TOP 10 MOST EXPENSIVE WATCH BRANDS IN THE WORLD

TOP 10 Most Expensive Watch Brands in the World

10 - Jaeger LeCoultre

Jaeger-LeCoultre

Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre SA, or simply Jaeger-LeCoultre is a Swiss luxury watch and clock manufacturer founded by Antoine LeCoultre in 1833 and is based in Le Sentier, Switzerland. Since 2000, the company has been a fully owned subsidiary of the Swiss luxury group Richemont.

Jaeger-LeCoultre is regarded as a top-tier Richemont brand. It has hundreds of inventions, patents, and over one thousand movements to its name, including the world’s smallest movement, one of the world’s most complicated wristwatches (Grande Complication), and a timepiece of near-perpetual movement (the Atmos clock).

The fine timepieces from Jaeger LeCoultre start at around $4,000 and could reach well over one million for exquisite watches like the Hybris Mechanica a Grande Sonnerie which sells for $1,474,070. This incredible watch has no less than 1,300 parts and can play the entire Big Ben chiming sequence.

9 - Breguet

Breguet


Breguet is a highly regarded watch manufacturer. Over the years, notable Breguet patrons and timepieces owners include King George III, Queen Victoria, Alexandre I of Russia, Napoléon Bonaparte, Ettore Bugatti, Sir Winston Churchill, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Gioachino Rossini, Arthur Rubinstein and so on. In particular, the Breguet & Fils, Paris No. 2667 (1814) pocket watch ranks as one of the world’s most expensive watches ever sold at auction, fetching US$4.69 million (4,339,000 CHF) in Geneva on May 14, 2012. The Breguet Sympathique Clock No.128 & 5009 (Duc d’Orléans Breguet Sympathique), on the other hand, currently holds the title of the most expensive Breguet timepiece ever sold at auction, fetching 6.80 million US dollars in New York on December 4, 2012.

The price range of their timepieces ranges today between $6,000 and $400,000, but they could go even further for one-off pieces. Breguet even made watches for King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette with the Breguet No. 160 grand complication being also known as Marie-Antoinette, containing every watch function known at the time, encased in gold with sapphires inside to decrease friction. Unfortunately the queen didn’t live to see the watch completed and it is now exhibited at the L.A. Mayer Institute for Islamic Art in Jerusalem.

8 - Blancpain

Blancpain

Blancpain SA is a Swiss luxury watch manufacturer, headquartered in Paudex/Le Brassus, Switzerland. It designs, manufactures, distributes, and sells prestige and luxury mechanical watches. Founded by Jehan-Jacques Blancpain in Villeret, Switzerland in 1735, Blancpain is the oldest surviving watchmaking brand in the world.
Blancpain has been a subsidiary of the Swiss Swatch Group since 1992 and is regarded as a top-tier Swatch brand. It is best known for its Fifty Fathoms diving watch introduced in 1953 and its 1735 Grande Complication wristwatch introduced in 1991.

Rolex makes around 2,000 watches every day while Blancpain only creates around thirty – that’s why it’s much more difficult to get one. One of their most impressive watches is also one of the world’s most complicated timepieces, produced in a limited run of just 30 pieces, with one more added every year.

7 - Louis Moinet

Louis-Moinet

Started by the inventor of the chronograph in 1806, the workshop of Louis Moinet made some extraordinary clocks for world leaders and celebrities like Napoleon Bonaparte, Tsar Alexander the 1st, King George IV of England, or Thomas Jefferson.

6 - Audemars Piguet

Audemars-Piguet

Audemars Piguet Holding SA is a Swiss manufacturer of luxury mechanical watches and clocks, headquartered in Le Brassus, Switzerland. The company was founded by Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet in the Vallée de Joux in 1875, acquiring the name Audemars Piguet & Cie in 1881. The company has been family-owned since its founding.

Audemars Piguet is a highly regarded watch manufacturer. The company is best known for introducing the Royal Oak wristwatch in 1972, which helped the brand rise to prominence within the watchmaking industry. One of Audemars Piguet’s early achievements was creating the world’s first minute-repeating movement for wristwatches in 1892. In addition, the company developed the first skeleton watch in 1934 and has manufactured some of the thinnest watches in the world, such as the 1986 ultra-thin automatic tourbillon wristwatch (Calibre 2870).

Right now Audemars Piguet is one of the world’s most renowned watchmakers and each component of their timepieces is still made with traditional techniques. Their watches are being priced between $8,000 and $250,000.

5 - Piaget

Piaget

The watchmakers from Piaget also worked as jewelers in the small village of La Cote-aux-Fees, Switzerland and they originally manufactured watch movements, moving into the creation of watches only in the 20th century.

Their prices range from $10,000 to $210,000 nowadays and some of their watches could be actually considered fashionable jewelry, like the Altiplano Caliber 1200D that’s just loaded with gems, an internal structure crusted in diamonds and a highly complex mechanism which costs $152,000.

4 - Roger Dubuis

Roger-Dubuis

Roger Dubuis is a Swiss watch manufacturer of luxury men and women watch based in Geneva, Switzerland. The company was founded by Roger Dubuis and Carlos Dias in 1995. In 2008 the company was acquired by Richemont group.

The Millesime Double Flying Tourbillon is a good example, produced in a limited run of just 88 pieces. Roger Dubuis himself created this mesmerizing timepiece as one of the most accurate watches ever made, which sells for $263,000.The Roger Dubuis watches blend traditional watchmaking with modern design and consist of Excalibur and Velvet collections.

Founded by Carlos Dias and Roger Dubuis, this Swiss watchmaker is much younger than the competition with only 20 years in the field, but the quality of their craftsmanship is extraordinary, making their watches really appreciated. You could get a Roger Dubuis timepiece from somewhere between $11,000 to $156,000 but there are some exquisite pieces selling for way more than that.

The company also enters the million-dollar watches list with Excalibur Quatuor that’s made entirely out of silicon, with half the weight of titanium but four times the durability. This amazing timepiece has an RD101 movement that makes it incredibly accurate and it’s priced at around $1,125,000.

3 - Vacheron Constantin

Vacheron-Constantin

Vacheron Constantin SA is a Swiss luxury watch and clock manufacturer founded in 1755. Since 1996, it has been a subsidiary of the Swiss Richemont Group. Vacheron Constantin is one of the oldest watch manufacturers in the world with an uninterrupted watchmaking history since its founding. It employs around 1,200 people worldwide as of 2018, most of whom are based in the company’s manufacturing plants in Canton of Geneva and Vallée de Joux in Switzerland.

Vacheron Constantin is a highly regarded watch manufacturer. Over the years, notable Vacheron Constantin patrons and timepieces owners include Donald Trump, Queen Elizabeth II, Alexander I of Yugoslavia, Pope Pius XI, Napoléon Bonaparte, Marlon Brando, William James, John D. Rockefeller, Diana Princess of Wales, Harry S. Truman, and the Wright brothers. The Vacheron Constantin pocket watches No. 402833 (1929), which was owned by King Fuad I of Egypt, ranks as one of the most expensive watches ever sold at auction, fetching US$2.77 million (3,306,250 CHF) in Geneva on April 3, 2005. In 2015, Vacheron Constantin introduced the pocket watch Reference 57260, which currently holds the title of the most complicated mechanical watch ever made, with 57 horological complications.

For their 250th anniversary they created a limited edition of seven pieces entitled Tour de I’lle which featured two faces to have enough space for all their displays. These watches had a second-time zone, a perpetual calendar, sunset time indicator, plus many other features that make them one of the most complicated watches ever made, with a price of $1,538,160. If you’re looking for a cheaper watch from Vacheron Constantin, the minimum you need to pay is $11,000.

2 - Patek Philippe

Patek-Philippe

Patek Philippe SA is a Swiss luxury watch and clock manufacturer founded in 1839, located in Canton of Geneva and the Vallée de Joux. It designs and manufactures timepieces as well as movements, including some of the most complicated mechanical watches. The company maintains over 400 retail locations globally and over a dozen distribution centers across Asia, Europe, North America, and Oceania.

Patek Philippe is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious watch manufacturers in the world. Over the years, notable Patek Philippe patrons and timepieces owners include Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth II, Pope Pius IX, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, Pablo Picasso, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, and Leo Tolstoy. As of December 2019, among the world’s top ten most expensive watches ever sold at auctions, seven are Patek Philippe watches. In particular, Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref.

1 - A. Lange & Sohne

Lange-&-Sohne

A. Lange & Söhne is a trademark of Lange Uhren GmbH, a German manufacturer of luxury and prestige watches. The company was originally founded by Ferdinand Adolph Lange in Glashütte, Germany in 1845.

A. Lange & Söhne is a highly regarded watch manufacturer. Notable early patrons and timepieces owners of Lange included German Emperor Wilhelm II, Abdul Hamid II of the Ottoman Empire, and Alexander II of Russia. Since 2000, Lange Uhren GmbH has been a subsidiary of the Swiss Richemont Group. Lange watches boast distinctive Glashütte style in appearance and design, which is closer to the classic British style and is different from Swiss styles. The company’s current model families are Lange 1, Zeitwerk, Saxonia, 1815, and Richard Lange.

the watches from A. Lange feature a distinctive look that’s sometimes called “Teutonic” in its austerity Blending perfect mechanical movement with gold or platinum cases, . The cheapest watches can be bought for $14,000 and they could go up to $580,000 and beyond.

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