The most expensive watch in the world was created by the expert watchmakers at Patek Philippe in 1933 for a New York banker named Henry Graves. Also known as the “most complicated watch ever made completely by human hand”, this gold pocket watch required no less than 8 years to be manufactured and represents a masterpiece of micro-engineering that was sold 15 years ago for no less than $11 million.
The world’s most expensive watch is set to resurface once more in order to mark the 175th anniversary of Patek Philippe – a very important occasion that will be celebrated by putting the timepiece under the hammer courtesy of Sotheby’s in November. During the special event, the timepiece is expected to break its previous record and reach a worth of about $16 million.
The Henry Graves Supercomplication gold pocket watch comprises no less than 24 distinct horological complications and flaunts a total of 900 individual parts. Some of its more impressive functions involve indicators for the power reserve, moon phases, a perpetual calendar, sunrise and sunset times for New York City as well as a representation of New York’s starry night sky.