They say that time is money. But for the collectors who own the 10 most expensive watches ever sold, time is the ultimate status symbol.
There’s something magical about the way a luxury watch can capture the essence of time. It’s a constant reminder that every moment is precious and should be treasured. But not all watches are created equal. Some are more than just timekeepers – they’re veritable pieces of jewelry, status symbols, and historical artifacts. In this blog, we’ll explore the fascinating world of the 10 most expensive watches ever sold, each with its own story to tell.
Hublot Big Bang, 5 Million USD
The most expensive watch at Basel 2012 and Hublot’s most expensive watch to date, this Hublot Big Bang that features a combined total of 1,282 diamonds.
Vacheron Constantin 57260, 8 Million USD
This timepiece is a marvel of engineering – there are 2,800 individual parts that comprise this watch, by making up 57 complications and multiple calendars.
Patek Philippe Ref 1518, 11.1 Million USD
The first watch with a perpetual calendar, this Patek Philippe watch sold at 11.1 million USD in 2016.
Paul Newman Rolex Daytona, 18 Million USD
This watch had a heating bidding war behind it – telephonic bids went on for a long time before the auction finally ended at 18 million USD. Not made of any precious materials, this watch was owned by Newman and James Cox, which inflated the value of this timepiece so immensely.
Jacob & Co. Billionaire Watch, 18 Million USD
With a white gold case and full of emerald-cut diamonds that weigh approximately 260 carats, the Billionaire Watch is one of the finest tourbillons ever created.
Patek Philippe Supercomplication, 24 Million USD
A watch that beat its own record auction price, the Supercomplication is a hand-built watch that has 24 different functions, including a perpetual calendar, sunrise and sunset times, a Celestial map of New York, and more!
Chopard 201 Carat, 25 Million USD
The different colored diamonds create the most dazzling effect in the Chopard 201 Carat. In the middle of the forest of diamonds, a 15.37 carat pink diamond is nestled cozily. This timepiece is a work of art and a celebration in the truest sense.
Breguet No. 160, 30 Million USD
A pocket watch made for the French queen Marie-Antoinette and commissioned by a secret admirer, but was only completed 24 years after she had passed away. The historic story behind this watch is the primary reason for its price and it is a true testament to intricate craftsmanship in watchmaking.
Graff Diamond’s Fascination, 40 Million USD
Consisting of a total of 152.95 carats of diamonds, this high luxury watch has a brilliant, fancy-cut 38.13 carat pear-shaped diamond in the center.
Graff Diamond’s Hallucination, 55 Million USD
Boasting a dazzling display of rare and exotic colored diamonds that have been meticulously arranged in a seemingly haphazard manner, the Graff Diamond’s Hallucination is a feast for the eyes. It has a total of 110 carats of rare-colored diamonds and was worked on by John Graff himself.
As we wrap up our exploration of the world’s most expensive watches, one thing is clear – these timepieces are more than just instruments for telling time. They’re works of art, expressions of human creativity and ingenuity, and symbols of our obsession with luxury and exclusivity.