While a good timepiece costs a decent amount, there are exquisite marvels in the watch industry that flaunt a price tag as high as 55 million dollars. These exquisitely-crafted watches covered with precious stones and gems take months to finish. Besides, cost isn’t the only reason watch aficionados get attracted to these beauties. Unmatchable craftsmanship and haute horlogerie make them stand out from the chrono-crowd. Here’s a list of seven high-priced timepieces from across the world in no particular order
1. Graff Diamonds Hallucination
This marvellous timepiece is an absolute beauty studded with more than 110 carats of beautifully-coloured diamonds that conveniently set onto a platinum bracelet. The spectacular designing incorporates sparkling diamonds in round, pear, emerald as well as marquise cuts in shades of yellow, pink, green and blue.
2. PATEK PHILIPPE HENRY GRAVES SUPERCOMPLICATION
Supercompilation pocket watch by Patek Philippe is another beautiful creation that has successfully occupied a place in the list of world’s most sought-after mechanical timepieces. Specially crafted for Henry Graves Junior, the watch features a total of 24 complications that include the sunset and sunrise time, a perpetual calendar, a unique celestial chart, which is based on the late evening sky above Graves’ New York home as well as a minute repeater along with exclusive Westminster chimes.
3. PATEK PHILIPPE REF. 1518 IN STAINLESS STEEL
Another exemplary example of high-end Swiss matchmaking is the Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 in Stainless Steel – the first perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch crafted in Basel, Switzerland in 1941. Initially, Patek Philippe made 281 Ref 1518 watches in yellow gold, 55 versions in rose gold and only four versions in stainless steel. The manually-wound watch with a 35mm diameter is powered by a customised Valjoux ebauche movement. It sure is a collector’s delight!
4. CHOPARD 201-CARAT
This dazzling Chopard 201-carat marvel consists of a 12-carat blue diamond, a 15-carat pink diamond, an 11-carat white diamond along with 163 carats of sparkling yellow and white diamonds. A perfect compilation of 847 diamonds makes this timepiece a prized watch cum wrist jewel. The watch’s centre is the most appealing because it’s made up of three elegant heart-shaped diamonds in blue, yellow and pink and makes the centre stand out.
5. GRAFF DIAMONDS THE FASCINATION
The Fascination by Graff Diamonds occupies yet another position in the list of the world’s most costly timepieces. This glittering model comprises 152.96 carats of sparkling white diamonds with a 38.13-carat D flawless pear-shaped diamond in the centre, which can conveniently be detached into a beautiful ring.
6. JACOB & CO. BILLIONAIRE
This bejewelled masterpiece with 260 carats of emerald-cut shiny, white diamonds in an 18k white gold case with a sapphire crystal and caseback is the epitome of fine watchmaking. All in all, it features 167 individual components and 19 jewels. Its Art Deco-inspired time skeleton in the middle further adds to the beauty of this timeless watch that offers a 72-hour power reserve.
7. BREGUET MARIE-ANTOINETTE GRANDE COMPLICATION
This spectacular pocket watch isn’t just a marvellous work of art but also has an outstanding story associated with it. The original version of this classy pocket watch was crafted by an alleged beau of the French Queen, Marie Antoinette in 1782. Believe it or not but it took more than 40 years to complete it. Unfortunately, the recipient passed away before he could receive it. With an amazing 23 complications and 823 parts, the self-winding watch features a perpetual calendar, a minute repeater, a bimetallic thermometer and jumping hour among other complex auxiliary mechanisms.
These marvellously-engineered watches with elegant engagement components and bejewelled bodies epitomise the highest human calibre and creativity. Want to own one such timepiece? Start saving up now!