Like the world's most expensive cars, the world's most expensive watches are something 99.9% of us can certainly appreciate, but definitely never afford. Indeed, these outrageously valuable watches make some of Patek Philippe's priciest new releases look downright affordable by comparison.\u00a0Meanwhile, a handful of the world's most expensive watches--such as the Paul Newman Rolex Daytona--are as desirable for their legacies as they are for their features or aesthetics. At the other end of the spectrum is a piece like the Graff Diamonds Hallucination, which touts so much built-in value and aesthetic prestige that its ability to tell time is practically negligible.\u00a0Put all these stunners in one place and the words "haute horlogerie" suddenly seem resoundingly inadequate. To prove as much, we present the 20 most expensive watches in the world.\r\n\r\n\r\nYou\u2019ll also like:\r\n32 Top Luxury Watch Brands\r\nRolex \u2018Hulk\u2019 Submariner \u2013 A History & Review\r\n40 Best Minimalist Watches for Men\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBreguet Marie-Antoinette Grande Complication Pocket Watch\r\nBrimming with distinction in every sense of the word, the\u00a0Breguet Marie-Antoinette Grande Complication Pocket Watch was commissioned by one of the infamous 18th century French queen's lovers. According to legend, the pocketwatch took a whopping 40 years to construct. As a result, both the queen and her lover were long dead by the time the extraordinary piece was ready. Nevertheless, we say it was worth the wait. Featuring a gold case and skeletonised dial--which exhibits a simply marvelous myriad of mechanisms--the valuable watch is a true sight to behold. Meanwhile, the piece's remarkable story extends well beyond its royal origins. Specifically, the watch was stolen from a Jerusalem museum in the late 1900s, only to miraculously re-appear in 2007. Nowadays, it's in the possession of the Mayer Museum in Los Angeles, unless of course you want to take it off their hands for a cool $30 mil.\r\n\r\nPrice: $30 Million\r\n\r\n\r\nChopard 201-Carat Watch\r\nTo figure out why the Chopard 201-Carat Watch is one of the most expensive watches in the world, look no further than the name. Making good on that name is a substantial cluster of coloured diamonds, including a 15-carat pink diamond, a 12-carat blue diamond and an 11-carat white diamond. That's joined by 163 carats of white and yellow diamonds, adding up to 201 carats total. Naturally, it all makes for one heck of a valuable timepiece, even if timekeeping seems almost besides the point.\r\n\r\nPrice: $25 Million\r\n\r\n\r\nPatek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication\r\nNo round-up of the world's most expensive watches is complete without the name Patek Philippe on it. The iconic luxury brand enters the list with the Henry Graves Supercomplication, which was created for a wealthy American banker of the very same name (well, Henry Graves Jr. to be precise). As sophisticated as it is luxurious, the stunning piece features no less than 24 complications. Included among them is a perpetual calendar, a minute repeater with Westminster Chimes, and a celestial chart based on the night sky above the owner's New York estate.\r\n\r\nPrice: $24 Million\r\n\r\n\r\nPaul Newman Rolex Daytona\r\nAs some of the entries above might demonstrate, just because a watch is valuable or expensive, that doesn't mean it's necessarily desired by collectors. By contrast, the Paul Newman Rolex Daytona is a genuine watch lover's dream come true. Given to the famous actor by his wife, the piece pays tribute to Newman's love of horology and motorsport alike. Aside from its built-in legacy, the watch is distinguished by its steadfast movement and unique, black-and-creme dial. Yet even with all that going for it, the industry was still stunned after the piece fetched $15.5 million at auction (which came out to over $17.7 million after the buyer's premium was thrown in).\r\n\r\nPrice: $15.5 Million\r\n\r\n\r\nJacob & Co. Billionaire Watch\r\nEmanating with luxury is the Jacob & Co. Billionaire Watch, which like so many others on the list definitely takes its name to heart. Flaunting 260 carats of emerald cut diamonds, the piece will draw eyeballs from across the ballroom, country club, or wherever else a bunch of billionaires happen to be gathered. There to remind you that this is indeed a watch--and one of the world's most expensive watches at that--is a beautifully succinct, skeletonised dial.\r\n\r\nPrice: $11 Million\r\n\r\n\r\nPatek Philippe Ref. 1518 in Stainless Steel\r\nThe first in a limited edition series (and by "limited edition" we mean four pieces total), the\u00a0Patek Philippe 1518 hosts a case of high grade stainless steel, making it unique when compared to most offerings from the luxury brand. Between that and the watch's bevy of brilliant features--including a lovely moonphase aperture on the dial-- the 1518 simply oozes with majesty and precision. Just how much majesty and precision, you might ask? Oh, about $11 million worth, according to highest bidder at a recent auction.\r\n\r\nPrice: $11 Million\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\nHublot Big Bang\r\nLike the universe itself, the Hublot Big Bang renders a formidable impression. Not only is this expensive men's watch equipped with an astounding 1280 diamonds, but each one was cut by the same, highly experienced New York City jeweller. The result is a watch that's simply astounding in its uniform aesthetic, and bursting with visual distinction. Indeed, one might even say the piece looks like something handed down to us from an advanced alien race. If you have $5 million to spare, there are far worse ways to spend it.\r\n\r\nPrice: $5 Million\r\n\r\n\r\nLouis Monet Meteoris\r\nSpeaking of intergalactic allure, the Louis Monet Meteoris incorporates actual space rock into its construction, which helps explain the watch's astronomical price tag. Further contributing to its lofty price point are the simple laws of supply and demand, whereas only four of these beauties were made, each one unique from the other in subtle ways. Throw in some top-shelf mechanics--which can be seen through the skeletonised dial--and it's no wonder the piece demands such high numbers. And for those who don't recognise the name Louis Monet, he was the 18th century father of the chronograph. If nothing else, the expensive piece certainly delivers an endless supply of things to talk about.\r\n\r\nPrice: $4.5 Million\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\nBreguet Antique Number 2667\r\nBetween its eye-catching case of 18k yellow gold, and its two oscillating bodies on the pristine dial, the\u00a0Breguet Antique Number 2667 pocket watch infuses striking sophistication into a somewhat traditional aesthetic. As a result, the piece offers the best of two worlds, delivering classicism and distinction in equal measure.\r\n\r\nPrice: $4.5 Million\r\n\r\n\r\nPatek Philippe 5004T\r\nCreated exclusively for auction in 2013, the Patek Philippe 5004T breaks out from the (now discontinued) 5004 collection in all sorts of radical ways. For instance, thanks to titanium construction, the piece serves up a sportier aesthetic than its conservative counterparts, and some bolder colour as well. It's therefore no wonder that the rare stunner invoked an intense bidding war, which topped out at just over $4 million. That makes it one of the most expensive watches in the world, and the stuff of legend among collectors and enthusiasts.\r\n\r\nPrice: $4 Million\r\n\r\n\r\nRolex Daytona Ref. 6263 Oyster Albino\r\nNamed after the distinctive white hue on its chronograph subdials, the Rolex Daytona Ref. 6263 Oyster Albino is one of the world's most expensive watches from the world's foremost luxury brand. Also featured on the legendary timepiece is a stainless steel case, a stainless steel bracelet, and Caliber 727 under the skin. Guitar legend Eric Clapton once owned one, before throwing it up for auction in 2015.\u00a0 Limited to four units, the supremely rare watch is simply dripping with collector appeal.\r\n\r\nPrice: $4 Million\r\n\r\n\r\nFranck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4\r\nNot only is the\u00a0Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4 among the most expensive watches in the world, it's also literally the most complicated. For proof, look no further than the watch face, which hosts\u00a0enough\u00a0intricacy and depth to make your head spin. Dive below that daunting surface (or peek through its window) and you'll find 1483 components and a record-breaking 36 complications total, including an eternally renewable calendar that doesn't need to be adjusted for 1000 years.\r\n\r\nPrice: $2.7 Million\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\nLange & S\u00f6hne Grand Complication\r\nIt takes nearly a full year to manufacture the Grand Complication from\u00a0Lange & S\u00f6hne, and the wristwatch goes to great lengths to remind you of the fact. Consisting of 876 parts, the luxury brand's most expensive timepiece hosts a hefty gold case that's 50mm in diameter and 20mm thick. Among its slew of high-end complications is a perpetual calendar with moonphase, split-seconds chronograph with flying seconds, and a grande and petite sonnerie with minute repeater. Owning one of these beauties will cost you, but you'll never question its value.\r\n\r\nPrice: $2.5 Million\r\n\r\n\r\nJaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica Grande Sonnerie\r\nBlending no less than 1406 parts to horological perfection, the\u00a0Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica Grande delivers striking masculine allure and no shortage of impeccable functionality. Not only is the piece equipped with a range of modes and complications, but it plays a Westminster chime fashioned after Big Ben's own, thereby delivering one of the longest melodies on a Grand Sonnerie. All that and more arguably justifies the high price point on this mechanical stunner.\r\n\r\nPrice: $2.5 Million\r\n\r\n\r\nRolex Antimagnetique Ref. 4113 from 1942\r\nA truly rare beast, the Rolex Antimagnetique Ref. 4133 broke a record when it fetched over $2.4 million at a 2016 auction in Geneva. Manufactured in 1942, the split-seconds chronograph hosts a 44mm case of stainless steel. Only twelve examples are known to exist.\r\n\r\nPrice: $2.4 Million\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_164293" align="alignnone" width="900"] Silver RM 5602 with clockwork clockface[\/caption]\r\nRichard Mille RM 56-02 Sapphire Tourbillon\r\nBolstered by unmistakable craftsmanship, the Richard Mille RM 56-02 Sapphire Tourbillon is a masterpiece of movement and detail alike. Introduced in 2014, the split-seconds chronograph makes unparalleled use of sapphire crystal on the case, and furthermore suspends the complex movement\u00a0(also made out of sapphire) within by way of a cable and pulley system. Put simply, there is no mistaking this piece for any other. Driving that point home is the fact that this is one of the most expensive watches in the world.\r\n\r\nPrice: $2 Million\r\n\r\n\r\nGreubel Forsey Art Piece 1\r\nFeaturing 30\u00b0 inclined double tourbillon and a nano-sculpture that can only be seen through a microscope system in the watch crown, the\u00a0Art Piece 1 by Greubel Forsey is a work of art, indeed. Take a peek through the tiny lens and you might find a ship, or a hummingbird, or a mask, or something new entirely. Of course, before you do that, you'll need to cough up a cool $1.5 million.\r\n\r\nPrice: $1.5 Million\r\n\r\n\r\nVacheron Constantin Tour de I\u2019Ile\r\nMade in 2005 to honour Vacheron Constantin's 250th anniversary, the legendary\u00a0Tour de l\u2019Ile was considered the most complicated wristwatch of its day. Bolstered by a unique, double-sided design, the valuable watch hosts tourbillon movement, perpetual calendar, dual times, moonphase and more. While not necessarily the grand champion of complications that it once was, the watch still demands respect, admiration, and approximately 1.5 million big ones.\r\n\r\nPrice: $1.5 Million\r\n\r\nGraff Diamonds Hallucination\r\nTrue to its name, the Graff Diamonds Hallucination looks like something out of a high end collector's wildest fever dream. More than the most expensive watch ever made, this glimmering amalgamation of coloured diamonds (over 110 carats worth) is pure opulence, so much so that you get intimidated just by looking at pictures of it. Also included is a platinum bracelet, just in case the owner feels bold enough to try it on. Whether strapped to a wrist or displayed behind glass, the Hallucination takes haute horlogerie to its most luxurious extreme, and is thereby the world's most expensive watch.\r\n\r\nPrice: $55 Million\r\n\r\n\r\nGraff Diamonds The Fascination\r\nIf traditional-looking diamonds are more your thing--and you happen to have $40 million to spare--by all means consider The Fascination from Graff Diamonds. It comes in as the world's second-most expensive watch, with 152.96 carats of white diamonds to show for it. As if that wasn't enough, the piece also features a detachable, 38.13 carat pear-shaped diamond in the centre, which doubles as a ring. Fascinating, indeed. Expensive, too. Very, very expensive.\r\n\r\nPrice: $40 million\r\n\r\n\r\nYou\u2019ll also like:\r\n32 Top Luxury Watch Brands\r\nRolex \u2018Hulk\u2019 Submariner \u2013 A History & Review\r\n40 Best Minimalist Watches for Men\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHave you subscribed to Man of Many? 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