Approaching the Basel Word show, I decide not talk about yacht but wristwatches instead. I will show you a small collection of 5 watches but only small in numbers because the minimum price of a single watch is 1 million dollars.
Basel World, for the more distracted is the world watch and jewelry.
Royal Blue Tourbillion by Ulysse Nardin
Price: $1 million
This platinum limited edition watch was produced only in 30 pieces that you can dinf only at select retailers. The crossing of 568 baguette-cut Top Wesselton diamonds (33.8 carats) and 234 baguette-cut royal blue sapphires (16.79 carats) makes Royal Blue Tourbillion one of the most desired watch model among the connoisseurs. Though the model has water resistance only 30 meters – I am sure you won’t try diving for $1 million. You can try Royal Blue Tourbillion set with a leather strap and platinum buckle.
Black Caviar Bang by Hublot
Price: $1 million
With a baguette-cut black diamonds as the crown dial and 18 carat white gold case of that model are encrusted in the stones. “Unfortunately”, the watch has no numbers on the face, BUT instead you watch 544 diamonds, a total of 34.5 carats. In 2009, Hublot Black Caviar Bang won the Grand Prix de Genève Jewellery Watch prize. Black Caviar Bang limited-edition is based on the Hublot’s popular Big Bang model. The price of the watch model makes it 8th most expensive watch in the world!
Aeternitas Mega 4 by Franck Muller
Price: $2,7 million
Containing 1,483 components this Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega4 has the most complications of any wristwatch model in the world – 36! Aeternitas Mega4 fits 3 time zones indicators, 999-year calendar and a flyback chronograph. The watch has chimes the Carillon Westminster melody on the hour with small strikes on the quarter hour. Not sure if this is a real complication, but…Despite of the high power inputs Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega hasa 3-day power reserve for the movement and 24-hour reserve for the chime. Don’t be naïve, cause the watch is available only in New York and Geneva.
Platinum World Time by Patek Philippe
Price: $4 million
Experts conceder this platinum Patek Philippe world time wristwatch the only one of its kind ever made. In 2002 this watch became the most expensive watch, sold in action thanks to its action bid of $4 million. Patek Philippe’s Platinum World Time has a self-winding mechanism, displaying all the 24 time zones and is famous for its easily switchable night and day tones, user friendliness and readability.
Joaillerie 101 Manchette by Jaeger-LeCoultre
Price: Priceless (Unknown at this time)
Joaillerie 101 Manchette is the most expensive watch in the world. Manufactured by Jaeger-LeCoultre, it resembles a bracelet. But firstly it is a watch. Fitting the mechanical manually wound Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 101 movement the watch represents series of polish and diamond-set squares. Thus it becomes difficult to find the exalted Calibre 101 among the jewelry puzzle. The watch is available in two sets:
1) 576 diamonds and 18-carat white gold;
2) 400 diamonds and 11 onyx cabochons.
A silver-colored dial with a sapphire crystal and a winding crown on the case back makes the watch really impressive.
Written by André Almeida