The Richlist Watches Guide for Him 2018
Paul Newman was once the most bankable movie star in the world and he is also now the undisputed king of the watch world. His 1968 Rolex Daytona sold for $15.5 million at auction in 2017, Including the buyer’s premium of 12.5%, the final price comes to $17,752,500, setting a new record for the highest price ever achieved for a wristwatch at auction.
How Do Watches Work
A watch movement (also known as a “calibre”) is the engine of a watch that acts as the powerhouse to make the watch and its functions work. This internal mechanism inside the timepiece moves the hands and powers any complications such as a chronograph, annual calendar or a dual time zone. Driving all of the timekeeping functions, the movement is the essential component in a watch and keeping accurate time; a watch would not function without it.
There are countless different movements that are created by watch manufactures utilizing proprietary innovations, but each of these movements will fall into one of two categories—quartz or mechanical.
- Quartz. Its quartz crystal is powered by the battery which sends an electrical charge that makes the crystal vibrate intensely. This results in tiny electrical pulses which are then sent through the integrated circuits to the stepping motor. Here’s how the watch’s hand advance: in every 32,768th pulse counted by the stepping motor, it sends a single pulse to the dial train.
- Mechanical. Its mainspring stores energy through tightening its crown by turning. When it unwinds, it transfers its energy to the gear train. The amount of energy released is regulated by the escapement. This is used by the balance wheel for a constant back-and-forth rate. The hand moves when energy is transferred to the dial train at the end of each beat.
Beyond these mechanisms, there are true elite horological that exudes a timeless style. These timepieces are globally recognized for its premium design and timekeeping ability that doesn’t age despite the latest trends. Their value increases over time and they convey a fundamental masculine style. In this article, we have compiled the 5 most expensive designer watches for men this 2018.
5. Girard-Perregaux Bridges Minute Repeater – $361,362
Girard-Perregaux’s Bridges Minute Repeater lands the top 10 most expensive designer watches for men this 2018. This is a limited edition that’s only available in 30 pieces. Its inception is from the union of the symbolic arrow-shaped, or Neo-Tourbillion-shaped, Bridges. It has a mechanical manual-winding movement with dimensions of 32mm in diameter and 10.82 in thickness. Its 406 parts and 37 jewels are encased in a white gold material with a sapphire crystal case-back. It’s strapped in alligator black strap with a white gold, triple folding buckle. The construction of caliber GP09500-0005 offered a great challenge because it requires an expert watchmaker to handle the minute repeater mechanism sans the hammers.
4. Blancpain Le Brassus – $362,806
This timepiece combines history and innovations. Its traditional design conveys the iconic series, the Six Masterpieces of Blancpain, while combining innovative horological breakthroughs with precious materials and discreet aesthetics. The watch features automatic movement, cathedral gong, and white round dial. It’s strapped in a brown alligator strap with a deployment buckle clasp. Its glass is made of sapphire crystal while its case material is crafted from rose gold. You can wear it during a leisure swimming with its 30-meter water resistance.
3. Vacheron Constantin Patrimony – $390,282
The Patrimony Ultra-Thin Calibre is one of Vacheron Constantin’s masterpieces. It’s a manual watch that sports the dimensions of 41mm in diameter and 8.10mm in thickness. The round-shaped timepiece uses 18-carat pink gold in its case, bezel, crown, and dial. Its strap is made of black alligator leather. Its minimalist look delivers elegance and a timeless design that will suit any occasion. It’s one of the thinnest minute repeaters in the market. Its ingenious flying strike governor is silent yet very efficient. Even its caliber is a feast for any connoisseur’s eyes with its intricate layout that shows how its mechanism is meticulously and skilfully pieced together.
2. Piaget Emperador Cushion – $567,543
Piaget’s Emperador Cushion-Shaped Self-Winding Minute Repeater is one of the thinnest in the caliber 1290P and 48-mm diameter cushion-shaped case categories. Inside its slim body, the fourth major complication movement is encased with the finest acoustics, aesthetic finishes, and technical mastery. Nothing spells luxurious more than the 332 diamonds – with a variety of shapes ranging from emerald, round, and baguette cuts – in contemporary-looking contours. Furthermore, its buckles are adorned with 26 baguette-cut diamonds on its black alligator strap. The careful craftsmanship of this timepiece is so exclusive and valuable that it’s only available in limited pieces.
1. Ulysse Nardin Classico Hannibal Minute Repeater – $756,211
Ulysse Nardin has been inspired by their movement of delivering “constant innovation of mechanical timepieces.” This Swiss luxury watchmaker is known for fusing style and bold innovation in their pieces. And they didn’t fail to deliver it to their limited edition Classico Minute Repeater that’s ultra-exclusively available. In fact, they only crafted 30 exemplars of this timepiece that requires extreme precision and expert craftsmanship. Hence, it’s not a surprise that it tops the 10 most expensive designer watches for men this 2018. This particular design pays tribute to one of history’s ultimate strategist and greatest military commanders – Carthaginian General Hannibal Barca. In the upper portion of the dial, you’ll see Hannibal straddling his horse, the jaquemarts, one of his elephants, and a regiment of soldiers.
The detail and materials used in this timepiece are remarkable and collection item-worthy. All the figurines, mountains, and surrounding terrain in the background are all hand-carved and made in 18-karat gold. Its backdrop uses a dark granite stone that is sourced from the Alps, the very same mountain that Hannibal crossed in the 3rd century B.C. Below this design partially shows its in-house Caliber UN-78 mounted on 36 jewels.