While most of us will never own a men’s watch that’s valued over a million dollars, there seems to be no shortage of timepieces that carry a 7-figure price tag. These incredible watches are prohibitively expensive for all but the most fertile of budgets, but it’s impossible not to love their theatrical take on luxury. And looking won’t cost you a thing.
Patek Philippe Grand Complications Rose Gold
Patek Philippe’s Grand Complications 5304R-001 doesn’t waste any time. From the moment you set eyes on it, you know it’s something special. The 5304R-001’s unique look is owed to an 18K rose gold case, a black crocodile strap, and a beautiful skeletonised dial that features a seconds sub-dial, a moonphase display, and a retrograde date display. Powering it is a Calibre R 27 PS QR LU mechanical, self-winding movement. LK Boutique in Melbourne should be able to help you find this one.
A. Lange & Sohne Richard Lange Tourbillon
With a fusée-and-chain transmission and a one-minute tourbillon, the A. Lange & Sohne Richard Lange Tourbillon “Pour le Mérite” incorporates two of the most effective complications for increasing rate accuracy. Its third complication is a patented stop-seconds mechanism. Thanks to this device, the tourbillon – and with it the entire movement – can be stopped and restarted to one-second accuracy. The tourbillon can be observed hard at work through an aperture in the subsidiary-seconds dial.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica A Grande Sonnerie
One of the most expensive men’s watches in the world is the extraordinary Hybris Mechanica à Grande Sonnerie. With over 2472 parts, this exceptional timepiece is also one of the most complex watches ever made. Jaeger-LeCoultre created a magnificent movement that features a Grande Sonnerie with Westminster chimes, designed to ring out the longest melody ever played by any watch with a striking-mechanism. On top of that, there’s also a perpetual calendar and a flying tourbillon.
Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes
As its name suggests, the Tourbillon 24 Secondes features an ultra fast tourbillon – mounted at a 25 degree angle to increase accuracy – that completes one full revolution in just 24 seconds. It also features a mind-boggling amount of gold and platinum, making it a treat to look at even if it doesn’t have the most “open” of movements (the Greubel Forsey made calibre GF 01). Instead, the sapphire crystal on the dial and caseback offers a nice view into the happenings of the tourbillon.
Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane
The Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane is a 939-piece micro-mechanical movement masterpiece. The escapement mechanism of the Christophe Colomb Hurricane is not in fact a tourbillon – instead it’s designed inside of a cage that’s mounted on a gyroscopic-style gimble to the movement. Expect hours of enchantment and entertainment to be spent watching it move playfully around as the watch is turned.
Vacheron Constantin Metiers d’Art Mecaniques Ajourées
This is one skeleton you won’t mind having in your closet. The Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Ajourées is hands-down one of the most breathtaking traditional skeleton watches you’re likely to see. Housed in a polished 40mm 18K white gold case, the Mécaniques Ajourées’ elaborate movement takes centre stage. You’ll barely be able to tell that it was was once the Vacheron Constantin calibre 4400, the brand’s in-house base movement.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor
Here’s proof that watches don’t have to be dripping in diamonds or date back centuries to be worth serious cash. They may, however, take 2,400 hours to build from start to finish. In the case of the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor, those 2,400 hours go into creating a strikingly symmetrical movement and four diagonally positioned escapements (not tourbillons) connected in pairs by a series of differentials. The sound produced by the four escapements running in unison is a hallmark of the Quatuor – a machine-like whirring instead of the traditional tick.
Richard Mille RM 56-02 Tourbillon Sapphire
Following the successes of the RM 056 and RM 56-01, Richard Mille upped the ante with the RM 56-02 Tourbillon Sapphire. Two changes make the RM 56-02 a knockout: the unprecedented use of sapphire to create transparent elements, and the cable and pulley mechanism that suspends the movement from the case. Almost 1500 hours of sapphire machining go into making a single RM 56-02 watch, which is both insane and awe-inspiring.
Hublot Classic Fusion Haute Joaillerie
Hublot left absolutely nothing out while designing the Classic Fusion Haute Joaillerie. From the all-over 18K white gold, to the sapphire crystal, to the truly astonishing number of diamonds, no luxury is left unturned. Apart from all the bling, the watch also boasts 120 hours of power reserve and a water resistance of as deep as 30 metres. A total of 4 months and 25 highly trained experts went into creating the Classic Fusion Haute Joaillerie, and only 8 were made.
Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon
No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. What you’re looking at is a one-of-a-kind complication you won’t find anywhere else: a mechanical slot machine. In fact, it’s a recreation of the world’s first slot machine, invented in San Francisco in 1894 and dubbed “The Liberty Bell.” Give the lever on the right side of the case a pull – yes, the slot machine really works. 125 different outcomes are possible, and your chance of getting 3 in a row is 1/25. Drop down and see the people at Monards if you want one of these bad boys… just make sure you bring your black AMEX.