10 Insanely Expensive Watches Owned by Famous People
By Cristine Parungao
Expensive Swiss mechanical watches are considered the arm candies of celebrities, artists, and athletes. One can easily spot the elite sporting these luxury timepieces on red carpets, at private parties, and on awards nights.
Because these people have the money to spend, they can get their hands on the world’s most expensive watches that are sleek, durable, and stylish.
Here are the top 10 insanely expensive watches owned by famous people.
10. Angelina Jolie
Net worth: $100 million
Most women love any form of accessories, and watches are no exception. Hollywood award-winning actress, Angelina Jolie, is among the most prominent names who own an expensive timepiece. Her very own Patek Philippe Minute Repeater costs around $390,000 on the market and was given to her as a pre-wedding gift of ex-husband, Brad Pitt.
The Patek Philippe Minute Repeater is a remarkable piece; a 33 mm officer style case, studded with features of gold and a mother-of-pearl dial. The watch has a chiming sound with an ultra-thin movement. According to reports, in order to get this piece, one can wait up to two years on the waiting list. However, Brad was able to score it in less than two months because of his connections.
Net worth: $180 million
American songwriter and rapper Usher is also known for his fondness on luxury watches. He is a fan of Tiret, which is a prestigious timepiece maker. His Tiret model came earlier than Kanye West’s, which has a price tag of $250,000.
The watch features 10 carats worth of white and yellow diamonds and 1,106 precious stones. The custom timepiece sports Usher’s face, and its box acts as a humidor for 78 cigars.
8. Rafael Nadal
Net worth: $180 million
When it comes to tennis, the name Rafael Nadal is prominent. The 33-year-old Spanish professional tennis player owns a Richard Mille RM27-02, which costs around $725,000 per piece. Nadal is one of the athletes who wear a watch while competing, as he is an ambassador of the luxury timepiece brand, Richard Mille.
The RM27-02 was made with top-of-the-line shock absorption technology. Its design was inspired by racing car chassis, making it look sleek in the arm. It is one of the mechanical watches in an orange color, to reflect the clay courts of Roland Garros.
7. Kanye West
Net worth: $240 million
Kanye West is also a fan of the brand Tiret, which provides custom-made watches. His Tiret Timekeeper was released a month early from Usher’s model. It has a gold mother-of-pearl dial and is surrounded by diamond pieces.
The Timekeeper was priced at $180,000, with studded diamonds in white and yellow. It also has a brown diamond to illustrate his skin and an 18k gold bracelet. This piece has two Swiss quartz chronograph movements and two date complications.
6. Eric Clapton
Net worth: $300 million
English rock and blues guitarist Eric Clapton is surprisingly a fan of luxury watches. He has an extensive collection of expensive timepieces, and some of these are limited edition. His most valuable piece is a very rare watch, of which there are only two pieces made in the world, which is the Patek Philippe 2499.
The Patek Philippe 2499 has a price tag of $3.6 million. He acquired the watch from private auctions, as it was passed on by collectors of the luxury brand. The watch has three subsidiary dials for constant seconds and has a moon phase dial with Arabic five-minute dimension.
5. Jackie Chan
Net worth: $400 million
Because of his popularity in martial arts, the maker of a luxury timepiece, Richard Mille, has designed a piece inspired by Jackie Chan’s altruism. The RM057 is a stunning piece, featuring a clear dial and comes in 18k white and red gold.
There are only 36 copies of the RM057 in the world, and it costs around $475,000. This watch is water-resistant up to 50 meters underwater and has a gold engraved dragon between the watch’s bridges. It is a unique and timeless piece that only the rich can buy with their money.
4. Roger Federer
Net worth: $450 million
Another professional tennis player owns a bunch of luxury timepieces from the prestigious brand Rolex is Roger Federer. Federer is actually an ambassador of the brand, and each time he has won a trophy, a Rolex watch could be seen on his arm.
Each Rolex piece was hand-picked by Federer to match the tournament. A special watch called the Rolex Sky-Dweller costs roughly $50,000 and is made from stainless steel with a second time zone display and off-center disc.
3. Tiger Woods
Net worth: $800 million
One of the world’s greatest golf players is none other than Tiger Woods, who lands second among All-Time Major Gold Championships. It is not a secret that Woods earn millions and actually uses his money for timeless timepieces.
When he returned to the 2019 Gold Masters, Woods was wearing a stunning Rolex Deepsea D-Blue. This piece is special because he wore it in his comeback to golf after 14 long years. The Deepsea D-Blue was revived by Rolex in 2018, giving it a classic touch up. According to reports, it is Woods’ personal favorite out of all of his Rolex watches.
Net worth: $1 billion
When we talk about luxury timepieces, rappers like Jay-Z invest in quality and expensive pieces. On his 43rd birthday, his wife, songwriter Beyoncé, gave him a limited-edition diamond-encrusted Hublot Big Bang watch.
The piece instantly got a lot of attention, as it features 1,282 diamonds in an 18k white gold material. It has a faceted diamond-polished finish, with a dazzling price of $5 million.
1. Floyd Mayweather
Net worth: $1 billion
Floyd Mayweather is the only person with the Billionaire Watch from Jacob & Co. It is a custom-made piece, with 260 carats of emerald-cut diamonds. Even the bracelet is studded with the diamond set, which adds to its appeal.
The renowned boxer is known to have a vast collection of luxury watches that he loves to wear. The Billionaire Watch has a price tag of $18,000,000, according to Forbes.
Celebrities and famous athletes also fancy luxury timepieces, as they go with almost every outfit. Some of the people on the list didn’t buy luxury watches themselves but were given them by family or by the luxury brands. With timeless and sophisticated watches as these, one can show off his or her social status.
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