5 of the world's most expensive watches
Will they be trumped by this year's new releases?
Since its launch in 2015, global platform for watchmaking Dubai Watch Week has grown to become a favourite among many experts and aficionados alike, hosting the industry’s biggest players and most unique timepieces. Ahead of this year’s event, taking place from November 16 to 20 in Dubai International Financial Centre, we take a look at the watch world’s most valuable creations throughout the times. Will they be trumped by this year’s new releases?
Chopard 201 Carat Watch
The Swiss watch brand is known for creating some of the world’s most exquisite bejewelled watches, and the 201 Carat, handmade in the year 2000, is its finest one yet, boasting as many as 874 first-grade diamonds in different sizes and colours. Three heart-shaped stones in the middle of the timepiece open up like flower petals to reveal a dial containing yellow diamonds.
Patek Philippe Supercomplication Pocket Watch
New York financier and watch collector Henry Graves Jr. commissioned this 18 karat gold supercomplication pocket watch in the twentieth century. Thanks to its twenty four complications, however, it took half a decade to design and three more to manufacture. Experts argue its celestial chart is its most precious feature, being perfectly outlined with the night sky above Central Park Zoo. Similarly to the Chopard watch, it is also entirely handmade.
Patek Philippe Caliber 89
The Caliber 89 is considered one of the brand’s most complex mechanical watches, as it was created to celebrate the luxury brand’s 150th anniversary by aiming to represent the highest levels of craftsmanship and execution in the industry. Patek Philippe succeeded; incorporating a large number of complications unknown to traditional complication watchmakers.
Hublot Big Bang
Hublot is known for creating some of the world’s most expensive and extravagant wristwatches. The Big Bang Tourbillion is one of its most valuable yet, partly due to a total of 1,282 diamonds, weighing 100 karats, featured on the watch. The jewels include six emerald cut diamonds, each weighing over three karats, etched on the bracelet.
Franck Muller The Aeternitas Mega 4
Aeternitas, which is Latin for eternity, is named after the ‘eternal calendar’ in the watch, which is believed to follow a time cycle that is renewable to infinity. Called the world’s most complicated wristwatch by many experts, the timepiece contains over 1,480 components and 36 complications. Franck Muller reportedly manufactured the entire watch in-house.