The Swiss watch world may be going through some major changes, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to dial down on the opulence. Nothing, not even Swatch Group’s exit could dull the sheen of this year’s Baselworld watch fair. Not with these ultra-exclusive, hyper-expensive watches around.
1. Chopard. L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of the Dragon and the Pearl
This one-of-a-kind Perpetual T is the embodiment of handcrafted perfection. Made from an 18k rose gold case with hand-engraved symbols from China’s founding myths two flying Tian Long Dragons who represent the soul’s elevation to higher consciousness.
The machining, casing and engraving of the case are done in-house at Chopard’s famed L.U.C division. Besides being a work of art, the watch also packs some serious horological chops: it contains a perpetual calendar movement and a tourbillon, powered by an in-house calibre
Price: On request
2. Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
You might want to pack an anti-glare welder’s mask before taking a look at the latest Cosmograph because it is Rolex’s blingiest watch this year. The new Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona with champagne coloured shimmers paved with a diamond-studded, black lacquered dial.
If that didn’t satisfy your opulent sensibilities, know that the bezel contains 36 trapeze cut diamonds. Even its movement the Calibre 3255 is an ultra-modern piece of tech which, apart from being immune to magnetic interference, sets a new standard in precision and durability.
Price: Rs 68.4 lakh (excluding taxes)
3. Hublot Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu II
Price: Rs 31.37 lakh (excluding taxes)
4. Ferdinand Berthoud Chronomètre FB 1L (with complex moon display)
You don’t know the meaning of exclusive until you’ve set foot in the Ferdinand Berthoud booth at Baselworld. The Maison, which operates out of the Chopard L.U.C HQ in Fleurier, Switzerland as a sort of Skunkworks division consisting of only 15 specialised craftsmen makes only 10 watches a year.
The Chronometre FB1 is one of those – with a laser engraved moon replicating the surface of the moon from an image taken on the day of the first moon landing. It features two highly precise and technical moon phase indications which calculate the exact number of days leading up to a new moon along with the indicating the phases of the lunar cycle.
Available in two versions – a classic white gold version and one in sandblasted titanium and gold, it’s an ultra-rare offering that’ll appeal to horologists with a technical and scientific temperament. Berthoud happened to be on the French Royal Academy of Sciences and his exacting nature comes across visually with these technical works of art.
Price: Rs 1.7 crore (excluding taxes)
5. Zenith Defy Inventor
A series production watch that features a highly experimental and unique oscillator movement along with a bezel forged from an equally experimental and patented substance dubbed ‘Aeronith’ – essentially an aluminium foam mixed with polymer (not related to Stephen Tyler in any way) The Defy Inventor is one of the most precise watches to come from Zenith.
In fact, we’d go so far as to say it’s their most precise watch – running at a frequency of 18 hertz. Slap on a blue and grey skeletonised dial, this anti-magnetic, Chronometer certified timepiece is one of the brand’s best yet.
Price: 12.3 lakh (excluding taxes)