In this article, we’ll be helping you build your knowledge of watches, and not just any old watches, we’re talking about ones that the seriously high end of the scale.
Ask most people today of a luxury watch brand and the chances are they’ll name Rolex. It’s come to be associated with class and exclusivity, and those who wear it are seen as high achievers. That’s partly down to Rolex’s very effective marketing, but ask someone who really knows their luxury timepieces and they’ll tell you that watches get a lot more exclusive than Rolex, and it’s these ones we are looking at today on our list of high priced timepieces.
Mostly from Switzerland, hinting that you’ll need to empty a Swiss bank account to buy one of the watches in the list below. Before we get started let’s set a benchmark on how much does a Rolex costs. We will not take replica Rolex watches prices into consideration. Of course, there’s a wide range of prices and the more exclusive Rolex models reach half a million dollars at dealer prices, but if you read until the end you’ll find out about one of the highest prices ever paid for a Rolex.
Rolex least expensive model is the Oyster Perpetual priced at $5400 dollars which means that all the brands we’ve chosen here have starting prices above that and as you’ll see some of them are way above it, so if you’ve got one of these on your wrist it marks you out as a bit more exclusive than a Rolex owner.
Let’s dive in and take a look at ten watches that are more expensive than Rolex
Starting price $6,900, known for collaborations with Pirelli and Lamborghini and founded relatively recently in 1995, this Swiss watchmaker is known for precision mechanics and truly amazing craftsmanship with a chunky masculine look that brings to mind the high-performance mechanics of a supercar.
Take a look at the Doubly Flying Tourbillon. Only 88 were created and it’s one of the most accurate watches ever made and sells at two hundred and sixty-three thousand dollars ($263,000).
If that isn’t high-end enough for you you could buy one of their watches over the million-dollar mark. Perhaps the Excalibur Quatuor. It’s made entirely of silicon which has half the weight of titanium but four times the durability. One of these will set you back $1,125,000.
Starting price $7,000. They’ve been making watches since 1874 in the Swiss Jura mountains and their history means they’re considered one of the Holy Trinity of classic watchmakers. They’re known for the world’s thinnest watches to use the Tourbillon mechanism which is found in seriously high-end timepieces.
In 1957 they introduced the Altiplano caliber 9P which was just over 4 millimeters thick. They’re also known for their incredibly thin skeleton watches. Those are watches in which all the moving parts are visible through the front and sometimes the back.
The Piaget Altiplano white gold ultra-thin skeleton watch at five point three four(5.34) millimeters is the thinnest self-winding skeleton watch in the world. It comes with silver and gold parts and sells for over $16,000.