We can’t say we aren’t impressed by how much Nigerians have developed their attention to detail eye. Before now, something like this would have gone unnoticed but recently the newest First lady in town- in town? in the world! Came under fire after photos or her from the inauguration revealed her wrist where a $52 000 Cartier Baignoire Folle 18-Carat White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch was sitting pretty.
Mrs Aisha Buhari is yet to address the issue but the photos continue to spread especially after her husband, the President Mohammad Buhari had just delivered a powerful speech on corruption in a country where more than half of its people live on less than a dollar a day.
But before we get all political and induce sentiment into this article, as much as the situation got us thinking about government unjust spending, it also got us thinking about the most expensive watches in the world and we can say it’s rather consoling to find that Mrs Buhari’s Cartier stunner didn’t make the top 10 list.
So what’s on the top 10?
Bulgari Magsonic Sonnerie Tourbillon watch
The movement contains over 900 hand-finished parts and the case is partially produced from the special “magsonic” alloy meant to enhance the music sounds. $620,000.
Chopard L.U.C Tourbillon Baguette
Limited to just 25 pieces, this baguette-cut diamond decorated version of the Chopard L.U.C Tourbillon features an in-house produced tourbillon base mechanical movement and over 27 carats of the precious stones. $240,000.
Maitres du Temps Chapter One Round Transparence
Maitres du Temps launched its Chapter One timepiece in 2008. Classic yet incredibly complex, the Chapter One helped frame an era of imaginative design that nevertheless honored the past. $540,000.
Christophe Claret DualTow Night Eagle
Limited to 68 pieces, the Christophe Claret DualTow Night Eagle is a modified version of the earlier DualTow concept that typifies the uniquely complex and modern style of watchmaker Christope Claret. Time is told on two moving belts, while the movement also offers a chronograph with a special planetry gear system. $595,000.
Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4
At the time of its production the Aeternitas Mega 4 watch by Franck Muller was the most complicated timepiece in the world with over 36 distinct complications. The incredibly complex movement contains almost 1,500 individual parts which litter the dial with hands and dials to indicate all the information. $2,400,000.
Patek Philippe 5004T
Produced as a one-of-a-kind model in 2013 for an auction, the Patek Philippe 5004T is the only titanium version of the no longer produced reference 5004 watch collection. In a surprise move, Patek Philippe created a sportier look for the 5004 dress watch as a way to say farewell to the otherwise conservative collection. The 5004T sold at auction in 2013 for about $3,985,000.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Grand Complication
Gerald Genta’s enduring Royal Oak design for Audemars Piguet has remained an iconic of sports luxury since the early 1970s. Its most complicated and exclusive version to date is the Grande Complication, which contains a masterful in-house made movement that combines the time, chronograph, perpetual calendar, and minute repeater. $741,600.
MB&F HM4 Final Edition
Release as a limited edition of just 8 pieces, the MB&F Horological Machine Number 4 Final Edition completes the brand’s total of 100 HM4 watches that were produces starting in 2010. In black titanium, the aviation inspired watch offers an exotic case shape with one horiztonal window to indicate the time, and one window to act as power reserve for the mechanical movement. $230,000.
George Daniel Co-Axial Chronograph
Considered to be the most important watchmaker of the 20th century, English George Daniels only produce a few dozen timepieces across the span of his entire life. Among his more notable achievements was the invention of the Co-Axial Escapement, a system he later sold to the Swiss watchmaker Omega. The Daniel’s one-of-a-kind Co-Axial Chronograph wrist watch sold for about $619,000 at auction in 2012.
Jean Dunand Shabaka
The short-lived watch company Jean Dunand was inspired by a 20th century Swiss art deco artist with movements produced by the talented watch designer Christophe Claret. Perhaps their most iconic model, the Shabaka combines art deco lines with a neo-Egyptian theme as well as a perpetual calendar movement that partially indicates information on rolling cylinders. $500,000.