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Watch Sets A New World Record


By de Boulle on November 13th, 2014

The Henry Graves Jr. Supercomplication has long been known as the World’s Most Famous Watch.

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A November 11th auction in Geneva reaffirmed this status. The timepiece sold for a recording breaking $24 million.

The Patek Philippe–designed watch was created as the result of a 1925 “contest” between two watch collectors, New York City banking magnate Henry Graves Jr. and automaker James Ward Packard, to see who could create the most complicated watch.

The $24 million final price smashed its estimate of $17 million, and more than doubled its 1999 hammer price of $11 million, which at the time set a record for a watch purchased at auction.

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The Henry Graves Jr Supercomplication is a 14k gold watch which comprises 900 individual parts and boasts 24 complications (features other than time), including a perpetual calendar that extends to the year 2100, indications for the time of sunset and sunrise, a stopwatch for hours and minutes, an alarm, a map of the sky over Graves’ New York City apartment, and chimes that sound like Big Ben.

It is an exquisite handcrafted timepiece that may never be matched without a machine!


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