One of the clearest signs of wealth and luxury is the ownership of an expensive, high end watch. Whether we’re talking the world famous Rolex watch that’s almost synonymous with fine watches, or the tip-top end of the spectrum with Audermars Piguet, luxury is seen most clearly through a fine watch.
The Most Expensive Watch in the World
The number one, most expensive watch in the world is the Graff Diamonds Hallucination watch, valued at $55 million. The platinum watch band is encrusted with colored diamonds of various colors, shapes, and sizes.
Total, there are 110 carats of the finest, rare fancy colored diamonds in this watch, which, honestly, is more for looks than for actual time-keeping. The watch has a very small face, but does successfully tell the accurate time.
This candy-colored watch is, of course, designed for women.
The Other Most Expensive Watches in the World
Additionally, the most expensive branded watches for men come from Patek Philippe, Jacob and Co. and Hublot.
The Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication
Valued at $25 million, the custom-made pocket watch was created in 1932 for the New York banker, Henry Grave Jr., so that he would win a bet with James Ward Packard. The bet was about which one could commission a watch with the most functions, or complications as they are known in the horology world. The Henry Graves Supercomplication won the bet with 24 complications.
The Jacob and Co. Billionaire Watch
This watch is valued at $18 and 1/4 million. This one-of-a-kind watch was made in partnership with the Billionaire Couture from Falvio Briatore. It’s created with 239 diamonds of varying sizes that come to a total of 260 carats of emerald cut diamonds.
The Hublot Big Bang Watch
This unique watch features a massive 1280 diamonds, each at 3 or more carats. To achieve complete symmetry, they had every single diamond cut by the same diamond cutter who had over 40 years’ experience at the time.
Luxury Watches that You Might Be Able to Afford
Now, if you’re not worth a few billion dollars, but you’re still interested in purchasing one of the top end watches, there are some much more reasonably priced gold watches, or other Swiss watches you could look into. Most will still run you a few thousand dollars, but compared to the $55 million diamond encrusted beauties above, that’s pretty affordable.
Some of the most expensive watch brands in the world include these famous brands, as well as some you may not have heard of.
The Audermars Piguet Swiss watch brand features a number of series of luxury watches that rank among the top consistently well-made watches in the world. These are the top of the line outside of the exorbitantly priced commissioned models mentioned above.
Rolex is probably one of the most well-known brands of luxury watches that the non-wealthy can aspire to own. Their series of watches range from the beautifully crafted Sky-Dweller series to the more simplistic design of the Milgauss. They cast and create the watches in house, and have exceptionally high standards that each watch must meet in order to be sold.
Each watch from Patek Philippe is hand finished, meaning that enameling of the dials, placement of gold numerals, and polishing of the gold cases on the watches are all done by hand. These are carefully crafted watches, each receiving expert precision care as they develop and become the beautiful watches.
Any minor errors on the surfaces are carefully cleared away by hand, and the custom seal is placed on each watch as they clear final inspection before being shipped out or placed on display anywhere.
Omega Watches has some of the most fascinating history of all the watch brands we looked at. It was an Omega watch that was first on the moon. It is Omega watches that keep time for the Olympic Games. Omega watches have been seen on James Bond in the movies since 1995, and famous people off-screen as well, like John F. Kennedy, George Clooney, Buzz Aldrin, Nicole Kidman, and Cindy Crawford.
This well-known Japanese luxury brand has been selling watches since 1881. The word seiko means “success” or “exquisite.” Seiko actually began producing their own watches, rather than just selling other brands, in 1924. These luxury watches have become some of the most exquisite watches in the world, and certainly have helped the company live up to its name, whichever meaning you choose.
The Luxury of an Incredible Watch
You may not be able to wear the diamond encrusted Graff Diamond’s Hallucination or the $25 million Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication, but there are definitely luxury watches that are more affordable. The luxury watches made my Corum, Seiko, Omega, Bremont, or Rolex are guaranteed to last a very long time, if not a lifetime, and are worth every penny.