PATEK PHILIPPE CALIBER 89 POCKET WATCH
Built back in 1989, this timepiece remains the worlds most complicated pocket watch with an impressive 33 complications. The watch was created to celebrate the company”s 150-year anniversary, weighs over 2 pounds, and took the team at Patek Philippe five years of research along with four years of manufacturing to make this watch a reality. With 1,728 components, this complex mechanical pocket watch can perform all sorts of functions, including displaying the temperature.
PATEK PHILLIPE HENRY GRAVES SUPERCOMPLICATION
Before the Caliber 89 was born, the aptly titled Supercomplication was the worlds most complicated watch, and the story is quite interesting. Banker Henry Graves Jr. had the watch commissioned back in 1927 in order to win a competition he had with James Ward Packard of the Packard car company. The contest was to own the worlds most complicated watch. After a four-year build, this two face, yellow-gold pocket watch with 24 complications hit the scene in 1932. Sothebys experts predicted that the watch would fetch no more than $5 million at auction, but with the increased competition, this beauty ended up selling for a staggering $11,002,500.
These time pieces are more complicated than most care to know, and they will continue to appreciate in value over time.