Patek Philippe line of watches have been inspiring generations through designs and time tellers that have been immortalized through their class as much as their prices. The family-owned watch making company turns 175 years and on this glorious occasion, have released a series of watches that invoke as much desire as they do awe. The Grandmaster Chime is the first double-faced wristwatch. How it manages the design? In fact that’s taken care of by an ingenious reversing mechanism that has been employed in the design of the watch. The current time and date is displayed on both dials.
With a face that spans a diameter of 47mm, the design does well to contain four spring barrels and about twenty complications. Novel and much-desired features also find themselves in this landmark timepiece, including a minute repeater, an instantaneous perpetual calendar with a four-digit year display, a second time zone, and an acoustic alarm. The watch is riddled all over with patents, from chimes to functionality.
As if swiveling between a clock and a calendar face wasn’t enough, the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime is adorned with 18-karat gold and sapphire crystals. For a watch that took 100,000 hours in development by expert hands and for one that brings together 11,060 hand-finished parts, any price would be deemed insufficient. Yet, the $2.6 million price tag on this hallmark timepiece is what remains.
There will be only seven limited edition piece of this watch produced, ever.