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When compared with their classic counterparts, luxury smartwatches have yet to reach the 1 million USD price tag.
However, since luxury houses such as Tag Heuer, and Louis Vuitton have started to get involved, smart watches have already reached the six digits mark.
Made from premium materials and praised by industry experts, these sleek design pieces have GPS tracking, heart rate sensors, activity tracking, high resolution screens, and cutting edge customisation options.
Starting at the $1000 mark, in this article I’ll introduce you to the most expensive and luxurious smartwatches in the world right now.
10. Montblanc Sumit 2 – Price: $1,500
Montblanc Summit 2 is the second release of the ever so popular smartwatch launched by the Swiss watch making experts.
Inspired by the award-winning Montblanc 1858 vintage series, this time in a tech-infused version.
Made at the company’s cutting edge development centre, this premium smartwatch runs on Android Wear and is compatible with both iPhone and Android phones.
Marketed as a unisex smartwatch, Montblanc Summit 2 includes a heart rate and activity monitoring, altimeter, fitness tracker, chronograph.
The watch has water resistance capabilities and can run third party apps on its high resolution AMOLED touchscreen, covered by a curved sapphire crystal.
9. Garmin Marq Driver – Price: $2,500
Made from a combination of titanium and ceramic, this Android wear watch is packed with advanced nautical features.
The watch can track wind speed, direction, temperature, tide, and much more.
In the same Marq line of tool watches, Garmin includes five different models: Driver, Aviator, Captain, Expedition and Athlete with prices starting at $1,500.
Some other notable features are music play, contactless pay, detailed maps, pulse and VO2 max measurement.
8. Tempo By Legend – $5,000
Apple has not changed much the design of its watches over time.
However, this has led to a new wave of custom-made Apple watches.
One of the makers that have embarked on customising Apple’s pieces is ‘Legend’ a Finnish company that has built ‘Tempo’, on the core of Apple Watch SE.
Tempo by Legend is enclosed in a beautifully engraved case, handcrafted to a pearly, lustrous finish that does not scratch or tarnish with ease.
Each watch is engraved, by hand, by a master artisan in over 30 hours of work, to achieve a flawless finish and is paired with a gold-plated docking station.
The watch has a beautiful clasp plated with 24-karat gold, linked to an authentic leather strap made from rare alligator skin.
While the company does not make these custom-made watches anymore, you can still find them on forums, sold by collectors.
7. Breitling Exospace B55 Black Titanium – $9,000
After clinging (a bit too long) to the classic Swiss watch mechanism, Breitling has decided to attack the smartwatch market.
Breitling Exospace B55 Black Titanium connected watch is the brand’s most expensive piece to date.
Priced at just a bit under 10,000 U.S. dollars, Breitling Exospace B55 Connected Black Titanium has a casing made from (obviously) titanium.
Compared to other wearable technology embedded watches on the market, Breitling’s smartwatch has a few unique features such as dual time zones on both, the digital and analogue displays.
Also, Breitling’s watch has analogue hands so it can look and function as a regular mechanical watch.
It is an excellent smartwatch that lets you make calls, send texts, emails, and deal with social media notifications to perfection.
Paired with a high-quality organic rubber strap, this water resistant watch has a unique look, style, and price.
Moreover, this ‘Made in Switzerland’ watch is easily recognised by the lovers of smartwatches from all over the world.
6. de Grisogono Samsung Gear S2 – $15,000
This ‘Galaxy watch’ is the unexpected result of a rare partnership between Samsung and Grisogono, a luxury jeweller from Switzerland.
Wrapped in Grisogono’s unique design and packed with Samsung Gear S2’s technological prowess, de Grisogono Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch is the most expensive Samsung Galaxy watch.
Designed by Fawaz Gruosi, the round shape and a gold body studded with 127 black and white diamonds turn this Galaxy watch wrap into a perfect example of sophistication and creativity.
Bearing the brand’s specific design codes, scrolling motifs, subtle shades of rose gold and the brand emblem, this smartwatch stands out from a mile.
5. LV Tambour Horizon Monogram Eclipse Limited Edition – From $15,500
Launched by the luxury fashion house, LVMH, the Tambour Horizon smartwatch line came in several case-colours.
The latest Tambour Horizon follows up on LV’s classic watch portfolio, from a design and stylistic perspective.
The line offers black, graphite and monogram bodies, all paired with a large selection of leather straps.
While there are design variations and adaptations to specific situations and times, size-wise all Tambour Horizon watches measure 42mm in diameter and 12.55mm in thickness.
On the back of the stainless steel case, each smartwatch carries a sapphire crystal glass face embossed with the Louis Vuitton logo.
However, the star of the show, Tambour Horizon Monogram Eclipse Limited Edition luxe smartwatch is very hard to find.
4. Hoptroff Atomic – $55,0003
This strange-looking wristwatch is made by Hoptroff, a British watchmaker.
Not a true smartwatch but a hybrid watch, the Hoptroff Atomic Wristwatch is a rare combination of smart technology, classical mechanics, and luxurious design.
The Hoptroff Atomic Wristwatch is WI FI enabled and capable of connecting and synchronizing with your Apple or Android phone.
As such, you have access to your calendar, messages, emails, all via your smartphone.
However, to have one of these beauties, you’ll have to fork out quite a lot.
Moreover, there are special conditions you have to pass before you can buy this luxury smartwatch.
To start, you’ll have to pay a 25 per cent deposit to reserve it.
Then, you’ll have to wait for at least three months before you can call yourself the owner of a Hoptroff Atomic luxury smartwatch.
3. Nico Gerard Sunrise Pinnacle – $112,000
At a first look, Nico Gerard Sunrise Pinnacle watch doesn’t seem too different from a classic watch.
However, the watch has two faces.
On the top is the classic watch dial made from a red-and-gold casing of 18-karat gold, with a three-piece link band.
Then, if you flip it over, there is an Apple Watch SE inside.
When asked if this is a joke, Adam Pluemer, the president of Nico Gerard explained that the most natural place for an Apple Watch is inside one’s wrist.
“Most executives spend 99 per cent of their time in the board meeting rooms. If you do not want someone to see your text messages from across the table, this is the best and most discreet way to stay connected.”
Assembled in Switzerland, there were only 88 Nico Gerard Pinnacle pieces, all made to order.
At that time, there was a huge waiting time to get one of these sleek design limited edition luxury masterpieces.
2. Lux Watch OMNI – $114,995
The second Apple-based custom luxury watch on our list is the Lux Watch Omni beast.
Based on the Apple Watch 18-karat gold, this rare piece has multiple rows of 11.30-karat diamonds around the face, buttons and clasp.
The Lux Watch Omni is a creation of Brikk, a company that also makes haute-couture fashion goods.
Overall, the Lux Watch Omni edition features a total of 12 karats of rare stones, diamonds and jewels.
The company has also made 30 ‘cheaper’ models based on Apple Watch SE, to satisfy all possible tastes.
The line includes an 18-karat pink gold, a 24-karat yellow gold, and a 950 platinum version in both, 38 mm and 42 mm sizes.
All devices are hand-made and come in a ‘zero aluminium’ Halliburton case made from carbon fibre and an interior from suede leather.
1. Tag Heuer Connected Modular Full Diamond – 180,000 USD
Priced at 180,000 USD, TAG Heuer Connected Modular is the most expensive luxury smartwatch in the world.
Part of the Swatch Group, TAG Heuer is a Swiss watchmaker is best known for its sophisticated and timeless traditional watches.
However, with the launch of Connected Modular watch, TAG Heuer has become the king of engineering capabilities in luxury smartwatches.
So what makes TAG Heuer Connected Modular the most expensive smartwatch in the world right now?
Well, the watch’s engine is driven by a desktop-like Intel processor, running a custom Android Wear OS.
Inside you’ll find 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB storage, and a battery that lasts for 25 hours.
The watch is also equipped with a gyroscope, GPS, microphone, accelerometer, and a super AMOLED touchscreen.
If the tech doesn’t impress you, your purchase can be justified by the casing made from 24-karat gold or by the 589 diamonds spread out all over the band, case, and the watch face, almost like confetti.
These are the top 10 luxury watch brands right now, for those with money to invest in them.
For those of you interested in smartwatches but do not (yet) have the budget for a luxury one, here are some excellent alternatives:
- Galaxy Watch – latest release
- Horological Smartwatch by Frederique Constant
- Michael Kors Access
- The latest Watch SE from Apple
- Moto 360
- Huawei Watch GT 2
- Vector Watch
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