As the old saying goes, “time is gold”. While this adage might mean how precious time is, some people take this metaphor literally by purchasing watches not only made of gold but also of gems and precious stones.
If you’re one of the many who are in love with luxury watches, then you’re in for a treat with these expensive watches that have outrageously huge price tags.
1. MB&F HM4 Final Edition (Price: $230,000)
With just 8 pieces manufactured, this is definitely one of the rarest luxury watches ever produced. The MB&F Horological Machine 4 looks more like a jet pack than a watch. It is made of black titanium with two horizontal windows — one indicating the time and the other, the watch’s mechanical movement power reserve.
2. Chopard L.U.C Tourbillon Baguette (Price: $240,000)
No, the baguette doesn’t stand for bread, but it stands for the baguette-cut diamonds that are embedded in this Chopard watch. This timepiece, powered by a tourbillon base mechanical movement, will put you back almost a quarter of a million dollars. This watch is very limited since the manufacturers only produced 25 pieces of this jewelry.
3. Jean Dunand Shabaka (Price: $500,000)
This art-deco and modern Egyptian designed watch made by Jean Dunand is another piece that made it to the list of the priciest watches on the market. The movement of this watch is designed by no other than Christophe Claret before he came out with his own timepieces.
4. Maîtres du Temps Chapter One Round Transparence (Price: $540,000)
Translated in English as Master of Time, Maitres du Temps’ Chapter One Round Transparence has brought watch engineering and design to a whole new level. With master watchmakers collaborating to create this one-of-a-kind timepiece, it surely deserves its more than $500,000 price tag.
5. Christophe Claret DualTow Nighteagle (Price: $595,000)
Released in 2010, this luxury watch has been making waves in the world of horology. The Nighteagle is an upgrade of Christophe Claret’s DualTow watch. According to their website, the watch’s name Nighteagle is inspired by “the ultra high-tech world of stealth aircraft such as the American F-117 Night Hawk” and “another ruler of the skies, the royal eagle.”
6. George Daniel Co-Axial Chronograph (Price: $619,000)
This rare and luxurious watch is designed by George Daniel, who is named as the most important watchmaker of the 20th century. Throughout his lifetime, Daniel only produced a few number of watches, including the Co-Axial Escapement, which was later bought by watch manufacturer Omega. This gem was reportedly bought at an auction for $619,000 in 2012.
7. Bulgari Magsonic Sonnerie Tourbillon (Price: $620,000)
Built with over 900-hand finished parts, the Bulgari Magsonic Sonnerie Tourbillon is one of the most “ultra-complicated” timepieces on the market. The watch’s case is made from a “magsonic” alloy that enhances the sound of the timepiece.
8. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Grande Complication (Price: $741,600)
Since the late 1800’s, Audemars Piguet has made more grand complications than any watch producers existing in the market. Their Royal Oak Grande Complication could probably be the most complicated and rare version that they ever made that has a perpetual calendar, minute repeater and chronograph.
9. Hublot Big Bang 10th Anniversary collection timepiece (Price: $1,100,000)
The boxing legend who won the most lucrative fight in boxing history now goes by the nickname “Money”. Thus, Floyd Mayweather is used to lavish lifestyle and he likes to show it. While in Dubai, Mayweather went on an epic shopping spree and purchased a Hublot Big Bang 10th Anniversary timepiece worth $1,100,000. The Swiss brand released only 10 of them.
10. Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4 (Price: $2,700,000)
Dubbed as the “most complicated wristwatch ever produced in the world”, this $2.4 million timepiece brags 36 complications, almost 1,500 components, and is embedded with 99 jewels; it’s a masterpiece that you want to wear on your wrist.
11. Patek Philippe 5004T (Price: $3,985,000)
The Swiss watch brand Patek Philippe is definitely one of the well-known makers of luxury and expensive watches and a favorite brand during auctions. In a charity auction in 2013, the Patek Philippe 5004T was auctioned off at a staggering $3.98million, making it the world’s most expensive watch. This watch is the only titanium-made watch in Patek Philippe’s 5004 watch collection.