Antiquorum’s auction of “Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces” brought a total of HK$30.8 million, or £2.57 million, at the beginning of February in Hong Kong, headlined by several Patek Philippe specimens, the auctioneer has revealed.
If you have been following our blog articles as we tracked the build up to the auction of Henry Graves’ Supercomplication pocket watch. 15 years ago, the Supercomplication went under the hammer $11m (£9.6m) and was last wound in 1969. Fortunately for the lucky new owner it is still working to this very day. The most complicated handmade watch ever created, has been sold at auction for a cool 20.6m Swiss francs (£13.4m).
In London antique pocket watches sell for healthy but deserved amounts every day but there can be no argument that as far as watches go the Henry Graves Supercomplication pocket watch is the master of them all. This simply magnificent movement combines the Renaissance ideal of the unity of beauty with craftsmanship and the apex of science.