The World’s Most Expensive Watches: 8 Timepieces Over $1 Million

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor SiliciumWe’ve all experienced sticker shock while perusing the world’s most expensive watches. There are even a few brands for which six-figure price tags are the norm — “expensive watches” by almost anyone’s definition. But a handful of luxury watches go well beyond “pricey” and into the rarefied “million dollar watch” category, i.e., costing more than $1 million. We’ve compiled eight of the world’s most expensive watches, all breaking the $1 million ceiling, in which the only things grander than the complications are the 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!

The Hublot Classic Fusion Haute Joaillerie “$1 Million,” limited to only eight pieces, earns its $1 million price tag 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 most expensive watches ever made by Hublot.

Hublot Classic Fusion Haute Joaillerie "$1 Million"

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

The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor finds its way to the million-dollar watches list thanks to its case, which is 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 Quatour — yes, the most expensive watch produced to date by Roger Dubuis — 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 U.S.).

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor

Million Dollar Watches: Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica à Grande Sonnerie has a retail price of $ 1,474,070. The watch boasts 1,300 parts, which make 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 very expensive watches that comprised 55 complications altogether.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica à Grande Sonnerie

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

 

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About Mark Bernardo

Mark Bernardo is the digital media editor of WatchTime magazine, responsible for developing and overseeing the editorial content on WatchTime.com as well as for WatchTime's tablet editions for the iPad, Nook, and Kindle. As WatchTime's managing editor, from 2006 through 2011, he has written about numerous watch companies from major brands like Omega, TAG Heuer and Piaget, to exclusive artisan lines such as Jean Dunand, De Bethune and DeWitt. Prior to joining WatchTime, he was the editor of Smoke, a lifestyle magazine for cigar enthusiasts, whose beats included cigars, watches, cars, wines and spirits, celebrities, men's fashion, and other subjects, and has written about luxury items for a variety of men's-interest publications, including Robb Report, Robb Report Motorcycling, Stratos, Worth, and Bloomberg Markets.

Comments

  1. Kashif says:

    I have a watch worth of 50 USD which also give me the same time as these damn expensive watches give.

    • says:

      Your 50 USD watch does not not have four escapement mechanisms or the world\'s longest minute repeater tune though. How very narrow minded of you.

      • Willem says:

        Narrow minded or otherwise, it still gives the same time.... Just like my 20 year old Seiko...

  2. theslickone says:

    I really wanted to buy the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor, but they refused to ship it to me in florida for free. I just got angry and bought a timex at walmart. lol

  3. MeyerLanski says:

    wow no mention of the Patek Philippe sky moon tourbillion grand complications with engraving series white gold,rose gold,and platinum they start at 1.3mill$ and go up to 1.7mill$ and that 5mill$ Hublot those watches definitely deserve at least a honorable mention really cool and very expensive timepieces look them up and check them out the Patek Philippe series is for sale on Jameslist the Hublot just popped on a Google search

  4. Emlanis says:

    My watch addiction brought me here. I want to know more secret of watches apart from telling time. But a poor young Nigerian like me doesn\'t even have the wealthy being of dreaming to own any of these watches. LOL! Proud to own a less expensive Western and Breitling watches though

  5. Julius Ondoga says:

    Its really a personal choice if you wanna buy a million dollar watch or go provide relief aid or facilities in for destitutes who are going hungry around the world and those begging from shopping malls across the world.

  6. Peter U says:

    My most expensive watch purchase was an Emporio Armani ,automatic watch with a power reserve indicator, that cost $500. I then also purchased a watch winder for it, to be able to wear my other watch as well that I own without having this one stop.

    By the way, how can one tell the time with the Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1 watch ?

  7. MrTissot says:

    I\'ll have the VC, JLC, Lange and Roger Dubuis in that order thanks :)

  8. Watchguy79 says:

    I think all are amazing, been in this for 8 years and grows stronger every day. The RM saph are amazing, so is the AL&S, I used to be into cars now would drop $2mil on a watch over a car any day. Works of art you can enjoy everyday. I look forward to more RM Sapphires, maybe the aerodyne saph cased up one day!! Or smoked saph!!

  9. Steve says:

    These watches, if nothing else, illustrate just how relative everything is, wealth not excepted.

    What is inexpensive to a billionaire, is expensive to a millionaire. What is reasonable for a millionaire, is expensive for the middle class. What is everyday cost for the middle class is a large chuck of change for the poor. And so it goes.

    Who am I to judge how a billionaire spends their money?

    Relatively speaking, if a billionaire spends over a million dollars on a watch, it is but a small fraction of their wealth. Just like if I but a new Swatch, it is small change to me but too much for somebody who earns less than me.

    So it is all relative.

    All this said, my lovely wife recently bought me a Rolex Submariner, green face version, fantastic watch, for our 3oth anniversary, bless her soul. That was a cool $9k before taxes. As for me, I bought her a 1 carat yellow diamond wedding set that she fell in love with. So we\'re even I suppose. \'-)

    But the whole thing is is that it\'s all relative and not worth getting upset or envious or lustful or....

    BTW, I don\'t feel rich thougfh some undoubtedly would say I am.

  10. Mike says:

    Very nice super complicated timepieces that would be very cool to own.However given my background and my upbringing even if I did make it big the most I would be willing to blow on any watch would be 1000 to maybe 2000 usd.Both of my parents grew up in the mid-west US during the depression on farms and were taught early to work hard and not spend on frivalous bs.My dad worked for years as a machinist before retirement and my mother was a nurse.I think I would by something like that and then auction it off to raise money for some worth while charity.Like Dana Farber or some homeless shelter.To me way to much going on with these pieces.Being an ex military man I look at watches as functional tools.My grail is not one of these but something like a simple military Hamilton or a nice clean 17 j three hand Omega from the 1960s.

  11. uli thie says:

    The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor looks awesome :) well done !

  12. bernard cheong says:

    Everyone should be entitled a say. I will not remark negatively to another\'s passion for pursuing an object, skill or even a bottle of spirits. It will simply reduce life back to \"practical\" commitments. If one enjoys showing off, or educating his pals, and it will require a remarkable piece of work to \"make people gasp\".
    These works will often involve huge spectacular sums of money.
    Why do people not scoff at wine, violins, canvass art, performances, and etc?
    Hypocrisy, lack of understanding, and a possibility of making a fool of oneself.
    But...in the world of watchmaking, the lines are grey. It brings out the most envy, hatred, and all the bad things I can think of.
    Why not let the industry run its course?
    I feel it has the same rights as collecting of stamps or cars....passion, and that life is more than maths, logic and \"success\"/status.
    To be fair, I was one of Watchtime\'s topics back in 2004 March.
    It was a different world.
    Today, I drive a 991 and I certainly can be googled, to reveal the 3 Greubel Forsey\'s I own and more.
    Am I a status hungry, boastful person? Yes..maybe...I don\'t know.
    Do I feel guilty?
    Yes.
    Am I going to change the world? Naaah.
    I just mind my own business. Which is to make sick people well. I am a doctor.
    These extraordinary things mean nothing to most. It means a lot to collectors.
    It also has a chance to provide jobs to millions of people in the same or related industries.
    I may be wrong.

  13. soleman raaj says:

    we can donate the money for people,don\'t waste your money for this watch,think for the worlds futures...

  14. The Man says:

    Only time tells the real value of a watch

  15. Quinton Zulu says:

    these are way too cheap for me I\'m very disappointed with the extremely low prices

  16. 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

    • tevin says:

      well said dude even though the world\'s richest man Mr.bill gates is wearing a 10$ watch

  17. Petit Goudette says:

    Wow this is really nice

  18. murtala bello says:

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

    • Andrzej says:

      happens :P

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

  24. 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 .

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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...

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. 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.

  33. 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/

  34. 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

  35. 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.

      • Peter U says:

        As a previous person made this comment as well ,that aside from the diamond watch, no one is going to recognize these watches . So how will it be a status symbol if only the wearer knows it\'s value ?

  36. 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 :)

  37. Dennis Ang says:

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

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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 !!

  46. 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

  47. 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.

  48. Debashish Das says:

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

  49. Gary W. Hines on Facebook says:

    Well now...

  50. Watch of the WEEK on Facebook says:

    nice !

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