13 Watches to Make You Swoon
Do you ever experience watch lust? It's that overwhelming desire that starts in your core, begging you to try that Rolex on. Just once. So what if it costs as much as a year's worth of rent? Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are a handful of brands that fetch prices in the six-figures, this being fairly common.
Would you believe that there are some that even break $1 million? $2 million? How about $11 million? With their precision craftsmanship and sky-high price tags, these make Apple's $17K gold iWatch pale in comparison.
Because we are obsessed with all things opulent and covetable, we have conducted a round-up of some of the world's most expensive timepieces to date. Each of these on our list must have passed the $1 million threshold, some venturing into the tens of millions. Yes, you read that right. Tens. Of. Millions. The best part of this list? Each and every one of these watches is available on the market today.
Take a look at our thirteen top picks for these beyond-belief luxury watches. You'll never view your trusty Timex the same way again.
13. Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon $1.3 million
Not just a watch, this lunar-themed watch is a work of engineering brilliance, with two sides featuring independent, different scenes. With this comes the advantage of keeping two time zones simultaneously. An amazing feat of engineering and artful watchmaking, this watch is sure to make you want to do a great deal of moon-gazing.
12. Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica Grande Sonnerie Watch $1.5 million
At just under $1.5 million, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica Grande Sonnerie watch is unbelievably crafted from 1,300 individual parts. Through being made up of an impressive number of parts, it is capable of playing the Big Ben chime sequence in its entirety. How can you not love a watch that reminds you of being in Jolly Ol' every time the hour turns? Released in 2009, this beautiful work of art is part of the Hybris Mechanica 55 trilogy.
11. Vacheron Constatin Tour de I'lle $1.5 million
Two watches, $1.5 million! If we had this kind of money lying around, we'd definitely consider adding this one to our collections. Crafted of 18 karat gold, this very sophisticated watch boasts a blue sapphire glass with a non-reflective aspect. The best part of this beauty? It is double-sided, making it perfect for the jet set to keep time in both their home cities.
10. Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1 $1.6 million
Watch becomes art in this Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1, featuring a nanosculpture created by artist Willard Wigan. This watch is perhaps an example of some of the most interesting we've ever seen. It was released in 2013, its price tag quickly rocketing it to the top ten world's most expensive watches.
9. The Richard Mille RM 56-01 $1.85 million
Another watch utilizing a rare and classy sapphire glass case, The Richard Mille RM 56-01 has a unique case, in that it is fully glass. Another stellar release during the SIHH 2013, this Richard Mille is at the top of his list of the most expensive of his designs.
8. Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 56-02 Sapphire $2 million
We know, we know, but we can't change the numbers. Two Richard Mille watches in a row make our list. At the SIHH 2014, this Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 56-02 Sapphire was launched, showing up its RM 56-01 from the previous year. It offers the rare and very unique tripartite sapphire case and cabled movement design.
7. Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4 $2.4 million
Rated as the most intricate timepiece in the world, the Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4 has over 36 unique actions and functions. A very complicated movement boasts around 1,500 parts, all working together to make this incredibly complex timepiece tick. It's a work of art inside and out.
6. A. Lange & Shne Grand Complication $2.5 million
Another watch that made its debut at the SIHH 2013, The A. Lange & Shne Grand Complication, this is an incredible work of engineering genius. The Grand Complication offers a grand sonnerie and petit sonnerie, plus a minute repeater, a split-seconds function and jumping seconds and a monopusher chronograph with a perpetual calendar with a moon-phase display. All of this for the bargain price of $2.5 million! Everyone should have at least two at that price.
5. Patek Philippe 5004T $4 million
This out-of-this-world timepiece was created as a one-off model for a 2013 auction. The Patek Philippe 5004T is the one single titanium version of the discontinued reference 5004 watch collection. Although it might be hard to obtain the titanium version, in a move to say goodbye to the more conservative collection, Patek Philippe produced a sportier appearance for the 5004 dress watch.
4. Patek Philippe Platinum World Time $4 million
Yes, there's a Patek Philippe theme going here, but what can we say? These are some of the classiest AND most expensive watches on the entire face of the planet. For a mere $4 million, you can have the World Time finished in white, yellow or rose gold, or platinum. A self-winding model, this watch will let you find the time anywhere in the world.
3. Patek Philippe Super Complication $11 million
If you have a spare $11 million sitting around, you can own this piece of watch-making mastery, built in 18 carat gold. This pocket watch has over 900 parts and took a whopping 5 years of a master watchmaker's life to make. Originally created for American banker Henry Graves, there are a limited number of these out there that can be found.
2. Chopard 210 karat $25 million
Surprise! It's not a Patek Philippe! Blinging it up with 201 carats of colored diamonds, this gorgeous watch fulfills the functions of both incredible jewelry and stellar timepiece.
1. The Graff Diamonds Hallucination watch costs $55 million
The number one, most expensive watch on our list is the Graff Diamonds Hallucination watch, created by Graff Jewelry. Although new to the watch scene, this incredible women's timepiece is encrusted in multi-colored diamonds, set in platinum. This is the only one of these watches on the planet, and surprisingly, it's still available for sale. We're really not sure why someone hasn't pulled out their checkbook for this magnificent piece of timekeeping ingenuity.
As you can see, you don't have to rely on ho-hum watches to keep you on track. With a Swiss bank account and some connections, you, too, can bedeck your wrist (or pocket) with one of these incredibly beautiful, incredibly expensive watches.