2015 for a unique year for the luxury watch world. There was financial uncertainty throughout the industry but it was an interesting year for the very high end of luxury watches. Unique, niche watches came about as a result of brands trying to reach the most exclusive and wealthy consumers. Here are aBlogtoWatch’s picks for the 10 most outrageous luxury watches from 2015. Do you think these brands were successful in satisfying the most sophisticated and high net worth watch collectors?
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.
One of this year’s most interesting luxury items, 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.
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.
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.
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.