We’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.
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.).
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.
I got my Timex Quartz watch for $2.00 at a thrift store.
Looks good and works just fine. Just came in here out of curiosity.
I am CEO
I want to buy all 8 watchs
I am ceo
I what too buy it now
Never paid more than $12 grand for a great watch, but these are priced for fools. The Vacheron is nice but would be a nightmare to repair. You won’t find these on the wrists of Buffett, Gates, Bezos,etc. They know better!
I like it
I think that’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen! I thought Rolex was nuts at 50000 dollars with diamonds gold everything!! And these million dollar watches are absolutely obscene at this price but I think there not close to being good looking or worth the price but the last two I thought were ugly my opinion and if there are stupid enough millionaires out there to buy these you have more money than common sense…if I was a billionaire I wouldn’t think of one of these…a good Omega is just awesome to me!
Good radium watch. I like me.
Finding a great watch can be challenging. You need to consider the mechanism and the style, and make sure that it will suit you and your lifestyle.
I’m looking for watch for price between 1.6 million to 2 million pounds.Cheers
For 50 years, I have owned a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona- (identical to Reference 6239)- I will sell for something less than your starting price, if interested.
Based on the custom and exclusive nature
of the time piece,it will enjoy a place of value,pride in your world, it is not available. You re one in this whole wide world
It is in line with program of time limitless
Possibility,life is a level
Wealthiest people I’ve come to know wear mid grade luxury watches such as Tissot, Ball and so forth. Rolex is good for car salesman or pimps, and Mayweather wears a Hubolt watch so that brands now officially tarnished. However, in this price range your wearing somebody’s personal artwork and passion. When I started collecting timepieces in my teens, I always asked my neighbor who happened to own a clock company what he thought about my choices, I’ll never forget him saying to me that a watch from the Walgreens store will keep better time than a Patel, so it hit me then it’s all about personal taste not the money.
Box of patek phillipe watches
The Constellation Baguette is the world s most expensive Omega watch selling for just under ?1 milion.
i own a Bvlgari Diagono 18K Rose Gold .. love collecting watches …. i totally agree with the person who said earlier that good watches bring good respect…..
Great post team – I have just put together a list of the 35 most expensive watches in the world. Let me know what you would like added. Cheers!
99% would not know what you had hope you had a gold Submariner on one wrist and lang on the other 99 of 100 people wood would say the Rolex is the most expensive one and I am watches are a great way to hide cash and having significant amount available at any given time there are buyers all over the country that will pay cash on the spot for luxury watches and those watches are built by hand every part is made from a block of material there are not 2 alike and definitely do not depreciate like a million-dollar sports car most of those Ultra high-end watches appreciate in value I am going to leave my children my watch collection instead of cash that way the IRS can get their hands on my money that I already paid over 40% on and if they need some cash they I can sell a couple watches I actually quit my six-figure job 3 years ago and now I buy and sell pre-owned watches I sold 273 last year at an average profit of 638 per watch cash no trail and I did most of that in my boxers most people do not know where they can sell their watch people they pretty much think a pawn shop and most of them will wear it for 15 years not service it because they think they have to send it back to the manufacturer and spend two grand I also do all my exterior reconditioning the nice part is most of them have their initial depreciation and then they remain at that level for a long time and then they appreciate I bought a GMT Master Pepsi in 1990 msrp was under 5000 and that’s when there was thousands of Rolex dealers and fairly easy to get a 25% discount back then I sold it to a dealer who has a brick-and-mortar store he paid 5200 I found a 1940’s patek Phillipe in stainless steel with teardrop lugs at a local mom-and-pop jewelry store even had both the original boxes and they could only find ones in precious metals for sale generally steel ones appear at vintage watch auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s the only brand most people recognize is Rolex and to be honest I would rather wear a million-dollar Lange on my wrist then a gold Rolex or for that matter aNY Rolex. If you were in the wrong place the guy with the Rolex would be the first one to go and they wouldn’t even realize that they just let a million walk by my favorite thing to do is walk behind the three-figure millionaire and get his two-year-old watch that he is bored with for 30% of MSRP the only bad part is most of those guys throw away the boxes and papers and they don’t care if they lose twenty-five Grand a year on a watch I started about six or seven years ago buying high end watches as investment I know for a fact I haven’t lost a dime I probably have 5 to 7% return and should only increase with time that way when some dumb-ass blows up in National Monument I won’t lose 65% of my 401k however I found if you want to make money real money in watches it takes mid six figures to do that I bought an entire collection from a widow her husband was a Cardiologists she had no idea what she has but when I put 220000 in cash in front of her was it was almost impossible for her to say no if you were to buy the collection you it would be 4 – 5 million wholesaling to dealers one of the time will net 400,000-600,000 I offer a concierge service I will bring watches to the client I also will go to buy and I recondition in person so it never leaves the owners sight and the nice part is with no overhead I can offer more if needed plus the fact it is really only piece of jewelry for men what is the old saying if you can tell a lot about a man shoes and his watch see any difference to this versus a Salvador Dali lithograph you don’t put that in the closet you hang it on the wall 90% of the guys who had a very nice watch consider it a piece of art consisting of thousands of mechanical pieces no computers and built by a man with his two hands and is such a Precision instrument that runs virtually flawless plus the fact that a watchmaker is a Dying Breed in the US in the next few years it will be short almost 20,000 watchmakers to service the US portion of their business if this continues but they will become even more valuable because they were built by a human not by a robot 20 years from now
Those of you complaining saying that you Fossil watch tells the same time I mean that’s saying a Toyota Camry is the same as a 600 series Mercedes-Benz is just as good they are just mad at themselves that they slept through half their college classes and blame everyone else my kids will have a seven-figure inheritance that is basically cash that no one knows they have and that’s all thanks to watches I don’t know how are you look at a movement and be astounded that it was made by a man with his hands a pair of pliers and a few other tools and is capable of running for a year and losing less than 5 min in the entire year there are very few things that are built with that tolerance and in a hundred years your car and computer will be dust and a watch will still be functioning and intact I have a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date from 1937 I put that in your left hand and a 2009 in your right hand be hard-pressed 2 pick the 70yr old one and the nice part is you always have cash on your wrist that you cant rob Peter to pay Paul compared to having five or six thousand in your savings and a majority of them are made from precious metals so even if you ran it over with a Greyhound bus it would have considerable value still you cannot barf on a Picasso or put a hole in it and still expect to have a good value there are very few things you can buy material items that retain considerable value tip of the week buy manufacturers watches that are produced with a modified ETA movement they are no longer providing cores for modification too other manufacturers they are only Supplying their manufacturers they are owned by Swatch so now the Browns are forced to find Cores elsewhere or produced their in-house movement that is what the majority of them are doing what happens then as people start buying the ETA once because parts are available anywhere 4 considerably less than in house parts Plus most watchmakers need to be trained on a new movement any watchmaker on the planet is capable of working on an ETA just about every manufacturer has used ETA movements in one form or another find me a simple logo on the rotor 2A complex modification not many do complex modifications most largest decorated too companies specs and they produce each reference and three different levels of quality you could have two watches both with the same model movement however one is worth 4 times as much difference being the materials in order to get cosc certified it has to be tested and not be affected by position or temperature the lower levels as you know metal expands and contracts with temperature those versions lose time or gane time if it passes certification that means it is of the finest quality beyond reproach every Breitling is certified most watch manufacturers do not certify every movement if you want to see the finest quality craftsmanship and an automatic watch that blows most Swiss ones out of the water look at a grand Seiko yes I said Seiko there is probably not a single Swiss watch that can compete with the accuracy off the grand Seiko they have only answered one swiss chronometer competition the Swiss ended before it was over with no explanation but everyone knows they couldn’t let a Japanese watch win a Swiss competition
You’re aware of the face that noone, absolutely noone on this planet, cares ? Your disgusting amounts of money are making you such a sad individual, who has to rant and write something that noone will read past the first 10 lines just to feel like you’re relevant, but the truth is my friend, that you and people like you are the disease of this world
I agree with you,
In honesty, I’ve yet to read the ‘comment’ being referred to here. Nonetheless, Mr. Hey, your comment is fiercely judgemental. Further, if you think that that writer is the “disease” of the world why do you call him ‘friend’?
If this comment here is indicative of how you treat your friends I am glad that I am not one of them.
Lastly, you say ” ..but the truth is…” and I’m asking you according to who? Whose truth?
BTW, why are you even here reading this post if you despise persons who, no matter how they gained their money, have the funds to buy expensive watches? Perhaps your anger is more a statement of your jealousy. Maybe forgiveness is in order here. Not so much asking for forgiveness from the writer of the post that you find so poisonous to your liking, but toward yourself for holding such rage within. And for spewing it out not caring where it lands nor on who.
Aside from the lack of punctuation great write up man. Anyone who simply wishes to own a single high end watch should read it and they will save a tremendous amount on their 1st purchase.
Aside from that yes, if you spend the amount of effort you have on watches on any specialized commodity you will make money. Make sure to teach your kids how to check the worth of the watches you have or they’ll be that widow you took for a couple mill.
My wife gets angry at me when I explain to her that everyone is out to get your money when you have it, she doesn’t get it. Most people don’t. It’s crazy how easy it is to take people for a ride.
That stock broker would try to kill you if you took 25k out of his pocket but is fine with losing it on a watch because no one does the math.
hey Aaron ,
im really impressed by your hardwork and love for watches. im on the same boat as you. i have a budget of £5K and looking to invest in a watch not for a collection but for resell. can i have your advice please thank you
I have a Casio Atomic watch i paid $125 For Did that just miss this list? i can guarantee it keeps better time than any of these which if I am not mistaken is the purpose of a watch
If I may, I suggest you meant to say that the function of the watch is to keep accurate time, the purpose is much more at the discretion of the wearer. The purpose could be to show off, or be a status statement, or a conversation starter, or ….etc.
Personally I wear a watch because I want to know the time without using my phone. I think I collect watches because they’re artistic, and beautiful, unique, or original in some way. They should fit the occasion. Dress, sport, durable, or fun, the watch should fit the wearers personality as well. I would love a Patek, or vacheron, Omega or Rolex, but for now Casio, Seiko and Bulova are the only brands I own, and I’m content.
Beautiful watches but rather pricey, love my $65 Wal-Mart watch, lol
Quite divine selection.they are maybe a little too much for even my exquisite taste.my finest piece is a 1942 Rolex ,that cost £102,090 at southerbys auction in 1982.
Nice but I’ll stick with my Fossil.
Who cares if they tell the time? They are, a statement of the individuals cash worth. I collect watches and would if i could buy one of these artworks. (The wife wont let me remortagage the house or use the kids college fund lol)
Its mo different to driving a rolls royce or owning a Picasso.
Ridiculous, with that watch you would need a 9mm on your belt.
I was surprised that there wasn’t a Patek watch on the list. Also, I’m surprised that the Lange costs 2 million. I don’t see it costing 2 million. I see that Lange going for maybe in the hundred thousands max.
Nice watches but cost to much.i would ra t her help a poor person
$1M+??? I wouldn’t pay more than $800K for a watch.
Even if I could afford a watch in this price class, it would not be any of these. Poor taste and vulgar excess is most evident in the majority of them ( the Lange and VC being the exception).
I guess I’m still satisfied with my 1962 Connie Pie Pan. Mid priced Seiko and Citizen watches do me just fine.
Each to their own. I can tell the time by asking anyone…
WE HAVE 20 DOLLARS TO PUT ON LAYWAY
Either Expensive or Cheap Watch…
They have the same TIME…
When people ask you what is theTime on different watch?
Would you mention the Price? Or the Exact Time?
My $30.00 Casio Atomic is accurate to within 1 second every few million years or so.
all look like crap for 1mill +
Waqt to her watch batati hai, par aachi aur costly watch insaan ka waqt batati hai.
If ever that watch has GPS,DVD, phone,stove,fridge and chains to secure it on me,i wont mind,until then,i will just look and be surprised.
Im not goin to buy a watch for 1 m.I rather donate it to people who need it..
No one cares about you kid
HAHA , this comment was too good
My dream watch is a $600 made-in-japan casio
I have a cheap sports watch it tells the time, the day, the date, it has a stop watch and an alarm I don’t give a damn how many mechanisms a watch has all it needs to do is tell the time and it only cost $20
I have the same watch, and it costs $0. My little brother gave it to me.
you just being a hater.
That watch tell your time, and the man wearing these (million dollar) tells his time. I think you got my point.
it is expensive but it shows the same time with my watch
Why do you guys think you can’t have these watches?
BECAUSE YOU’RE STUCK IN THE RAT RACE!!
I think that the name rich f— kind of tells the genealogy of that persons upbringing don’t you think.
My is beautiful piece art
What a beautiful watch collection
I’m saving up for that Lange & Sohne :) Does not look waterproof though, so if I forget and wear it into the shower, guess I will have to get it replaced.
I am making do with my Pebble, Citizen, and Tudor Snowflake (and saving up, saving up…..
I love all the watches in this page. I love to collect them too. Sadly $$$$
what you think about the Hamilton , i just got one it is the newest member to my collection .
Indeed the Hublot Classic Fusion Haute Joaillerie is worth $1million. Its all about passion for the luxury timepieces. Bought a Hublot 3yrs earlier an awesome experience and loving the company. I had bought the watch from one of the trusted dealers with guarantee. Haven’t faced a single problem till date.
I AM A WATCH COLLECTOR MYSELF,I ACTUALLY STARTED A COLLECTION, that’s why i’m what I said
RM Any day, the sapphire cases are amazing, only 5 produced so I would be happy just to see one some day. The AL&S is amazing too but RM is well… Its an RM..
it is all a matter of choice and priority, some might love their Seiko or Citizen Quartz watch great watches for the money, I myself own an Oris Cralos Coste LE and a Hamilton Xwind and that is it ! I alternate them and I love them both watches sell for under $5K, so keeps the wife happy and I am able to spend money on my other passion GOLF……Different stroke for different folks
enjoy life….it goe by fast
If one of this million dollar watches includes a blowjob once a day its worth the spend… ppl don’t argue on the prices. Its just passion for some ones. If you work for 2.000 $ a month om your mc donalds job … you have a 100$ watch … a ugly girlfriend and you often make handjobs. If u have 1000 million $ fortune and you are rich you own a bugatti a hotel and a million $ watch.
You are Right Mario… Let’s do something for the poor People who can’t have Food even everyday… It’s a sin to Dream even to possess these watches …. Donate for Earthquake Victims of Nepal instead…
wow its very nice
very very cheap
you ain’t got the money.
A watch is a tool covered in diamonds bought by a fool.
Sadly, or so I sometimes conclude, I am an addict. Yes I admit it. I should book into watches anonymous… If there were such a group. There should be as I am sure there are thousands of horilogical freaks out there. Sad but true.
In stark contrast it seems that this article has also attracted the disdain of many having very little if any knowledge of horology. In turn this lack of understanding has resulted in some sad responses.
For me, well I would love to be able to afford what for many of us is entirely unaffordable and will never be. However this doesn’t stop me from looking at watch articles online and in magazines 365 days a year.
I own a nice array of watches with the most expensive around 16k. IWC, Oris, Mido, Nick hacko, Longines, Frederique Constant, Brera, Glycine, Ebel, Ritmo Mundo, Seiko, Maurice Lacroix, U boat, Baume et Mercier, to name a few.
I am far from wealthy rather I expend on a passion. That I can’t afford a 1m dollar watch does little to quash my enthusiasm for achieving such Heights in horology. I am a realist though and as much as I love how manufacturers push the design envelope, should I have that sort of money to spend on toys I would invest in various supercars.
I would love a Patek, A Lange etc, and maybe one day I will be able to afford say a $30 40k watch. But I believe for the average enthusiast there has to be a limit.
I am not and will never be in the league of the rich and famous. I am middle class and sadly this has resulted in very few of my peers ever recognizing or in fact understanding the quality of watch I am wearing.
So let’s give the wealthy their due. If they can afford such watches I applaud them for gaining the wealth to do so. If You can’t afford such expensive tastes, stay away from things you don’t understand. Don’t waste your comments as they are not welcome.
Leave horology freaks like me to enjoy our passion. You go and enjoy your passion and we won’t take pot shots at what you love.
I understand where you are coming from. I would sell my Grandmother into slavery to be able to own one of those watches. I am also a watch freak. I own probably twenty watches and I still look at the newest innovations of watches. my biggest love is Skelton watches. we can dream cant we?
cuspub, I also am a horology lover. Just because one can afford such an expensive timepiece does not make them overindulgent. A find watch is like a nice hat, or nice suit, or a nice pair of shoes, if they can afford them and they feel good in them, I say: go for the gusto. my watches are in the LeWalmart, SeKamart or the Gearbest category, they look nice, they keep good time and I am proud of them so, do not down people that have worked hard all their lives and have made something of themselves, and they like expensive things. BowWow
It May be a brilliant piece of art but the truth is, its waste of energy and money….
Problem is they look no different than a $500 watch. Nobody is going to think those diamonds are real. So I am not buying them.
Incredibile watches and hands on to those masterminds who created them. To all those who complain about the cost of these watches I can only say that the words ” affordable” and ” expensive” are relative to your income. Thank God there are people who can buy these watches and in order for them to buy you need a genius to design them and another genius to execute!!! If this does’nt happen the world will turn flat!!!!!
Why are we worried about expensive watch. Expensive in which sense? For sure is he not more expensive than this watch?
By the way let us not devalue ourselves. We are the most expensive nature and let us exercise our right in fear of God.
What the hell ever happened to watches telling time? I don’t give a crap what the time in China is or what the temperature is I wanna know the damn time.
what about this: Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175 ($2.6 million)
what about this: Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175 ($2.6 million)
it was released in november prior to this article published date.
I’m a Nigerian, i think buying this ostentatious product is implausible sorry to say. The product is good and well packed, thanks for the job well done. But i’ll love to tell you this that you can still earn your money if you present this to a good national museum/ national theatre and nine you, the government can only be convinced only if are creative too in show casing what you have. To say but few i don’t think a good rational homo economicus will love to spend his money on a product like this. well i still see another opportunity in it, if you know you (individuals) you have the money that you feel is getting too much for what your private or company accounts can accomodate, then you can go for it and store it with your bank as valuable deposits under the agreement of receiving interest at a certain rate. Thanks
Those of you who’re dissing mechanical watches don’t have our passion for horology, and that’s cool; to each their own. ( 1 ) It’s a great hobby. ( 2 ) One doesn’t have to be a multimillionaire to collect; many mechanical watches can be had for the price of a good quartz watch, less in many instances. (3) Quartz watches have no soul.
In addition to give accurate time & date, my mobile phone let me make phone calls and sent text message, plays music & movies, take photos & video, accesses the internet, shows map & direction, translate foreign languages…….
Just matter of time before Apple/Google/Samsung finally come out with an e-watch that will put 90% of the watchmakers out of business. Of course these high-end watchmakers will still be around, making these luxury watches for people with too more money………….
I have a watch worth of 50 USD which also give me the same time as these damn expensive watches give.
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.
Narrow minded or otherwise, it still gives the same time…. Just like my 20 year old Seiko…
your watch tells you the time only, if you own the expensive watches then that tells you where you are in life!!!!
LOL!! So you are saying the more expensive the watch,where you are in “life”?
It just amazes me how many stupid people there are….
I have to agree with you Ralph!!!!beyond STUPID its Narcissism!
My watch croaked a couple yrs ago. Didn’t bother to replace it. My Samsung phone does as much(and lots more) as any million dollar watch. Can barely read the dials on most of these watches. This is how the arrogant display their wealth
Well said kashif. I bought a beautiful Rolex a few years ago, £8000, after a few months I looked at this watch and used to think all watches “just tell you the time”, nothing more, nothing less!
Haters are gonna hate.. But that’s not a problem in my life I have a couple of Hybris Mechanica à Grande Sonnerie love em!!
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
they would ship it to you for free if you had signed up with Amazon Prime…..
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
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
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.
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 ?
The time is told on the other side of the watches face
I’ll have the VC, JLC, Lange and Roger Dubuis in that order thanks :)
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!!
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.
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.
Citizens are nice and cheap. Eco driven lower end, mid priced. I believe in being economical also. Your comment resonated. We must help others.
The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor looks awesome :) well done !
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?
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.
we can donate the money for people,don’t waste your money for this watch,think for the worlds futures…
Only time tells the real value of a watch
these are way too cheap for me I’m very disappointed with the extremely low prices
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
well said dude even though the world’s richest man Mr.bill gates is wearing a 10$ watch
Wow this is really nice
This just wast of money why pple are suffering daying dayout.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
i am going to buy one of them, it is really cheep and gentel. i am from saudi arabia the country of oil .
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.
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.
The Hublot is a seriously horrible watch.
I can only imagine who would wear such a watch!?
Only a rich but brainless people will buy it… Even if I had a trillion dollars I won’t spend on such thing…
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
From horology point of view in my opinion VC, LS and JLC are worthwhile , the rest are technically peculiar things called watches.
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.
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.
Hey, is that Richard Mille piece the one that Rafael Nadal wears?!
It’s similar, but that not the one he wears. He has worn RM 027 and RM035 in the past: https://www.watchtime.com/blog/rafael-nadal-wears-richard-mille-tourbillon-victory/
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
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.
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.
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 ?
They all do the same thing and that is TELL THE TIME :)
If that’s the only factor of value you see in it, why are you here?
Hey James….I agree! You’ve got him on that one :)
my dream watch…. RM 56-01 Richard Mille’s !
So cool ………………….Love it!
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.
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.
lol all of these watch can be replicate by China in less than a day, sold less than 200$ . 55 complcations ?? lol
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.
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.
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!
Likely they already own a Veyron… Personally I’d opt for a Carrera GT.
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.
Outside telling us the time,what else those these watches do?
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 !!
Something somewhat grotesque about there being a watch that costs a million bucks in a world where children starve to death.
Sorry but, I don’t see you doing anything about it? Get off people and go do something yourself
They are only expensive because they are made from gold and platinum
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.
Fantastic Watches but ultra-expensive for ordinary folks! We can only admire from far!