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Simply put, Patek Philippe’s Grandmaster Chime is a masterpiece. The idea for the watch came into play for more than 10 years ago and it took more than 100,000 hours to take this beautiful timepiece from an idea to a art & watchmaking marvel.

Take a closer look at the beautiful watch in this video produce by Hodinkee… Enjoy!

Up Close With The Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime from HODINKEE on Vimeo.

The Henry Graves Jr. Supercomplication has long been known as the World’s Most Famous Watch.

 

A November 11th auction in Geneva reaffirmed this status. The timepiece sold for a recording breaking $24 million.

The Patek Philippe–designed watch was created as the result of a 1925 “contest” between two watch collectors, New York City banking magnate Henry Graves Jr. and automaker James Ward Packard, to see who could create the most complicated watch.

The $24 million final price smashed its estimate of $17 million, and more than doubled its 1999 hammer price of $11 million, which at the time set a record for a watch purchased at auction.

 

The Henry Graves Jr Supercomplication is a 14k gold watch which comprises 900 individual parts and boasts 24 complications (features other than time), including a perpetual calendar that extends to the year 2100, indications for the time of sunset and sunrise, a stopwatch for hours and minutes, an alarm, a map of the sky over Graves’ New York City apartment, and chimes that sound like Big Ben.

It is an exquisite handcrafted timepiece that may never be matched without a machine!

The secret we are talking about is Patek Philippe’s 175th Anniversary Grandmaster Chime. This beautiful timepiece has a dazzling white dial inside a glowing circle of rose gold.

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This intricate timepiece required 8 years to create. It is 47 mm in diameter and 16.1 mm thick. The movement has 1,366 components, including three gongs and three hammers, 20 complications and two dials.

The elaborate case has 214 parts including a hand-engraved laurel wreath that recalls pocket-watches of centuries past.

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It has 4 chiming complications. One new complication is an alarm that chimes the time for which it is set. Set the alarm for 7:30 and you will hear seven hour tones and two quarter-hour tones. If set for 1 o’clock—a time that would sound only one easy-to-miss tone—the alarm sounds at 12:58 with 12 hour tones, three quarter-hour tones and 13 minute tones. The other new complication, the date repeater, chimes the date.

This watch is very special. Only seven will be produced—six for clients and one for the Patek Philippe Museum. Its price is 2.5 million Swiss francs, or $2.6 million.

An 18-carat gold timepiece made by Patek Philippe is expected to sell at auction for $16.5 million!

The watch was commissioned in 1925 by New York banker Henry Graves and it is considered to be the most complicated watch ever made. It took 8 years to make by hand.

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Indisputably this is the “Holy Grail” of watches, The Henry Graves Supercomplication combines the Renaissance ideal of the unity of beauty and craftsmanship with the apogee of science.

The 18-carat gold openface watch was the culmination of three years of research and two years of painstaking craftsmanship.

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The watch features 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.

This is the second time it is being sold at auction, after being bought in 1999 for a record-breaking $11m. It became the most expensive timepiece ever sold at auction, but is now set to enter the record books for a second time.

It will go to auction on November 11.

Though many fine timepieces are built to last more than a lifetime, watches are subject to everyday stresses like dings, magnetization, and contact with rain or perspiration.

A general rule of thumb? Visit your local repair shop for a quick look  every year or two—as well as a full service approximately every five years.

Here are a few reliable indicators that it’s a good idea to have an expert take a look at your prized timepiece:

1. Moisture in the case

2. The second hand skips several seconds

3. You hear a rattle inside the case, or the hands on the dial seem ‘loose.’

4. The watch is fast or slow (4-6 seconds) throughout the day

If your timepieces are experiencing any of these indicators, get it checked out immediately!

Sometimes, less is more. That  seems to be the current trend in the higher echelons of horology.

Despite the world being enthralled by technological advances, the finest watchmakers stick to relatively simple designs. They believe that their costumers are not looking to be flashy. The US President of Patek Philippe, Larry Pettinelli, says “Our customers aren’t usually trying to show the world that they’ve made it, most people don’t recognize our watches from 10 feet away unless they’re collectors.”

Here are some examples of Patek Philippe’s latest timepieces:

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These pieces are beautiful and amazingly built– everything you have come to expect from Patek. They are not over the top  and people enjoy that. Even complicated-watch fans are starting to acknowledge the absurdity of certain gizmos.

It seems that simple is the new way to go.

Jaegar-Lecoultre was by no means disappointing at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva , but after months of anticipation, potential clients were left wanting more. There were rumours of a completely new collection, but the watches were no where in sight.

However, it was all worth the wait! Jaegar-Lecoultre introduced the Hybris Artistica Collection. The collection includes 12 watches and they are all spectacular! Each model represents an unprecedented blend of design, technical construction, watchmaking art and exquisite craftsmanship to achieve the point of equilibrium that dramatically expresses the Manufacture’s mastery and style.

Here are a couple of the models from the Hybris Artistica Collection:

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Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Celeste

 

 

These are only 2 of the 12 models in the Hybris Artistica Collection. They are all amazing, so check them out today!

Have you ever wondered what goes into making one of the most expensive timepieces in the world? This video is a great inside look into how Patek Phillipe constructs their amazing watches.

At a Hong Kong auction for the sale of Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces, Patek Philippe was a big winner.

The Patek Philippe 3979 was the highest selling watch at the auction. The intense bidding war for not only this timepiece, but all of the Patek Philippe watches at auction “demonstrated global collectors’ passion for Patek Philippe wristwatches.”

The 3979 wound up selling for $468,000. It is a minute repeating watch that features an enamel dial.

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The Patek Philippe 5029 and 2438-1 were the second and third highest selling timepieces at the auction.

Once again, we see Patek Philippe showing its international pedigree as the finest of timepieces.

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The stainless steel case measures 41mm. It has a screw-down crown with a domed sapphire crystal and is water resistant to 150 meters.

The Movement is the Swiss automatic Tudor caliber 2824 with 25 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 38 hours.

It comes on a steel bracelet, leather strap or a bund strap with folding clasp and safety catch. An additional camouflage fabric strap with buckle is supplied as well.

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Bell & Ross has always been passionate about military history and values. To go even further in its quest for excellence, Bell & Ross has made aviation, especially aeronautical instruments, a main source of inspiration.

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Many of its present collections pay tribute to the timekeepers that the military have used throughout history on land, sea or in the air, including First World War pocket watches, Second World War flight instruments with special functions and 1960s instrument panels.

Sharing the army’s values of performance and excellence, Bell & Ross regularly supports elite units by designing watches that perform particular functions or celebrate special occasions. Reliability, performance and resistance are essential for these special timekeeping instruments. Military watches are the finest examples of the successful combination of readability and functionality.

The armed forces have always been the most demanding users of watches.Their requirements and specific demands pushed manufacturers to go even further regarding reliability, accuracy and functionality.

Each parameter —case diameter, special functions, water- resistance, day and night readability, luminous indexes, oversized numerals, precision, autonomy, shock and temperature resistance, anti-magnetic cases, rotating bezels— becomes a key factor when a military institution chooses a watch. The professional instruments that Bell & Ross has designed for the Special Forces prove its ability to meet very specific needs.

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Bell & Ross, which has always blazed its trail in the light of military history, is proud to see members of the fighting forces and cutting-edge institutions wearing its watches today.

 

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F.P.Journe combines a rich knowledge of the history of time with the example set by the great masters and modern technologies, in an ongoing quest for precision, innovation and excellence. The watches they produce are truly timeless and represent the pinnacle of watchmaking technology.


The Chronomètre Optimum encompasses the finest components in the history of watch making. All of them will be reunited for the first time in a single magnificent timepiece. The extraordinary technical expertise that has gone into this watch makes its principal quality to give time … with almost as close to absolute precision as one could ask.

– The double barrel has two springs in order to ensure stability of the driving force of this emblematic movement. It is made with 18ct rose Gold, a specificity of the brand.

– The constant-force remontoire (patent EP1528443.A1) balances the driving force applied to the escapement to make it constant. By adding an extra gear representing an independent system wound in short spurts by the mainspring, the escapement ensures the balance’s isochronism. This remontoire, made of titanium for the first time, maintains its balance in different positions, for greater efficiency.

– The EBHP High-Performance Bi-axial Escapement has also been patented (patent EP11405210.3). This two-wheel direct impulse escapement functions without oil and is the only direct impulse escapement to start up on its own. But not only does it function without lubricant, it also has far greater output than the majority of escapements: 50 hours without loss of amplitude.

– The balance with a spiral with Phillips curve guarantees better stability.

– The back of the 18ct rose Gold movement reveals, a surprising natural dead beat second defined by a seconds circle screwed onto the movement’s bridges.


The Chronomètre Optimum comes with a 40 or 42 mm Platinum or 18ct red Gold case, with a white or red Gold dial, on leather strap, Platinum or 18ct red Gold bracelet. Exceptional timekeeper, the Chronomètre Optimum joins the iconic timepieces and complications of Haute Horlogerie.