The World's Most Valuable Wristwatches
15) Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon: $1.3 million
The Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon has over 694 handmade components, and features two faces; one showing solar time and a perpetual date calendar, with the other showing moon phases on a map of the night sky. It also offers a minute reader, a tourbillon, the display of sidereal time and a 24 hour hand.
14) Vacheron Constantin Tour de l’Ile: $1.5 million
Produced in a limited edition of seven, the Vacheron Constantin Tour de l’Ile was created to mark the company’s 250th anniversary. It features 834 parts, and offers a tourbillon, a minute repeater, a perpetual calendar, sunset time, second time zone, the equation of time and the representation of the night sky.
13) Richard Mille RM 56 Felipe Massa Sapphire watch: $1.7 million
Only five of these exist. The watch has a tourbillon movement covered in sapphire crystal that takes 1,000 hours to machine, 430 hours to grind, and 350 hours to finish. The time alone raises its value to $1.7 million.
12) Blancpain Tourbillon Diamants: $1.8 million
A one-of-a-kind piece, this Blancpain creation has 480 diamonds, is self winding, water resistant, and its power reserve lasts seven days. It is worth $1,812,700.
11) Patek Philippe Model 1591: $2.2 million
This stainless steel watch, made in 1944 by Patek Philippe & Co, is a water-resistant perpetual calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, phases of the moon, and luminous indexes. It broke auction records for a stainless steel watch when it sold for $2,240,714 at auction in 2007.
10) Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4: $2.7 million
The Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4 is the world’s most complicated watch, with 1,483 components and 36 complications (25 of which are visible). Featuring, amongst other complications, the world’s first eternal calendar, the first of its kind was sold in 2009 to the American watch collector Michael J. Gould for a price of $2.7 million.
9) Patek Philippe Ref. 2499 wristwatch: $2.7 million
A rare reference 2499 made in 1950 of pink gold with perpetual calendar chronograph and moon phases. Sold for $2,748,438 at Christie’s in May 2012.
8) Cartier secret watch with phoenix decor: $2.7 million
Cartier created a unique phoenix shaped wristwatch in 2010, made of 18 carat rhodium-plated white gold with emerald eyes and one 3.53 carat diamond. It is part of the Merveilles du Nil de Cartier collection, and worth $2,755,000.
7) Patek Philippe Gold World Time: $3 million
An 18k gold two crown world time wristwatch with 24 hour indication and cloisonné enamel dial depicting the North American continent, made in 1955, sold for $2,990,154 at Christie's in May 2012.
6) Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Minute Repeating wristwatch: $3 million
This became the most expensive wristwatch ever sold by Sotheby’s when it fetched $2,994,500 in June 2012. From the Henry Graves collection, this tonneau minute repeating wristwatch with a 1895 movement was engraved with the Graves family coat-of-arms, and was the only example of its kind executed in yellow gold.
5) Piaget Emperador ‘Temple’: $3.3 million
The Piaget Emperador ‘Temple’ is a unique double secret watch with two hidden watches, revealed by pushing down on parts. The case is set with hundreds of diamonds. It was sold for $3,300,000 in 2010.
4) Patek Philippe’s Platinum World Time: $4 million
The 1939 Platinum World Time watch features a self-winding mechanism and allows the user to tell the time in 24 cities around the world (one for each time zone). The unique 1939 model was sold by the auction house Antiquorum in 2002 for more than $4 million.
3) Louis Moinet Meteoris: $4.6 million
Meteoris is a set of four tourbillon watches made with other worldly materials. One includes part of a meteorite from Mars, another part of the moon, another part of an asteroid, and the last part of the ancient Rosetta Stone meteorite. They come with a planetarium and must be purchased as a whole set for $4,599,487
2) Patek Philippe Ref. 1527 wristwatch - $5.7 million
The unique, historically important 18K gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch was manufactured in 1943. The forerunner to a generation of Patek Philippe watches, it was sold during a Christies auction in Geneva in 2010 for a price of $5,708,885.
1) 201-carat Chopard: $25 million
This diamond-encrusted watch features an amazing total of 874 diamonds of different sizes, colours and cuts, ranging from three heart-shaped diamonds totalling 48 carats to 443 FC natural Fancy Intense Yellow diamonds. A mechanism allows the three heart-shaped diamonds to open, like the petals of a flower, to reveal the pavé-set watch face.
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