2018 List: Top 10 Most Expensive Watches
10. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak – $150,331
This one is an ultra-exclusive blue edition that’s only available in 20 pieces. Audemars Piguet dedicates this piece to Bucherer, one of the oldest watch and jewelry company based in Switzerland and one of AP’s longtime retail partner. It’s encased in an 18-carat pink gold bezel with screw-locked crown and links. Its case width of 41mm and thickness of 8.85mm allows water resistance for up to 50 meters. It has a 70-hour power reserve with 3 Hz of frequency in balance wheel which is equivalent to 21’600 alternates per hour.
9. Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Openworked – $160,876
Part of Vacheron Constantin’s astronomical watches, Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Openworked not only tells hours and minutes. It also indicates the moon phase with a 48-month counter that shows the leap year. It has a hand-type date, hand-type month, and hand-type day of the week. The Swiss made watch has an automatic movement with a rose gold case material and glass made of sapphire crystal. Known for their complex mechanisms, this watch consists of 276 parts and 36 jewels that are encased in 39mm diameter and 8.82mm thickness. If you’re planning on some leisure swimming, you wouldn’t have to worry about taking it off because it’s water resistant to approximately 30 meters.
8. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillion Extra-Thin – $164,042
Designed in the Royal Oak line, its latest caliber is one of the thinnest in the market with a 4.46mm thickness. It has an understated appearance with luxurious finishes to deliver its dual objective of finesse and sturdiness. The details are shown in crafting this timepiece with its blue dial that features a “Petite Tapisserie” pattern, hour-markers coated in pink gold, and hands with luminescent coating. It’s made of 216 parts with 25 jewels. You’ll be a source of envy in your peers with its luxurious 18-carat pink gold case and glare-proofed sapphire crystal and case back.
7. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillion – $229,531
A reinterpretation of the Royal Oak collection, the Concept GMT Tourbillion sports a futuristic architecture. The in-house Calibre 2930 that beats its heart guarantees impeccable precision. Precise, complex, and arduous craftsman work is showcased in its ceramics that are nine times harder than steel. With 328 parts, it has a power reserve of 237 hours and 3 Hz frequency. It is cased with titanium, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and case back. It has a hand-wound mechanism that’s celebrated for reliability. Furthermore, it has a whopping water resistance that lets you check your timepiece even at a depth of 100 meters.
6. Piaget Emperador Cushion – $321,559
This limited 2017 edition timepiece meets a threefold objective of exceptionally-finished aesthetics, fine acoustics, and technical mastery. The cushion-shaped automatic minute repeater achieves double records in terms of thinness in its two categories: 9.44mm for the case and 4.8mm for the movement. In fact, some of its wheels are barely thicker than a strand of hair at 0.12mm. On top of that, it aims precision with its 1290P movement. In its exterior is a brown, alligator-type folding clasp. The cushion-shaped case is 48mm in diameter. Looking at it, you’ll admire the exceptional craftsmanship involved in its finely hand-drawn and hand-filed decorations.
5. Girard-Perregaux Bridges Minute Repeater – $361,362
Girard-Perregaux’s Bridges Minute Repeater lands the top 10 most expensive designer watches for men this 2018. This is a limited edition that’s only available in 30 pieces. Its inception is from the union of the symbolic arrow-shaped, or Neo-Tourbillion-shaped, Bridges. It has a mechanical manual-winding movement with dimensions of 32mm in diameter and 10.82 in thickness. Its 406 parts and 37 jewels are encased in a white gold material with a sapphire crystal case-back. It’s strapped in alligator black strap with a white gold, triple folding buckle. The construction of caliber GP09500-0005 offered a great challenge because it requires an expert watchmaker to handle the minute repeater mechanism sans the hammers.
4. Blancpain Le Brassus – $362,806
This timepiece combines history and innovations. Its traditional design conveys the iconic series, the Six Masterpieces of Blancpain, while combining innovative horological breakthroughs with precious materials and discreet aesthetics. The watch features automatic movement, cathedral gong, and white round dial. It’s strapped in a brown alligator strap with a deployment buckle clasp. Its glass is made of sapphire crystal while its case material is crafted from rose gold. You can wear it during a leisure swimming with its 30-meter water resistance.
3. Vacheron Constantin Patrimony – $390,282
The Patrimony Ultra-Thin Calibre is one of Vacheron Constantin’s masterpieces. It’s a manual watch that sports the dimensions of 41mm in diameter and 8.10mm in thickness. The round-shaped timepiece uses 18-carat pink gold in its case, bezel, crown, and dial. Its strap is made of black alligator leather. Its minimalist look delivers elegance and a timeless design that will suit any occasion. It’s one of the thinnest minute repeaters in the market. Its ingenious flying strike governor is silent yet very efficient. Even its caliber is a feast for any connoisseur’s eyes with its intricate layout that shows how its mechanism is meticulously and skilfully pieced together.
2. Piaget Emperador Cushion – $567,543
Piaget’s Emperador Cushion-Shaped Self-Winding Minute Repeater is one of the thinnest in the caliber 1290P and 48-mm diameter cushion-shaped case categories. Inside its slim body, the fourth major complication movement is encased with the finest acoustics, aesthetic finishes, and technical mastery. Nothing spells luxurious more than the 332 diamonds – with a variety of shapes ranging from emerald, round, and baguette cuts – in contemporary-looking contours. Furthermore, its buckles are adorned with 26 baguette-cut diamonds on its black alligator strap. The careful craftsmanship of this timepiece is so exclusive and valuable that it’s only available in limited pieces.
1. Ulysse Nardin Classico Hannibal Minute Repeater – $756,211
Ulysse Nardin has been inspired by their movement of delivering “constant innovation of mechanical timepieces.” This Swiss luxury watchmaker is known for fusing style and bold innovation in their pieces. And they didn’t fail to deliver it to their limited edition Classico Minute Repeater that’s ultra-exclusively available. In fact, they only crafted 30 exemplars of this timepiece that requires extreme precision and expert craftsmanship. Hence, it’s not a surprise that it tops the 10 most expensive designer watches for men this 2018. This particular design pays tribute to one of history’s ultimate strategist and greatest military commanders – Carthaginian General Hannibal Barca. In the upper portion of the dial, you’ll see Hannibal straddling his horse, the jaquemarts, one of his elephants, and a regiment of soldiers.
The detail and materials used in this timepiece are remarkable and collection item-worthy. All the figurines, mountains, and surrounding terrain in the background are all hand-carved and made in 18-karat gold. Its backdrop uses a dark granite stone that is sourced from the Alps, the very same mountain that Hannibal crossed in the 3rd century B.C. Below this design partially shows its in-house Caliber UN-78 mounted on 36 jewels.