In a class of its own

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

ANY of us have an ex­pen­sive watch to wear on spe­cial oc­ca­sions. But few can claim they forked out £15.1 mil­lion (R270m) on a time­piece. In fact, only one per­son can – this is how much one of the world’s most com­plex watches sold for on Tues­day, set­ting a world record.

The Henry Graves Su­per­com­pli­ca­tion was made by Patek Philippe after be­ing com­mis­sioned by Amer­i­can banker Henry Graves in 1925.

After three years of re­search and five years of con­struc­tion, Swiss horol­o­gists com­pleted the piece in 1933.

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