Buying a luxury watch is much of a fashion statement as it is an investment. These exquisite timepieces have so much more to them than simply showing time and, like a good whiskey, they will increase in value over time.
Take a look at these ten timepieces that display beautiful craftsmanship, precision engineering, and a price tag north of $1 million.
1. Jaeger Lecoultre Hybris Mechanica Grande Sonnerie
PRICE: $2.5 MILLION
Based in Le Sentier, Switzerland, luxury watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre was founded all the way back in 1833 by Antoine LeCoultre. This particular timepiece was originally crowned worlds most’s complicated watch. The watch is equipped with Calibre 182 movement with 26 complications, 1,300 parts, and a 44mm 18k white gold case.
2. A. Lange & Sohne´s Grand Complication
PRICE: $2.6 MILLION
A. Lange & Söhne is a german watchmaking company founded in 1845. For 2013, the brand announced that it would be releasing one of the most expensive watches of all time in the $2.6 million Grand Complication. This extremely complex watch is housed in a 50mm diameter pink gold case with 867 parts. The watch also sounds off 24 hours of chimes throughout the day, all of which were turned completely by hand.
3. Blancpain Pain Le Brassus Tourbillon Carrousel
PRICE: $3.85 MILLION
Gravity is a mechanical watch’s worst enemy. Watchmakers deploy a handful of devices in order to reduce the adverse effects gravity has on movement. Tourbillon and carrousel (carousel) are two such methods, and this watch is extremely unique due to the fact that it uses both – a real engineering feat. In fact, Blancpain is the first to do so. Founded in 1735, the Swatch Group-owned brand has earned the respect of watch aficionados everywhere for innovation like this. The Tourbillon Carrousel watch is equipped with a 44.60 mm diameter case and composed of 379 parts.
4. Piaget Emperador Temple
This beautiful and appealing watch is also called as fully iced. This watch has two parts of the case the first part is designed with 207 baguette cut diamonds, 481 brilliant cut diamonds, and an emerald cut diamond that is located on the top of the case whereas the second part contain a watch that has a dial made up of Polynesian mother of pearl and is adorned with 173 diamonds in baguette and brilliant cuts.
5. Louis Moinet “Meteoris”
PRICE: $4.6 MILLION
The inventor of the chronograph’s legacy lives on through collections like this. Technically this is a set of watches, but because these four tourbillons sell for $4,599,487. What makes these watches so unique (and expensive) are the construction materials. Collaborating with Luc Labenne, the watches have been made using pieces from not only the moon, but also a Mars meteorite and an asteroid. You also get a complimentary planetarium depicting the solar system with your multi-million dollar investment.
6. Hublot Big Bang Diamond watch.
PRICE: $5 million
Hublot Diamond watch is one of the most expensive watches in the world. It is a beautiful watch that is designed and adorned with 1,280 diamonds that weigh 140 carats and it contains six stones each of them weigh at least three carats. It is a watch that requires a high time for creation as the company assigns seventeen employees that took fourteen months in its designing. It is an outstanding diamond watch that has 18 carat white gold dial of 4.4mm with 18 carat white gold lining and the bracelet also contains 18 carat white gold.
7. The Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon
PRICE: $5.6 million
The Sky Moon Tourbillon is the most complicated watch ever made by Patek Philippe and also the workshop’s first double-face wristwatch. On the front side: perpetual calendar with retrograde date hand and on the back side: sidereal time, sky chart, phase and orbit of the Moon. Sky Moon Tourbillon movement consists of 686 parts, some of which are microscopically small. On May 10, 2010, a Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon 18K gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases.
8. Patek Philippe Caliber 89 Pocket Watch
PRICE: $6 MILLION
Built back in 1989, this timepiece remains the world’s most complicated pocket watch with an impressive 33 complications. The watch was created to celebrate the company’s 150-year anniversary, weighs over 2 pounds, and took the team at Patek Philippe five years of research along with four years of manufacturing to make this watch a reality. With 1,728 components, this complex mechanical pocket watch can perform all sorts of functions, including displaying the temperature.
9. Breguet Hora Mundi
PRICE: $10 MILLION
The man, who was responsible for establishing the Breguet company in Paris all the way back in 1775, was Abraham Louis Breguet. Breguet is claimed to having invented the tourbillon. This technology brought to his company success and recognition. Many consider Breguet to be the world’s oldest and longest running timepiece manufacturer in the world.
10. Breguet Grande Complication Marie-Antoinette
PRICE: $30 MILLION
Encased in gold, displaying the intricate mechanism running it, Breguet used sapphire to lower the friction within the piece. It was commissioned by an alleged lover of Marie Antoinette, the French queen. Work on the watch began in 1782 by Abraham-Louis Breguet and was finished in 1827 by his son, 4 years after his death. The result, an amazing piece of design, class, and technology containing every function that was possible at that time. Marie Antoinette did not get to see the watch since it was completed 34 years after her execution.
When not in use, these luxury watches need to be kept safe and in good conditions. Take a look at these exquisite watch winders from Boca do Lobo‘s Private Collection, that, just like the piece, are a celebration of superior craftsmanship and hyper-luxury design.
This unique winder reflects fascinating design handcrafted to become an object of desire. The fine mechanisms of valuable automatic watches require movement and relaxation.
Valuable clocks are like diamonds. Lapidated like these precious gems, Diamond watch winder was sculpted from the finest materials in order to offer the perfect ambiance to the most valued collector watches while providing the best care the sensitive mechanisms of automatic timepieces require.
Inspired by the beauty and nobleness of the world’s toughest material, the Diamond Safe is one of the most emblematic piece in Boca do Lobo’s collection. With a distinct design, this safe is customizable to fit safe-boxes, watch winders and cigar humidors.
Designed in a Victorian futuristic style and inspired by traditional Swiss watch making techniques, the Baron Safe is an exceptional piece of Haute craftsmanship, perfect for those with an appetite for extreme luxury.