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  • Nicolas G. Hayek of Breguet unveils its Marie-Antoinette Grande Complication pocket watch number 1160 in april 2008.
  • Chopard 201 Carat Watch featuring 874 diamonds in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. The watch sold for US$25 million in early 2000 making it the most expensive watch in the world.
  • Patek Philippe Henry Graves Super Complication Pocket Watch: US$11 million.
  • Patek Philippe Reference 1527 Wristwatch: US$5,708,833.
  • Breguet & Fils, Paris No. 2667 Precision Stop Watch. Sold at Christie's Auction in Geneva for US$4,682,165 on May 14, 2012.
  • Louis Moinet Meteoris Watch: US$4,599,487.
  • Vacheron Constantin Tour de I'lle Watch. Released in 2005 in a limited edition of 7 pieces to commemorate the manufacturer's 250th anniversary. The most complicated continually produced wristwatch with 16 complications and 834 individual parts. Price: US$3,950,000.
  • Patek Philippe Reference 2499, limited edition (only five pieces): US$3,655,757.
  • 1928 Patek Philippe 18k white gold cushion-shaped single-button chronograph sold for US$3,637,408 at Christie's Auctions in Geneva on May 16, 2011.
  • Piaget Emperador Temple Watch US$3.3 million.
  • Patek Philippe 1953 Model 2523 Heures Universelles Watch: US$2,899,373.
  • Cartier Secret Watch with Phoenix Decor. Price: US$2,755,000.
  • Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4 watch. The most complicated wrist watch ever made in the world: 36 complications, 1483 components, 99 jewels. Price: US$2,700,000.
  • Parmigiani Fleurier Fibonacci Pocket Watch: US$2.4 Million.
  • Patek Philippe Model 1591 (1944): US$$2,263,964.
  • Patek Philippe The Grogan (1925) Gold Chronograph Watch. One of the first watches made for a lefty. Price: US$1,945,040.
  • Vacheron Constantin Grand Complication, Movement No. 37555, Case No. 231922, pocket watch in 20-carat gold made for James Ward Packard in 1918 brought US$1,800,000 at Christie's New York auction on June 15, 2011.
  • Patek Philippe Single Button Chronograph Watch: US$1,773,206.
  • Patek Philippe Pilot Watch, 1936 model. Sold for over US$1,710,690 at Christie's in Geneva on May 11, 2009.
  • Richard Mille Sapphire Crystal Watch: RM 56 Felipe Massa Sapphire. Limited edition: 5 pieces. Price: US$1.7 million.
  • Blancpain Spécialités Tourbillon Diamants Watch. Features 735 diamond stones (20.14 carats) encrusted on a 18k white gold 3 piece case set and 29 added jewels placed on the automatic caliber 25A tourbillon movement. Price: US$1,342,700.
  • Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon in yellow gold, Ref. 5002, sold for US$1.2 million at the Patrizzi & Co. auction in New York on October 7, 2009.
  • Kalla Duchesse Métiers d'Art watch (reference: 81750/S01G-9198) 36 × 45 mm in 18K white gold set with 837 baguette-cut diamonds and 1 round-cut diamond, certified Hallmark of Geneva. Fully paved dial and bracelet, diamond-set crown. Vacheron Constantin Manufacture hand-wound mechanical movement 1400. Price: US$1,275,000
  • Chopard Super Ice Cube Watch. Price: US$1,130,260.
  • Hublot One Million $ Black Caviar Bang Watch. 550 diamonds are all over the watch, with a total of 34.5 carats. Won the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève prize for jewelery watch of the year 2009.
  • Ulysse Nardin Royal Blue Tourbillion watch. Has a platinum case and bracelet and is set with a total of 568 baguette-cut Top Wesselton diamonds (33.8 carats) and 234 baguette-cut royal blue sapphires (16.79 carats). Limited edition: 30 pieces. Price: US$1 million.
  • Jacob & Co. Crystal Tourbillon watch. The 18 carat white gold case of the Crystal Tourbillion is covered in 17.48 carats of baguette diamonds and has a transparent skeleton tourbillon dial. Price: US$900,000.
  • Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Grande Complication. Selfwinding watch with perpetual calendar indicating the day, the date, the week, the moon phases, the month and the leap years, minute repeater, split-seconds chronograph and small seconds at 9 o'clock. 950 platinum case, white classic dial, blue strap. Price: US$$780,600.
  • Breguet Classique 5349 Grande Complication. It contains more than 570 parts and has three patents to protect its 'superior precision and technological mastery'. Price: US$755,000.
  • Omega Constellation Baguette watch. 459 Top Wesselton diamonds, totaling just over 30 carats. There are 146 baguette and trapeze diamonds on the dial, completely covering the 18 carat white gold case. Price: US$$708,742.
  • Vacheron Constantin Malte regulator tourbillon high jewellery watch. Has 263 baguette-cut diamonds in the dial and 274 baguette-cut diamonds in the case. Price: US$700,000.
  • Richard Mille RM 27-01 Raphael Nadal. Limited edition of 50 timepieces. Weight: just 19 g. Price: US$690,000.
  • Greubel Forsey Quadruple Tourbillion. 531 parts are used for two separate double tourbillons. Price: US$690,000.
  • World's Most Expensive Watch #33: Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillion. Jewels: 38. Power reserve: min. 96 hours. Price: US$625,000.
  • World's Most Expensive Watch #34: A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph 'Pour le Mérite'. Limited edition: 50 units. Price: US$515,947.
  • Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical watch. Limited series of 135 pieces. Price: US$400,000.
  • Kieselstein-Cord Alligator women's timepiece.
  • Jaeger LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica.
  • IWC Portuguese Grande Complication Gold Watch.
  • Longines Lindbergh's Atlantic Voyage Watch.
  • Maurice Lacroix Starside Eternal Moon Watch.
  • Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch.
  • Louis Vuitton Tambour in Black LV277 automatic chronograph, 44mm.
  • Tag Heuer Calibre 1887.
  • Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding watch with date display and centre seconds. 18-carat pink gold case, silvered dial, black strap.
  • Pebble E-Paper Watches.
  • A. Lange & Söhne: Richard Lange collection 'Pour Le Mérite' watch.
  • Blancpain Tourbillon watch.
  • Piaget Altiplano ultra-thin, mechanical, pink gold, diamonds watch.
  • Breguet 'Le Réveil du Tsar' Classique alarm wristwatch in 18-carat yellow gold.
  • Arnold & Son DBS 18-Carat Rose Gold Case.

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"I'm very proud of my gold pocket watch. My grandfather, on his deathbed, sold me this watch." - Woody Allen.

"Like a genial hotelier, Rolex has introduced me to some of the nicest people. I ask about their Rolex and they ask about mine. It's as marvelous a conversation piece as it is a timepiece." - Maurice Chevalier.

A CLOCK is an instrument used to indicate, keep, and co-ordinate time. A silent instrument missing such a mechanism has traditionally been known as a TIMEPIECE. In general usage today a "clock" refers to any device for measuring and displaying the time. Watches and other timepieces that can be carried on one's person are often distinguished from clocks. The clock is one of the oldest human inventions, meeting the need to consistently measure intervals of time shorter than the natural units: the day; the lunar month; and the year. Devices operating on several different physical processes have been used over the millennia, culminating in the clocks of today.

A WATCH is a timepiece that is made to be worn on a person. It is usually a wristwatch, worn on the wrist with a strap or bracelet. In addition to the time, modern watches often display the day, date, month and year, and electronic watches may have many other functions.

Most inexpensive and medium-priced watches used mainly for timekeeping are electronic watches with quartz movements. Expensive, collectible watches valued more for their workmanship and aesthetic appeal than for simple timekeeping, often have purely mechanical movements and are powered by springs, even though mechanical movements are less accurate than more affordable quartz movements.

Before the inexpensive miniaturization that became possible in the 20th century, most watches were pocket watches, which often had covers and were carried in a pocket and attached to a watch chain or watch fob. Watches evolved in the 1600s from spring powered clocks, which appeared in the 1400s.

A CHRONOGRAPH is a specific type of watch that is used as a stopwatch combined with a display watch. A basic chronograph has an independent sweep second hand; it can be started, stopped, and returned to zero by successive pressure on the stem.

The modern day chronograph works by pushing a start button, normally located at the two o clock position, to begin recording time, and by pushing the same button to stop the recording. When the button is pushed to start the recording, a series of three (in more complicated and more precise chronographs there are more wheels) train wheels start turning. The smallest has a revolution time of one second, the next sixty seconds, and the final one has a revolution time of sixty minutes. The three train wheels interact with one another and record how long it has been since the start button has been activated.

In horology (study of clocks), COMPLICATION refers to any feature in a timepiece beyond the simple display of hours, minutes, and seconds. A timepiece indicating only hours, minutes, and seconds is otherwise known as a simple movement. Common additions such as day/date displays, chronographs, and automatic winding mechanisms are usually not sufficient to permit a movement to be called complicated. The more complications in a watch, the more difficult it is to design, create, assemble, and repair. A typical date-display chronograph may have up to 250 parts, while a particularly complex watch may have a thousand or more parts. Watches with several complications are referred to as grandes complications.

    Media
  • HH Journal.
  • ABLOGTOREAD.COM - "The most popular watch review and news source online."
  • CALIBRE 11 - independent website dedicated to exploring the story behind every Heuer and TAG Heuer watch.
  • COLLECTING WATCHES - "Everything you want to know about collectable wristwatches."
  • HAUTE TIME - "Your #1 online resource for luxury watches worldwide. We are the first website that is dedicated exclusively to watches valued at over US$10,000."
  • HH MAGAZINE DE LA HAUTE HORLOGERIE - news from the world of watchmaking and luxury watches.
  • HODINKEE - since 2008. "One of the most widely read watch publications in the world." Wristwatch news, reviews & original stories.
  • INTERNATIONAL WATCH MAGAZINE - world’s only monthly watch publication for both the trade and enthusiasts alike.
  • PLAZA WATCH
  • PROFESSIONAL WATCHES - "One of the most visited English language watch publications online. It is written for a growing international audience of watch aficionados."
  • QP MAGAZINE - "Devoted to fine watches."
  • RAMI GEORGE MONTHLY - newsletter.
  • REVOLUTION - the technical guide to luxury watches.
  • STYLECRAVE - mens expensive luxury watches.
  • THE PURISTS - "The Serious Connoisseur's Resource."
  • THE WATCH QUOTE - "The Luxury Watches Portal."
  • The Watches TV - "Watch films. Watch news. Watch this!" TheWATCHES.tv is an independent audiovisual media dedicated to the world of watches.
  • THE WATCHISMO TIMES - vintage & modern horology.
  • TIMEZONE - "The world's watch information resource."
  • TOTAL ROLEX - the book Total Rolex illustrates all watch models produced by Rolex, specifying the period of production and the metal of all watches.
  • TRUSTED WATCH - "The International Timepiece-Portal." Watch portal & magazine.
  • WATCH TIME MAGAZINE - America’s top watch magazine.
  • WATCHNET FORUMS - general watch discussion forum.
  • WATCH TALK FORUMS - "Talking watches. All the time".
  • WATCHISMO TIMES - "A reliquary of obscure timepieces from bygone eras as well as the cutting edge watches of today."
  • WATCHTIME.COM - America’s top watch magazine. Covers all aspects of fine timepieces, fine wristwatches and "watch culture."
    Private Labels & Promotional Watches
  • Chrono AG.
  • 121 TIME - "Create Your Own Swiss Made Watch." Premium corporate branding, personalized corporate gifts.
  • AMERICAN WATCH COMPANY - "Custom and Promotional Logo Watches." Logo and custom watches.
  • ANGULAR MOMENTUM - founded in 1998. Creator and manufacturer of custom made and bespoke timepieces.
  • BLANCHEFONTAINE - personalized and custom, and private label Swiss watches.
  • CAT-TIME - "Your Swiss Partner for Promotion Watches." More than 140 years of watchmaking experience.
  • CATTIN - since 1858. "Your Swiss Partner for Private Label Watches."
  • CHRONO - "Swiss Made Private Label Watches."
  • CLASS WATCH - "The World's Premier Watch Brands Personalized By You." These name brand watches can be personalized with officially licensed university or college logos. Additionally, initials, year and degree can be added.
  • D.FREMONT - limited production. Mechanical timepieces.
  • ENDURA WATCH FACTORY - founded in 1966. Private label and licensing division of the Swatch Group.
  • GOLAY SPIERER - "Le Temps à votre mesure."
  • ITS TIME - "Committed to the development of Swiss Made Corporate Watches for ambitious companies, giving utmost priority to quality and efficiency."
  • JEAN-MAIRET & GILLMAN - "At JMG we offer our clients an opportunity to own a timepiece that is limited in numbers, adding to its exclusivity."
  • MONDAINE - private label: trade brand watches and outsourcing services & promotional watches.
  • PET COLLECTION - personalized photo & logo watches.
  • PIERRE KUNZ TAYLOR MADE - "Engravings personalise the watch complications, making them unique in the eyes of their owner. A former member of the Cabinotiers de Genève, the engraver follows the lead of the designer and can display all kinds of scenes, landscapes or monuments."
  • ROVENTA-HENEX - since 1959. "A Master of Time." Swiss private label watches.
  • SWISS TREK WATCH - Horoswiss watches for a corporate logo program, gifts, awards, or incentives.
  • UNIVERSE WATCH (HK) CO. - "The Persuit of Perfection." Professional watch manufacturer and exporter, the company owns a first class group of technicians, designers and staff, which produces more than 800 thousand watches per year, including 500 different style samples and thousands of different style design drawings for customers reference.
  • WALCA SWITZERLAND - founded in 1976. "The leading specialist for private-label timepieces in Switzerland."
  • XANTIA - since 1962. Private label watches.
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