Take a look through some of the most expensive watch brands and the timepieces they’ve made this year
Ranging from just over US $50,000 to the most expensive watches in the world, we talk about what makes them special
This list includes pieces from A. Lange & Söhne, Breguet, Patek Philippe, Ulysse Nardin, MB&F, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Grand Seiko, Vacheron Constantin, and Urwerk
In an industry as old as watchmaking, you might assume that by now they’ve all run out of ideas and there’s nothing left to make a new timepiece special. Well this year goes against that idea, and these 10 watches over US $50,000 prove that the watch world still has a lot to offer.
When you get a watch that costs over $50,000, it’s probably from one of most expensive watch brands. You’ll likely have your watch be part of a limited series, it will likely be made of the most precious materials, and it will likely be more complex than you thought possible.
Let’s take a look at some of the most special high-end watches that have come out this year:
No.10: The A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone ‘25th Anniversary’
Price: $52,800 (aprox.)
Birthdays are normally around the time you would get a special watch. This is probably one watch you’d want to buy for a milestone birthday. A. Lange & Söhne is one of the most expensive watch brands in the world and has some of the most expensive watch prices too. To celebrate the 25th birthday of the ‘Lange 1’ watch collection, the brand this year created 10 limited edition watches. This particular one is within the $50,000 range. The case is made of white gold, while the dial is made of solid silver, with a very complex finish to it called an ‘argente’ finish.
The watch itself shows the hours, minutes and seconds, as well as a second time zone dial, which is coupled with a cities ring to know which timezone you’re set to. It also has a quirky outsize date window, a day/night indicator for both dials, and a power reserve indicator. This blue watch is seriously special. You’ll feel seriously special to have one on your wrist too as only 25 exist in the world.
View the watch on the brand’s website here.
No.9: The Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Squelette 5395 in Rose Gold
Price: $218,000 (aprox.)
Breguet has been known in the past to make some of the most expensive watches in the world, this skeletonised addition is no exception. This watch is a masterpiece, tourbillons stand as perhaps the most complicated function you can put on a watch outside of a minute repeater. Tourbillons also usually take up a lot of room due to the cage they sit in, this means that most watch brands make very thick tourbillon watches. However, Breguet is not most watch brands, with this watch being only 7.70mm thick.
Though this watch only has the ability to tell the hours and minutes, like a regular watch, there is plenty to look at thanks to the sapphire crystal dial allowing the wearer to behold the entire inner workings. The tourbillon cage and balance can be admired, along with the mainspring barrel, and winding mechanisms. To own this is truly to own a piece of horological art.
View the watch on the brand’s website here.
No.8: The Patek Philippe 5078G Minute Repeater with Black Enamel Dial
Price: $350,000 (aprox.)
Patek Philippe’s minute repeater is one of the most expensive watches out there. Patek arguably make the perfect minute repeaters, few other brands can claim such a mastery over the process as Patek can. Minute repeaters essentially chime the time out to you on demand, much like an old grandfather clock, though you can’t really wear those on your wrist so this is a lot better.
This year, Patek expanded its minute repeater collection with this black enamel dial version, a dial which is finished with Patek flourishes as well as white gold. The small seconds sub-dial as well is of course white gold. To own a chiming watch like this is to truly own the pinnacle of watch making, hence why this is one of the most expensive watches in 2019.
View the watch on the brand’s website here
No.7: The MB&F LM Split Escapement in Ti Green with a Titanium Case
Price: $68,000 (aprox.)
MB&F, founded in 2005, is a newcomer among the hundred year old brands around it. But it’s relative youth aside, it is impressive and has created a piece as classic looking as the LM Split Escapement. Well, classic in most ways, apart from the fact that the functions of the watch literally float in the dial.
The Split Escapement lineup has been around since 2017 but this particular version in titanium and in green is a 2019 born watch. The collection itself was born out of a desire to create a more simplified version of the ‘Perpetual’ watches from the brand. It has three dials, one for the date, one for the power reserve and one for the time. The floaty, spinny mechanism in the middle is the balance wheel. This particular little brother watch is limited to just 33 pieces.
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