The Henry Graves Supercomplication timepiece by Patek Philippe might look like a typical—if unusually busy and ornate—pocket watch, but actually it’s the holder of a couple of newly set world records. The first is for the number of complications found in the watch (“complications” being a technical term in watchmaking that refers to any function that does something other than simply tell the time), which at 24 is the most for any handmade timepiece. The second is for its going price at a recent Sotheby’s auction— nearly $24.4 million.
The Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication is now a cherished possession of some unknown buyer, but it was commissioned way back in 1925 by prominent banker Henry Graves. It took eight years to complete, which sounds like a long time until you begin to appreciate the sheer intricacy of its design, which includes a celestial map of the stars that was specifically calibrated to rotate at the same rate as the sky above Graves’ apartment on Fifth Avenue in New York.
You can read some more about the Henry Graves Supercomplication at the CNN website here, where there are lots more impressive tidbits about the watch’s incredible design and functionality. And you can see a few photos of the watch in the gallery below.