Spending a huge chunk of change on a luxury watch is one the best feelings a modern man can ever achieve.
Why leave your money collecting dust in savings account, when you can spend that money to incite jealousy and awe!
We have left of watches that have a ridiculous amount of diamonds and gold because that doesn’t really count.
PAUL NEWMAN ROLEX DAYTONA – £13.5,000,000
Any man who has an interest in watches has dreamed to own or even owned a Rolex Daytona.
The eponymous Rolex gifted to Paul Newman by his wife Joanne Woodward (it’s engraved with the message “Drive Carefully” in reference to his love for racing) in 1968. Newman’s Roleex Daytona has become the holy grail among collectors, but not even the most fervent collector could have predicted this time piece would fetch £13.000,000 at auction.
The timepiece was eventually sold to an undisclosed phone buyer for a brain-melting £13.5,000,000 — the equivalent of 9,030 2017 Rolex Daytonas.
MAITRES DU TEMPS CHAPTER ONE ROUND TRANSPARENCE – £404,000
Maîtres du Temps are famous for bringing together some of the most exceptional watchmakers in the world to collaborate on game-changing models – and the ‘Chapter One Round Transparence’ is the perfect example.
A mish-mash of idiosyncratic design philosophies and varying schools of horology (read: watchmaking), the ‘Chapter One’ is both classic and complex. That’s not to mention the 18k red-gold case and limited edition engraving that really sets it apart (only 11 models were made).
This timepiece comes at a wallet-demolishing £404,000, it stands out as a much sought-after tribute to the industry’s fascinating past and exciting future.
CHRISTOPHE CLARET DUALTOW NIGHT EAGLE – £445,000
This watch just scream The Dark Knight, if Bruce Wayne ever needed to expand his watch range this would definitely be his next purchase.
Limited to 68 pieces, the ‘Night Eagle’ is a modified version of the earlier ‘DualTow’ concept. The time is told on two revolving belts, and the movement offers a chronograph with a special planetary gear system.
This watch is a masterclass in watchmaking, it feature tourbillons, a mechanism which counteracts the effects of gravity within the watch. It also has a mini gong and hammer for its chime, and 65 jewels shimmering from within its dark colour scheme.
GEORGE DANIEL CO-AXIAL CHRONOGRAPH – £463,000
This timepiece is a bit more classical and minimilastic than the others on our list. If I had the money, I would definitely be purchasing this.
George Daniels only produced a few dozen timepieces within his life. However, his crowning moment was when he invented the ‘Co-Axial Escapement’ system (which he later sold to Omega.) It had a variety of benefit, but more importantly it meant owner could go longer without having to get their watches serviced.
The one-of-a-kind ‘George Daniel Co-Axial Chronograph’ sold for $619,000 at auction in 2012.
BREGUET GRANDE COMPLICATION MARIE-ANTOINETTE – £25 MILLION
Commissioned by a mysterious lover of former French queen and cake advocate Marie-Antoinette, work began on the pocket watch (yeah, we’re going off-piste, but just look at it) in 1782. Legendary horologist Abraham-Louis Breguet started the project, before his son finished the job in 1827.
The watch is encased in gold casing, the glass face showcase the intricate workmanship that went into the watch which was based on the most revolutionary technologies of the time.
If your history knowledge is good you would know Marie Antoinette saw her end in the guillotine a massive 34 years before the watches completion.
The watch was then stolen in the late 1900s from a museum in Jerusalem, but luckily it re-emerged in late 2007. It is now safely housed at the L.A Mayer museum.
All that’s left is to walk in with suitcases full of money and feel like royalty.
LOUIS MOINET METEORIS COLLECTION – £3.5 MILLION
Named after Louis Monet, the celebrated 18th century-born father of chronograph watches, the ‘Meteoris Collection’s astronomical price tag is perfectly understandable with all things considered.
The collection – four watches in total – feature precious stones and meteorite pieces integrated into the dials. Ech on of the four watches showcases a unique piece of rare space rock: for example, the ‘Tourbillon Mars’ includes a fragment of the Jiddat al Harasis 479 meteorite, an authentic, 180 million year-old piece of the planet Mars that fell to Earth.
Martian Meteorite can sell for as much as $1,000 per gram – more than 15 times the price of gold. It’s also the closest you can get to space without a flight on Richard Branson’s.