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.