2015 was a unique year for the luxury watch world. There was a financial uncertainty throughout the industry, but it was an interesting year for the very high-end luxury watches. Exclusive and niche watches came about as a result of brands trying to reach the most exclusive and wealthy consumers. Luxury Safes shows you the 10 most outrageous luxury watches from 2015.
1. Audemars Piguet Concept Laptimer
Commissioned by Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher, this watch is his ultimate luxury legacy. Take Audemar Piguet’s quintessential sports watch, wrapped in forged carbon and titanium. It is engineered to the highest standards, and is one of the boldest luxury statement pieces of the year. It’s AP at its finest- highly collectable and unattainable for most. That’s not just because of the $229,500 price tag but because of the fact that only 221 were made.
2. Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime
Anyone who knows watches heard about this piece. The most complicated watch made by one of the oldest high-end luxury makers in the world, the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime has the interesting distinction of being a controversial watch by a non-controversial brand. It’s large, it’s flashy, and it’s still a Patek. The name is interesting and actually funny. What’s less funny is the $2,500,000 price.
3. Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260 Pocket Watch
It’s not a watch, but with a record-setting 57 complications this is the most complicated watch ever made. It’s literally one of a kind, so good luck trying to ever get it. It’s also a marketing success story – Vacheron Constantin was paid to make it and got the marketing benefit of the most complicated watch ever made. This is a true watch lover’s fantasy, and there was no way it couldn’t make this list.
4. HYT H3
One of this year’s most interesting luxury goods period. HYT is a company known for using liquid indication, which is a pretty wild concept to begin with. Somehow, they managed to come out with something that is out of left field, even for them. The result is an avant-garde piece that is surprisingly wearable, which is no easy feat. It’s novel yet approachable. Just being able to pay the nearly $300,000 price isn’t enough, as there are only 21 pieces being made.
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5. Harry Winston Opus 14
It’s beautifully controversial and an incredibly niche timepiece. The Harry Winston Opus 14 is an aesthetically customizable timepiece based on a 1950s jukebox, which is something nobody would have guessed would be the subject of the latest Opus. Mechanically fascinating, the Opus 14 has a 1,066 part movement housed in a big 54.7mm wide case. A luxury watch with a cool, retro vibe, the Harry Winston Opus 14 is priced at just over $430,000.
6. Jacob & Co. Astronomia
This watch is the ultimate crossroad between mechanical fascination and traditional luxury. Meant to dazzle in every way, the Jacob & Co. Astronomia is an over the top success of design, luxury, and horology. Unexpected in the best possible way, we think the images say more than we ever could. A decade after Jacob & Co. is still on top of their game, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. The price for the non-diamond version is $566,350 and $1,004,800 for the diamond version.
7. Montblanc Collection Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Geosphères Vasco Da Gama Watch
A modern take on what a highly complicated watch from the past might have looked like, this watch is someone’s luxury dream world come to life. A pure fantasy watch, this piece doesn’t really need any historical reference to be cool. A bold statement piece, the Vasco De Gama shows how classic design elements have remained salient while it also pushes the boundaries of creative expression in watchmaking. It begs more questions than it answers and only 18 unique pieces will be made, at a price of about $272,000.
8. Richard Mille Tourbillon Fleuer
Richard Mille’s first flying tourbillon, this watch is a beautiful piece by the brand known for fantastical design sense. Feminine in design, but most certainly for men and women at 45.4mm wide, this watch is absolutely stunning both inside and out. Really, any Richard Mille is a luxury statement piece but we think this one was the standout for the year. It carries a price that stands out, as well, at $1,090,000.
9. Antoine Preziuso ‘Tourbillon Of Tourbillons’ Triple Tourbillon Watch
Attention is merited when a great watchmaker goes so far as to name a watch the “tourbillon of tourbillons.” This piece is a feat of mechanical indulgence and visually beautiful in a way that only few people can truly appreciate. One of the finest high complications of the year, it is priced at about $320,000 without diamond and $420,000 with diamonds.
10. Greubel Forsey Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar
A wildly complicated watch, this piece is actually incredibly useful and easy to use. Designed with the highest grade of finishing and care, this is a true piece of horology. Remarkably easy to set and read, this watch was a lock to be on this list. Vastly complex and sophisticated, but something even a child can read. Price is just about $670,000.
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