The most expensive watches in the world
Watches are one of the most stylish accessories you can own, and there’s a unique thrill to investing in a jealousy-inducing timepiece that you can show off every day. But for some, that thrill needs to be coupled with blowing a lot of cash in the process too. From luxurious materials to innovative designs, this is a collection of some of the most expensive watches in the world.
Vacheron Constantin Tour de I’lle
The Vacheron Constantin Tour de I’lle watch is considered one of the most valuable watches you can buy – and at £107,0000, it’s easy to see why. This unique and beautiful piece was created in 2005 and was one of a limited production, making it a rare item as well. It features non-reflective glass, gold and sapphires.
Christophe Claret DualTow Night Eagle
Modern, contemporary and filled with unique features, the DualTow watch was limited to just 68 pieces. The time is told via two revolving belts which creates a chronograph with a planetary gear system. This watch has 65 jewels within the shadowy dial, along with a mini gong and hammer for its chime, and tourbillons which is a mechanism to help counter the effect of gravity within the watch. All this gadgetry will set you back £445,000.
Chopard Super Ice Cube
A truly stunning watch set in an 18-carat white gold case, the Chopard Super Ice Cube comprises 60 carat diamonds which have been cut into perfect cubes. This striking bracelet and watch combination is worth £784,000 but is more than just a pretty face – it’s also scratch- and water-resistant up to 100 feet, and has precision Swiss quartz movement.
Patek Philippe 5004T
The Patek Philippe 5004T is a one of a kind watch that was created in 2013 specifically for auction and is the only titanium version of the now-discontinued 5004 collection. It has a sportier style than the other watches in this collection, making it something of a talking point when it was released, and sold at auction for £2.9 million
Louis Moinet Meteoris
When it comes to expensive watches, rarity plays an important role in dictating the price tag. For the Louis Moinet Meteoris watch, rare is not an overused term. There were only four of these watches created and each one contains something unique – moon rock. And that uniqueness comes at a premium – this impressive watch costs £3.5 million.
Rolex 6062 Bao Dai
Nothing says luxury watches quite like a Rolex but the Bao Dai watch made records for achieving the most expensive price ever for a Rolex – £3.85 million. Made for the last emperor of Vietnam, Bao Dai, this yellow-gold moon phase watch has a black dial and diamond hour markers.
Paul Newman Rolex Daytona
Given to Paul Newman by his wife, Joanne Woodward, in 1968, the Daytona Rolex is widely considered to be one of the most famous watches in the world. It was sold at auction in just 12 minutes to an undisclosed buyer for an unbelievable £13.5 million. The watch itself is classically stylish, with a black and cream face and silver features, and has become the epitome of vintage watches.
Patek Phillipe Henry Graves Supercomplication
The most expensive Patek Phillipe watch in the world is the Supercomplication which was created for Henry Graves and is priced at £17.8 million. The piece is incredibly intricate and has a perpetual calendar, times for sunrise and sunset, a celestial chart that’s based on the night sky above Graves’ home in New York, and more besides – in fact, it has 24 complications in total, hence the name.
Breguet Marie-Antoinette Grande Complication Pocket Watch
The Breguet Grande watch is a unique and beautiful watch in itself but it also comes with a history as well. This pocket watch was commissioned by a suspected lover of Marie-Antoinette in 1782 but the French queen never received this incredible timepiece as she died before it was completed. The watch took over 40 years to construct and is worth £21.4 million.
Chopard 201 Carat
The iconic Swiss-based luxury watch company, Chopard, manufactured the 210 Carat – the most expensive watch in the world and priced at an astonishing £18.5 million. This bracelet-style watch is showered in rare coloured diamonds – a 15-carat pink diamond, a 12-carat blue diamond and an 11-carat white diamond, plus an additional 163 carats of white and yellow diamonds – that have been carefully placed to look like flowers.