If money were of no concern, I'd own a watch for every day of the year, no word of a lie. Some may call it excess, I call it expanding my horological horizons. But, for most of us the thought of dropping a small fortune on a watch isn't realistic, neither is dipping our hands into a trust fund or drawing upon the millions we won in last night's lotto. Be that as it may and for the well heeled-collectors out there, along with the admiring bystanders like ourselves, we've put together a list of 8wonderfully expensive watches that definitely fall under the category of being a flex watch. Enjoy!
Rolex Daytona 116595RBOW
A Rolex Daytona clad in rose gold and encrusted with an array of rainbow-coloured diamonds will always split the crowd. But you absolutely cannot deny the almost hypnotic effect that this watch has on you. The more you look at it, the more you want it.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin
Audemars Piguet produces some of the most eloquent and well designed tourbillons in the industry. So when it paired it with one of the most iconic watch designs ever, it made for a combination that was supremely difficult to beat. Add to that the beauty of a full ceramic case and bracelet and what you have is a bona fide grail.
Breguet Double Tourbillon 5347
Breguet just doing Breguet things with the Double Tourbillon 5347. This is an entirely theatrical watch that does more for the senses than perhaps any other timepiece on this list. Legendary in status and in stature, the Breguet Double Tourbillon 5347 is unlike anything else I've ever seen.
Patek Philippe 5976/1G Nautilus Chronograph
Released in 2018 to celebrate the Nautilus' 40th anniversary, the Patek Philippe 5976/1G Nautilus Chronograph was met both with acclaim and disdain. Collectors flocked to the 5976/1G and bought them in hoards. Fast forward to 2021, and the 5976/1G Nautilus Chronograph is one of the most sought after iterations of the Nautilus in the world.
Patek Philippe 5204/1R-001 Split-Seconds Perpetual Calendar
Nothing says Patek Philippe more than a split-seconds perpetual chronograph. And perhaps the greatest of them all is the 5204/1R-001 Split-Seconds Perpetual Calendar. Clad in rose gold to dramatic effect, the5204/1R-001 Split-Seconds Perpetual Calendar is the be-all and end-all for many collectors and enthusiasts. If you ever have the opportunity to go hands-on with the Patek Philippe 5204/1R-001 Split-Seconds Perpetual Calendar, do it and thank me later.
Patek Philippe 5650G Aquanaut Travel Time Advanced Research
Perhaps the ultimate low-key baller watch, the Patek Philippe 5650G Aquanaut Travel Time Advanced Research sums up Patek's contemporary direction perfectly. Aptly named 'The Terminator', the 5650G Aquanaut Travel Time Advanced Research is the king of the Aquanaut collection and reigns in a new era of watchmaking for the esteemed maison.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Openworked
Clad in steel and featuring a completely openworked dial, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Openworked is a lustful combination of mechanics and aesthetics that will forever entertain and delight.
Patek Philippe 5270P Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
The start of the salmon-coloured dial trend began with the Patek Philippe 5270P Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, and to this day it remains one of Patek's most desirable complicated watches. Needs to be handled in the metal to fully appreciate, the Patek Philippe 5270P Perpetual Calendar Chronograph is definitely one of those "money watches" we keep on hearing about.
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