Saturday, December 15, 2012
I went window shopping one day in a shopping mall in the UK, and I saw a 25,000-pound Rolex watch which was the most expensive Rolex wristwatch model and the most expensive watch at the luxury jewelry store within the mall. This was by far, the most expensive watch that I have actually seen with my two eyes. I was able to take a picture of it and was very happy at the time. Aside from Rolex, other expensive brands of watches at the store were Breitling, Bulova, and TAG Heuer. After a month, I did a search on the internet only to be surprised that the most expensive watch that I have physically seen (Rolex) was nothing compared to the List of Top 10 Most Expensive Watches in the World below. Notice that there are 4 watches (in the top 10 list) from the Patek Philippe, a Swiss watchmaker that manufactures the most expensive watches in the world.
Top 10 Most Expensive Watches in the World:
1. Chopard 201-carat -- $25 Million
The Chopard 201 Carat watch is the most expensive watch in the world. With a price tag of unbelievable $25 million, you can buy 60 Ferraris for this price. Also for this price you can buy 7 Beverly Hills mansions. This rare watch is made of 15-carat pink diamond, 12-carat blue diamond, 11-carat white, and 163 carats of smaller diamonds. It also consists of white gold and yellow gold. If you add up the total number of carats, it adds up to 201 carats, hence the name of the watch.
2. Patek Philippe’s Supercomplication -- $11 Million
Patek Philippe & Co. is a Swiss luxury watch manufacturer since 1851. Located in Geneva, Switzerland, Patek Philippe makes the most expensive watches in the world. Patek Phillipe created the first wristwatch in 1868. They manufacture watches intended for very rich people, especially kings, queens, royalty, and business tycoons. Patek Philippe’s Supercomplication pocket watch was made of 18 carat gold. With a total production time of 4 years, it was completed in 1932.
3. Hublot Geneve Big Bang -- Price: $5 Million
The $5 million diamond watch from Hublot is covered with 1,282 diamonds. For a time, Hublot, a luxury Swiss watchmaker since 1980, put this watch on display as one of the most expensive watches in the world. This watch was made by 17 people and they finished it in 14 months.
4. Patek Philippe Calibre 89 -- $6 Million
Patek Philippe Calibre 89 was manufactured in 1989. It is composed of 1,728 components, 24 hands, 5 years of research and development, and took 4 years to make. The Calibre 89 includes 33 complications and was the most complicated watch in the world at the time. It has a total weight of 1.1 kilograms and made of 18 carat (75%) gold.
5. Louis Moinet Meteoris -- $4.6 Million price tag
The Meteoris watch was made by Swiss watchmaker Louis Moinet. It has a set of four tourbillion watches, each made of rare materials. The materials used in the manufacture of this watch are all from outer space, outside the planet Earth: meteorite from Mars, meteorite from the moon, Rosetta Stone ancient meteorite, and from an asteroid.
6. Patek Philippe’s Platinum World Time -- $4 million
Patek Philippe’s Platinum World Time wristwatch became the world’s most expensive watch in 2002. Manufactured at the start of World War II in 1939, it was considered the most expensive wristwatch in the world at the time.
7. Piaget Emperador "Temple" -- Price: $3.3 million
The Piaget Emperador "Temple" has two hidden watches. The first watch has a set of 481 brilliant-cut diamonds, 207 baguette-cut diamonds, and an emerald-cut diamond on the top of the case. The second watch has a tourbillion and a 40-hour power reserve. The watch dial consists of Polynesian mother-of-pearl with 162 brilliant-cut diamonds and 11 baguette-cut diamonds. The bracelet is set with 350 baguette-cut diamonds.
8. Patek Philippe Model 2523 Heures Universelles (1953) -- $2.9 million
Manufactured in 1953, this Patek Philippe Model 2523 Heures Universelles watch is made of 18-karat yellow gold with a colourful background of the map of North America. The dial is made up of polychrome cloisonne enamel. This is a world time watch showing the times in cities all over the world.
9. Cartier Secret watch with Phoenix Decor -- $2.75 million
This unique design wristwatch from Cartier, the renowned French jeweler and watchmaker since 1847, is shaped like a phoenix that is made of 18-carat rhodium-plated white gold. The eyes of the phoenix are made of emeralds. The elegant watch is covered with 3,010 brilliant-cut diamonds with a total weight of 80 carats.
10. Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4 -- $2.7 million
The Aeternitas Mega 4 from Swiss watchmaker Frank Muller is the most complicated wristwatch ever produced in the world. It contains 1,483 components, with its 36 complications, and 99 jewels (rubies). This watch is famously known as the “King of Complications.” Among its complications are: Westminster Carillon on 4 gong, Grande Sonnerie (Grand strike), Petite Sonnerie (Small strike), Flying Tourbillon, Breguet overcoil with Phillips curve, Tourbillon carriage, Perpetual Calendar, Display of the days, Display of the months, Retrograde Date, Secular Calendar, Display of the year up to 999 years, Astronomic moon, Equation of time, Two additional time-zones, Instantaneous minutes counter, and many more.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Who is the richest man ever?
Ever wondered who's the richest man ever? You maybe thinking John Rockyfeller, Andrew Carnegie, Nicholas II of Russia, William Henry Vanderbilt, Osman Ali Khan, Andrew Mellon, Henry Ford, Warren Buffett, or Bill Gates?
Guess what? You're not even close. The richest man who ever lived is Adam. The whole earth, can you believe it, the entire world once belonged to him.
But something went wrong, he did not live up to the expectations of the One who gave the whole world to him. The reason why? his disobedience. He screwed it up.
The top killers: Unfaithfulness and Pride
Imagine going against God who can give wealth, wisdom, and honour for our enjoyment. He has the power to provide and the power to take away. Before destruction is pride and pride is an abomination to God. What does it profit a man who gains the whole world and yet loses his own soul? Is not life more than riches? Riches poses a snare to men's perdition. The love of money is a root of all evil and men who coveted after it have pierced themselves through with many griefs.
The Rich Fool
Parable of the Rich Fool - Luke 12:13-21
 Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."
 Jesus replied, "Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?"  Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
 And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop.  He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.'
 "Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.  And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." '
 "But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'
 "This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God."
Adam's unfaithfulness and Satan's Pride
 Like Adam, they have broken the covenant-they were unfaithful to me there.
 All your pomp has been brought down to the grave,
along with the noise of your harps;
maggots are spread out beneath you
and worms cover you.
 How you have fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the dawn!
You have been cast down to the earth,
you who once laid low the nations!
 You said in your heart,
"I will ascend to heaven;
I will raise my throne
above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain.
 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High."
 But you are brought down to the grave,
to the depths of the pit.
The truth shall prevail that...
Mat 23:12 And whoever shall exalt himself shall be abased, and he who shall humble himself shall be exalted.
Psa 31:23 All who belong to the LORD, show how you love him. The LORD protects the faithful, but he severely punishes everyone who is proud.