Today is known to some as “Leap Day” and to others as “Perpetual Calendar Day!” In honor of “Perpetual Calendar Day,” a complication seen in several timepieces at de Boulle, let’s take a look back at this fascinating piece of horlogerie.
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!
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 Once and Future King… Preowned Patek Philippe Calatrava 5127J Revisited!
In Patek, luxury watch buyers find a champion of enduring beauty whose commitment to traditional dress watch aesthetics spans generations of bygone design fads.
The Geneva stalwart built its name on formal watches, but amid all of the auction-circuit hype driven by Patek complications, it’s important to note that the company’s modern icon remains the 1932 Calatrava.
A simple three-hand watch, it practically defined the rules for a men’s dress reference.
The basic Calatrava aesthetic endures with mild refinements in this reference 5127J. Produced from 2005 to 2012, the 5127J exhibits the calling cards of a classic Calatrava.
Whereas most round watches of the era featured a jarring transition from round case to straight lugs, the Calatrava blended the two into a seamless continuity that flowed from lug to lug.
In the 5127, Patek Philippe‘s signature “Calatrava” lugs merge with a case that measures 37mm in diameter. It’s large enough to retain a masculine presence alongside modern watches, but it retains the effortless elegance of the original.
Critically, the 5127 projects an aura of confidence; because it has survived the trials of time and buried legions of transient vogues, the Calatrava is an ideal match for a man who stands above the self-conscious fashion fray.
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.
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.
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.
One of the most talked about celebrity couples over the last 10 years finally wed last month after over 9 years together.
Brad and Angelina had a spectacular wedding, but Angelina really outdid herself with her wedding gift to Brad.
She bought him a 1952 Patek Philippe Platinum Chronometer estimated to be worth about $3.2 million.
Jolie took the watch to a shop to be engraved with “To Roly from Nessa.” This is a reference to their roles in the film they are currently filming, By The Sea.
The name Patek Philippe is among the most powerful in the entire watch industry. It is synonymous with class, conservatism, high auction values, price legitimacy, and some of the best looking traditional watches now or ever made.
Most Patek Philippe watches that yield not-so-small fortunes during auctions as extremely rare, often unique pieces made for special collectors. Most of these bespoke Patek Philippe watches were produced in the first half of the 20th century, during a time when Patek Philippe was much more open to design and product experimentation.
Sky Moon Tourbillon 6002G
-one of the most widely recognized watches that Patek Philippe has ever made
– intricate engravings adorning its 18k white gold case
-stellar illustration of the northern sky as well as indications for sidereal time on a 24-hour scale, time of meridian passage of Sirius and of the moon, along with the angular progression and the phase of the moon
Reference 3448 Rare Automatic Perpetual Calendar In Pink Gold
– first automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch ever made by any manufacture
-only 586 were produced over nearly two decades and then it was retired
-the only Reference 3448 known to be made in pink gold
Reference 1527 Perpetual Calendar in 18k Rose gold
-most expensive wristwatch by Patek Philippe ever sold on auction
-produced during the second World War
-its elongated and slightly curved lugs, its dial layout and its unusually large diameter for the time of 37.6 mm all preceded other famous Patek references by at least a decade
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.
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.
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!