By de Boulle on October 29th, 2014
The secret we are talking about is Patek Philippe’s 175th Anniversary Grandmaster Chime. This beautiful timepiece has a dazzling white dial inside a glowing circle of rose gold.
This intricate timepiece required 8 years to create. It is 47 mm in diameter and 16.1 mm thick. The movement has 1,366 components, including three gongs and three hammers, 20 complications and two dials.
The elaborate case has 214 parts including a hand-engraved laurel wreath that recalls pocket-watches of centuries past.
It has 4 chiming complications. One new complication is an alarm that chimes the time for which it is set. Set the alarm for 7:30 and you will hear seven hour tones and two quarter-hour tones. If set for 1 o’clock—a time that would sound only one easy-to-miss tone—the alarm sounds at 12:58 with 12 hour tones, three quarter-hour tones and 13 minute tones. The other new complication, the date repeater, chimes the date.
This watch is very special. Only seven will be produced—six for clients and one for the Patek Philippe Museum. Its price is 2.5 million Swiss francs, or $2.6 million.
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