Ten Spectacular Watches
Ulysse Nardin's Tellurium J. Kepler, a revolutionary timepiece that displays the rotation of the Earth, lists for just under $100,000.
The Louis Cartier Tank for Women is a contemporary rendering of the classic Tank design by Louis Cartier. This design is revered in watch design history as the most influential. This 18k gold beauty (model W1529856) has a list price just over $5,000.
The Bell and Ross High-Tech (this is model GMT SP3-GMT-S) features an automatic chronograph with 2 counters (minutes and seconds) and amazingly is water resistant to 700 feet! It lists just under $3,000.
Christiaan van der Klauuw's The Astrolabium 2000 features an eclipse indicator, one of several of van der Klauuw's strikingly original innovations. It also features an 18K rose gold case with sapphire caseback. Price: on request.
Chaumet's Men's Dress Watch is a series of masterpieces crafted to perfection in 18K yellow gold, with crown in a unique octagonal design. It lists for $10,100.
Christiaan van der Klauuw's Planetarium 2000 (model KB 52824-2) is a stellar watch - literally. The subdial at "10" is a 3D representation of the position of the planets of the solar system and the signs of the zodiac. Cased in 18K ros gold. Price unavailable.
Vacheron Constantin's Ladies Phidias (model 16510/967J-7) is an 18k gold classic, still available from some vendors, listed at $29,500. This is the company famous for making the most expensive watch in history, the Kallista, now rumored to be worth $9 million and thought to be owned by Sheik Yamani.
The Harry Winston Signature 7 (model HQ/HJ 286 pictured) is part of the series that was the first foray into horology by Winston, often esteemed as the world's finest jeweler. This model features 38K white gold case, dial and bracelet set with 428 white diamonds.
The Revue Thommen Cricket Classic, still found on collector's sites, is still a fine watch to behold.
Martin Braun's Boreas displays two astronomical complications: one, the local time of sunrise/sunset; the other, an 'equation of time,' showing the differential in minutes from the time displayed on a sundial. For lovers of time, arcana and invention.