Patek Philippe’s Supercomplication

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Patek Philippe’s Supercomplication

Post by Administrator on Tue 04 Oct 2011, 9:04 pm

Patek Philippe Supercomplication


The watch was designed by Patek Philippe for New York banker, Henry Graves. Graves was in competition with his fellow watch collectors to own a watch which had the most complications in the world. In horology, the term complication refers to a mechanical feature beyond the hours, minutes and seconds movement. It took Patek Philippe over five years to design and manufacture the 900 parts that make up this watch. In 1933, Graves took delivery of the Supercomplication which had 24 complications, more than any other watch in the world at that time. Mechanical features of the Supercomplication include: a different chronological function for each hour of the day, a chart of the night sky over New York City complete with the magnitudes of stars and the Milky Way, and a minute repeater whose chimes play the same melody as Big Ben. In 1989, Patek Philippe introduced the Patek Philippe Calibre ’89, which surpassed the Supercomplication, featuring 33 complications. Only one Supercomplication was ever made and remained in private hands until 1999 when it was auctioned by Sotheby's New York. It sold for $11,002,500 and has remained in the hands of the anonymous winner ever since.

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Re: Patek Philippe’s Supercomplication

Post by porschefan on Tue 04 Oct 2011, 9:13 pm

Amazing engineering in that watch.
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