Why This Watch Costs Over $450,000

Why This Watch Costs Over $450,000


The watch comes in two different versions, and the difference between the
two is pretty much restricted just to the case material. The $460,000 version is in red gold, and the more expensive half million dollar version is done in platinum. Many of the most expensive
watches are expensive because they’re set with precious stones, which, of course, raises the
price through the roof. In the case of the
Récital 22 Grand Récital, however, the watch is as
expensive as it is entirely because of the amount of
craftsmanship that goes into it and the length of time that it takes to produce the various effects that make the watch what it is. BOVET watches are inherently
limited in production simply because of the complexity
that’s associated with making them. This particular watch is a limited edition of 60 pieces worldwide. Those are going to roll out
very slowly, simply because they can’t be made quickly. It’s just inherent in
the nature of the watch. The single decorative
element that’s probably most strongly identified
with BOVET today is the use of extremely fine miniature
painting, often in the form of, what’s called, cold enameling
on the dials of their watches. And the Récital 22 Grand Récital has a really, really wonderful example
of this particular craft. The centerpiece of the
watch is a hemisphere representing the Earth as seen
from above the North Pole. There are many, many layers
of enamel that have been, that have been applied to
the hemisphere in order to achieve a wonderful
kind of translucent effect in which the clouds
literally seem to float above the oceans and continents. The paints are actually luminous
and very, very luminous, and, when you turn the lights
off, you are treated to a view of the continents glowing up at you that’s just incredibly compelling. This particular wristwatch
is in a class of, what are called,
astronomical complications. These are timepieces that show,
often, the relative position of the stars to an observer
standing on Earth, or, in this case, the relative position of the sun and the moon relative to an observer standing on Earth. So the centerpiece is this
revolving hand-painted depiction of the upper hemisphere,
the northern hemisphere of the Earth. Placed just below it, in the
six o’clock position, is, what’s called, a tourbillon. We can see the tourbillon
rotating as we look at the watch, and the position that it’s in
is identical to the position that the sun would be in,
relative to the Earth. So it kind of stands in for,
the tourbillon stands in for the sun in this wristwatch. Rotating around the Earth
is a spherical depiction of the moon divided
into a sunlit hemisphere and a dark hemisphere. And you can read the phase
of the moon from the position of this little hemisphere as
it rotates around the Earth. The back of the watch is
also loaded with information. It’s what’s called the perpetual calendar. Now, a perpetual calendar
is a mechanical watch which knows the difference
between a leap year and a non-leap year, and
which also advances the date correctly at the end of each month, whether it’s a 30-day
month or a 31-day month. The relative rarity of
the watches and the amount of handwork that goes into
finishing the movement, the case, and other aspects of the watch all adds up to a tremendous, tremendous amount of real old-school craftsmanship, which simply doesn’t come cheap. At this level of watchmaking,
you’re really talking about something that’s designed
to appeal to someone with extremely specific tastes
and with a budget to match. There are 705 components
in this wristwatch.

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100 Comments

  1. Soooo… A half picture of earth, a lame replica of sun and moon costs half a million dollor… Hmmm… Its gonna take half a million lightyears for me to digest that..

  2. outdated tech, my smartphone can do the same for 200 dollars if you want to get fancy buy an apple watch, but i can understand that some use it as status symbol or asset.

  3. i feel like they missed a great opportunity to make the continents glow like how to continent looks at night. wouldn't have been too hard i imagine considering how much work went into everything else.

  4. Billionaire husband:- honey where the watch I gifted to you last week having globe symbol?,,☺️

    Wife:- well I didn't remember😊
    May be in bedroom🤔
    Billionaire husband:- 😐
    Wife:-Or maybe I lost it in the park during morning walk🤔
    Billionaire husband:- 😑

    Wife:-Well I think during boating it felt in the water.🙄
    Billionaire husband:- 😫😨😭
    Wife:-I didn't remember😏
    Billionaire husband:- 😥😭😱😭
    Wife:-Don't worry I will buy another with the same globe symbol.😋
    Billionaire husband:- (WTF)
    Well dont be nervous
    Just recall😌
    Where you left it😩😵🤒

  5. I have a much more complex watch than that. It has more computing power then the computers used to land a man on the moon. And I just used it to write this comment. 😂

  6. I taught my dad was kidding with the price of his watch. i taught it was dillutional to have a watch wich most likely have the same price as a centenario.

  7. I once bought a Tag for my dad on Lay-by for a year costed me 7k , 3 yrs later the watch looked antique , colour faded , saffire turned milkey and what not . All this after he wore it only 2wice . My take on such watches , if it has jewels on them buy it , u can trade it for a similar price if not the same , unlike something which looses value to nothing over a period .

  8. Imagine stealing each 60 one of these… U'd be rich😂😂😂… Well who is dumb enough to buy a 450000 usd watch… Well of course a dumb rich person just to show off😐 just to show u how a human can be dumb to show off🤦🏻‍♂️

  9. Why need an mass produced M4 if u can have a Craftsman made Fedorov
    Why have an Sten gun if u have an Mp 18
    Why have an normal watch filled with stones if u can have a craftsmanmade watch with beatiful stuff

  10. I'd rather buy a digital watch with same price and get a much cooler look a plus much cheaper like a lot cheaper

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