"The Billionaire" is a Watch Only a Billionaire Could Afford

published on 14 Apr 2017
It may not be the most expensive in the world (Google search the $55 million Graff Diamonds Hallucination), but with a $18 million (€17 million) price tag, Jacob & Co.'s "The Billionaire" watch easily makes it to the top 10 list of the most expensive watches in the world. 

As the name of this intensely luxurious wristwatch states, you would most likely need to be a well-heeled billionaire to be able to afford it, which is the equivalent of 90 Ferraris. This timepiece took two years to build and features 260 carats of diamonds. CNBC's "Secret Lives of the Super Rich" program recently featured "The Billionaire" and three other high-end watches that all fall within an ultra expensive price range of $1.6 million (€1.5 million) to $18 million. 

The Bulova Chronograph was worn by Astronaut Dave Scott on the lunar surface during the Apollo 15 mission in 1971. It sold at an auction last year for sold at auction for $1.6 million. 

The Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime was built with over 1,300 handmade parts, and took 100,000 hours to develop. It has the distinction of being among the most complicated timepieces ever made and has a price tag of $2.6 million (€2.44 million).

The Patek Philippe Reference 1518 was constructed back in the 1940s, and there were only four made. It became the most expensive wristwatch ever sold at auction when it was swooped up for $11.1 million (€10.4 million).