Someone just bought a $24 million replica Patek Philippe watch

This record is predictable. The price is also. But even though most of us are expecting an exciting price, the amount that was provided for Henry Graves' Patek Philippe watch super complex yesterday is still close to the sky-high price, as Sotheby's beat the most expensive watch to nearly $25,000so far (the buyer's Before the premium). Now that we know the price, the biggest question is, "Who is the lucky buyer?" Some clues are coming.

Let's start with the most important numbers. We told you that Henry Graves' replica Patek Philippe's super-complexity just surpassed the most expensive watch ever. It was previously held by the same pocket replica watches. In 1999, Sotheby's auction house had already auctioned $11,000.

Yesterday it reached an astonishing $24,128 at the auction. It seems that the watch made by replica Patek Philippe is reaching the correct artistic status; only consider the price of the best replica watches, such as Ref. The first series in 2499, sold by Christie's on the 175th anniversary of Patek Philippe on Sunday.

For decades, Henry Graves's Supercomplication has been the most complex mechanical watch ever made: 24 complex functions (see picture below), handcrafted in 8 years, weighing over 500 grams and diameter 74 mm. It remained in this state until 1989 when replica Patek Philippe launched the Calibre 89 for its 150th anniversary. In addition to being a true museum work and mechanical art work, Supercomplication comes from an interesting origin. The reason for creating super-complexity is the "competition" between banker Henry Graves and car manufacturer James Ward Packard (as described in Stacy Perman's book "A Grand Complication"). Both are vying for the most complicated watches, and Graves overtook his competitors in 1933, becoming the owner of the most complicated watch ever.

Then, in 1999, Sotheby's first sold it to Sheikh Al-Thani in Qatar for $11,000. Unfortunately, he died at the age of 48, just one day before the most recent auction. A sad but true story!

Now that we have a better understanding of the background, the auction itself and the numbers, we will still leave a big question in everyone's mind: Who bought this spectacular watch? No matter what you see in a regular newspaper, the winning bidder is not anonymous. In addition, his name is far from well-known in the watch industry: Aurel Bacs, who was the head of Christie's International Watch Department and is currently a consultant at Phillips Auctions. Does this mean that he is bidding himself? of course not. Mr. Bacs may collect his own watches, perhaps one of the greatest replica horloges connoisseurs of old-fashioned watches, but he bids on behalf of others: a wealthy (and still) anonymous customer. Or maybe replica Patek Philippe's owner, the Stern family, to bring this piece of art back to the replica Patek Philippe Museum.