There are several accessories that convey the idea of status and power, and one of the most representative props of this is, without a doubt, the watches.Or are you going to say that you’ve never noticed the luxurious, expensive models football stars, heads of state, and other bigwigs hang from their wrists – and in some cases their pockets?
Not to mention that, in addition to these watches created to be displayed by their wealthy owners, there are also unique and extremely rare examples that arouse the desire of collectors worldwide, and these yes can cost true fortunes!Were you curious to meet some of them?So check out some of the most expensive watches on the planet in the list below:
10 – Piaget Emperor Temple
Value: US $ 3.3 million.
Completely covered by hundreds of diamonds, the Piaget Emperor Temple is actually two clocks in one.Its dial – with a background made of Polynesian mother-of-pearl – is hidden behind a small window inserted in a kind of pyramid that also opens, revealing a second internal clock.
Only one unit of the Emperor Temple was produced – and sold for $ 3.3 million – but Piaget accepts orders if you are interested in parading with a specimen on the wrist.
9 – Patek Philippe 1928
Amount: auctioned for US $ 3.6 million.
As the above issue was produced in 1928, practically on the eve of the great US stock market crash, it became the most symbolic model ever launched by Patek Philippe.The watch is made of 18-carat white gold and features other jewelry inserted in its mechanism, and was auctioned for just over $ 3.6 million in 2011.
8 – Patek Philippe Platinum World Time
Value: valued at $ 4 million.
It is believed that only one unit of the Patek Philippe Platinum World Time was produced and, when it was released – in the year 1939 -, this watch was the most expensive in the world.Made entirely of platinum, this extremely rare specimen was sold for just over $ 4 million (or about $ 9.6 million) in 2002.
7 – Louis Moinet Meteoris
Value: US $ 4.6 million.
Do you know what makes the watch above something so special?It has a fragment of the rare lunar meteor Dhofar 459, and is part of a limited edition that has only four copies, each with a bit of space rock different from the other.You can check the other pieces of the collection in the gallery below, with the respective extraterrestrial fragments indicated in the captions:
6 – Breguet et Fils No. 2667
Amount: auctioned for almost $ 4.7 million.
Although the watch above looks rather bland, it is considered extremely rare and was originally sold in London for 5,000 francs in the year 1814. The piece is made of 18 carat gold and has two complete mechanisms on its dial, and was purchased For $ 4.7 million – or about $ 11 million – during an auction in 2012.
5 – Hublot Big Bang
Value: US $ 5 million.
The above part is more for a jewelry than for a watch!Swiss-made, the accessory features no less than 1280 3-carat diamonds each, and Hublot took a year to get all the jewelry needed to produce the Big Bang.
And then each of the diamonds was worked by a famous New York jeweler so they all had the same characteristics. Do you know who has one? Jay Z, who won as a gift from wife Beyonce. Poor children …
4 – Patek Philippe Reference 1527
Amount: auctioned for US $ 5.7 million.
The wrist watch above, though it seems to be simple and not to have anything special – beyond the price!-, is made in 18 carat gold, its hands are silver, the gold numbers, the internal mechanism has 23 jewels, and it brings a perpetual calendar and up display to the phases of the moon.
The piece belonged to the Stern family, owner of luxury watch maker Patek Philippe, and despite being valued between $ 1.4 million and $ 2.3 million, the watch was bought at a $ 5 auction, 7 million in 2010.
3 – Patek Philippe Henry Graves Super Complication
Value: valued at US $ 11 million.
Have you ever imagined that a pocket watch could be so valuable?For the above model, besides being expensive, also has an interesting story associated with it.In the 1920s, a couple of very wealthy American friends – carmaker James Packard and banker Henry Graves – decided to bet on what they could get their hands on the most complicated clock in the world.
Packard started the battle, hiring the services of the manufacturer Patek Philippe, the same one that produced the clock of the previous item.Graves, who did not want to be left behind, also ordered the manufacturer a unique model and paid a sum five times higher than the one paid by the friend.
The result was a supercomplex piece that gained the name of Super Complication made of solid 18 carat gold with 24 functions, such as a chronological for each hour of the day, an alarm for the minutes and a dial with the buildings of New York.The watch was acquired in 1999 by an anonymous buyer at an auction for an extraordinary $ 11 million, and is currently on display at a museum dedicated to Patek Philippe in Geneva, Switzerland.
2 – 201 carat Chopard
Value: valued at $ 25 million.
In addition to being one of the most expensive watches in the world, the 201 carat Chopard is also the most extravagant!Swiss-made, this accessory has a total of 874 diamonds inlaid: three heart-shaped, 289 pear-shaped, 139 round and, finally, 443 yellow diamonds.
The same dial is half concealed amid so much preciousness, and its design allows the face of the clock to open like rose petals.Do you think exaggeration?For, as you may have guessed, Chopard is a collector’s item and someone paid an exorbitant $ 25 million – or close to $ 60 million – for him at an auction.
1 – Breguet Grande Complication Marie-Antoinette No. 160
Value: valued at US $ 30 million.
Also known simply as Marie-Antoinette or The Queen , the above piece was created by the Swiss watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet supposedly at the request of a lover of the famous French queen.However, although Breguet started working on the watch in 1782, it was only terminated by his son in 1827, four years after the Swiss’s death – and a few years after Marie-Antoinette was sent to the guillotine.
The watch has all the functions known for the time and its structure is made in gold.The intricate inner mechanism is exposed, and Breguet used sapphires to reduce the friction of the pieces.Unique in the world, it was part of a collection of the LA Mayer Institute for Islamic Art in Jerusalem, was stolen by a celebrated thief in the 1980s, recovered in 2007, and became the object of collector’s desire the world over.
A replica of the piece was produced by Breguet watchmakers and was valued at $ 10 million (or about $ 24 million), and the original value is estimated at $ 30 million – or close to $ 72 million !
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