Six of the Most Expensive Watches in the World

There’s a charm to the very best watches in the world. The top timepieces offer a quality luxury ‘jewellery’ factor as well as, of course, being a practical accompaniment to our lives. Sure, other devices can tell us the time, but none do it with the sheer style of a high class watch.

So, when you’ve got the money set aside for a watch but you don’t know how to spend it, here’s six of the most expensive watches in the world to either aspire to or be inspired by…

Patek Philippe 5016

The most expensive wristwatch in the world sold for $7.3 million during an auction in Geneva in November. It’s a stainless steel, one-off model and after the hammer fell there was said to be a standing ovation at the luxury La Reserve Hotel. The proceeds go to a charity that funds research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

The Patek Philippe piece featured a tourbillon, minute repeater and perpetual calendar with moon-phase display and was one of 44 unique items made for the 'Only Watch' auction by the likes of Blancpain, Harry Winston, Piaget and Chanel.

A Lange and Söhne Grand Complication

This timepiece from the luxury German brand costs just under 2 million Euros and oozes class. It features a large and small ‘sonnerie’ – or bell – as well as a minute repeater, a split-seconds function, single button control and a perpetual calendar with a moon-phase display.

Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 56-02 Sapphire

The sturdy and stylish Sapphire case of this luxury watch is see through, giving a striking insight into the mesmeric internal workings of a top of the range timepiece – especially since this uses a series of pulleys and cables to keep you up to date. Only ten are available, and each costs a shade over $2 million.

Itay Noy Part Time

This caters for wearers who prefer a watch that is a little less traditional and has a greater aesthetic appeal. The Itay Noy Part Time features a two-tone dial, with the day half active from 6am to 6pm and the night for the rest of the day. It’s unusual and at $4,800, is worth considering for your collection.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Laptimer

Some people need a watch that puts accuracy right at its heart, and nowhere is that more marked than in the world of motorsports. It’s with this in mind that the Royal Oak Concept Laptimer was developed – in a five-year project – and it features highly useful lap timing and flyback functions. It costs $229,500.

(Photo Courtesy Tag Heuer

Tag Heuer Connected

This smartwatch combines the best of Swiss watchmaking with the technological input of Google and Intel. Its display is designed to look like the brand’s popular analogue watches, yet it also boasts the abilities offered by Android Wear, with the ability to receive alerts or updates on sports or the weather, for example. It is also developing its own apps such as

RaceChrono Pro, Viewrangers and GolfShot Pro, all of which have a sporty focus. The watch retails for about $1,100.

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