Nothing like celebrating your 175th anniversary with $2.6 million watch. Unveiled yesterday by Swiss luxury watchmaker Patek Philippe at their Geneva headquarters, the Grandmaster Chime is the most expensive watch they ever made. It is also the most complicated watch ever made by Patek – it has in total 20 complications and six new patents to go with them. This special edition will be limited to just seven timepieces and Patek plans hold onto one that will be kept in their private collection in Geneva.
Exquisitely crafted in 18 karat rose gold and sapphire crystal, it has two white dials – a feature unusual for a luxury watch. The front dial tells the time, while the second on the back is for the calendar. On front dial at 12 o’clock is alarm sub dial and located at six o’clock is date and moon phase. Power reserves are located at three and nine o’clock for sonnerie and movement respectively. By turning the watch clockwise from 12 o’clock you get to the second dial and it displays the month, date and leap year cycle and the day of the week. A large four-digit year display is in the center.
The rose gold case of the Grandmaster Chime measures 47.4 mm and features hand-engraved intricate art on every surface that looks like Roman column art work. Powered by the Caliber 300 movement it has 1,366 parts. Its 37 mm movement is larger than most of the Patek’s watches.
Patek Philippe president Thierry Stern, who unveiled the watch said “I would like to chat with the client and make sure he’s a watch lover and make sure he’s going to enjoy the watch for many years.”
If you are interested to know those 20 complications that makes the Grandmaster Chime, they are listed below images.
- Grande Sonnerie
- Petite Sonnerie
- Minute repeater
- Strikework mode display (Silence/Grand Sonnerie/Petite Sonnerie)
- Alarm with time strike
- Date repeater
- Movement power-reserve indicator
- Strikework power-reserve indicator
- Strikework isolator display
- Second time zone
- Second time zone day/night indicator
- Instantaneous perpetual calendar
- Day-of-week display
- Month display
- Date display (on both dials)
- Leap year cycle
- Four-digit year display
- 24-hour and minute subdial
- Moon phase
- Crown position indicator