Top Ten Most Expensive Watches(2009)

1. Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref. 5002 P$1.49 million (1,06 million EUR)

Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref. 5002 PThe Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref. 5002 is the most complicated wristwatch ever produced by Patek Philippe and also the workshop’s first double-face wristwatch. Its movement consists of 686 parts, some of which are microscopically small. This rare and exceptional timepiece features mechanical movement that must be manually wound, a minute repeater with tourbillon escapement, chime with two “cathedral“ gongs activated by a slide piece in the case, perpetual calendar with retrograde date hand, hours and minutes of mean solar time, day, month, leap year by hands and moon age. The platinum case measures 42.8 mm.

2. Vacheron Constantin Tour de l’Ile-$1.4 million (994,000 EUR)

Vacheron Constantin Tour de l'IleOf all the wristwatches imagined and produced by Vacheron Constantin to celebrate its 250th anniversary, the Tour de l’Ile is a study in superlatives. Calling this a “Grande Complication” model is a dramatic understatement: it is, in fact, the world’s most complex watch ever made, with its original combination of 16 complications that can be read off on a double-face display. Its design-engineers have developed a calibre smoothly integrating a series of grand horological complications and astronomical indications in order to make it a genuine wristwatch that is perfectly suited to and comfortable on the wrist.

3. Hublot One Million $ Black Caviar Bang-$1 million (727,000 EUR)

Hublot One Million $ Black Caviar BangSwiss manufacturer of luxury watches Hublot has recently introduced one million dollar watch Black Caviar Bang. This watch’s setting is very complex. The difficulty resides in the unusual lines of the Big Bang case – round but with sharp angles. The white gold, one-piece construction of the case does not reveal one grain of gold, and the diamonds, cut in mysterious ways, seem to hold together as if by magic. The only visible feature is the black and deep tones of the diamonds, shining in their harmonious alignment.

4. Louis Moinet Magistralis-$868,000 (631,000 EUR)

Louis Moinet MagistralisSwiss watchmaker Louis Moinet has recently presented a watch with real pieces of the Moon! These pieces are from a lunar meteorite that was ejected from the Moon 2,000 years ago. The meteorite has been authenticated by the University of California. Moonstone is an extremely rare material that is even more expensive than gold and platinum combined.Magistralis is an extraordinary watch representing the expert craftsmanship of the time-honoured art of Haute Horlogerie. It is one of a kind, unlike any other, and will never be repeated

5. Blancpain 1735, Grande Complication-$800,000 (582,000 EUR)

Blancpain 1735, Grande ComplicationThe 1735 is the fruit of a year of loving labor by a single watchmaker. With its 740 individual hand-finished components, the 1735 remains the world’s most complicated automatic winding wristwatch produced in a series. The platinum case measures 42 mm, the strap is croco leather. Movement is the automatic Caliber 1735, with 950 platinum rotor and a power reserve of 80 hours.

6. Breguet pocket watch 1907BA/12- $734,000 (540,000 EUR)

breguet-1907ba-12Breguet is one of the oldest and most respected names in the watchmaking industry, the company being around for more than 225 years and being credited for the invention of one of the most famous watch complication, the tourbillon.Breguet Classique “Grande Complication” pocket-watch in 18-carat yellow gold features grand strike and tourbillon, hand-engraved and hand-wound movement with 2-way rotating crown, off-centred chapter ring, centre minute hand, silvered gold dial, hand-engraved on a rose-engine and sapphire caseback.

7. Audemars Piguet Grande Complication-$526,000 (395,000 EUR)

Audemars Piguet Grande ComplicationAudemars Piguet is another manufacturer of expensive Swiss watches. Tradition, excellence, daring: it is based on these three fundamental values that Manufacture Audemars Piguet perpetuates the art of Haute Horlogerie. At each stage of its history, it has proved capable of adopting the latest avant-garde technologies and of placing them in the service of hand craftsmanship, thereby creating exceptional timepieces.

8. Ulysse Nardin Genghis Khan-$490,000 (351,000 EUR)

Ulysse Nardin Genghis KhanIn 2002 Ulysse Nardin proudly presented a watch beyond all considerations of practicability, a piece of art more than a mere timepiece; the Genghis Khan, world’s first wristwatch featuring a Westminster chime with minute repeater, automatons and tourbillon. A dial made of massive onyx features four figures, meticulously chased from gold. The figures show Mongolian warriors, thus explaining the watch’s strange name, which remembers the founder of the largest empire in humankind’s history, Genghis Khan (born 1155, or 1162, or 1167; died 1227). Each time the Westminster chimes or the repeater is engaged, the figures are fighting with their characteristically curved swords or trying to catch a small ring with a spear, while riding a impressively crafted horse.

9. Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Westminster-$334,000 (239,000 EUR)

Parmigiani Fleurier Toric WestminsterLess known Swiss watch manufacturer Parmigiani Fleurier has created a fairly large number of high-end, hand-made timepieces over the years.Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Westminster watch is equipped with a minute repeater that strikes the hours, quarters and minutes on four gongs to the tune of the Westminster chimes.Furthermore, Toric Westminster features the GMT function with rapid correction by push-button indicates a 24-hour second time zone and the prestigious tourbillon that smoothes out position errors of the escapement.

10. Girard-Perregaux Opera Three-$316,000 (226,000 EUR)

Girard-Perregaux Opera ThreeGirard-Perregaux is one of the few authentic Swiss watch manufactures. For over two centuries now, Girard-Perregaux has been renown for its many remarkable creations, among them the emblematic Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges. From the research and development stage right through to the final adjustments made by master watchmakers, Girard-Perregaux continues to enrich its heritage through its Haute Horlogerie collection.It’s important to mention that the device works at a frequency of 28.800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz), and provides a power reserve of minimum 50 hours.The Opera Three watch is able to sound the passing hours with a melody. The movement’s miniature carillon is composed of a keyboard with 20 blades and a drum whose surface has around 150 hand-mounted pins. A selector allows a choice between two different tunes. A lever can disconnect the sound or allow it to play upon demand.