Watches

5 Of The World’s Most Expensive Watches

When it comes to wrist wear, you want to make a statement and sometimes making a statement costs well… quite a lot of money.

But sometimes you just don’t have that much in your bank account and so have to fawn over lists like the one below, wishing you could slap one of these incredibly expensive watches on your wrist and casually wave your arm in people’s faces to show it off.

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Featuring 867 parts and a hand tuned chime, which goes off 24 hours a day, the Gran Complication watch from A. Lange & Söhne is one of the most complex in the world. However it is deemed practically un-wearable due to its size – the watch is 50mm in diameter and so thick it will probably make your wrist feel pretty heavy over a long period of time. Or you could just click here and pick up a really wearable and really reasonably priced, designer watch.

= $US3.93m / £2.6m / $AUD4.84m

Why have one watch when you can have two in one? The Piaget Emperador Temple watch features one face concealed by a case, which is covered in 688 diamonds. The second face is made from mother of pearl and also features a variety of diamond cuts, including a measly 11 baguette cut diamonds, just 162 brilliant-cut and on the bracelet only 350 baguette cut diamonds. We’d say they held back a little on the amount of bling with this one, you could have squeezed a couple of extra diamonds on the clasp, surely?

= $US4.99m / £3.3m / $AUD6.14

Using pieces of the moon, a Mars meteorite and an asteroid, this watch quickly became one of the most expensive and really justifies the saying ‘out of this world’ (sorry) when describing its construction. Technically, your £4.6m is paying for a set of four watches, which include Tourbillon Mars, Tourbillon Rosetta Stone, Tourbillon Asteroid and Tourbillon Moon, each featuring a piece from outer space. Oh, and you also get your very own model of the solar system, featuring compartments for each of the watches.

= $US6.96m / £4.6m / $AUD8.56m

If you thought using pieces from space in a design wasn’t showy enough then how does over 100 carats of diamonds and 18k of gold in the dial, clasp and bracelet? The Hublot Big Bang apparently took 14 months to complete and used three different carats of diamonds.

Jay Z claims to be one of the brand’s fans, so expect to see him flashing this wrist bling in his next music video – he probably has £5m just lying around in his top drawer at home.

= $US7.56m / £5m / $AUD9.3m

This 24-carat gold, half a kilogramme in weight watch recently auctioned in Geneva for the low price of £13.4m and took its creator Patek Phillipe eight years to make for an American banker in the 1930s.

Featuring a calendar, timer and 950 individual components inside, the watch is a true representation of incredible mechanical engineering and skill. However, the timepiece is apparently cursed, according to the Daily Mail, so you shouldn’t go spending all your millions you have squirrelled away any time soon.

= $US20.26m / £13.4m / $AUD24.93

January 12, 2015

Timeless Pieces Make A Resurgence

When it comes to day-to-day dressing, especially during the tricky transition months, classic pieces must rule your wardrobe. The key to the carefree look lies in timeless pieces with modern tweaks. Gone are the days of buying something cheap on a whim – every purchase should be truly considered. It’s essential that you get true mileage from all of your special purchases, especially key accessories. We’ve collected the coming season’s freshest take on enduring wardrobe staples, featuring our top core autumn/ winter items.

The classic trench

Given our busy lifestyles, today shopping is about buying less, but buying smarter. Opt for the classic trench; a trusted staple that will see you through several winter seasons. Take inspiration from the model Burberry trench and look for a traditional A-line silhouette that will cinch you in at the waist for the most flattering effect. Designed to disguise any fashion faux pas hidden underneath and make you tres chic with the cinch of a belt.

A chunky wristwatch

An oversized, masculine watch adds interest to pared-down pieces at the office and can double as a bracelet when layered with additional jewellery. Few things say more about a person than their watch – its character, look and style can give others a peek into the wearer’s background. Melbourne Watch Company styles bridge the gap between dress wear and day wear and is a suitable go-to choice for many different occasions.

The tea-length dress

The tea-length – and by that we mean knee-length – dress will wear just as well at backyard barbecues in summer and garden parties in spring as it will at evening soirees and winter weddings. To retain the classic motif that this style of dress embraces, opt for a ubiquitous print. This classic style is both ladylike and demure as it is stylish and sophisticated.

The versatile handbag

Some handbags come and go, but classic styles will always go the distance. A successful handbag purchase is one that lasts longer than the season. And, if you can splash out into the designer ranges, make sure you pick one that is worth the price tag. We suggest black or tan – classic, versatile colours to match your everyday.

This piece is brought you by Melbourne Watch Company. For more inspiration, head to melbournewatch.com.au

June 25, 2014

Luring the enemy

Not that men are the enemy, but you know what we mean. You?ve got to choose your weapons well to capture their attention and defeat the opposition – other girls. It?s like fishing, darts or bullfighting. Red is where it?s at and red will make him look twice. It?s the colour of passion, so if you want some, you better learn how to get it this month.The power of the product:

How many times has a man asked you ?What?s that scent?? That question can seal the deal. Here they are –

  • Clarins Eau Dynamisante ($55)
  • Hermes Rouge Hermes ($80)
  • Samsara by Guerlain ($76)Never skimp on nails – go for

    Mecca manicure in Desdemona ($20)

    Dirty Girl Gloss in Pomegranate ($20)

    Turn Heads in Red

    Nothing gets you noticed more quickly than a slinky red evening dress-a la Samantha in Sex in the City. Find our faves at:

    www.witchery.com.au

    www.portmans.com.au

    www.sportsgirl.com.au

    If you?re in Sydney head to Seduce

on Oxford Street, Paddington. You?ll find plenty of red.If the occasion is casual, match it with your footwear. In Melbourne, head to Prime, (227 Barkly Street, 03 95370344), for the latest in street wear. Our hot tip is the red Birkenstock.

Lingerie – yes sirrreeee. Give him what he wants and don?t disappoint when it comes to your under garments. Lingerie is the word and it?s also the weapon. Look out for the recently launched Zimmerman lingerie line. Think hot and red. For stockists contact 03 95371900.

Lay on the charm

With your accessorising you can weave magic. New line Tatty, started by Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden, has the latest most eclectic mix. Men love a girl with her own style and these accessories pack a punch. They range from giant beads in ice-cream colours to kooky watches. We love the guitar plectrum charm bracelet. Available at Zimmerman, YPV and Empire.

Grrrrrrrr

If you don?t want to go red, go animal. Wear your animal instinct on your sleeve, in the form of Carla Zampatti?s latest leopard-print top. Exotic and powerful-this top answers the call of the wild. Around $300

Kiss kiss

Sometimes all the red you need is a slash of colour on your lips. It?s a strong look and requires very little other makeup. We love Shine Delice Sheer Shimmering Lipcolour in Cherry Cola by L?Oreal

July 30, 2002