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Auctions
Possibly the finest watch every made will go on sale in Geneva on 11
November this year.
The Henry Graves Supercomplication was made by Patek Philippe in 1933.
It is arguably the most famous watch in the world and the most complicated
watch ever made completely by human hand.
Its reappearance on the market, 15 years after its record sale for $11m
(£7m), will coincide with Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary celebrations. The
watch will be offered in Sotheby’s Geneva sale of Important Watches with an
estimate in excess of CHF15m (£9.8m).
Tim Bourne, Sotheby’s worldwide head of watches, said: ‘The list of
superlatives which can be attached to this icon of the 20th century is truly
extraordinary. Indisputably 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.
‘Our offering of this horological work of art in 1999 was unquestionably the
highlight of our professional careers and set a world record which has held
until today. We are extremely privileged to be offering it once again.’
The Diary
‘Holy Grail’ of watches to sell in Geneva
The Henry Graves Supercomplication:
said to be the finest watch ever made
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