Friday, November 14, 2014

Henry Graves Pocket Watch 24 Complications/Million

This Patek Philippe pocket watch was made for Henry Graves a famous bank during the U.S's economic turmoil.
Henry Graves was an ardent watch collector as well as a patron for Patek Philippe.
He had a tendency to compete with James Ward Packward an automobile manufacturer, they would always attempt to have the most complicated timepiece possible. In 1933 this bickering ended when Graves received a pocket watch that could not be outmatched, The super complication was commissioned in 1927 by Graves and of course delivered in 1933.

Henry Graves Spend 60,000 Swiss Francs on the timepiece about 15,000 USD at the time.
3 years went into designing the timepiece and 5 to manufacture.
There was only one of these glorious timepieces made, and its history goes a little like this.

  • It went to Henry Graves from 1933 until his death in 1953

  • The time then went to his heirs until it was sold in 1968 to The Time Museum in Rockford, Illinois.

  • In 1999 following the closure of the Rockford Time Museum it was sold to a member of the Qatari Royal Family for a record breaking $11,002,500, the transaction was made at Sotheby's in New York.

  • In July 2014 it was announced that the timepiece would again be sold at Sotheby's Geneva and on November 11 2014 the timepiece was again sold for a record shattering $24,000,000 by Auerl Bacs a known watch collector and auctioneer as well as the former head of watches at Christies, the timepiece most likely going to an unknown client of his.

The 24 Complications at a million each

The hours, minutes and seconds of sidereal time (3)
Sunset/Sunrise time
Equation of time

Perpetual calendar

Day of the Month
Day of the Week

Star Chart (Depicting the stars in New York by Grave's home to the exact relative distance)
Moon Phase


Split second
30 minute recording
12 hour recording

The Chime

Grande sonnerie (Westminster chimes) with carillon
Petite sonnerie with carillon
Minute Repeater

The going train up-down indication
The striking train up/down indication
The twin barrel differential winding
The three-way setting system

This makes this the most complicated timepiece ever created without computer assisted machinery.
With 940 components this timepiece truly deserves the title of super complication everything was hand made to perfection.

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175

As for you followers of our Facebook or Patek Philippe fans already know Patek Philippe has turned 175 years old nearly 2 weeks ago today.

Patek Philippe, of course, went all out and unleashed a new timepiece to reign supreme over other timepieces.
This timepiece is the Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175.

This Grandmaster Chime has an outstanding 20 complications which I have listed below.

  • Grande Sonaire
  • Petite Sonaire
  • Minute Repeater
  • Strikework Mode Display (Silent,Grand Sonaire, Petite Sonaire)
  • Alarm with Time Strike
  • Date Repeater
  • Power Reserve Indicator 
  • Strikework Reserve Indicator             
  • Strikework Isolater Display 
  • Dual Time
  • Day Night Indicator
  • Instantaneous Perpetual Calendar
  • Day of Week
  • Month
  • Date, Date for Dual Time
  • Leap Year Cycle
  • Four Digit Year
  • Moon Phase
  • Crown Position Indicator
  • Sub-Dial
How many parts were needed to assemble this 2 sided 20 complication work of art?
The answer is no less than 1,366 parts.

Now this is a tad baffling as a 1,000 piece puzzle takes some time to assemble, this timepiece has 1,366 pieces. These pieces are all inside of a case with a diameter of 47.4 mm and 16.1 mm tall!
But the story doesn't end there oh no! Patek Philippe went all out the entire case was hand crafted with such detail and precision that the Mona Lisa envies it

Only 7 of these timepieces will be made and only 6 will be sold the 7th one will be kept at the Patek Philippe Museum. 

The Patek Philippe 5975 is another timepieces released to celebrate their 175th anniversary, Patek Philippe released 10 timepieces 6 for men 4 for women. Most were overshadowed by the 5175 which of course is understandable. 

I'll leave you guys a link to a video showing the Patek Philippe 5175 being assembled.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The New Rolex Cellini Collection

Rolex has recently launched a new line of Cellini timepieces. Look at them all in their majestic glory.

The days go by in an infinite cycle: yesterday, today, tomorrow. Each day that passes is different, each day is essential. The Cellini Date model adds another function to the indication of hours, minutes and seconds: a date display imbued with elegance, tradition and poetry.
Hours, minutes and seconds form the essence of everyday timekeeping. The Cellini Time captures the present as if nothing else were of importance; nothing but the magic of the moment.
Its simple, clear dial pays tribute to the timeless codes of classic watchmaking, while reinterpreting them with an elegant modernity. Faceted and shaped like a two-edged sword, the hands count off each second, each minute and each hour wth the full precision of the self-winding chronometer movementi
at the heart of this prestigious timepiece.
There the sun is rising, while here the day is drawing to a close. While on the horizon the sun is setting into the night, on the Cellini Dual Time it gradually appears in the aperture at the bottom of the dial.

The Cellini Dual Time model grants its wearers the gift of temporal ubiquity. With a quick glance at the dial, they are simultaneously aware of the time here and the time elsewhere. To differentiate daytime hours from night-time hours, a sun or moon symbol transits the aperture at 9 o’clock on the sub-dial. The hour hand can be set independently by successive “jumps” to adjust to a new local time zone, without disturbing the functioning of the watch or the chronometric precision of its self-winding movement.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Audemars Piguet "Get in the Chopper!"

Arnold Schwarzenegger is a robust man as is Audemars Piguet
they have both collaborated throughout the years.
I'll be displaying the Audemars Piguet The Legacy Chronograph
The watch was made in a limited amount of 1,500

It comes in a massive 48.00 mm by 14.10 mm case
Aramide fibres with titanium over-sized pin buckle. Additional black crocodile strap
This timepiece has a staggering 50 jewels 

For a man who has won Mr.Universe and Mr. Olympia on more than one occasion
as well as govern the state of California the Audemars very much fits this man well.
I've seen some of Arnold's watches personally when visiting Swiss Watchmakers & Co.
But some of them looked bland and just over-sized. But this Audemars Piguet fits his giant wrist perfectly while maintaining the classiness of the timepiece very well.

Swiss Watchmakers & Co. Provide the highest quality of work on luxury timepieces including Audemars Piguet Simply simply go to their site by clicking one of the links, fill out their 1 minute form and send in your timepiece without ever leaving the comfort of your home.

Well this concludes my small post... "I'll be back"

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

This Watch Uses Liquid To Tell You Time!!!


As the title states there is a watch that tells you time using a liquid.
Watch a video of the timepiece below.

The liquid seems to come in 3 colors.
A lime green, sea blue and bright red.
The interesting thing about this timepiece is that it actually uses 2 liquids.
Water Based and Oil. Based Liquid
8 days Power Reserve

This brand is actually a co-op between Hydro and Audemars Piguet Papi
They have designed the timepiece to look like an engine and have done so beautifully.
The timepiece uses the liquid to display hours and has a sapphire display for the minutes and a normal hand.
The timepiece uses a retrograde for the hours as well which is very nice considering it uses liquid to do so.
It also has a temperature feature which tells you the temperature of the liquid.

The timepiece now has 19 different references and will be available world wide.

Swiss Watchmakers & Co. Provides Service and Repairs for Luxury timepieces at reasonable prices.

Rolex or Omega Watch Service starts at $369 with Refinishing and Polishing

Breguet Clasique 3797


Another watch that was released at Basel World 2014 was the Breguet Clasique 3797
This timepiece is a diamond in the sand.
It truly stands out from the rest.

The watch is shown in their video below

Oh the wonders that Breguet has done in this timepiece.
The Breguete Clasique 3797 shown in the video has a White Gold Case and Dial in 18-carat gold, silvered and engine-turned in four different patterns. Individually numbered and signed Breguet.
Roman numeral written on a sapphire disk for hours!
This Perpetual Calendar Tourbillion is simply stunning and filled with features.

Don't forget that Swiss Watchmakers & Co. provide the highest level of service and care to various  luxury timepieces, with reasonable prices as well.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Patek Philippe 5990/1

So it's been a while since I last posted.
I apologize for that greatly on a side note the page has now had over a Ten thousand hits!
I would like to thank you all for coming to the page and reading my little bio's/reviews on watches.

Alright so now lets dive into watches.
As many of you know Basel World 2014 showcases various new timepieces.
So I will be covering that, well recovering since I'm a tad late.

Patek Philippe
Patek Philippe released a new Nautilus timepiece that extends its long line of Nautilus collection at basel world 2014
Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph
A wonderful addition to the Nautilus Family
The Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref 5990/1
features dual time on the timepiece

Now the last time I'd seen a Nautilus up close was at
Swiss Watchmakers & Co they were working on one while I was there and I was able to get some shots of it and wrote about it as well link is right here if you'd like to read

The one I saw at Swiss Watchmakers was beautiful, gold case black dial but it only featured Hour/Minutes/Date
The new Patek Philippe Nautilus features the same things as the old one but it also has Seconds, a Chronograph and Dual Time.
Now this is a significant amount of changes throughout the years. As some of you who have followed my posts for a while I love Patek Philippe because of how they can make the complex seem simplistic.
They have not failed to do so here.
The dial isn't cluttered at all its perfectly placed, organized and easy to read.
I must commend Patek Philippe for doing this so well as many watches have these features but their dials are cluttered or the timepiece itself is huge, Patek Philippe have been able to keep the timepiece at a nice size and show the features beautifully.

38.5 x 44
Both are Sapphire
 Stainless Steel

Sidenote: It's good to be back