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'Supercomplicated' watch set for Geneva auction

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The 81-year-old Swiss watch has an estimated value of $16 million. Photo: Sotheby's
23:15 CEST+02:00
Timekeeping aficionados set their alarms on Thursday, when auction house Sotheby's announced that the "Holy Grail" of watches will be up for sale in Geneva this autumn.

The Henry Graves Supercomplication, a timepiece which has an estimated value of 12 million euros ($16 million), is "the most complicated watch ever made completely by human hand" and will be sold in the Swiss city  on November 14th, Sotheby's said.
   
"The list of superlatives which can be attached to this icon of the 20th century is truly extraordinary," the auction house said, describing it as "the Holy Grail of watches".
   
The pocket wtachPatek Ph, made by Geneva watchmaker Patek Philippe, was commissioned by prominent New York banker Henry Graves in 1925 and took a total of eight years to complete.
   
It features on its display not only the hour but also a plethora of other indicators: a perpetual calendar, the phases of the moon, sidereal time, indications for the time of sunset and sunrise, and the night sky of New York City, according to Sotheby's.
   
The Henry Graves watch was the world's most complicated for 56 years before it was surpassed by designs executed by technicians aided by computers.
   
It sold in 1999 for a then-record $11 million and is on sale again to mark the 175th anniversary of its manufacturer.

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