Yesterday, we brought you a look at two incredible million-dollar watches unveiled during SIHH 2017. Today, we bring you a look at three more million-dollar wonders – two of them from the world’s oldest continually operating watch brand: Vacheron Constantin and two renditions of the same outrageous watch by Audemars Piguet.
Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Symphonia Grande Sonnerie 1860, Est. $1 Million
This year also marks the first time the venerable brand Vacheron Constantin unveils a Grande Sonnerie wristwatch. While the company has produced a host of chiming watches throughout its history, this is the first that is a wristwatch. The Symphonia Grande Sonnerie 1860 was 10 years in the research, development and design stages A single watchmaker – whom I got to meet and talk with during SIHH –spent more than 500 hours building the masterpiece.
The Les Cabinotiers Symphonia automatically chimes the hour, and quarter hours, and offers a petite sonneries (hours) and an on-demand minute repeater mode. Silence mode is also available – but why anyone would want to silence such beauty if beyond me.
The watch, despite its amazing complexity, is housed in a 45mm white gold case with a very clean and simple dial that shows hours, minutes, seconds and power reserve of the watch and the sonnerie. The watch is equipped with two mainspring barrels – one for the striking system (20 hours) and one for the watch (72 hours).
Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestia, Astronomical,[/caption] Est. $1 Million
The master watchmakers and gem setters at Audemars Piguet have done it again == unveiling the third and final in its audacious Diamond series that started a few years ago. The new Diamond Outrage – being offered in a blue sapphire and white diamond version – rounds out the trilogy that started with the Diamond Punk, then moved on to the Diamond Fury.
The incredible watches are one-of-a-kind pieces that feature 46 spikes of 18-karat gold set with thousands of gemstones and hiding a secret watch within. The master gem setters have spent about 2,500 hours setting each timepiece – whose long spikes are meant to resemble the icicles in the Vallee de Joux. The sapphire version is snow set with 11,043 brilliant-cut sapphires in six shades of blue. In total, the stones weight 65.47 carats. While the sapphire version retails for $1.050 million, the Diamond Outrage retails for $1.24 million. Oh, did we forget to tell you: there is a secret watch – whose gemstone adorned doors open to reveal a quartz-powered mirror-polished-dial watch.