World's most complicated pocket watch sells for £3m

First published: 20-11-2009

The most complicated watch in the world has recently been sold at auction in Switzerland as part of Antiquorum's 35th anniversary celebrations, fetching a huge amount of money from a professional collector.

With a huge 33 complications, the Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Calibre 89 pocket watch weighs nearly 2.5lbs and has an 18k yellow gold case, created in order to honour the 150th birthday of the Swiss watchmaker.

The lot went for the world record price of 5,120,000 Swiss francs, or around £3 million.

Commenting on the deal, chairman of Antiquorum Robert Maron said: "We are extremely honoured to have sold this exceptional and unique timepiece for the second time in Antiquorum's history and are thrilled that we have once again achieved a world record price at auction."

Earlier this month, Bernard Madoff's wares went under the hammer in a bid to remunerate those who were conned by the fraudster, with several of the watches being Patek Philippes.


Related articles

Sunday 31st March Mother's Day Gift Ideas The Watch Shop Guide

Posted: 18-03-2016

Watch Shop has curated the perfect selection of Mother’s Day gifts. Find designer inspiration from timeless watches to beautifully crafted jewellery – spoiling Mum has never been easier!

A guide to choosing a gold watch

Posted: 09-02-2019

Make a statement with a gold watch this New Year and give your outfit that little something special, whatever the occasion. Browse designs for men and women from brands including Guess, Armani Exchange, Coach, and more.

A guide to buying a silver watch: Gifts for him and for her

Posted: 07-02-2019

Enhance your wardrobe with a silver watch for every occasion. From classic designs to out-of-this-world pieces, explore some of our favourite silver watches from top brands, including Gucci, Raymond Weil, and STORM.

Watch and jewellery trends for 2019

Posted: 07-02-2019

Relax, we’ve found the watch and jewellery trends that are going to help you look your best in 2019. Browse our full collection of the newest accessories from brands including Llarsen, Storm, and Guess.