A decade and a half back, the Henry Graves Supercomplication timepiece which is deemed as the Holy Grail in the horology world entered the record books by selling for $11 million to become the most expensive watch ever. The gold pocket watch created by Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe in 1933 will go on sale again to mark the 175th anniversary of its manufacturer. The timepiece was commissioned by New York banker Henry Graves in 1925 and took a total of eight years to complete and is dubbed the “most complicated watch ever made completely by human hand.” The Henry Graves Supercomplication gold pocket watch will be a part of Sotheby’s Important Watches sale in November this year.
The watch comprises of more than 900 parts and 24 different horological complications – features that serve a purpose other than telling the time. A few of these functions include a perpetual calendar, moon phases, sidereal time, power reserve, and indications for time of sunset and sunrise and the night sky of New York City. The last feature is a nod to the watch’s first owner, New York financier Henry Graves Junior, who originally commissioned Philippe to produce the timepiece. Its reappearance on the auction block, 15 years after its record sale, will coincide with Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary celebrations. This time it is expected to fetch in excess of CHF 15 million ($16 million approx).
[Via – Luxuo]