Top 10 Most Expensive Watches in the World

By Bismah Ahmed  |   13 Sep, 2020

Top 10 Most Expensive Watches in the World
What’s a watch? A classy timepiece worn on your wrist can instantly add a touch of elegance to your overall look. It is a sign of prestige for the rich and the famous who tend to thoroughly enjoy wearing these to look and feel like absolute royalty. While some wrist-watches have a historical significance, others are exquisitely enrobed in luxurious diamonds. 

In this list of the top 10 most expensive watches in the world, you will come across a jaw-dropping collection of sophisticated watches that are fit for royalty and exude charm and elegance with a price to match. These watches not only tell you the time but do a lot more than that. For starters, they signify a status symbol for the person wearing it. For a watch enthusiast, these timepieces are simple, timeless. Read on to find out more!

Hublot Big Bang – $5 Million

Top 10 Most Expensive Watches in the World
  • This is easily the most expensive Hublot wristwatch, which retails at a whopping $5 million and was also the timepiece that was gifted to popular rapper and music artist, Jay-Z on his birthday by his wife in 2012. 
  • This is a truly fascinating watch by Hublot as it is enveloped in about 1282 diamonds of numerous varieties and styles. 
  • Some of these shiny pieces include 6 emerald cut diamonds that, are approximately 3 carats per diamond. 
  • Additionally, there is a mighty 100 carats’ worth of baguette diamonds aesthetically placed in this watch.

Patek Philippe Ref. 1527 – $5.7 Million

Top 10 Most Expensive Watches in the World
  • In 1933, Patek Philippe cemented his place in history by making one of the most complex watches by hand for henry graves. 
  • Not much is public about the watch, but it is one of the two Ref. 1527 watches. 
  • The first Patek Philippe watches now resides in the Patek Phillipe Museum in Switzerland. 
  • The second Ref. 1527 watch features a chronograph, unlike the first, unsold one. It registers time through a 30-minutes register. 
  • It has 3 subsidiary dials and a tachymeter scale on the outer rim. 
  • It has a 5-minute division on the silver-matte dial with gold Arabic numerals.  

Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 In Stainless Steel – $11.1 Million

Top 10 Most Expensive Watches in the World
  • Like the Louis Moinet Meterois, the 1518 series by Patek Philippe too is a limited edition and only 4 watches were created. 
  • What makes it so special and unique compared to other expensive watches is its unique casing. 
  • Usually, Patek Philippe is known for creating watches in yellow or rose gold, but with this version of 1518, they went for something different and instead made it in stainless steel that exudes panache. 
  • This watch was created in 1941 and therefore, it invariably was one of the first chronograph watches to have existed by Patek Philippe and it has only recently been auctioned off for $11.1 million.  

Paul Newman Rolex Daytona – $17.6 Million

Top 10 Most Expensive Watches in the World
  • Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona sold for a whopping $17.8 million in 1968 in front of 400 enthusiasts who gathered at the Phillip’s NY Headquarters. 
  • It is not a classic design but has a rather art deco aesthetic. In place of the regular dial, Paul and his wife opted for the exotic black-and-white dial. 
  • Just like a fabled Hollywood star, who was seen wearing it, it has a whimsical feel. 
  • Rolex classifies models like these are “professional” timepieces and the company did not produce too many Daytona models. 
  • Paul Newman’s Daytona’s rarity combined with the customization and personalization easily raked up $17.8 million at the auction.  

Jacob & Co. Billionaire Watch – $18 Million

Top 10 Most Expensive Watches in the World
  • There is something incredibly graceful about this Billionaire watch by Jacob & Co. and its name very aptly describes how you would feel once this watch fits snugly on your wrist. 
  • At $18 million, every an inch of the wrist watch’s body is covered in diamonds worth 260 carats. 
  • These diamonds having the classic emerald cut are not the only shiny rocks that make it to the watch. 
  • The Billionaire also boasts of 19 jewels, about 167 other components and a skeleton face truly making it one of the most luxuriously expensive watch brands. 

The 201 – Carat Watch by Chopard- $25 Million

Top 10 Most Expensive Watches in the World
  • As the name suggests this is one of the most expensive wrist-watches with about 874 diamonds, which add up to 201 carats.
  • The watch itself is extremely fascinating with several glittering colorful diamonds adorning its surface.
  • Of these, you are likely to spot a blue colored diamond of 12 carats, a 15-carat diamond in pink and an 11-carat diamond colored white.
  • In addition to this, there are also more diamonds in yellow and white that make up 163 carats of this watch. It’s a truly stunning masterpiece.

Jaeger-Lecoultre Joaillerie 101 Manchette – $26 Million

Top 10 Most Expensive Watches in the World
  • The Jaeger-LeCoultre Joaillene Manchette is one of the costliest timepieces ever made.
  • It consists of a substantial band that is polished and encrusted with diamond-set links.
  • The small manually winded clockwork sits on the white gold and diamond bracelet.
  • The face of the clock is covered with sapphire glass.
  • The exclusive work of art from Jaeger-LeCoultre has 576 diamonds and 11 onyx gemstones.
  • Although no exact information on the complications and design of this masterpiece is available, horologists insist that a similar one was given to Queen Elizabeth II to honor 60 years of her tenure.

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime – $31 Million

Top 10 Most Expensive Watches in the World
  • A one-of-a-kind Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300A sold for a hammer price of CHF 31-million (about $31-million) at Only Watch, a charity auction held in Geneva to which top watch brands donate special editions. 
  • The Grandmaster Chime reference 6300A-010 was created especially for Only Watch, and it is the only one that will ever be made in stainless steel. 
  • There are front and back dials, which can be changed via reversible lugs. The salmon-colored front dial bears the inscription “The Only One” on the alarm sub-dial at 12 o’clock. 
  • Patek Philippe originally introduced the Grandmaster Chime in 2014 in a series of seven pieces to mark its 175th anniversary. It is the most complicated watch Patek Philippe has produced.  

The Fascination by Graff Diamonds – $40 Million

Top 10 Most Expensive Watches in the World
  • Graff Diamonds is a company that has created the most expensive watch that money can buy and one of them is The Fascination, which would set you back by $40 million. 
  • Staying true to its name, you will find that this watch containing a 38.13-carat pear-shaped diamond in the center can also be transformed into a ring. 
  • The entire watch is studded with a white diamond worth 152.96 carats.  

Hallucination by Graff Diamonds – $55 Million

Top 10 Most Expensive Watches in the World
  • You cannot talk about the world’s most expensive watch and not include Graff Diamonds. 
  • A hallucination would cost an enormous dent worth $55 million in your pocket. The bracelet of the watch itself is made of platinum, which is then covered entirely in 110 carats of diamonds in myriads of colors. 
  • It is a harmonious blend of colors and shapes like blue, yellow, pink, and green to go with the heart, emerald, pear, marquise, and round shapes. 
  • It is the best and the most expensive watch that money can buy.

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