Collecting watches is one of the most expensive hobbies in the world. The proof of that is the price of the most expensive watch in the world that can reach several million dollars.
People say that time is money. But the makers of this unique collection of the most expensive watches manufactured till date believe in the opposite. Here money is time.
Here are the 10 most expensive watches in the world For the year 2010 2011
Jacob & Co.
The 18 carat white gold case of the Crystal Tourbillion is covered in 17.48 carats of baguette diamonds and has a transparent skeleton tourbillion dial. The piece is finished with an alligator band with a 2.22 carat baguette diamond buckle. Jacob & Co. manufactured 18 pieces of the white gold Crystal Tourbillion, available in the New York City boutique.
Million $ Black Caviar Bang
The case, crown dial, and clasp of Hublot’s Black Caviar Bang are encrusted in baguette-cut black diamonds. The watch, which has no numbers on the face, has 544 diamonds, a total of 34.5 carats. It is 18 carat white gold and has an adjustable leather strap. In 2009, it won the Grand Prix de Genève Jewellery Watch prize. Founded in 1980, Hublot today is a subsidiary of Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.
Royal Blue Tourbillion
This limited edition watch, produced only in 30 pieces and sold at select retailers, has a platinum case and bracelet and is set with a total of 568 baguette-cut Top Wesselton diamonds (33.8 carats) and 234 baguette-cut royal blue sapphires (16.79 carats). It is water-resistant to a depth of 30 meters. Additional pieces, also set with baguette diamonds and sapphires, are available with a leather strap and platinum buckle. Founded in 1846 as a maker of marine chronometers, the company is still privately held.
Sky Moon Tourbillion
Price: more than $1,091,869
Patek Philippe’s first double-faced wristwatch features the nocturnal sky on its reverse side with the motion of the stars, the orbit of the moon, the moon phases, and a display of sidereal time. It has a tourbillion, perpetual calendar, and a minute repeater. Founded in 1851, privately held Patek Philippe is based in Geneva.
This one-of-a-kind piece, available by contacting Blancpain’s headquarters in Paudex, Switzerland, has 480 diamonds totalling 58 carats on the dial, bezel, case middle, lugs, and bracelet. It is self-winding and has an exceptionally long power reserve: seven days. The case is water-resistant to a depth of 100 meters. The company is owned by Swatch Group.
Fibonacci Pocket Watch
The Fibonacci pocket watch features mother-of-pearl counters and a white gold dial. The case is decorated with enameling of a lotus flower, designed to mimic Fibonacci’s Golden Rule, represented by the snail shape—a theme continuously used in the watchmaker’s other designs. It has a minute repeater with cathedral chimes and a perpetual calendar. The piece is available by special order from the Parmigiani Fleurier manufacturers, and the process can take up to two years. Michel Parmigiani founded the company in 1975 in Fleurier, Switzerland.
Aeternitas Mega 4
The watch, which contains 1,483 components, has 36 complications, the most of any watch in the world. It displays three time zones and a 999-year calendar, has a flyback chronograph, and chimes the Carillon Westminster melody on the hour (considered a very high complication), with small strikes on the quarter hour. It has a three-day power reserve for the movement and 24-hour reserve for the chime. The Mega 4 is a special-order watch available only in New York and Geneva. The company was founded in 1992 and is based in Genthod, Switzerland.
Secret watch with phoenix decor
Cartier’s one-of-a-kind phoenix-shaped wristwatch, which makes its debut in April, is made of 18 carat, rhodium-plated white gold. It uses emeralds for the eyes and has one pear-shaped, portrait-cut diamond weighing 3.53 carats. The piece, part of the Merveilles du Nil de Cartier collection, is covered with 3,010 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 80.13 carats. Cartier is owned by Richemont.
The Piaget Emperador “Temple” actually has two hidden watches that are revealed by pushing down on certain parts. On one watch, the case is set with 481 brilliant-cut diamonds, 207 baguette-cut diamonds, and an emerald-cut diamond on the top of the case. On the second watch, which has a tourbillion and a 40-hour power reserve, the Polynesian mother-of-pearl dial is set with 162 brilliant-cut diamonds and 11 baguette-cut diamonds. The bracelet is set with 350 baguette-cut diamonds. This one-of-a-kind piece has already sold, but Piaget says other double secret watches can be commissioned. Piaget is owned by Richemont.
In January, Swiss watchmaker Louis Moinet introduced a concept, Meteoris: a set of four tourbillion watches, each made out of other worldly materials, such as meteorite from Mars, the moon, an asteroid, and an ancient meteorite called “Rosetta Stone.” The company got the materials from meteorite hunter Luc Labenne and worked with universities around the world to authenticate them. Meteoris comes with a planetarium that depicts the solar system and must be purchased as a set.