An NYSE Scalper's Tale - A Trader's Diary

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Weekly Top 3 List - Most Expensive Watches

In my "Weekly Top 3 List", I hope to provide a list of some of the finer things in life. I truly hope that one day, all us traders will one day make it and when we do make it, the costs of some of these items can no longer be an issue. My "Weekly Top 3 List" serves only as a motivator, but is mainly just for fun.

This week, I take a look at three of the most expensive watches in the world according to Forbes' "World's Most Expensive Watches"

1) Vacheron Constantin - "Tour de I'lle"
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  • Make: Vacheron Constantin (Swiss)
  • Model: Tour de I'lle
  • Touted as the world's most complicated double-faced watch
  • 834 parts
  • 16 complications including minute repeater, sunset time, moon phases and leap year indicator
  • 10,000 hours of research and development
  • Only 7 of these watches produced
  • Price tag: $1.5 million
More info can be found at the following:
Swiss Watch Trading
Luxury Gadgets
Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry

2) BlancPain - "1735"
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  • Make: BlancPain (Swiss)
  • Model: 1735
  • 740 parts
  • 5 complications including perpetual calender and automatic split second chronograph
  • 6 years of development
  • Only 30 of these watches produced
  • Assembly of this watch takes approximately 8 months to complete
  • Price tag: $840,000 - $1 million
More info can be found at the following:
BlancPain Website
Robb Report

3) Girard-Perregaux - "Opera Three"
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  • Make: Girard-Perregaux (Swiss)
  • Model: Opera Three
  • Contains a mini music box that is used to sound a passing hour
  • Owner can select between two different tunes that can be programmed
  • Music box contains 20 pins with 150 pins on rotating drum
  • Power reserve indicator, minute repeater, and sub-second complication
  • Price tag: $532,000

More info can be found at the following:
Girard-Perregaux Website
The Watch Quote


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