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Million Dollar Watches
How much would ever spend for a watch? Do you even need a watch? Many probably would not pay more than $100 for a watch to keep track of time. Watch repair services are a lost skill and getting more difficult to find. The only place I know of is inside Sears.
The advent of the cell phone has gradually made them obsolete because smart phones do that and so much more. But for many men of older generations (talking 35+), their daily wardrobe includes one and without it makes one feel "naked", especially if skin pigment reveals the white area around the wrist.
So, who in their right mind would ever spend more than a few hundred dollars on the mechanically intricate watch? How about a $1000? Over $1,000,000? I suppose the most wealthy might consider this insanity as a status symbol, but even for them, spending one million on a watch might be a bit too much. The reason for such costly watches has more to with art and its intricate workmanship.
For instance, the N4, is a $235,000 watch that somehow uses 12 tiny disks that jump every time they move to tell you the time. It looks digital but it is not and the watch itself resembles the iconic TV set of the 60's. More amazing, is the Pierre Jaquet-Droz half million dollar watch. This actually boggles the mind as to how it could even be made because it has a little bird. Yes, at the top of the hour, like a cuckoo clock, the tiny bird under a glass bubble flaps its wings and moves its beak to make a real bird sounding chirp or whistle! Amazing. Maybe you want something more stellar? Try the IWC watch for $900,000 has its own star chart that the buyer can set to their geographic location. It keeps sidereal time and solar time so your spacecraft can reach interstellar destinations on time through alien time zones. But, if you cannot make such travel, it does keep earthly time. However, the ultimate watch cost winner goes to the Franck Muller watch. The gear driven, super complicated timepiece will set you back just $2.4 million. It is art in mechanical gear innovation because its 1483 parts are inside its platinum case. The watch has 36 functions, including the difference between civil and solar time and a perpetual calendar accurate to within 1000 years, should you live or your heirs need this.
It does seem like nonsense to pay this amount and then its repair, if needed. But a watch like any of these are only worn once in a while, much like a rare car costing the same. These watches show a mechanical art form, and like a Van Gogh Sunflower painting, demand these unearthly prices.