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Round-UpA Quick Glance At The Top 10 Most Expensive Watches, As Of Mid-2024

From full pave designs to heavy-duty chronographs, here's a list of expensive watches that easily qualify as objets d'art

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Arnold & Son Grand Complications Double Tourbillon Red Gold

Apart from their lunar offerings through collections such as Nebula, Luna Magna and Perpetual Moon, Arnold & Son are noted for highly complicated and expensive watches such as the Grandes Complications. The featured version is a Double Tourbillon Grandes Complications with 18-karat red gold case measuring 43.5mm, cradling four sub-dials: two vertically stacked white lacquered counters at 12 o’clock and six o’clock showcasing two separate time zones, and two identical tourbillons at nine and three o’clock. To manage this kind of horological sorcery requires an equally competent movement, which in the case of this Arnold & Son version is the in-house manufactured A&S8513, a manual-winding movement made from nickel silver held together by 42 jewels, and embellished with hand-chamfered bridges, Côtes de Genève patterns, circular satin-finished wheels, mirror-polished heads, and more. It beats at 21,600vph and promises upto 90 hours power reserve. The watch comes attached to a hand-stitched brown or black alligator leather strap.

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Apart from their lunar offerings through collections such as Nebula, Luna Magna and Perpetual Moon, Arnold & Son, is noted for highly complicated and expensive watches such as the Grandes Complications

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The featured version is a Double Tourbillon Grandes Complications with 18-karat red gold case measuring 43.5mm, cradling four sub-dials: two vertically stacked white lacquered counters at 12 o’clock and six o’clock showcasing two separate time zones, and two identical tourbillons at nine o’clock and three o’clock

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The watch comes attached to a hand-stitched brown or black alligator leather strap

Expensive Watches Special: Bovet Amadeo Fleurier

Thanks to the patented Amadeo convertible system, a number of Bovet timepieces such as the Bovet Amadeo Fleurier, can shapeshift into a wristwatch, table clock, pocket watch. One of the most expensive watches in the Bovet roster, this watch runs on the exquisite manual-winding movement 14BM02AI with seven-day power reserve. A noteworthy element is the positioning of the tourbillon cage that is visible from both sides. The decorative vintage elements on the dial interspersed with blue and purple jewels gives off both old money and nouveau rich rich. The breathtaking mastery of the blue crafted guilloche dial, genuine black leather strap and a rose gold ‘pocket watch’ chain are other design attractions.

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    One of the most expensive watches, the Bovet Amadeo Fleurier, is powered by the exquisite manual-winding movement 14BM02AI with seven-day power reserve

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    Thanks to the patented Amadeo convertible system, a number of Bovet timepieces such as this Bovet Amadeo Fleurier can shapeshift into a wristwatch, table clock, pocket watch

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    The decorative vintage elements on the dial interspersed with blue and purple jewels gives off both old money and nouveau rich rich

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    The epitome of breathtaking mastery in this Bovet timepiece is the blue crafted guilloche dial with contrasting hour markers in Roman numerals at 12 o'clock

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    A noteworthy element is the positioning of the tourbillon cage that is visible from both sides

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Bovet Fleurier

Bulgari Octo Roma Carillon Tourbillon

The Bulgari Octo Roma Carillon Tourbillon timepiece in titanium commands an exorbitant price tag for its unique minute repeater complication and stellar melodic sequence. Despite its no-frills, less-popular avatar, this watch is one of the most expensive watches from the Bulgari maison. This Carillon complication features three hammers that sound the note C for the hours, the mid-re-C notes for the quarters, and the last mid note for the minutes. The grid-like construction of the dial features three openings that correspond to the three chimes, to allow sound to exit from the case’s chamber with the desired amount of gusto. This design also translates into less usage of metal. Limited to 30 pieces, the three-hammer carillon is further complemented by a tourbillon regulator at six o’clock. The watch is powered by the manual-winding in-house calibre BVL428, which is 8.35mm thick and comprises 432 components. It is equipped with two barrels, which takes care of the functioning of the sound mechanism and can store a power reserve of up to 75 hours.

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The Bulgari Octo Roma Carillon Tourbillon timepiece in titanium commands an exorbitant price tag for its unique minute repeater complication, featuring three hammers that sound the note ‘C’ for the hours, the mid-re-C notes for the quarters, and the mid note for the minutes

Girard-Perregaux Quasar Light Tourbillon With Three Bridges

It was Paris, the ‘City of Lights’ and high fashion that enamoured Girard-Perregaux to create their legendary design of triple aerial neo-bridges. Many editions were produced on this horological marvel and qualified enough to be termed as expensive watches, but the one iteration that has stuck out is the frosty, all-transparent sapphire crystal version called Quasar, an intergalactic phenomenon that is a type of ‘black hole’ that dispels electromagnetic radiation. The name reflects the aura of the watch, pulling the spectator’s gaze towards it like the powerful Quasar black hole would do. The 18-piece limited-run watch comes alive under light with diamond-like brilliance. Its 46mm case, made entirely from sapphire crystal, cradles an openworked dial that reveals the robust in-house manufactured GP09400 movement, which offers upto 60 hours’ power reserve when fully wound. The Girard-Perregaux Quasar Light Tourbillon thus creates a lasting impression with its completely see-through body of taut curves and matt surfaces, including the rubber watch strap, luminous dial markers and, especially the three bridges cut out from clear sapphire crystal.

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It was Paris, the ‘City of Lights’ and high fashion that enamoured watchmaker Girard-Perregaux to create their legendary triple aerial neo-bridges, and the one iteration that has stuck out is the frosty, all-transparent sapphire crystal version called Girard-Perregaux Quasar Light Tourbillon, a type of ‘black hole’ that dispels electromagnetic radiation

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The wristwatch creates a lasting impression with its completely see-through body of taut curves and matt surfaces, including the rubber watch strap, luminous dial markers and, especially the three bridges cut out from clear sapphire crystal

Girard-Perregaux Bridges Quasar Light
Girard-Perregaux Bridges

H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Tourbillon

One of the most popular and expensive watches by H. Moser & Cie.—the Streamliner—is inspired by ultra-luxe automotive and locomotive designs from the 1920s. The watch is a lesson in contemporary minimalism as it beguiles with its refined persona. This 18-karat red-gold H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Tourbillon Rainbow features an alluring Vantablack dial. The true eye-catcher, however, is the gem-setting on the bezel on the cushion-shaped case, which enhances the appeal of the timepiece and also showcases the brand’s prowess when it comes to executing these artistic techniques. A total of 60 baguette-cut colourful sapphires, amounting to 290 carats, displaying a spectrum of vivid hues that envelope the dial like a rainbow. A slightly domed sapphire crystal protects the dial. Controlling the timekeeping is a screw-in crown positioned at three o’clock on the case side, topped with an engraved logo ‘M’.

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The H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Tourbillon Rainbow features a total of 60 baguette-cut colourful sapphires, amounting to 290 carats, displaying a spectrum of vivid hues that envelope the dial like a rainbow

IWC Portugieser Grande Complication

In 2015, IWC decided to revamp their legendary Portugieser collection with a new Portugieser Grande Complication on its 75th anniversary. The new version runs on the calibre 79091, comprising 659 mechanical parts! Apart from ensuring upto 44 hours’ power reserve, the automatic self-winding movement enables over 20 functions such as a chronograph, a perpetual calendar, a moon phase, stopwatch, small hacking seconds and minute repeater, which took 50,000 hours of manual work to construct. The IWC Portugieser Grande Complication offers the luxury of providing a moon phase complication that needs syncing just once every 122 years, while the perpetual calendar is functional upto the year 2499, requiring manual intervention just for the years 2100, 2200 and 2300, calculated to be leap years, but are not indeed. This 45mm IWC Portugieser Grande Complication aims for cleaner yet informative dial design, and so took off the original globe motif but introduced a hairline thin railway outer minute track for enhanced timekeeping. An engraved caseback alludes to a rotating compass. Available as a 250-piece limited-run edition, this 18-karat red gold variant comes attached to a brown leather strap and folding clasp with red gold thread side stitching. Each variant only comes in 250 pieces.

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The IWC Portugieser Grande Complication offers the luxury of providing a moonphase complication that needs manual syncing just once every 122 years, while the perpetual calendar is functional upto the year 2499, needing manual intervention just three times inbetween

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Available as a 250-piece limited-run edition, this 18-karat red gold variant features an engraved caseback that alludes to a rotating compass and a brown leather strap with exquisite red gold thread side stitching

IWC Portugieser Grande Complication
IWC Portugieser

Jacob & Co. Astronomia Solar Zodiac

With their dials carrying 3D miniatures of monuments to celestial bodies oozing with gemstones, it’s safe to say the Astronomia line has the most expensive watches issued by American jeweller and watchmaker, Jacob & Co. In the 18-karat rose gold version of the Astronomia Solar Baguette, as the name suggests, the dial recreates the solar system as we know it. The in-house JCAM19 plays the main character, flexing its four vertical arms, and spinning clockwise via the central axis. Three satellite arms carry ‘planets’—round multi-cut semiprecious gemstones with 10-minute rotation speed, while latched on to the fourth arm is the main timekeeping display, which showcases the 12 animals of the zodiac as hour markers, linking time with astrology, celestial bodies, constellations, and the impact of the moon on people and tides. This construction overlaps another pronged structure with two arms: one end has a 60-second double-axis flying tourbillon and the other, a magnesium ‘Earth’. All six elements spin around ‘the sun’—the brand’s signature 288-faceted-Jacob-cut diamond, which weighs the same as the tourbillon, globe, and zodiac to balance out the movement. This linear installation is set on a main plate, which rotates anti-clockwise. The plate is fully paved with baguette-cut white diamonds that extend to the four lugs.

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    In the 18-karat rose gold version of the Astronomia Solar Baguette, as the name suggests, the dial recreates the solar system

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    The base plate is full-pave with baguette-cut white diamonds that extend to the four lugs

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    All six elements spin around ‘the sun’—the brand’s signature 288-faceted-Jacob-cut diamond, which weighs the same as the tourbillon, globe, and zodiac to balance out the movement

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    Three satellite arms carry ‘planets’—round gemstones with 10-minute rotation speed, while latched on to the fourth arm is the hour and minute sub-dial, which showcases the 12 animals of the zodiac as hour markers, linking time with astrology, celestial bodies, constellations, and the impact of the moon on people and tides

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    Additionally, there is another pronged structure with two arms: one end has a 60-second double-axis flying tourbillon and the other, a magnesium ‘Earth’

Jacob & Co. Astronomia Solar
Jacob & Co. Astronomia

Laurent Ferrier Grand Sport Tourbillon Golden Brown

The Laurent Ferrier Grand Sport Tourbillon Golden Brown surpasses its predecessors in opulence. Previously released in two all-steel versions in limited editions of 12 each, the brand unveiled a heightened level of luxury by issuing an 5N red gold specimen as a 24-piece limited edition timepiece. Its robust cushion-shaped case draws inspiration from the clean lines and gorgeous curves of sleek luxury cars. The iconic drop-shaped hour markers and Assegai-shaped hands, both made from red gold, have also been made larger for enhanced illumination of the Super-LumiNova. This case features a mix of satin-brushed and mirror-polished components. Its cushion-shaped bezel offers a nice contrast with the circular satin-brushed finish and polished sides. The middle section of the case is barrel-shaped, combining vertical satin brushing on the top, horizontal satin brushing on the profile, and polished sides. Its attached 5N red-gold bracelet consists of three-link rows with vertical satin brushing and the central links are bevelled with polished edges. Inside the streamlined and low-profile case revs the high-performance LF619.01 tourbillon calibre with a double balance spring.

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Previously released in two all-steel versions, the Laurent Ferrier Grand Sport Tourbillon Golden Brown is made from 5N red gold with a robust cushion-shaped case drawing inspiration from the clean lines and gorgeous curves of sleek luxury cars

Omega De Ville Tourbillon

What makes the Omega De Ville Tourbillon one of the most expensive watches in the Omega family is its highly advanced, accurate, and anti-magnetic tourbillon complication. Equipped with one of the most exquisite in-house movements ever created by the brand, this Co-Axial Master Chronometer timepiece is inbuilt with the extremely reliable calibre 2650 that offers a significant three-day power reserve. The transparent caseback allows you to admire the two mainspring barrels visually connected by an arc-shaped bridge that acts as the sector for the power reserve indicator—clearly visible on the bottom half. The movement’s plates and bridges are made from Omega’s proprietary Sedna gold, and is built using a combination of traditional and modern finishes. Moreover, the watch is certified as a Master Chronometer, given that the calibre can withstand magnetic fields of up to 15,000 gauss, aside from meeting other high standards of accuracy.

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The Omega De Ville Tourbillon is a Co-Axial Master Chronometer timepiece, featuring a highly advanced, accurate, and anti-magnetic tourbillon complication

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The Omega calibre 2650 features plates and bridges made from proprietary Sedna gold, and is the built using a combination of traditional and modern finishes

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Omega De Ville

Urwerk UR-112 Aggregat Back To Black

Urwerk in 2023 expanded their Special Projects laboratory—that launched the previous editions of UR-112 Aggregat—with the new Back to Black version featuring a structure in steel and titanium, with black DLC treatment. Like the first-issue version, the UR-112 Aggregat Back to Black is heavily inspired by the vintage car, Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic SC, and is one of the most expensive watches in the Urwerk range. It is reflected in the central spine of the watch dividing the hunter-like bonnet on the top of the watch. While the original used PVD-coated titanium, the Aggregat Back to Black in steel and titanium features a stronger DLC treatment.  The complex architecture of the timepiece might be putting off, but on closer inspection, reading time from the alien-like timepiece is simple. Two sapphire crystal satellite prisms offer the jumping digital hours and trailing minutes. The 42mm spaceship-like case structure houses a cover, or a hinged bonnet, which flips open to reveal the power reserve indicator and digital seconds display. Inside the UR-112 Aggregat Back to Black runs the in-house UR-13.01 automatic movement, with a power reserve of 48 hours. The long central titanium shaft of the surprisingly lightweight movement (weighing just 25.2g) houses a large barrel that facilitates the twin indicators of time.

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The UR-112 Aggregat Back to Black is heavily inspired by the vintage car, Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic SC

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The 42mm spaceship-like case structure houses a cover, or a hinged bonnet, which flips open to reveal the power reserve indicator and digital seconds display

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Urwerk UR-Special Projects

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