforgettable impression.
Hallucination’s design is truly one-of-a-kind. It features over 110 carats of vivid colored diamonds, comprising of pink, yellow, blue and orange diamonds. These precious gems are set in a unique, three-dimensional setting, creating a mesmerizing effect that is enhanced even further by the shimmer of the 18k white gold. The Graff Diamonds Hallucination is a work of art, and a timeless investment. It is no surprise, then, that it is one of the most expensive watches in the world – with a price tag of USD 55 million.