Every single wristwatch, from the cheapest simple ones to the most expensive and most intricate feats of modern engineering, involves 100s of years of amazing tech advances. In fact, many of them are works of art as well as perfect timepieces. Take the Tourbillon, for example. Having been invented way back in 1795, this watch is capable of countering the effects of gravity that are responsible for imprecise time on many watches. However, if you come across a Rolex Tourbillon, walk away rather than buying it because it has to be a fake since Rolex doesn’t make a Tourbillon. Hublot, on the other hand, does make a Tourbillon, as does Parmigiani.
In case you’ve been wondering which watches are the priciest in the world, here’s a short list of The Top 10 High End Watches North of $100,000 (Mainly waaaaaaay north!):
1. Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers – $387,200
This watchmaker began making watches back in 1755. That actually would make it the oldest watchmaker worldwide that has a history that is completely uninterrupted. In addition, it’s known as one of three of the world’s best traditional watchmakers. And, it’s in good company along with Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe. In 1799, Constantin was the first at developing the engine-turned dial. Previous owners of this amazing watch include Harry Truman, Napoleon Bonaparte, the Duke of Windsor, and Pope Pius XI. It’s surprisingly thin with an 18k rose gold case, black alligator strap, manual winding, and a 34-hour power reserve.
2. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon – $404k
Antoine LeCoultre opened a tiny watch shop in 1833 in Le Sentier, Switzerland. His main obsession was to create the most accurate timepiece in the world. He was successful at creating the world’s first micrometer. This watch uses the tourbillon, which is one mechanical aspect invented in 1795 that can counteract gravity’s effects. It has a dial that is ruthenium rhodium-plated and a platinum case.
3. A Lange & Sohne Tourbograph – $580k
A. Lange & Söhne began watchmaking in 1845, however, their factory was seized right after WWII by the East Germans. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the great-grandson of the company’s founders revived it and started making handcrafted watches. They offer a 41-jewel movement with 1097 moving parts and are available in gold or platinum with a crocodile band, exhibition back, and a sapphire crystal. Each watch is made one-at-a-time and requires 30-days to put together.
4. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Complication – $869k
Audemars Piguet is always competing with Patek Philippe for the top place in consistently producing the most expensive watches in the world. They refer to their timepieces as complications. The Royal Oak is self-winding and has a 52-jewel movement, a perpetual calendar with day, week, moon phases, month and even leap years, split-second chronograph, and minute repeater. It’s available with an 18-carat white gold bracelet and case and a transparent sapphire case-back and is water-resistant to 20-meters.
5. Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon 5002 P – $1.5 million
Not many of these are made. The platinum 5002 P has 686 parts and a double face with celestial movements. It also offers a sapphire crystal, 48-hour power reserve, 55-jewel movement, manual winding, and a crocodile leather band in black. However, its case can only protect against dust and humidity, not water. But then again, after spending $1.5 million, you probably wouldn’t want to get it wet anyway.
6. Jacob & Co. Billionaire Watch – $18 Million
Yes, that’s 18 million dollars! And, it’s not called the “Billionaire Watch” for nothing either. Anybody who can afford the price tag will be getting a timepiece that is not only seriously luxurious but also adorned with some gorgeous sparkling emerald-cut diamonds totaling no less than 260 carats! Besides that, this watch also offers a stylish and unusual skeleton face. It was created in 2015 by founder Jacob Arabo in collaboration with a well-known Italian named Flavio Briatore, who is the founder of the Billionaire fashion label. Floyd Mayweather bought one last June and you can, too, if you have a ton of disposable income. This is some serious bling!
7. Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication – $24 Million
Thought we couldn’t top 18 mil? Think again! This is the most expensive Patek Philippe watch in the world. It was created for Henry Graves Jr. and it features a number of functions like a minute repeater complete with Westminster Chimes, times of sunrise and sunset, and a perpetual calendar as well as a handy celestial chart. In addition, this watch has 24 complications. What is a complication? It’s basically any feature in mechanical timepieces that goes beyond the simple minute and hour displays. Watches that only feature minutes and hours are known as simple movements. Other common complications include alarms, auto-winding mechanisms, chronographs, and day/date displays.
8. Chopard 201-Carat Watch – $25 Million
For a mere one million USD more, you can have this amazing watch, whose name conveys exactly why it costs that much. Yes, Chopard’s creation actually has 201-Carats, including a one 12-carat blue diamond, one 15-carat pink diamond, and one 11-carat white diamond plus 163-carats of yellow and white diamonds.
9. Graff Diamonds The Fascination – $40 Million
OK, are you ready for the second priciest watch ever? Well, this it, and it’s from Graff Diamonds. The Fascination offers a total of 152.96-carats of white diamonds, including a center stone that is not only 38.13-carats and pear-shaped but can also be detached and become a gorgeous (albeit rather heavy) ring.
10. Graff Diamonds Hallucination – $55 Million
This is it! It’s the watch that holds the title of the most expensive watch worldwide. It’s that expensive because it’s truly a masterpiece and has more than 110 carats of colored diamonds that have all been perfectly set into a platinum bracelet. This is one gorgeous watch that you obviously have to see to appreciate!