Based on the history, watch serves primarily for timekeeping purposes. In fact, before a wrist watch was introduced in the market, between 15th to 17th centuries, it’s more of a spring-driven clock but majority of it were just placed in pockets. Wrist watches gained its fame in 1920s after the World War I has ended through the personal experiences of the soldiers who had felt the impracticality, and inconvenience that pocket watches gave them. In fact, they placed a cup leather strap attaching to the pocket watches that they have in order to make their moves smooth against their enemies. With the improvement in technology, there have been various brand name of watch which is classified from affordable up to the most expensive ones. Here are the 10 expensive watches for this year, and learn the reasons why their price is set on that amount.
10. Blancpain 1735, Grande Complication: $800,000
Some of the features of this watch are its indicators such as split-seconds chronograph, day, minute repeater, small seconds at 9 o’clock, week, and the month and leap years. It is also water resistant up to meters. It is also self-winding, and you’ll observe that it has 52 jewel movements and its case is pure 18-carat white gold and at its back is the transparent sapphire.
9. Louis Moinet Magistralis: $860,000
Without checking the watch itself, you’ll be amazed of its case since it’s made of platinum. Some of the details of the watch are the crocodile strap skin, the 740 pieces of engine which are all handmade down to its simple component. This is the reason why it’s so expensive because everything that you would see on this watch is all manmade.
8. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Complication: $869,000
This is expensive because of the moon meteorites wherein according to experts come from the moon and somewhere in the solar system. It is very rare, and you could not find the same replica or production of the same watch because of the availability of the moon meteorite. Aside from the watch itself, its case is also made of 18-karat gold.
7. Hublot Black Caviar Bang: $1 million
This is another work of the hand, and not by any machine. 2000 hours were spent for this watch to be completed. It has done a meticulous, delicate, and detailed process. You are assured that you could not find the same piece because it’s a rare one. The case of this watch is an 18-karot gold while the belt of the watch has 322 grains of black gems.
6. The Chopard Super Ice Cube: $1.1 million
Once you see this watch, your initial impression is that, it looks like an ice cubes. In fact, majority of the details of this watch are in ice-cube shapes. The main reason why its so expensive is because of its 66-karat gem stones.
5. Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon: $1.3 million
This kind of watch is being produced in two kinds of series in a year; one is platinum while the other one is rose gold. It is expensive because of the 688 parts detail along with its microscopic part. Its case adds to the cost since it’s made of platinum.
4. Vacheron Constantin Tour de l’Ile: $1.5 million
This is one of the complex, and complicated watches on this list since all the details of this watch are manmade and did not undergo any equipment or tools to refine it. Imagine that it would take anyone more than 10,000 hours or equivalent to 1 year and half a month. The creation process is very sensitive since there are 834 parts of the watch that must be placed accordingly. Moreover, there are only a total of 7 units being sold across the globe. Imagine the pride of wearing it with pride, and honor. It has two faces of time clock which is another unique feature of this watch. Its case too is made of gold.
3. Patek Philippe’s Platinum World Time: $4 million
The very unique feature of this watch that other watches on this list d0 not posses is the 24-hour time zones of all countries in the world. It became expensive too because of the auction that was done in 2010 wherein its bid was $4 million and was sold on that price as well.
2. Patek Philippe’s Supercomplication: $11 million
Don’t be surprised why this watch is so expensive. It’s all because of the years that have to be spent in order to produce this watch. 4 years are the total production time for just a piece of this watch. In fact, this was made in 1932 which is made of an 18-carot gold pocket.
1. 201-carat Chopard: $25 million
This watch is indeed the most expensive watch in 2012 because of the very expensive gem details of it such as the 11 carat white, 12 carat blue and 15-carat pink diamonds. Moreover, it is surrounded of 163 carat diamond, having a total of 201 carat diamond.