4 of the most expensive watches at America's biggest luxury watch event19th November 2019
A total of 37 brands were presenting their high-end timepieces at WatchTime New York 2019, an annual showing hosted by watch magazine WatchTime. These included centuries-old watchmakers like Omega and Breguet, as well as younger independent brands like Romain Gauthier, Armin Strom, and Tulloch, the latter of which made its worldwide debut as a company at the event.
While some of the most inexpensive watches went for $16,500, many were priced well into the six-figure range. To keep prices in context, a vintage Patek Philippe sold at auction on Saturday went for a record-smashing $31 million.
Here's a look at four of the priciest timepieces that were on display at WatchTime's annual event.
1. Armin Strom Minute Repeater Resonance
Released in a limited collection of just 10 pieces, this watch celebrates the 10th anniversary of Armin Strom.
The company also touts it as the world's first and only resonance chiming wristwatch, offering two complications — resonance and minute repeater — in one timepiece.
According to press materials, the watch was inspired by the Zytglogge, a watch tower that's been standing in Bern's center for more than eight centuries.
The Armin Strom Minute Repeater Resonance is valued at $350,000, a spokesperson for WatchTime told Business Insider.
2. Jaquet Droz Tropical Bird Repeater
Touted by the company as "the only one of its kind in the world," this 2018 model is inspired by a tropical landscape.
It features delicately hand-crafted birds and scenery.
The Jaquet Droz Tropical Bird Repeater is valued at $661,500, a spokesperson for WatchTime told Business Insider.
3. Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30° Technique
This watch model is being sold in a limited collection.
Only 11 pieces were made.
The Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30° Technique in Blue Ceramic is valued at $695,000, a spokesperson for WatchTime told Business Insider.
4. Breguet Double Tourbillon
The "Grande Complication" platinum watch has twin rotating tourbillons and a bezel paved with 107 baguette-cut diamonds.
Cristiano Ronaldo was seen wearing this particular timepiece in a September Instagram post, a spokesperson for WatchTime told Business Insider.
A spokesperson for WatchTime told Business Insider that the Breguet Double Tourbillon is valued at $800,000, making it among the event's priciest watches.