Before WWII, the United States was known to be a world leader in handmade watches with several homegrown watch companies directly competing with the Swiss. Although several of those brands still exist today, such as Bulova, Hamilton and Waltham, they do not produce watches in the United States and many watch experts claim that the quality has declined. With the improvement of technology, many watches are automated in factories to improve efficiency, which equates to a padded end result. While many handmade watches still exist, they are becoming increasingly rare. Most of the handmade watches now come from foreign professionals who charge a significant amount of money for their beautiful craftsmanship and attention to detail.
Handmade watches versus factory watches
Handmade watches differ greatly from factory-produced watches. Each part of a handmade watch is precision assembled by a professional in a shop. Since this is time consuming, the cost is much higher. Also, handmade watches are much rarer due to the fact that a watchmaker can only produce a certain number of watches per day. On the other hand, factories can automate watch production and produce hundreds of thousands in a short period of time.
There are numerous intricate details in the most incredible handmade watches, such as diamonds, rare gems, and other expensive stones that drive up their price. These watches contain complicated mechanisms that keep time accurate. Many are equipped with a tourbillion, a mechanism that counteracts gravity. Each of these factors increases the selling price of the watch.
The following is a list of the most amazing handmade watches in the world:
Breguet pocket watch 1970
The Breguet Pocket Watch 1970 is an elegant 18 carat gold pocket watch with hand engraving. The dial is constructed of silver and features premium, high-quality craftsmanship that is found in every detail. The watch chain is strong and secure enough to keep it attached to your pocket. This watch can be purchased for $ 734,000.
Blancpain 1735 Grande Complication
At $ 800,000, the Blancpain 1735 features a platinum case and a crocodile-skinned watch strap. The watch’s internal motor is made from 740 pieces of handcrafted components. For this reason, the Blancpain 1735 Grande Complication is one of the most complicated wristwatches ever created.
Louis Moinet Magistralis
The Louis Moinet Magistralis is a majestic watch that is incredibly elegant and contains genuine meteorite that was found by astronauts on the moon. The watch features a perpetual calendar mechanism for easy access to the date and time. The cost is around $ 860,000.
Hublot black caviar strap
When it was launched in 2009, the Hublot Black Caviar watch was astonishing to enthusiasts around the world. The watch is covered with 501 one-cut black diamonds set in 18-karat white gold. The piece is surprisingly low-key and an instant classic that costs $ 1 million.
Chopard Super Ice Cube
As a Swiss-made watch, the Chopard Super Ice Cube features 60 carats of perfectly cubed diamonds. The watch works as a bracelet that is water resistant to 30 meters and completely scratch resistant. This ornate gem is valued at $ 1.1 million.
Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon
At $ 1.3 million, the Sky Moon Tourbillon is the most complicated wristwatch Patek Philippe ever built. On one side of the clock is the night sky, with its own precision, while the front has the phases of the moon and the date. Besides being an amazing watch, it is also a modern work of art and design.
Vacheron Constantin Tour de l’lle
At a cost of just $ 1.5 million, the Tour de I’lle is an intricate watch created by Vacheron Constantin, a Swiss watchmaker. Launched in 2005 to commemorate the company’s 250th anniversary, the Tour de l’lle features 18-karat gold with a non-reflective crystal made of blue sapphire. The clock has two faces; one side indicates the time, while the other indicates the date and a variety of other features.
Patek Philippe Platinum World Time
Also built by Patek Philippe, the Platinum World Time watch sold at auction in 2002 for $ 4 million. Experts agree that this is the only one of its kind and it was the most expensive wristwatch in the world in 2002. The watch is self-winding and you can find the time anywhere in the world. There are several finishes to select from, …