Watches should be thought of as an investment; many people buy them with the view to give them to their children later in life. However, there’s no right or wrong price to pay for a watch – it’s all down to personal preference.
There are some extremely exquisite watches available, which should definitely be thought of as heirloom quality; their price tag alone should make people sit up and take note! Here are just some of the most expensive (and, sometimes, iconic) watches in the world; we hope these will be handed down to the next generations!
Bulgari Magsonic Sonnerie Tourbillon
With a price starting at $620,000 (around £494,102), this watch is definitely a contender for being a heirloom piece.
Created when Bulgari wanted to integrate the brand Gerald Genta into its collection, this intricately designed watch is considered to be one of the most complicated models that Bulgari have created.
Using the Tourbillon regulation system and chiming function which is enhanced by the case’s “magsonic” alloy material, the sounds that this watch can make are beautiful.
The movement is incredibly impressive too; with over 900 hand-finished pieces, we’d love to take a look at this watch – but with that price, we’d probably be hesitant to even hold it.
Christophe Claret DualTow Night Eagle
This watch was announced at Baselworld back in 2009, but it is still classed as one of the most expensive horological in the world.
The Christophe Claret DualTow Night Eagle was created to celebrate Christophe Claret’s 20 year anniversary – and what a piece to announce. This exquisite chronograph boasts the true craftsmanship of the brand – which may not be a familiar name for many people, but in horological circles, is renowned for detailed, complicated movements which are featured in many bigger brand names.
With a movement consisting of 574 components, 65 jewels and even 8 ball bearings, this watch is almost exclusively created by the experts at Christophe Claret; the only component that isn’t is the hairspring.
This piece was priced at $595,000 (around £474,708).
Chopard L.U.C Tourbillon Baguette
If you have your heart set on this $240,000 (approximately £191,479) piece, we’re afraid to say that you’re probably out of luck – unless you manage to inherit one, of course.
The Chopard L.U.C Tourbillon Baguette was a limited edition piece which resulted in only 25 pieces being created. Its sparkling look consists of 27 carats of diamond, and the baguette cut of these gems gives to the prestigious name of the piece.
Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4
If you’re a fan of extremely complicated watches, then you’ll probably love the Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4. When it was released, it was classed as the most complicated watch ever made and took 5 years to complete.
With nearly 1,500 parts, 36 complications – of which 25 are visible – a 1,000-year calendar and a price of $2,400,000 (£1,914,791), this watch is not for the faint-hearted. However, due to the nature of the watch, it is almost impossible to find this watch in circulation anywhere; the first model was presented to an American Horologist.
While we don’t stock any of these incredible watches, we do offer repair and service for a wide range of well-known watch manufacturers.
If you’ve got a watch that you’re looking to hang onto for a very long time that isn’t performing as well as it used to, we’d be glad to help. Get in touch with us today and we’ll be more than happy to discuss our services with you.