World’s Top-Earning Models for 2011

 

American famous magazine Forbes Magazine announced world’s Top-Earning Models for 2011 year. Even though it doesn’t differentiate much from previous years, this year again Brazil hot model Gisele Bundchen tops the list along with American model Heidi Klum, English models Kate Moss and Miranda Kerr, Russian model Natalia Vodianova and many other gorgeous and sexy supermodels that needs no words to be described. Continue Reading

Top Ten Best Airports of 2009

1. Incheon International Airport: In addition to placing first in the world (up from third place last year), this light-filled airport in Seoul, South Korea also won first in class for cleanliness. It’s easy-to-navigate layout (only one terminal) also makes it a favorite among consumers, but what really catapulted this Korean masterpiece to first place are all of the extras–everything from a golf course, casino, and spa, to seven indoor gardens and a museum dedicated to Korean culture that houses a collection of relics covering 5,000 years of Korean history.Incheon International Airport

2. Hong Kong: After seven years on top, Hong Kong must be smarting after losing first place to Incheon. Still, there’s nothing painful about layovers at this airport. Like Incheon, it’s single-terminal layout makes navigation easy and you won’t go hungry here– the airport placed first in class for dining. The design is first-rate with awesome views over Hong Kong and while the city is only 25 minutes away by shuttle, you might not want to leave before exploring what the airport has to offer–you can do everything here from watching a movie, to having your nails done to catching a round of golf or shopping a string of boutiques (Prada, Gucci, Versace) that rivals New York’s Fifth Avenue.Honk Kong International Airport

3. Singapore Changi: Changi in Singapore may not be as futuristic in design or airy and light-filled as the top two winners this year, but what it lacks in outward design, it more than makes up with interior appeal. Not only did the airport place third worldwide, it also topped the “best amenities” list. At Changi, it’s not hard to relax before a flight–travelers can nap in one of the napping areas, unwind on an orchid-filled indoor nature trail, get a massage at their spa, catch a movie at their 24-hour theater, or even cool down in the rooftop swimming pool.

Singapore Changi Airport

4. Zurich: Moving up to fourth place from eighth place last year, Zurich also ranked first among all European airports. Sure, Zurich boasts its fair share of between-flight amenities, including an IMAX theater, a planetarium, and a museum which contains over 3,000 objects pertaining to the history of transportation, but it’s really their dedication to customer service that has kept them moving up the ranks year over year. Zurich airport ensures that customers are happy and things are running smoothly with a central office that coordinates everything from airline arrivals and baggage to customs and security.Zurich Airport Interior_

5. Munich: Holding steady at number five year over year, Munich airport is well known for its ease of inter-airport transportation, thanks to its compact layout and the short distances between the gates. It’s also a favorite among passengers for its arcades, casinos, internet workstations, and shopping.munich-airport

6. Kansai: Kansai may not be the first airport you think of when you think of when you think of Japan, but for those who travel frequently, it’s a favorite thanks to its efficient security and immigration checkpoints, not to mention all of the little things that make traveling more comfortable–ubiquitous WiFi, coin-operated showers, play areas for kids, and shopping and dining options galore. It won sixth last year and maintained that position this year.kansai

7. Kuala Lumpur: Falling from fourth place last year to seventh this year, Kuala Lumpur’s airport nonetheless continues to delight passengers. Travelers love it first and foremost for the ease of passenger processing here (it won first for immigration services), but it also gets high marks for its airy look and feel, luxury lounges (including dedicated lounges for smokers), play areas for children and abundant restaurants and retail shops. The transportation hub is also conveniently linked to the city via high-speed rail.Kuala Lumpur

8. Amsterdam: For years Amsterdam airport clocked in as Europe’s best only to fall off the top ten list altogether last year when it took 11th place worldwide. This year it elbowed its way back into the top ten, as customers gave it high ratings for easy access to the city and effortless navigation thanks to its single-terminal layout. Passengers here also enjoy the comforts of multiple lounges and dining options, a spa, showers, and casinos.Amsterdam Airport

9. Centrair Nagoya: Moving up to ninth place from 12th last year, Centrair Nagoya is not only extremely well-known for shopping, it’s also one of the most child-friendly airports in the world. Here you’ll find nurseries, rental baby carriages, and an entire area that has been roped off for kids. They also have a bathhouse (the perfect way for mom to relax), where you can watch take-offs and landings while simultaneously easing tension in a hot tub.

Centrair Nagoya International Airport

10. Auckland: Moving up a whopping ten slots from 20 last year to tenth place this year, Auckland airport in New Zealand is worldwide winner for its commitment to the environment and community. The first building in New Zealand to apply for LEED certification, the entire airport was constructed with an eye on conservation. They light the hub via solar panels, harvest rain for air-conditioning cooling towers, and manage energy efficiently via a system of lights that automatically switch off when there is enough natural light to illuminate an area. The air hub is also outfitted with a wide number of shopping and dining opportunities.Auckland Airport

Top Ten Famous Sport People Until 1990 in Winter Sport

winter1.Ole Einar Bj0rndalen

Ole Einar Bj0rndalen from Simostranda in Modum, (southeastern Norway) is a career biathlete. Bj0rndalen has won five Olympic Gold medals (more than anyone in biathlon), and fourteen World Championship gold medals. In addition, he has a record 89 World Cup victories, and became the first biathlete ever to win a FIS Cross Country World Cup race, in G?llivare, Sweden in 2006. He is also the only biathlete who has won every single event during the same Winter Olympic Games, in Salt Lake City 2002, and just the third Olympian to win four gold medals during the same Winter Games. By some, he is considered not only the world’s best biathlete, but also the best biathlete of all time.

2.Alberto TombaAlberto TombaAlberto Tomba (born December 19, 1966) is a retired champion alpine ski racer from Italy.  Tomba won three Olympic gold medals, two World Championships, and nine World Cup season titles; four in slalom, four in giant slalom, and one overall title. He was popularly called Tomba la Bomba (“Tomba the Bomb”).

3.Wayne GretzkyWayne GretzkyWayne Douglas Gretzky is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He is currently a part-owner of the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also been the club’s head coach and head of hockey operations.Nicknamed “The Great One”, Gretzky was called “the greatest player of all time” in Total Hockey.He is generally regarded as the best player in the history of the NHL,and has been called “the greatest hockey player ever” by many sportswriters,players and coaches. Upon his retirement on April 18, 1999, he held forty regular-season records, fifteen playoff records, and six All-Star records.He is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season—a feat he accomplished four times. In addition, he tallied over 100 points in 15 NHL seasons, 13 of them consecutive. Gretzky’s jersey number, 99, has been retired by all teams in the National Hockey League.

4.Bj0rn D0hlie

Bjorn Erlend Dahlie is a retired Norwegian cross-country skier. He has won eight Olympic titles and nine World Championship titles. A total of 29 medal at Olympic and World Championships. That gives him the honour of the most winning XC skiier at all time. All medals achieved from 1991 to 1999. In addition to his Olympic record, he had great success at the world championships (17 medals; 9 gold), especially in 1997 when he won medals in all five events. Bjorn Dahlie has the world record for the highest score of a VO2 max test, 96 ml/kg/min. The test was taken when Dahlie was out of season. According to the test administrator, physiologist Erlend Hem, it is likely that Dahlie could have surpassed 100 ml/kg/min had the test been taken mid-season.

5.Hermann Maier

Hermann MaierHermann Maier was an Austrian alpine ski racer.Maier has won four overall World Cup titles (1998, 2000, 2001, 2004), two Olympic gold medals (both in 1998), three World Championship titles (1999: 2, and 2005) and 54 races on the World Cup circuit. He was nicknamed the “Herminator”.His racing career nearly ended following a near-fatal motorcycle accident in August 2001; he collided with a car on his way home from a summer training session in Austria. Doctors nearly amputated his lower leg, but instead Maier underwent massive reconstructive surgery. Most believed his racing career was over, and he had to sit out the 2002 season, missing the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He returned to international competition in January 2003 in Adelboden, Switzerland. Just two weeks later, he shocked the skiing world with an amazing Super-G victory in the skiing-mecca of Kitzb?hel, Austria.

6.Evgeni Plushenko

Evgeni PlushenkoEvgeni Plushenko is a Russian figure skater. He is the 2006 Winter Olympics gold medalist, three-time World Champion, five-time European Champion, a four-time Grand Prix Final gold medalist and a seven-time Russian National Champion.He is one of the few male skaters to perform the Biellmann spin. He was the first skater in the world to perform a quadruple toe loop-triple toe loop-double loop jump (4-3-2) combination in competition, at the 1999 NHK Trophy . He is the first skater to land a quadruple toe loop-triple toe loop-triple loop (4-3-3) combination in competition, at the Cup of Russia 2002 . Plushenko is also the first skater to land a triple toe loop-triple toe loop-triple loop-double loop (3-3-3-2) combination, which was at the 2005 “Ard Gala”. At the European Championships, he landed a six jump combination (3-3-2-2-2-2) in his exhibition program. He has landed a four jump combination; 4 toe loop-3 toe loop-2 loop-2 loop, at the World Championships in 2001.At the age of 16, Plushenko was the youngest male skater to ever receive a perfect score of 6.0. He received a total of seventy five 6.0s before the new Code of Points judging system was introduced.

7.Mario LemieuxMario LemieuxMario Lemieux  is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He is the only person to win the Stanley Cup as both a player and an owner.Lemieux led Pittsburgh to two Stanley Cups, and Canada to an Olympic gold medal and two World Cups of Hockey. He won three Hart Trophies as the NHL’s most valuable player during the season, six Art Ross Trophies as the league’s leading scorer, and two Conn Smythe Trophies as playoff MVP. At the time of his retirement, he was the NHL’s seventh-ranked all-time scorer with 690 goals and 1,033 assists.In 2004, he was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.

8.Pierre Lueders283055Pierre Fritz Lueders is a Canadian bobsledder who has competed since 1990. He pilots both two-man and four-man bobsleigh. He was born in Edmonton, Alberta.A four-time olympian, Lueders is the most decorated slider in Canadian history. He was the pilot of the Canadian two-man bobsleigh team, winner of the gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics (shared with Italy). This was only Canada’s second ever medal in bobsleigh. At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City Lueders placed a disappointing fifth place finish in two-man, and ninth in four-man, causing him to take the 2002-03 season off in four-man.Lueders also won eight medals at the FIBT World Championships with two golds (Two-man: 2004, 2005), four silvers (Two-man: 1995, 1996, 2003; Four-man: 2007) and two bronzes (Four-man: 1999, 2005).

9.Adam Ma?yszAdam Ma?ysz is a Polish ski jumper. He was born and still lives in the town of Wis?a in southern Poland. He is considered one of the best and most successful ski jumpers of all time. Ma?ysz has won 38 World Cup competitions; in the history of ski jumping only Finn Matti Nyk?nen has won more (46). Ma?ysz is the only ski jumper ever to win the World Cup 4 times (with Matti Nyk?nen) and 3 times in a row – that is why he is considered the best ever ski jumper, by some. He is also the most titled ski jumper in the history of individual World Championships

10. Armin Z?ggelerArmin Z?ggeler is an Italian luger and double Olympic champion. He is one of the most successful men in the sport, nicknamed Il Cannibale (“The Cannibal”), for his notable series of victories, or The Iceblood Champion, for his always cold, rational approach to the races.Z?ggeler is the only Italian to have won at least a medal in four consecutive editions of Olympic Games.Z?ggeler’s 42 individual wins in the World Cup (as of January 2009), he is first of all time, beating the previous record of 33 wins by both German Georg Hackl and Austrian Markus Prock.

Top Ten Celebrities with Blonde Hair

1.Gwen Stefanigwen-stefaniGwen  Stefani is an American singer and fashion designer.

2.Scarlett Johanssonfond-ecran-scarlett-johansson-sexyScarlett Johansson is an American actress.

3.MadonnaMadonna-ww09Madonna is an American recording artist, actress and entrepreneur.

4.Charlize TheronCharlize-TheronCharlize Theron  is a South African actress, film producer, and former fashion model.

5.Naomi Watts Naomi-WattsNaomi Watts is a British-Australian actress.

6.Nicole Kidmannicole_kidman_wallpaper_03-fullNicole Kidman is an American-born Australian actress and fashion model.

7.Jennifer Anistonjennifer-aniston04Jennifer Aniston is an American actress.

8.Christina Aguilerasexy_christina_aguileraChristina Aguilera is an American pop musician

9.Heidi KlumHeidi Klum-7)Heidi Klum is a German model and fashion designer.

10.Kate HudsonKate-Hudson-hudson111280x960-1Kate Hudson is an American film actress.

Top Ten Beautiful Breasts in Hollywood

1.Scarlett JohanssonjohannsonScarlett  Johanssonis an American actress and singer.

2.Lucy Pinder

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3.Salma HayekSalma HayekSalma  Hayek  is a Mexican and American actress, director, and television and film producer.

4.Kim Kardashian

kim-kardashian-playboyKim Kardashian is an American “celebutante”, socialite, model, actress, businesswoman,and television personality.

5. Monica Bellucci 21955_Monica.Bellucci6_122_1099loMonica Bellucci is an Italian actress and fashion model.

6.Halle BerryHalle BerryHalle Berry  is an American actress, former fashion model.

7.Carmen Electra Carmen ElectraCarmen Electra is an American glamour model, actress and television personality.

8.Jessica Simpson Jessica SimpsonJessica Simpson is an American singer, actress, and television personality.

9.Jennifer Love Hewitt jennifer-love-hewittJennifer Love Hewitt is an American actress and singer-songwriter.

10.Audrina Patridge

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Top Ten Sexy legs in Hollywood

1.Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr is an Australian model best known as a Victoria’s Secret Angel

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2.Anna Kournikova

Anna Kournikova is a semi-retired Russian professional tennis player and model

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3.Adriana Lima

Adriana Lima is a Brazilian model best known as a Victoria’s Secret Angel

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4.Olga Kurylenko

Olga Kurylenko  is a Ukrainian model and actress(best known as the Bond girl)

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5.Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron is a South African American actor, film producer, and former fashion model

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6.Gisele Bundchen

Gisele B?ndchen is a Brazilian model and occasional film actress

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7.Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood is an American country singer and songwriter

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8.Uma Thurman

Uma Thurman is an American actress

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9.Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria  is a Mexican American film and television actress

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10.Stacy Keibler

Stacy Keibler  is an American actress, model and former professional wrestler and valet for World Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment

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Top Ten Lost Cities

1. Angkor

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The Angkor region of Cambodia served as the center of power for the Khmer Empire from 800 AD well into the 1400s. The region was abandoned after a slow decline that ended with an invasion by a Thai army in 1431, leaving the massive city and its thousands of Buddhist temples to be reclaimed by the jungle. The city lay relatively untouched until the 1800s, when a group of French archeologists began to study and restore it. Angkor and its surroundings– which rival Los Angeles in size– have since been recognized as the biggest pre-industrial city in the world, and its famed temple of Angkor Wat is commonly considered to be the largest religious monument in existence.

2. Atlantis

The-Lost-City-of-AtlantisAt this point it is fairly easy to write Atlantis off as nothing more than a myth, but this legendary city has been a source of speculation ever since the philosopher Plato first wrote about it in 360 B.C. Described by Plato as an advanced civilization and formidable naval power, Atlantis is said to have conquered much of Europe before sinking into the sea as the result of some kind of environmental disaster. While Plato’s story is seen by most as a work of fiction, his description of a massive civilization years ahead of its time technologically has captured the imaginations of countless writers and would-be adventurers, and there have been numerous expeditions launched in search of the city. Perhaps the most infamous occurred at the beginning of WWII, when the Nazis supposedly organized a journey to Tibet with the hope of finding remnants of Atlantaen culture.

3.Tikal

TikalOnce the capital of the Mayan civilisation and the seat of rulers such as Stormy Sky and Great Jaguar Paw, Tikal was mysteriously abandoned in about AD 900 and for more than a thousand years was swallowed up by dense vegetation.
Guatemalan locals knew about the city, once containing 4,000 buildings and 90,000 inhabitants, but European explorers only discovered it in the 19th century.

4. Machu Picchu

Machu PicchuOf all the lost cities that have been found and studied, perhaps none is more mysterious than Machu Picchu. Isolated near the Urubamba Valley in Peru, the city was never found and plundered by conquistadors, and it was not until historian Hiram Bingham visited it in 1911 that it became known outside of the region. The city is divided into districts, and features over 140 different structures bordered by polished stone walls. It is said to have been built in the 1400s by the Incas and abandoned less than 100 years later, most likely when its population was wiped out by smallpox brought over from Europe. There has been much speculation as to what Machu Picchu was used for, as well as why the Incas chose such to build it in such a strange location. Some have said it was a holy temple of sorts, while others have maintained that it was used as a prison, but recent research suggests that it was probably a personal estate of the Inca emperor Pachacuti, and its location was chosen because nearby mountains figured prominently in Inca astrological mythology.

5. Memphis

MemphisFounded in 3,100 B.C., Memphis was the capital of ancient Egypt, and served as the civilization’s administrative center for hundreds of years before being abandoned with the rise of Thebes and Alexandria. At its height, Memphis is estimated to have had a population of more than 30,000, which would have made it the biggest city of antiquity. Over the years, the location of Memphis became lost, and it was a subject of much debate among archeologists before it was rediscovered by a Napoleonic expedition in the late 1700s, and it was then that the city’s sphinx, statues and temples were first seriously studied. Unfortunately, stones from the ruins had been appropriated to build nearby settlements, and many important parts of the site remain lost to historians.

6.Petra

PetraArguably the most beautiful of all the cities on this list, Petra is located in Jordan near the Dead Sea and is believed to have once been the center of the Nabataean caravan trade. Its most striking feature is its exquisite stone architecture, which is carved out of the rocks of the surrounding mountains. This helped make Petra a naturally fortified city when it was established as a capital in 100 B.C., and evidence suggests that it featured many other technological advancements like dams and cisterns, which helped the inhabitants channel the region’s flash floods and store water for use in times of drought. After hundreds of years of prosperity, the city went into decline after the Romans conquered the region, and in A.D. 363 an earthquake destroyed several of its buildings and crippled its infrastructure. Petra was eventually abandoned, and it stood for years in the desert as something of a curiosity before being revealed to the world at large in 1812 by a Swiss explorer.

7.Akrotiri

AkrotiriThis Bronze Age city was inhabited by the Minoan civilization until it was engulfed by a volcano eruption around 1500 BC. Found on the Greek island of Santorini, houses, staircases and some excellent wall-paintings and ceramics have been uncovered, well preserved under the ashes. The eruption could have been large enough for part of the island to sink under the lava into the sea, and may have inspired the legend of Atlantis.

8.Babylon

babylonNebuchadnezzar built the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, once one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, to dazzle the gods and as a testament to his own greatness. Herodotus chronicled its magnificence, despite probably never having seen it, but now, not so much as a hanging basket can be found. The mud-brick walls of the city were discovered in the 19th century, however, along with ruins of the northern palace. The site was controversially re-built under Saddam Hussein. Large chunks of the city’s Ishtar Gate can be seen at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.

9.Troy

TroyMade famous in the epic poems of Homer, Troy was a once-legendary city located in modern day Turkey. Best known for being the site of the Trojan War, ancient Troy was a strongly fortified city that stood on a hill near the river Scamander. Its coastal location allowed it to be a naval power, and nearby plains provided excellent land for farming. Troy was long considered by many to be the stuff of myth until it was first excavated in the 1870s by Heinrich Schliemann, who discovered that there were actually numerous cities on the site, which over the years had been built on top of one another. Although it was once a towering seat of power, the modern-day Troy excavation site is said to be relatively unimpressive, the result of years of digging and frequent looting by tourists.

10. Kuelap

KuelapHidden amid the cloud forests of northern Peru, this fortress has only recently been opened up and teams of archeologists are still unearthing human bones while tourists explore the site today. The walled city pre-dates the Incas and the Peruvian tourist board is hoping it will become something of a Machu Picchu for the north. The Chachapoyas people held this forest stronghold which features homes, temples and tombs surrounded by a 70ft stone wall.

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.