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!