Top Luxury Watches to Rival the Apple Watch Edition

Chic timepieces in the $10,000 to $17,000 range — no biggie.

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The Apple Watch Edition, the most premium version of the popular, recently released smartwatch, will set you back a cool $10,000 to $17,000. Most people can’t afford to drop that kind of money — which is why I offered an in-depth comparison of the two more budget-friendly Apple Watch models — but for those who can, you may be wondering what else you could get for that same sum.

Read on for a look at some other high-end watches in the $10,000 to $17,000 price range.

While they might not boast the same “smart” features as the Apple Watch Edition, you’re sure to find plenty of bling in this list. 

TAG Heuer Monaco CAL5110.FC6265  - $10,770

This Swiss-made beauty comes from Tag Heuer’s Monaco collection, which debuted the world’s first square automatic chronograph back in the day. With an aesthetic meant to evoke car racing, this model sports a blue and orange dial, with orange stitching on the black leather strap. It’s water-resistant at up to 100 meters, and Sapphire Crystal protects the timepiece from scratches. It can be yours for a cool $10,770. 

Patek Philippe Calatrava - $19,360

With an 18k white gold case, scratch-resistant Sapphire Crystal and a black alligator leather strap, this Patek Philippe watch is pure, classic luxury. The original MSRP was apparently north of $20,000, so you’re getting this guy for a steal at just $19,360. 

Ballon Bleu de Cartier - $15,000

This ultra-luxe Cartier watch features 18k pink gold, reminiscent of the 18k rose gold Apple Watch Edition. The design is elegant, with a hint of deep blue on the watch hands along with the rose-gold touches, and it would be equally at home on a male or female wrist. The Cartier brand sits front and center on the watch face — and if that doesn’t scream sophistication, the Roman numerals ought to do the job.

 

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

The Apple Watch Edition is something of a tech-luxury status symbol, while the Rolex is simply a luxury status symbol. The Cosmograph Daytona can go for well above $100,000 when kitted out with platinum and diamonds, but this particular version is available for a relatively modest $17,712 — down from the retail price of $21,600. For that dough, you get a stainless-steel case with a bracelet made from 18kt yellow gold and stainless steel. The dial is made of mother of pearl (naturally), and there are three sub-dials for 60 seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours.

Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial 41mm

James Bond is an Omega man — and somehow I have a feeling he won't be switching over to an Apple Watch Edition in the next film. Those with the desire (and the cash) to emulate the most famous international man of mystery can opt for this Seamaster model — with rose-gold and royal-blue details, it's quite the looker. As far as "smart" features go, there's a time-zone correction option, so you'll always be ready to go no matter where your adventures take you.