Price is something we rarely discuss at Haute Time and for a good reason: the watches we feature have transcended from being merely a functional device to become an object of art. Yes, they tell time, and sometimes a few things more, but the way that they were designed and created is fare more an artistic process than anything else. However, to obtain such a piece of art money needs to change hands and becomes a natural limitation for the number of people who want to get one. The following watches are far beyond the horizon for most collectors, but unfortunately, that doesn’t make them any less desirable!
Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30° Technique Sapphire
Greubel Forsey is known for making incredibly complicated watches with a finish that is unlike anything else. With the Double Tourbillon 30° Technique Sapphire they put all this in a case crafted from sapphire crystal so that you can appreciate this craftsmanship from every angle, while at the same time adding another level of complexity. Greubel Forsey only made 8 of these watches for the North-American market, priced at $1.1 million each. However, as they have all been sold you probably need to bring a little bit more to tempt one of the owners to let go of this stunning watch!
Richard Mille RM 53-01 Tourbillon Pablo Mac Donough
The ultimate sports watch? That might be indeed the case because the Richard Mille RM 53-01 can handle much more than you ever will! With this watch, the brand introduces a laminated sapphire crystal which is close to bulletproof, while it can handle accelerations of over 5.000 g’s. However, the RM 53-01 might also be one of the most breathtaking watches Richard Mille has ever created, with its movement placed like a suspension bridge in the middle of the case, which is even fitted with a tourbillon. Again a 7-digit watch, but don’t expect to find one at a Richard Mille boutique as they will all be gone before they even get there.
Jacob & Co Billionaire
If diamonds are your thing, it simply doesn’t get any better than the ‘Billionaire’ by Jacob & Co. This 18 million dollar watch gets its value from 260 carats worth of radiant cut diamonds which make up the case and the integrated bracelet. The movement is a stunning skeletonized manual wind caliber fitter with a tourbillon. Want one? Then you better ask Jacob & Co to make another one, because this piece unique recently sold to undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona
In case you prefer vintage watches it doesn’t get any better than Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona. It is the watch that gave this particular model, which is one of the most desirable and searched for vintage watches, its nickname. To have the watch of the man himself will give you the ultimate Paul Newman Daytona, including an inscription on the back as the watch was gifted to him by his wife. Sold at $17.75 million dollars it was the most expensive Rolex sold at auction, and if you want it you have to wait until its current owner puts it on auction again and probably bring even more money then it was sold for previousl