In the world of luxury timepieces, there are a handful of incredibly remarkable creations that have surpassed the label of ‘high-end’ to be truly lavish works of art. Watchmaker Patek Philippe holds a strong position in this realm, but many other houses of horology are contesting artisans of the finest timepieces in the world. The following are five of the world’s most rare and expensive watches…
- Worth $6,000,000, the Patek Philippe Calibre 89 was crafted to celebrate Patek Philippe’s 150th anniversary in 1989. At the time of its manufacture, it was the most complicated watch in the world (Patek Philippe still holds this title with their 175th anniversary commemorative collection). It required five years of research and an additional four years of engineering to craft the timepiece, which has 1,728 components.
- A sporty, contemporary elegance sets the stage for the exceptional 5004T watch from Patek Philippe. It’s listed at $3,985,000, and is incredibly rare as the sole titanium model of the 5004 collection. The watch face features a perpendicular pattern that compliments the weaving on the strap. The design is unmistakably modern, with an energetic, refreshing attitude.
- Equipped with a perpetual calendar chronograph and moonphase, the rose gold Patek Philippe 2499 timepiece is worth $2,280,000. The watch face features rose gold accents and classic design style. A rich brown crocodile leather strap brings out the almost vintage allure of this incredible timepiece.
- Vivid colors, exceptional calibration, and highly complicated functionality make Franck Muller’s Aeternitas Mega 4 Grande Sonnerie Westminster Carillon a truly remarkable addition to any watch collection. It is priced at $2,700,000, and is one of the most complicated timepieces in the world, with 36 complications and 1,483 components. The design of the busy watch face has an almost ‘steam-punk’ style, featured by its unique shape and bold red and blue accents. To browse other Franck Muller timepieces available at JZandF.com, click here.
- At $2,400,000, the Fleurier Fibonacci Pocket Watch from the house of Parmigiani is a rare, illustrious treasure. A white gold dial, mother-of-pearl counters, and vibrant enameling are visual features to capture attention and showcase the timepiece’s preciousness. The enameling on the case is a lotus flower to represent Fibonacci’s Golden Rule. A minute repeater, cathedral chimes, and perpetual calendar are functional features of the timepiece. JZandF.com offers a small collection of Parmigiani watches – click here to browse the selection.
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