Million Dollar Watches: 7 Of The Most Expensive Watches Over $1 Million

We’ve all experienced sticker shock while perusing the world’s most expensive watches… there are even a few brands in which six-figure prices are the norm for their expensive watches. But some of the world’s most expensive watches go well beyond “pricey” and into the rarefied over-$1-million category. We’ve compiled seven of these very expensive million dollar watches in which the only things grander than the complications are the expensive price tags.

What’s the most you’ve ever paid (or thought about paying) for an expensive watch? Let us know in the comments section below!

Hublot Classic Fusion Haute Joaillerie "$1 Million"

Million Dollar Watches: Hublot Classic Fusion Haute Joaillerie “$1 Million”

The Hublot Classic Fusion Haute Joaillerie “$1 Million,” limited to only eight pieces, earns its $1 million price tag on the most expensive watches list with the 1,185 baguette diamonds covering every surface of the watch, from the case and bracelet to the openworked dial. For the case alone, a 15-person team had to perform 1,800 hours of cutting and 200 hours of dimensional checking and quality control. Certainly one of the world’s most expensive watches ever made by Hublot.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor

Million Dollar Watches: Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor

This Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor also earns a top spot among the most expensive watches list, it has a case made entirely of silicon (according to the brand, the first such watch of its kind), a material with half the weight of titanium and four times the hardness. The watch is equipped with the RD101 movement, notable for its four sprung balances, which work in pairs to compensate for the effects of gravity much faster than a tourbillon would, resulting in a more accurate watch. The Excalibur Quatuor is priced at 1 million Swiss francs (which translates to roughly around $1,125,000 US) and can be considered a candidate for most expensive watches of the world.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica à Grande Sonnerie

Million Dollar Watches: Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica à Grande Sonnerie

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica à Grande Sonnerie has a retail price of $ 1,474,070. The watch boasts 1,300 parts which made it capable of playing the entire Big Ben chiming sequence. It was released in 2009 as part of the Hybris Mechanica 55 trilogy, a trio of watches that comprised 55 complications altogether.

Vacheron

Million Dollar Watches: Vacheron Constantin Tour de I’Ile

 

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Comments

  1. Ravi Sharma says:

    I bought most expensive watch yesterday, do you think how much.. it\'s only 2$..lol.....
    I don;t think we should through money on just time piece.
    why don;t we spend the money to poor ppl, rather than spend to expensive goods..
    Although wishes can never be stop even you become the richest person in the world,
    but if you want to live your life limited money is enough..like sage

  2. Petit Goudette says:

    Wow this is really nice

  3. murtala bello says:

    This just wast of money why pple are suffering daying dayout.

    • Andrzej says:

      happens :P

  4. Adrian Alejandro says:

    I will pay for it one day as much as you want for it! reason being is because I betieve good people need it, and we all have a right to dream b1g, this is coming from a guy that dosent even have 1 dollar in his pocket,-Dreams come true

  5. Phil says:

    How many of you who say It\'s a waste of money to purchase a time piece, that may take 6 months of hand crafting to finish,take your children to a Museum & tell them ,what works of art are hanging on the walls there & how great they are or you wish some of these were hanging on your wall at home? Many of the very smart people who create these fantastic small works of art art just as awesome as many of the great painters who are considered a Genius. Many people spend hours under a microscopes to create their great watches. When I visited a Rolex factory, I watched them work & the eyestrain they have to endure everyday Is more than I\'d like to deal with. If I had the means to buy a Million dollar Patek, I would In a minute & I\'d be wearing a genuine master piece o my wrist. Instead ,I\'ll settle for my Gold Rolex divers watch. I\'m very happy with the watch I\'m wearing now.

  6. Joseph says:

    I would not consider wearing an extremely expensive watch outside of the house for fear of losing or damaging it. Watches of that nature should be treated as works of art. The most expensive watch I wear outside the house cost $17,000.

  7. mivenho says:

    I would be scared to death to actually wear one of these outside unless I had an irresistible obsession for self-promotion . Instead, I would treat it as a stunning work of art, engineering and manufacturing by showcasing it safely behind four walls for others to admire. I hope it wouldn\'t be diminished by treating it in this manner!

  8. Wooderson420 says:

    I can appreciate luxury timepieces even if I can\'t afford them, but the ones driven up in value by being diamond-encrusted are just plain ugly & tasteless.

  9. abdon says:

    i am going to buy one of them, it is really cheep and gentel. i am from saudi arabia the country of oil .

  10. jaykosalem says:

    All the million dollar plus watches look great and i wish i could afford them. Problem is, they tell the same time as the $20 watches. They\'re also a bit difficult to read with their intricate background designs.

  11. Hormazdiyaar says:

    I agree. Lange tops my list too. Heard the video recently and it has one of the most melodious strikes. Truly a piece of art.

  12. Martin R W says:

    The Hublot is a seriously horrible watch.
    I can only imagine who would wear such a watch!?

    • Knicky says:

      Only a rich but brainless people will buy it... Even if I had a trillion dollars I won\'t spend on such thing...

      • martianpackets says:

        Only a rich but brainless people will buy it? I suggest you delete your post, learn English, then post it again. You\'ve made yourself look \"brainless\" by posting such a terribly grammatically, compositionally and syntactically incorrect string of words.

        • fastfras says:

          Most impressive however, where would one wear such and expensive piece of jewelry or artwork? There are times when I worry about wearing an expensive (to me anyway) watch around town. Anyway, just took an inventory of my nicest watches - total cost is under 10K. I suspect a cleaning / maintenance for the above stated watches would be about 10k!

          C\'mon Marty, lighten up. Clearly Knicky uses English as a second language give him his due, I certainly wouldn\'t comment to a forum hablamos Espanol. Karma is a bitch...

  13. Mark Benny says:

    As a retired mech engineer I have a great appreciation for all fine watches. Some I\'ve been able to buy, but others I just admire. For those whose want to use this as a soapbox, please take it somewhere else.

    • martianpackets says:

      Hmm... have you ever been able to buy any of the watches listed here? I have to agree, overall these watches are amazingly featured and engineered, just by reading the descriptions and looking at the pictures.

  14. Watchguy79 says:

    T.s. Garp

    I respectfully disagree and on the surface without knowing much about fine watchmaking that is a rational comment. I agree on the Hublot ( first time piece listed with diamonds) the rest 99.5% of the world would not know they are worth millions if dollars. They are art and if you know what goes into making something that small you would agree. The purist watch collector does not want flashy and bling on their watches and is more interested in a highly finished and thought out movement. These are no different than paintings or cars. There are only a handful of people in the world who could come close to doing this, hence why there are only 1 or two in existence so far of each. Trust me you are wrong in your assumption. If the shallow guy wants to show off he could get 15 hideous diamond covered Rolexes for a price of one Richard mille 56-01. Did you know each sapphire case takes one factory 8 months to construct? There are easier and more simple ways to make something and show off.

    My fav would be the Richard mille and A Lange & Sohne.

  15. writerfred says:

    Fortunately, I have neither agenda nor opinion. I simply enjoy seeing the extraordinary while admiring the works from creative and exacting craftsmen. Thank you WatchTime for making that possible.

  16. ioancio alex says:

    From horology point of view in my opinion VC, LS and JLC are worthwhile , the rest are technically peculiar things called watches.
    Cheers

  17. Steve Cseplo says:

    Hum, a Greubel Forsey’s Art Piece 1 for CHF 1.5 million. And you can\'t even tell the time with it.

    Ah, to have such disposable income.

    If I had the resources, an Urwerk, somewhere in the $300k range, would be up for consideration.

    But that is dreaming.

    • martianpackets says:

      I was thinking the same thing -- I am glad I am not alone -- how in the world do you tell time with Greubel Forsey’s Art Piece 1? I think since former Microsloth CEO Steve Ballmer just agreed to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for 2 billion dollars (sorry Clippers, if he runs the team the way he ran Microsoft then yer in for a mega losing streak), the least they could do is throw in the Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1 as a bonus -- like Windows 8, no one seems to know how to operate it correctly to make it do anything useful! *chuckle chuckle snort guffaw*

      The nanosculpture is pretty cool though -- not quite worth 1.6 million dollars, but cool.

  18. MEAKO says:

    Hey, is that Richard Mille piece the one that Rafael Nadal wears?!

    • Jason Francisco says:

      Hi Meako,

      It\'s similar, but that not the one he wears. He has worn RM 027 and RM035 in the past: http://www.watchtime.com/blog/rafael-nadal-wears-richard-mille-tourbillon-victory/

  19. James says:

    stop it people, some people like me appreciate fine works of art, the value you give these masterpieces of art is a infuriating, especially with the detail that is put into each one and the beauty and value, leave you pests and stop being hypocrites

  20. Phil says:

    I have a Gold Rolex Sub, which I wear when I Scuba dive, when I wear black Tie or Jeans. I\'ve visited the Rolex factory & seen how much detail goes Into producing my Sub & I love It. I\'ve though about purchasing a Patek, but I spend time In the Ocean, fishing & diving a lot Rolex takes a lot more use & I don\'t have to worry about It. In the list, you don\'t mention the Patek Sky Moon Tourbillion. If I had the extra funds to purchase any fine timepiece In the world, The Sky moon Is the one I\'d want.

    • T. S. Garp says:

      Seriously people, and I note that you are all men..........get a life. These pieces are not art they are status symbols to prove wealth or the size of your manhood. If its small (and take your pick as to which) my guess is that your ego tells your rather small brain that you need a more expensive watch.

  21. Pa says:

    They all do the same thing and that is TELL THE TIME :)

    • James says:

      If that\'s the only factor of value you see in it, why are you here?

      • MrTissot says:

        Hey James....I agree! You\'ve got him on that one :)

  22. Dennis Ang says:

    my dream watch.... RM 56-01 Richard Mille’s !
    So cool ......................Love it!

  23. SRB says:

    JB wins. He had the right answer. Artists need to create. Would you buy a Monet if you had the money or would you say that the work was created by a wastrel that should have spent his time feeding the hungry masses. Creative people create things that do exactly that. They took us out of the dark ages and into the industrial revolution. Some people say that people were closer to nature and they lived better before that period of time. Think about how long it took to make a shirt during that period of time.

  24. Peace says:

    Capitalism at it\'s best. C\'mon Europe you cant afford wasting time and money for these useless pieces, make your economy better and give jobs to your unemployed.

  25. el magnelle says:

    lol all of these watch can be replicate by China in less than a day, sold less than 200$ . 55 complcations ?? lol

  26. james says:

    Wait until you become very rich and you would realize how easy it is to do away with 2 million dollars.
    Watches are status symbols. they tell a lot about your person without the need of a publicist.

  27. JB says:

    To those that are disgusted. These are meant to showcase what is possible.

    They are engineering and (intended) artistic masterpieces made with staggering precision, attention to detail, and passion.

    They are essentially mechanical works of art (unless you believe that art can have no function other than itself).

    They are also bought by the odd billionaire. If the billionaires are made to pay their taxes, and donate appropriately / engage in philanthropy (as many do), there is nothing disgusting or grotesque about them.

    Go and pick another soap box for your cause.

  28. Tim says:

    Horrifically ugly watches,the only one I\'d consider wearing is the last one!Utter waste of money I\'d rather have a Bugatti Veyron for the same money!

    • fastfras says:

      Likely they already own a Veyron... Personally I\'d opt for a Carrera GT.

  29. Jed Burridge says:

    A disgraceful and vulgar display of wealth when so many are suffering in the world.

    If you can afford one of these then use the money to help others.

  30. Henry says:

    Outside telling us the time,what else those these watches do?

    • Luke says:

      Hey Henry Outside telling time, those watches give U another status in the society ... When U wear one of those, people see U as a rich guy and it builds up a respect for U.

      Believe me, I know what I\'m talking about !!

  31. TH says:

    Something somewhat grotesque about there being a watch that costs a million bucks in a world where children starve to death.

    • Jed Burridge says:

      Here here!

    • James says:

      Sorry but, I don\'t see you doing anything about it? Get off people and go do something yourself

  32. Mike says:

    I particularly enjoyed the Vacheron Constantin Tour de I’Ile, it\'s a beautiful watch.

    I bought a Patek Philippe 5119J Calatrava, that\'s my most expensive wristwatch. When the moment came to \"pay up\" I became rather subdued at the thought of the expenditure, but the subsequent pleasure of wearing it on special occasions has made it all worthwhile.

  33. Debashish Das says:

    Fantastic Watches but ultra-expensive for ordinary folks! We can only admire from far!

  34. Gary W. Hines on Facebook says:

    Well now...

  35. Watch of the WEEK on Facebook says:

    nice !

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