Sure, diamonds are all well and good, but it’s craftsmanship that sets apart the world’s priciest watches. We’ve searched far and wide for the world’s most expensive timepieces. Here you’ll find grand complications, luxurious wristbands and intricate etchings.
- Vacheron Constantin Tour de l’Ile
Touted as the world’s most complex watch every made, Vacheron Costantin’s Tour de l’Ile was designed in 2005 as 250th anniversary collectible piece. This 834-part watch took over 10,000 man-hours to create and features an 18-carat silvered gold dial with a hand-sewn alligator leather band and pink gold buckle.
- Parmigiani Fleurier Tecnica Skeleton Chronograph
This watch won’t be available until early 2008, but it’s worth the wait. Only three will be made. Each will incorporate a platinum case and complications that include a minute repeater, tourbillon and chronograph, as well as a cathedral chime with which you can ring in the New Year.
- Blancpain Grande Complication
This winding wristwatch features traditional complications such as minute repeater, split-seconds chronograph, tourbillon, perpetual calendar, moon phase and an automatic winding mechanism. The sleek black crocodile wristband pulls it all together.
- Girard-Perregaux Opera One
This platinum timepiece features an alligator band and posseses a “Westminster” minute repeater and tourbillon with three gold bridges, manual winding, 75-hour power reserve and a see-through backing. If $495,000 just barely surpasses your budget, the rose gold version retails for a slightly more affordable $450,000.
Breguet Double Tourbillon
This grand complication, double-tourbillon watch with a 95% pure platinum case is hand-engraved with an image of the solar system. The blued-steel Breguet hands are wound manually.