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7 Watches To Splurge On if You Have P1 Million (or More) to Spare

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There are watches, and then there are watches. If you enjoy spending obscene amounts of cash in one go, then the latter option is for you. These are the timepieces that maybe only 999 other sleek men in the world would own. These are the designs adorned with 18-karat gold. These are the limited edition pieces that come only every 50 years. Coincidentally, these impressive luxury watches also come with a hefty price tag.

Here are a few such examples that surpass the P1 million marker:

1. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin

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Price: $50,000 (P2.54 million*)

Fun fact: A variation of the Royal Oak was Justin Bieber’s wedding gift to himself, which could or could not make this timepiece all the more covetable to you. That aside, this limited edition design is encased in titanium and fortified with a glare-proof sapphire crystal and caseback. The dial comes in a deep blue with the luminescent hands pointing at white gold markers every hour. There are only 30 in the world so availability is scarce.

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For more information, visit audemarspiguet.com

2. Rolex 1981 GMT Master Ref. 16785 

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I know guys... Yall have been hammering to see this one since @hodinkee mentioned this one via an incredible shot by @jestacey of this insane 1981 Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 16758 with a stunningly unique tropical dial. We are calling it the "Hot Lava" for now but are open to sugestions. Best name suggestion will get a little gift from us here at C+T.. What would you name this one ???? Link and details in bio!? .? www.craftandtailored.com? .? .? .? .? .? .? .? .? .? .? .? .? .? .? .? .? .? .? .? .? .? .? .? .? .? .? #tropicaldial #goldgmt #rolex16758 #yellogoldgmt #rarewatch #hodinkee #watchuseek #c24 #chrono24 #watchforsale #rolexforsale #craftandtailored #wsj #bloomberg #rolex4sale #watch4sale #financialtimes #wallstreetjournal #invest #investwisely #intelligentinvestor #forbes #mattedial #vintagerolex #rolexvintage #rolex #watches #watchesofinstagram #submariner ?

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Price: $40,000 (P2.037 million*)

This isn’t your ordinary Rolex that you can buy from a store. The mad geniuses behind Craft and Tailored took a vintage 1981 Rolex GMT Master and gave it a little flavor by way of some patina. It’s become a growing trend among vintage watch collectors to embrace the patina, a storied sign of aging. This one, in particular, is called “Hot Lava” for its seemingly strategic imperfections. 

For more information, visit craftandtailored.com

3. Hermès Astrologie Nouvelle Scarf

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Price: $54,900 (P2.8 million)

Any Hermès devotee will appreciate this timepiece with an Arceau face and a dial with the patterns inspired by an Hermès silk scarf. The dial alone took three weeks to make, as each element was meticulously cut and assembled onto the 41 mm white gold case. How’s that for detail?

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4. Omega Moonshine-gold and meteorite Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary

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In honor of the Apollo 11 moon landing’s 50th anniversary, Omega released a special edition Speedmaster that commemorates the original model that was gifted to the astronauts in 1969. There are approximately 1,014 pieces of the 18K Moonshine Gold Speedmaster, which is accented with onyx markers and touches of burgundy.

5. Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantième Météorite

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Price: £19,300 (P1.267 million**)

While it doesn’t hail from the top luxury wristwatch manufacturers, this Jaquet Droz timepiece is a stunner—from its jet-black alligator leather strap to its 18-karat red gold case and buckle. The most eye-catching design element, however, is its meteorite dial just a layer beneath its double-level faces.

For more information, visit jaquet-droz.com

6. A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus Datomatic

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Price: €28,000 (P1.57 million***)

What makes the new Odysseus design groundbreaking is that it marks A. Lange & Sohne’s foray into steel sports watches. Equipped with a water-resistant case and a satin contour finish, it’s the perfect weekend companion for all your outdoor activities, despite its delicate exterior.

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For more information, visit alange-soehne.com

7. Cartier Tank Anglaise Silver Dial 18k Rose Gold Men’s Watch

 

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Price: $39,400 (P2.007 million)

If you’re on the hunt for a timeless design and aren’t one to shy away from pomp, there's this blast from the past from none other than Cartier. The eye is first drawn to the 18-karat rose gold case, bracelet, and bezel, but a few seconds later, the focus will be on its vibrant blue sword-shaped hands pointing at Roman numeral hour markers. It’s an ode to the past and a celebration of luxury.

*$1 = P50.95

**£1 = P65.69

***€1 = P56.34

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