Think your Ferrari is the ulmate luxury toy? You couldn’t be wronger. Today, Design Limited Edition presents you 10 watches more expensive than a Ferrari! This top 10 list includes special-made pieces, antique pocket watches and diamond-encrusted timepieces. Some of the luxury watches have more history than you could learn in a lifetime.
The Patek Caliber 89 – $5,120,000
Buying this watch would require selling 3.5 Bugatti Veyrons, which happens to be 70% of the total number they sold in 2005.
It’s emblazoned with the Tiffany & Co. name, so you know it’s gonna be expensive. The ability to time two events that start simultaneously but end at different times – you didn’t think those fancy blue hands were just for show, did you?
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Patek Philippe Ref 5016P – $762,000
This watch is the second most complicated wristwatch (the first one was a pocket watch so it doesn’t count) that Patek has produced. The problem with watches of this caliber the need for adjustments, but Patek has an app for that.
This watch was originally designed by Breguet himself and has more pieces (823) than an iPhone. It’s self-winding, has a minute repeater, perpetual calendar, equation of time, jumping hour, power reserve indicator, and a bimetallic thermometer. It took forty-four years for the original to be constructed and Breguet and Marie Antoinette both died before it was completed.
This watch is clearly complicated, but it has a feature some of the others don’t: a tourbillon. Tourbillons prevent gravity from adversely affecting accuracy. Normal tourbillons only rock one-axis anti-gravity, this tourbillon rocks two. No word yet on when the third and fourth axis will be integrated.
At some point in time, everyone has held, worn, or owned a Rolex Submariner. This one is special because it was held, worn, and owned by the one and only Steve McQueen.
Vacheron is the oldest watch manufacturer still in existence since its inception in 1755. 250+ years of history allows them to make watches that eclipse most others. The Tour de l’Ile has tourbillon, two faces, and more complications and parts than even the Breguet Marie Antoinette (hopefully without the beheading) making it the most complicated serial wrist watch ever made.
Audemars Piquet does it again with the Royal Oak Grande Complication. The Grande Complication is another watch that has a perpetual calendar accurate until long after you will no longer be alive.
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Richard Mille Tourbillon – $525,000
Quite a few of these watches have modern elements, but none of them have the modern design that this watch does. Made of aluminum, titanium, and awesome it would be the perfect compliment for the new clear hood you just put on the Ferrari.
It may be crazy, but this watch seems like holds some deep, dark, historical secret that only Nicolas Cage can uncover. But that may just be the three Jacks “hammering the bells to separate the quarters from the minutes.”
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