The World's Most Expensive Watches
Henry Graves Supercomplication (1932)
Sold at Sotheby's in 1999
Sotheby's experts estimated that this watch would sell for between $3 million and $5 million, but due to intense competition, bids soared to more than $11 million. With two faces and 24 complications (or functions) this yellow-gold pocket watch took four years to build and still holds the record for the most expensive watch ever sold.
Luxe For Less: Stylish Sports Watches
1) Sector 300 Series Watch
$195 (manufacturer's suggested retail price)
This stainless-steel timepiece is water-resistant up to 100 meters. The midsize case is 41 millimeters in diameter, with a sapphire crystal with a quartz movement and a chronograph complication.
For more information, visit www.tourneau.com.
2) Invicta Mens Pro Diver
A 23-karat gold-plated face and a blue dial grace this automatic movement watch, which is water-resistant up to 200 meters.
For more information, visit http://www.worldofwatches.com/.
3) Seiko Diver's Automatic Dive Watch
Water-resistant up to 200 meters, this self-winding watch boasts a rubber band and a scratch-resistant crystal face, glow-in-the-dark hands and a unidirectional bezel that lets you clock dives.
For more information, visit http://www.amazon.com/.
4) Citizen Men's Promaster Professional Diver Watch
Boasting a black urethane wrist band, clasp buckle and titanium bezel, this timepiece is water-resistant up to 990 feet and includes a calendar day-and-date functionality.
For more information, visit http://www.princetonwatches.com/.
5) Casio G-Shock Tough Solar
This timepiece runs on solar power, so there is no need for batteries. It offers a 1/100-second stopwatch, has a digital face and is also water-resistant up to 200 meters.
For more information, visit http://www.watchgear.com/.
Read the full story "Luxe For Less: Stylish Sports Watches" Hitha Prabhakar
Hottest New Luxury Watches
1)Lange 31 by A. Lange & Sohne
Per its name, the Lange 31, to debut at SIHH, is the first watch that has a 31-day power reserve. Stacked mainspring barrels last 10 times longer than most movements. The wristwatch is manually wound and has 406 parts.
For more information, visit www.alange-soehne.com
2)Jaeger Le Coultre Master Eight Days Perpetual
This skeletonized timepiece measures hours, minutes, date, month and year; tracks moon phases; and differentiates between day and night. It is mechanically wound with an eight-day power reserve and boasts 250 parts. What's more, there will only be 100 of these watches made. It will debut at SIHH.
For more information, visit www.jaeger-lecoultre.com
3)Patek Phillipe Phillipe Nautilus
The watchmaker launched the Nautilus collection last fall but will introduce a new version of the Nautilus at Baselworld. It will boast a stainless steel body with a sapphire-crystal caseback and a self-winding mechanical movement.
For more information, visit www.patek.com
4)Piaget Polo Chronograph
The first self-winding movement in Piaget's 133-year history, this 18-carat pink gold watch boasts a 52-hour power reserve. It will debut at SIHH.
For more information, visit www.piaget.com
5)Victorinox Swiss Army Dive Master 500 Limited Edition
This new version of the spring 2006 Dive Master 500, to debut at Baselworld, is encased in a lightweight titanium case, withstands dives up to 500 meters (1,650 feet) and has a self-winding calibre with a power reserve exceeding 42 hours. Its back is see-through, exhibiting the watch's skeleton while maintaining a waterproof seal.
For more information, visit www.victorinox.ch
6)Millenary Starlit Sky by Audemars Piguet
This women's watch, to debut at SIHH, boasts an eight-carat oval face and 112 brilliant-cut, internally flawless white diamonds. The watches come in two separate themes: day, with a white face, sun detailing and a white band, and night, which comes with a midnight blue face and moon and star detailing on the dial.
For more information, visit www.audemarspiguet.com
7)Rado Original Rattrapante
Encased in an elliptical steel case, this jewel-encrusted chronograph movement to debut at Baselworld has a 48-hour power reserve. The band is made of stainless steel links, a polished satin finish and a titanium clasp.
For more information, visit www.rado.com
8)Omega Hour Vision
Thirteen different movements are incorporated into the Hour Vision by Omega, to debut at SIHH. It has a 60-hour power reserve and a self-winding mechanism.
For more information, visit www.omegawatches.com
Milus Merea TriRetrograde Seconds Skeleton Watch
The Merea (inspired by the giant red star Mira, in the constellation of Cetus) is the first mechanical watch from Milus for women and will debut at Baselworld. The retrograde display--or the small hands that tell the seconds--are displayed in three parts. The piece is water-resistant up to 100 feet.
For more information, visit www.milus.com
10)Pierre Kunz Second Time Zone
This timepiece boasts a 44 millimeter, 18-carat white gold case, a retrograde time zone, a day and night indicator (a small feature that shows a sun if it is daytime and a moon if it is night) and a power reserve of 42 hours. It will debut at the World Presentation of Haute Horlogerie, a smaller, Geneva-based watch convention held alongside SIHH.
For more information, visit www.pierrekunzgenev.com
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Thursday, March 6, 2008
The World's Most Expensive Watches