World’s Most Expensive Watches In 2010

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Although most of us cannot afford expensive gadgets but a number of gadgets manufactured in this world are really priceless and worth seeing and of course admirable.I have selected few of the world’s most expensive watches whom we can only see and pray before god to be the lucky one.

1.Baume & Mercier

William Baume Flying Tourbillion
Price: $75,000*
This new edition of the William Baume Tourbillion has a “flying tourbillion,”—a tourbillion held in place on only one side rather than on the top and bottom—black dial, and black alligator strap. The tourbillion escapement is in the 9 o’clock position and a small seconds display at 6 o’clock. It has a 52-hour power reserve. This timepiece is limited to 10 editions worldwide. Baume & Mercier is owned by Swiss luxury goods giant Compagnie Financière Richemont.

For more information: www.baume-et-mercier.com

2.Tag Heuer

Monaco V4
Price: $80,000
Tag Heuer, which is owned by French luxury conglomerate Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, used cars as a model for rethinking watches’ mechanical movement and engineered the world’s first and only belt-driven timepiece. This design is more shock-resistant and requires less maintenance because of the belts and micro ball bearings, according to the company. The Monaco V4 has a platinum case and alligator leather strap. Only 150 pieces were manufactured.

For more information: www.tagheuer.com

3.JeanRichard

Price: $128,000
This unique tourbillion watch from independent Swiss watchmaker JeanRichard uses a linear indicator for the 72-hour power reserve. It has an 18 carat white gold case and rubber covered alligator strap.

For more information: www.jearichard.com

4.Glashütte Original

Julius Assmann 4 in white gold
Price: $161,000
Glashütte Original introduced this piece for the Assmann edition in 2007. It can be worn as a wristwatch or pocket watch and features a unique retrograde hour display and tourbillion. The watch is also offered in red gold and rose gold ($145,000). More information is available through Tourbillion Boutiques in New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. Based in the former East Germany, Glashütte Original is one of the few watchmakers that uses its own proprietary movements. It is owned by Switzerland’s Swatch Group.

5.Breitling

Grande Complication
Price: $280,716
Unveiled at Baselworld 2010, this pocket watch has a perpetual calendar that displays the date, day, month, leap years, and moon phases and a minute repeater that strikes the hours, quarters, and minutes on demand. It comprises almost 700 parts. The case, made of 18 carat yellow gold, features an engraving of Walter Owen Bentley, founder of Bentley Motors, one of Breitling’s partners.

For more information: www.breitling.com

6. IWC

Grande Complication
Price: $318,000
IWC first launched the Grande Complication about 20 years ago. It combines a perpetual calendar with moon phase, minute repeater, and chronograph with an automatic movement. This version has a platinum case and bracelet. The Richemont-owned IWC recently redesigned it in a Portuguese-style case ($220,567). A total of 50 pieces are produced annually.

For more information: www.iwc.com

7.Concord

C1 Tourbillion Gravity
Price: $320,000
One of the unique features of this watch, which has an 18 carat white gold case, is the seconds display on the side of the tourbillion carriage. The C1 Tourbillion Gravity also features a flyback chronograph and 84-hour power reserve and is water resistant to 30 meters. Although founded in Biel, Switzerland, in 1908, Concord today is owned by Movado Group, which is based in Paramus, N.J.

For more information: www.concord.com

8. Montblanc

Grand Tourbillion Heures Mysterieuses in platinum
Price: $365,750
Although once known primarily for its signature fountain pens, Richemont-owned Montblanc in recent years has transformed its brand into that of a jeweler and watchmaker. Its most expensive watch is the Grand Tourbillion Heures Mysterieuses in platinum, of which only one has been made so far. This tourbillion is also available in 18 carat white gold (in photo), limited to eight pieces at $319,000 each. The 18 carat red gold version, also limited to eight pieces, is $302,500.

For more information: www.montblanc.com

9 . Chopard

Secret
Price: $508,000
This watch has a square pavé-set diamond dial and frame inside a case composed of brilliant, square and baguette-cut diamonds (19 carats) on the satin strap and baguette-cut diamond clasp. Chopard has manufactured only two Secret watches so far. Geneva-based Chopard, which was founded in 1860, is still privately owned.

For more information: chopard.com

10 . A. Lange & Söhne

Tourbograph “Pour le Mérite”
Price: $508,900
Honey gold was used for the case of this limited edition watch, of which A. Lange & Söhne has manufactured only 50 units. The watch has a one-minute tourbillion as well as a double chronograph. The Tourbograph “Pour le Mérite” can be purchased in New York City, Dresden, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Like Glashütte Original, the company is based in the former East Germany. After the Soviet occupation, the region’s once-thriving watchmaking industry foundered. Lange, which had been founded in 1845, shut down and was revived in 1990. Today it is part of the Richemont Group.

For more information: www.alange-soehne.com

11 . de Grisogono

Meccanico dG S25D
Price: $590,000
Founded in Geneva in 1993 by Fawaz Gruosi, de Grisogono recently launched a Meccanico dG set with baguette diamonds at this year’s Baselworld. This Meccanico dG, of which there are 20 units, was designed in three variants: with baguette diamonds (in photo), with white pavé diamonds, and with black pavé diamonds. The version featured above, made of 18 carat pink gold, is set with 126 baguette-cut white diamonds. It displays two time zones and has analog and digital displays and a power reserve indicator. It is also water-resistant to a depth of 30 meters.

For more information: degrisogono.com

12 .Greubel Forsey

Quadruple Tourbillion
Price: $690,000
A total of 531 parts are used for two separate double tourbillons. This complex watch has an asymmetrical platinum case and alligator leather strap. Founded by watchmakers Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey at Baselworld in 2004, the company (in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland) is known for offering two and four tourbillion mechanisms in the same watch case.

For more information: www.greubelforsey.com

13 .Omega

Constellation Baguette
Price: $708,742
The one-of-a-kind piece, available at the Omega boutique in Geneva, shines with 459 Top Wesselton diamonds, totaling just over 30 carats. There are 146 baguette and trapeze diamonds on the dial, completely covering the 18 carat white gold case. Omega is owned by Swatch Group.

For more information: www.omegawatches.com

14 . Jacob & Co.

Crystal Tourbillion

Price: $900,000
The 18 carat white gold case of the Crystal Tourbillion is covered in 17.48 carats of baguette diamonds and has a transparent skeleton tourbillion dial. The piece is finished with an alligator band with a 2.22 carat baguette diamond buckle. Jacob & Co. manufactured 18 pieces of the white gold Crystal Tourbillion, available in the New York City boutique.

For more information: www.jacobandco.com

15 . Hublot

Million $ Black Caviar Bang
Price: $1,000,000
The case, crown dial, and clasp of Hublot’s Black Caviar Bang are encrusted in baguette-cut black diamonds. The watch, which has no numbers on the face, has 544 diamonds, a total of 34.5 carats. It is 18 carat white gold and has an adjustable leather strap. In 2009, it won the Grand Prix de Genève Jewellery Watch prize. Founded in 1980, Hublot today is a subsidiary of Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

For more information: hublot.com

16 . Ulysse Nardin

Royal Blue Tourbillion
Price: $1,000,000
This limited edition watch, produced only in 30 pieces and sold at select retailers, has a platinum case and bracelet and is set with a total of 568 baguette-cut Top Wesselton diamonds (33.8 carats) and 234 baguette-cut royal blue sapphires (16.79 carats). It is water-resistant to a depth of 30 meters. Additional pieces, also set with baguette diamonds and sapphires, are available with a leather strap and platinum buckle. Founded in 1846 as a maker of marine chronometers, the company is still privately held.

For more information: www.ulysse-nardin.ch

17 . Blancpain

Tourbillion Diamants
Price: $1,812,700
This one-of-a-kind piece, available by contacting Blancpain’s headquarters in Paudex, Switzerland, has 480 diamonds totalling 58 carats on the dial, bezel, case middle, lugs, and bracelet. It is self-winding and has an exceptionally long power reserve: seven days. The case is water-resistant to a depth of 100 meters. The company is owned by Swatch Group.

For more information: blancpain.com

18 .Parmigiani Fleurier

Fibonacci Pocket Watch
Price: $2,400,000
The Fibonacci pocket watch features mother-of-pearl counters and a white gold dial. The case is decorated with enameling of a lotus flower, designed to mimic Fibonacci’s Golden Rule, represented by the snail shape—a theme continuously used in the watchmaker’s other designs. It has a minute repeater with cathedral chimes and a perpetual calendar. The piece is available by special order from the Parmigiani Fleurier manufacturers, and the process can take up to two years. Michel Parmigiani founded the company in 1975 in Fleurier, Switzerland.

For more information: www.parmigiani.ch

19. Cartier

Secret watch with phoenix decor
Price: $2,755,000
Cartier’s one-of-a-kind phoenix-shaped wristwatch, which makes its debut in April, is made of 18 carat, rhodium-plated white gold. It uses emeralds for the eyes and has one pear-shaped, portrait-cut diamond weighing 3.53 carats. The piece, part of the Merveilles du Nil de Cartier collection, is covered with 3,010 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 80.13 carats. Cartier is owned by Richemont.

For more information: www.cartier.us

20 . Piaget

Emperador “Temple”
Price: $3,300,000
The Piaget Emperador “Temple” actually has two hidden watches that are revealed by pushing down on certain parts. On one watch, the case is set with 481 brilliant-cut diamonds, 207 baguette-cut diamonds, and an emerald-cut diamond on the top of the case. On the second watch, which has a tourbillion and a 40-hour power reserve, the Polynesian mother-of-pearl dial is set with 162 brilliant-cut diamonds and 11 baguette-cut diamonds. The bracelet is set with 350 baguette-cut diamonds. This one-of-a-kind piece has already sold, but Piaget says other double secret watches can be commissioned. Piaget is owned by Richemont.

For more information: www.piaget.com

Source : businessweek

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