Tick tock- The six most expensive and exclusive watches in the world
Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the International Jewellery and Watch Show in Abu Dhabi, where all kinds of bling will be on display for us mere mortals to drool over. Here’s something to whet your appetite: the six most expensive and exclusive watches in the world.
April 30, 2012 3:17 by Jyothi M.V.
Name: Jaeger-LeCoultre - Joaillerie 101 Manchette
Price: Priceless to date
Designed by: Jaeger-LeCoultre
Interesting facts: The watch is more like a bracelet made of 576 diamonds and a sapphire dial.
It’s made up of a series of diamond-set squares, and one of the squares is the watch.
It has a silver-coloured dial with a sapphire crystal, and uses the mechanical manually wound Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 101 movement.
Each square set of the bracelet, including the watch, is made entirely of 18-carat white gold.
Name: 201 carats of Chopard
Price: $25 million
Designer: Louis-Ulysse Chopard
Interesting facts: The watch is surrounded by three heart-shaped diamonds – a 15-carat pink diamond, a 12-carat blue diamond, and an 11-carat white diamond.
The heart-shaped diamonds are surrounded by 163 carats of white and yellow pear-diamonds in a flowery pattern, amounting to a whopping 201 carats.
The coolest thing about this glittery timepiece is that when pressed, the three heart-shaped diamonds move and the spring-loaded mechanism allows it to open up mechanically – as petals of a flower would at the break of day- to expose the yellow diamond-studded watch face.
It was reportedly sold in 2000.
Name: Patek Phillipe’s Supercomplication
Price: $ 11,002,500
Designer: Patek Phillipe & Co.
Interesting facts: Patek Phillipe designed this timepiece for New York Banker Henry Graves in 1932.
The watch took more than five years of workmanship to complete, and is the ‘world’s most complicated timepiece’ with 24 horological complications.
It is made of 18 carats of yellow gold, and has two faces and 24 complications.
It has a different chronological function for each hour of the day, a chart of the night sky over New York City - complete with the magnitudes of stars and the Milky Way, and a minute repeater whose chimes play the same melody as the Big Ben.
It was auctioned off at Sotheby’s in New York Cityt in 2007 to an anonymous bidder.
Name: Hublot Big Bang
Price: $5 million
Designer: Hublot and partner, Atelier Bunter
It took 17 workers and 14 months to make a single piece.
The watch is embedded with 1282 diamonds collected from all over the world, exceeding 130 carats. It includes six emerald-cut diamonds set on the white gold bracelet, weighing over three carats each.
The diamond cutters first came up with the blueprint for the watch then began their hunt for diamonds that would fit the design. The stones are uniform in quality and appearance, but they are distinct in shape and size.
This watch was sold to The Hour Glass, a well-known jewellery retailer in Asia.
Name: Patek Philippe’s Platinum World Time
Price: $4 million
Designer: Patek Phillipe & Co.
It was sold at an auction in 2002, and at that time it was the most expensive wristwatch ever.
It can display 24-hour time zones in different countries, has a self-winding mechanism and is famous for its easily switchable night and day tones.
Some famous, and infamous, customers of Patek Phillipe include Queen Victoria, Pope Pius IX and Saddam Hussein.
Name: Vacheron Constantin’s Tour de l’Ile
Price: $1.5 million
Designer: Vacheron Constantin
The launch of this watch in 2005 marked the 250th anniversary of Vacheron Constantin.
Only seven limited edition pieces of the world’s most complicated double-face watch have been produced to date.
It has 16 different features based on its horological astronomical properties, including sunset time, perpetual calendar, second time zone and the representation of the night sky.
This exceptional timepiece is composed of 834 parts, which required over 10,000 hours of research and development by the designers, engineers, and watchmakers of Vacheron Constantin.
The designer won the prestigious Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix award twice.
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