- Patek Philippe Supercomplication -
One of the world’s most expensive watches goes up for sale again!
The sale of the Henry Graves Supercomplication will take place in Geneva on November 14th, fifteen years after it was sold for a record-breaking sum of $11 million. The last time the watch went on auction in 1999, it became the most expensive watch ever sold in an auction.
The gold pocket watch that features 24 complications was originally created by Patek Philippe in 1933, specifically for Henry Graves, a prominent New York banker and probably the most famous watch collector of the last century. The Patek Philippe Supercomplication measures and displays 24 different pieces of functions — including 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. It is one of the most sophisticated pocket watches every manufactured and it took 5 years to make and features over 900 individual parts!
The Supercomplication is a gold, open-face clockwatch complete with Westminster chimes, also known as the ‘Mona Lisa’ or ‘Holy Grail’ of watches. The supercomplication was born of Graves’ desire to outdo the Grande Complication pocketwatch of American auto maker James Ward Packard.
This time Sotheby’s will offer the 18-karat gold pocket watch with an estimate in excess of $17 million. The upcoming sale coincides with the Swiss watchmakers’ 175th anniversary.