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Watches More Expensive Than A Ferrari

Let’s be realistic here, the economy is in the crapper and your 401k looks about as arousing as you do after a cold shower. What’s a Burgundy drinking, ‘stache rocking, web surfing Internet denizen like you to do? Diversify your skill set by ogling watches you’ll never be able to afford and learning what makes them tick. Most of these watches are more complicated than college calculus and have more history than you could learn in a lifetime. You might even need an engineering degree and an instructional tome to figure out how they work. Regardless, all these watches (for one reason or another) are ridiculously cool and absurdly expensive. Sell the Ferrari, liquidate

the stocks, and pick up one of these bad-ass timekeeping devices.

The Patek Caliber 89 - $5,120,000 Buying this watch would require selling 3.5 Bugatti Veyrons, which happens to be 70% of the total number they sold in 2005. The closest most of us will ever get to a Veyron is

Three Veyrons. Veyrons. it is the most complicated watch on the planet with 33 complications. It also took more time to design than you spent in college (including those extra years “studying” chemistry). . it requires a degree in mechanical engineering to understand.12mil? For starters. It’s all about perspective here people. So what makes this watch worth $5. Essentially. but suffice it to say it has everything but the kitchen sink. Say it out loud – Three.drooling over it on Top Gear.

000 It’s emblazoned with the Tiffany & Co. Compared to the rest of the watches on this list though.000 Rounding out the Patek trinity is the Ref 5016P (The P stands for platinum. it’s actually pretty cheap. You’re getting the Patek and the Tiffany names. so you know it’s gonna be expensive. duh). what else could you want? The ability to time two events that start simultaneously but end at different times – you didn’t think those fancy blue hands were just for show did you? Patek Philippe Ref 5016P – $762. name. This watch is the second most complicated . – $214. Well. if two-hundred grand can ever be considered cheap. you know.Split Seconds Patek Philippe Reference 1436 By Tiffany & Co.

retrograde behemoth running continuously it won’t need adjusting until 2100. If you keep this moon-phase. The problem with watches of this caliber the need for adjustments. but Patek has an app for that.wristwatch (the first one was a pocket watch so it doesn’t count) that Patek has produced. perpetual calendar.000 This watch was originally designed by Breguet himself and has more pieces (823) .000. That’s something your children’s children’s children will most certainly appreciate. The Breguet Marie Antoinette – $XX.

When they came up short they reproduced the watch using only the images of the original. the original watch disappeared. equation of time. Ultimately. never to be seen again. It took forty-four years for the original to be constructed and Breguet and Marie Antoinette both died before it was completed. When Swatch acquired Breguet. jumping hour. and a bimetallic thermometer – everything but MMS messaging. Breguet has received offers in the eight digit range. power reserve indicator. has a minute repeater. but still refuse to sell.than an iPhone. . It’s self winding. an Indiana Jones style quest for the watch began. perpetual calendar.

this tourbillon . What’s a tourbillon? A wrist-mounted antigravity device. Normal tourbillons only rock one-axis anti-gravity. a tourbillon.000 This watch is clearly complicated.Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon 1 – $400. but it has a feature some of the others don’t. Tourbillons (in the most basic terms) prevent gravity from adversely affecting accuracy.

worn. worn. self-winding. No word yet on when the third and fourth axis will be integrated. and bona fide two. Rolex Submariner – $234. stainless steel oyster bracelet Rolex. This one is special because it was held. everyone has held. or owned a Rolex Submariner. . You’re getting time. That’s right. and owned by the one and only Steve McQueen.000 At some point in time. the “King of Cool” owned this particular submersible. Rolex.

and more complications and parts than even the Breguet Marie Antoinette (hopefully without the beheading) making it the most complicated serial wrist watch ever made. The Tour de l’Ile has tourbillon. .Vacheron Tour de l’Ile – $1. 250+ years of history allows them to make watches that eclipse most others. two faces.250. It’s worth JUST shy of a Veyron… unless you buy used.000 Vacheron is the oldest watch manufacturer still in existence since its inception in 1755.

The Grande Complication is another watch that has a perpetual calendar accurate until long after you will no longer be alive. split seconds chronograph.AP Royal Oak Grande Complication – $560. . Real men don’t use instruction manuals. aforementioned perpetual calendar) but presents them in a way that doesn’t require a thousand page instruction manual just to read. It has a lot of the same complications as the other watches (minute repeater.000 Audemars Piquet (that’s where the AP comes from obviously) does it again with the Royal Oak Grande Complication.

. Quite a few of these watches have modern elements. titanium.000 Look at it. and awesome it would be the perfect compliment for the new clear hood you just put on the Ferrari. It looks like a Rube Goldberg machine had sex with the Gugenheim and the offspring was skeletonized. Made of aluminum. but none of them have the modern design that this watch does.Richard Mille Tourbillon – $525.

historical secret that only Nicolas Cage can uncover. Since when did you just want to tell time with your watch? This is the point in the movie after the credits roll where you get that wicked cameo that’s . But that may just be the three Jacks “hammering the bells to separate the quarters from the minutes. but something about this watch just seems a lot less complicated. it’s more expensive than a Ferrari.000 It may be crazy.Ulysse Nardin Triplejack Minute Repeater – $340. but this watch seems like holds some deep.” Sure. dark.

much of history is something you would NOT want to repeat. many wellknown historical “facts” are myths. decades. some famous people would stop taking so much credit. with no basis in fact.and as any history buff can tell you. In this case. a few of the great history-makers would be recognised (anyone heard of Ub Iwerks?).sole purpose is to say thanks to an underappreciated celebrity. the star is none other than Ben Clymer of In case you haven’t heard of Hodinkee (for shame!). However. it’s a daily collection of the most interesting and rare watches around the world. If more people knew the facts. and we would stop blaming apples for everything! Let’s start with the following misconceptions… . It is said that those who don’t know history are condemned to repeat it . or centuries. which have misled and misinformed people for years. Here (and in the next few segments) are 20 of the most common. Think Cool Material specifically geared towards vintage and interesting time pieces.

it COULD have been an apple.--------.. or any other sort of fruit. apples were not nor ever was found in that part of the world. but they have still had bad publicity as the “forbidden fruit” that Eve tasted in the Garden of Eden. Newton was hit by an apple Apples continued to get bad press with the famous story that scientist Sir Isaac Newton was under a tree. when an apple fell on his head. Eve ate a bad apple An apple a day might keep the doctor away. For one thing.-----------. long after Newton’s death. Yet nowhere in the biblical story of Adam and Eve is an apple mentioned. Just as well it provided him the inspiration for the laws of gravity. it probably never happened. 19. Catherine . minding his own business. OK. The story was first published in an essay by Voltaire. It is simply called “the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden” (Genesis 3:3). Newton’s niece.--------20. but it might just as well have been an apricot. Before that. or the poor apple would never be forgiven! But while the falling apple is a good story. thereby making life difficult for all of us. a mango.

18. was the only person who ever told the story. he played Mickey’s voice. Walt Disney drew Mickey Mouse One of the world’s most famous fictitious characters. Ub Iwerks. (That’s 700 drawings a day. Jean Jacques Rousseau wrote of an incident he recalled from some 25 years earlier. never a great artist. It was almost certainly an invention. is credited to Walt Disney.Conduitt. Marie Antoinette said “Let them each cake” In 1766. Iwerks was known as the fastest animator in the business. in only two weeks. Mickey was the vision of Disney’s number one animator. would always have trouble drawing the character who made him famous. 17. Plane Crazy (1928). Marie Antoinette was an 11-year-old child in . When Rousseau wrote of this. Disney.” she replied. in which “a great princess” (name unknown) was told that the country people had no bread.) But give some credit to Disney when sound films began later that year. He single-handedly animated Mickey’s first short film. “Then let them eat cake. Fortunately for him. Mickey Mouse. However.

“The Great Train Robbery” pioneered several techniques. Even if you think of a feature film as the “feature” of a cinema program. and find out how witches did NOT die. But the first feature film? It was only ten minutes long! Even most short films are longer than that. the title would go to one of a number of French films made during the 1890s (but I won’t name one. to illustrate her cold indifference to the plight of the French people. Van Gogh sliced off his ear . includes jump cuts. The myth that she spoke these infamous words was probably spread by revolutionary propagandists. The Great Train Robbery was the first feature film When it was released in 1903. released three years later. “The Story of the Kelly Gang”. The first featurelength film was a 100-minute Australian film. as that could cause any number of arguments). In the next chapter of this list. 15. The French Revolution would not begin for another 23 years.Austria. whatever you might have heard… 16. we uncover a tall tale about Napoleon. medium close-ups and a complex storyline.

and . a true witch could never be killed by this method. it is worth noting that he spent most of his life teaching and dealing art. just a portion of his left lobe. As any witch-hunter would know.slicing off his ear. of whom 31 were tried and 20 were a quarrel with Gauguin . the 31 condemned “witches” were not all women. he didn’t slice off his entire ear. Also. not long before committing suicide. For starters. He only spent eight years of his life painting. . which helps to explain why he didn’t starve to death. only selling one painting in his lifetime. But just as these trials were based on ignorance. Six of them were men. Hanging was the usual method . but not nearly as bad as you might have thought. Painful. 14. they were not burned at stake.Van Gogh is known as the archetypal starving artist. and his own paintings sold poorly.though one was crushed to death under heavy stones. there are many misconceptions about them. Though he did face a tragic end. Witches were burned at stake in Salem The Salem (Massachusetts) witch trials of 1692 led to the arrests of 150 people. Also.

The name stuck. even as he became ruler of France.taller than the average eighteenth-century Frenchman. Fair enough. 12. he simply provided the royal seal. Walter Raleigh introduced potatoes and tobacco to England . but he was 5 feet. John was probably illiterate. Napoleon was a little corporal Some people believe that Napoleon’s domineering ambitions were to compensate for being so physically small. 11. As anyone could see from looking at one of the four original Magna Cartas in existence. except for one thing. True. Paintings show King John reluctantly signing the Magna Carta in a meadow at Runnymede in 1215. limiting the power of the King of England and sowing the seeds of democracy. So why the nickname? Early in his military career. King John signed the Magna Carta The Magna Carta (Great Charter) is known as a landmark in history. Not so. As well as being a rogue. No signature required. soldiers used it to mock his relatively low rank. 7 inches tall . Napoleon was called Le Petit Corporal (”The Little Corporal”).13.

Sir Walter Raleigh . he didn’t return from his visit to the New World (America) with England’s first potatoes and tobacco. One.Is one of greatest myth figures ever to come from England. privateer .explorer. Jean Nicot (for whom nicotine is named) introduced tobacco to France in 1560. Did he lay his cloak across a puddle so that the Queen could step on it? No. they were first grown in Italy in 1585. though people all over Europe blame Sir Walter for their cigarette addictions. Though Raleigh is said to have introduced potatoes in 1586. and two. Was he handsome? According to written accounts. courtier. that was pure fiction. during this historic trip. Tobacco spread to England from France. Virtually every reason for his fame is untrue. he was no oil painting .though somehow he charmed Queen Elizabeth I. Most importantly. Magellan circumnavigated the world Everyone knows two things about Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. 10. not the New World. he was the first man to circumnavigate the world. Also. he was killed by . and quickly spread throughout Europe (even across the English Channel). and had a reputation as a ladies’ man.

600 years. Of course. however. 9. OK. Australia had already been visited by Dutchmen Abel Tasman and Dirk . Juan Sebastian Elcano. Captain Cook discovered Australia Many Australians will agree that this isn’t so . the violin wouldn’t be invented for another 1. when the fire began. scholars place the emperor in his villa at Antium. Nero fiddled while Rome burned We all know the story of mad Emperor Nero starting the Great Fire of Rome in 64 AD. leaving it to his second-in-command. For one thing. They will point out that. Though he was innocent of this disaster.but for the wrong reasons. there is much evidence to show that he was ruthless and depraved. then fiddling while the city burned. to complete the circumnavigation. some versions of the story suggest that he played a lute or a lyre but then. Magellan only made it half-way around the world. However. 8. many years before Cook arrived in Sydney in 1770. 30 miles away.natives in the Philippines. this would have been impossible. those two things tend to contradict each other.

and an English buccaneer. Of course. But while it might not have been the original version of the story. but Cook was actually a Lieutenant when he sailed to the Great South Land. The “captain” rank might be a minor point. but adaptations of earlier stories. “The Tragedy of Hamlet. Prince of Denmark” (1603). he did discover a new part of the country . we can safely assume it was the best.000 years earlier by the indigenous Australians. Shakespeare Hamlet wrote the story of William Shakespeare is generally known as the greatest playwright who ever lived. But in fairness to Cook. was based on an ancient Scandinavian story.and more importantly.and as he is called “Captain Cook” so often that it might as well be his name. but it’s certainly inaccurate . Hartog and Dampier didn’t take). it had been previously been discovered some 50. . probably his most famous play. William Dampier. even though most of his plays were not original. this led to the first white settlers (an opportunity that Tasman.Hartog. it’s one worth correcting. So let’s say that Cook DID discover Australia! Fine. 7.

1776. Most Edison inventions were the work of his unsung technicians . Four decades before Edison was born. 1776 Hold the fireworks! As most American school children (and many nonAmerican ones) are aware. Astonishing.093 patents .still amazes us. His record output 1. the war raged for another seven years before independence from England was finally granted on September 3. over a century later. On that day. the electric light. The only problem: none could glow for more than twelve hours . didn’t even belong to his laboratory. 5. Britain’s George III and US leaders signed the Definitive Treaty of Peace.and his most famous invention. However. numerous innovators would improve on Davy’s model. America’s founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4. Edison invented the electric light Thomas Edison is known as the world’s greatest inventor. English scientist Sir Humphry Davy invented arc lighting (using a carbon filament). For many years. except for one thing: he didn’t invent most of them. America became independent on July 4.6. 1783.

but not the first. Even if that wasn’t the case. 4. indeed! . Columbus proved that the Earth was round It was American author Washington Irving. Since the fourth century BC. Even in this. he was wrong. Columbus would never have set out to prove that the Earth was round… simply because he didn’t believe it himself! Columbus thought that the Earth was pearshaped. almost nobody has believed that the Earth is flat. defying the common. To further besmirch his memory.before the filament broke. Pearshaped. He set sail to prove something else: that Asia was much closer than anyone thought. it should also be noted that he never set foot on mainland America. In fact. who first portrayed the Italian explorer as launching on his voyage to prove that the Earth was round. some 500 years after Columbus sailed to America. A major achievement. The closest he came was the Bahamas. most educated Europeans in Columbus’s day knew that the world was round. The achievement of Edison’s lab was to find the right filament that would burn for days on end. flat-earther belief of the time.

when he was only 16. as any nativity play will remind you. and which were still advocated by other independence leaders. The Indian National Congress was founded as early as 1885. Jesus was born on December 25 Christmas is meant to celebrate the birth of Jesus. but there is no evidence whatsoever. However. most historians agree that Indian independence was inevitable. Gandhi’s much-publicised civil disobedience was only a small part in the movement. or that there were three wise men (although. three gifts . and some historians even suggest that India would have achieved independence sooner if they had focused on the more forceful methods that they had used 50 years earlier. He deserves credit for promoting the ancient ideals of ahimsa (non-violence) . Mahatma Gandhi is easily the most famous leader of India’s independence movement. 2. Nor is there anything to suggest that He was born in a manger. that He was actually born on that day. biblical or otherwise. Gandhi liberated India To westerners. Gandhi was just one of several independence leaders. such as Gandhi’s rival Netaji Chandra Bose (who is also revered in India).3..

but one of the most interesting is that the day was already celebrated by followers of Mithras.something that is drilled into the heads of nearly all American schoolchildren… 1. There are differing views as to why December 25 was chosen as Christmas day. George Washington was America’s first President . The followers of this faith believed that Mithras was born of a virgin on 25 December. and that his birth was attended by shepherds… Which brings us to the number one historical myth . the central god of a Hellenistic cult that developed in the Eastern Mediterranean around 100 BC.were mentioned).

Hancock sent him a note of congratulations. Under Randolph. as a revered war hero. the Continental Congress (or the ‘United States in Congress Assembled’) chose Peyton Randolph as the first President. Randolph was succeeded in 1781 by John Hancock.Everyone “knows” that Washington was the first of the (so far) 43 Presidents of the US. Washington himself became America’s first popularly elected President but strictly speaking. one of their first moves was to create the Continental Army (in defence against Britain). who presided over independence from Great Britain (see myth #6). appointing General Washington as its commander. After Washington defeated the British at the Battle of Yorktown. Washington’s reply was addressed to “The President of the United States”. However. Eight years later. the FIFTEENTH President! . this isn’t strictly the case. During the American Revolution.