The watch is no longer relevant to tell the time. Most people look at their phones to do that. This means the watch now serves an entirely different function. It can be seen as art, a fashion accessory or an expensive piece of jewellery for those who want to flaunt their wealth.
So, why wear a watch? Well, if you can afford a nice timepiece why not? There is the question of justification. You have a lot of money, you didn’t make it by being wasteful, but what is the point of making a lot of money if you can’t spend it on a little luxury indulgence?
When looking at which watches to put in here, I could well have come up with a list of Patek Phillipe timepieces. These are almost ubiquitous in terms of something for everyone. A feature about Patek, however, would be a little boring. There’s a couple, but there are others here that also fit the category of lavish indulgence.
I also took a look at the celebrity wrist to see what they have adorned. For instance the very beautiful Sofia Vergara, wears a not-so-beautiful Gold Rolex Daytona. Daniel Craig wears a Rolex GMT Master (I can see James Bond with one of those, although James Bond as portrayed by Pierce Brosnan wore an Omega Seamaster). Leonardo Di Caprio wears Tag Heuer Careera Chronograph. President Barack Obama is all class in his Commemorative Edition Jorg Gray 6500 Chronograph. Sylvester Stallone shows even more class with Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta Rattrapante. Tom Cruise wears Bremont and Charlize Theron a diamond Christian Dior. Australia’s favourite Seal wears a $60,000 Richard Mille. Jason Statham will beat you up in his Panerai.
So here’s a few ‘fashion accessories’ to make your mouth gape.
Piaget Emperador Temple
This is a $3.3 million watch. The dial is made of Polynesian mother-of-pearl and it boasts 173 diamonds in brilliant and baguette cuts.
The top of the case has one emerald-cut diamond, 481 brilliant-cut diamonds and 207 baguette-cut diamonds and an emerald-cut diamond on the top of the case. The bracelet is lined with 350 baguette-cut diamonds.
This is a diamond that tells time.
Patek Philippe 1928
This has some musical history and what a history that is. This 1928 timepiece was owned by old slowhand himself, Eric Clapton. It was sold by Christie’s Geneva in 2012 and features 23 jewels, a silvered matte dial, windows for day and month, gold dauphine hands and moon phases with date. It’s a nice looking watch, but I would want it only because Eric Clapton may have used it while recording 461 Ocean Boulevard.
Patek Philippe Platinum World Time Watch
Patek Philippe put a lot of love into their watches. This $4 million masterpiece was created in 1939 and is the only Platinum World Time watch ever created.
Jaeger Le Coultre Joaillene Manchette
This is the most expensive watch in the world and there is actually no listing price. It looks more like a bracelet than a watch, which goes back to our jewellery rather than timepiece theory. It is made up of a series of polish and diamond-set squares. The watch has a silver-coloured dial with a sapphire crystal and a winding crown on the case back. The watch is available set with 576 diamonds or with 400 diamonds and 11 onyx cabochons…
Excerpted from an article originally published in the Sep/Oct 2013 issue of Think & Grow Rich Inc. magazine. If you are a subscriber to Think & Grow Rich Inc. magazine, you will receive this article in your Sep/Oct 2013 issue of TGR. If you are not a subscriber, click here to subscribe.