Bet­ter watch out for the curse

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

T’S KNOW­Nas the world’s most beau­ti­ful watch – a £15 mil­lion (R261m) master­piece. But the 1933 Patek Philippe is said to be blighted by a deadly curse.

The so-called holy grail of time­pieces brought a litany of bad luck for multi-mil­lion­aire US banker Henry Graves Jr through­out the years he owned it.

Now the curse ap­pears to have struck again. Hours be­fore an undis­closed buyer bought it at auc­tion in Geneva for a record 23 mil­lion Swiss francs (R265m), time had run out for the man who put it up anony­mously for sale.

The seller was re­vealed to be Sheikh Saud bin Mo­hammed Al-Thani, one of the world’s rich­est men. He died mys­te­ri­ously at his London home on Sun­day.

The watch’s prove­nance and “curse” was chron­i­cled on Sun­day in the Daily Mail.

In 1925, Graves se­cretly ap­proached Patek Philippe to make him the planet’s “most com­pli­cated watch” with two faces and 24 com­pli­ca­tions or ex­tra set­tings.

Seven months after Graves took pos­ses­sion, his best friend died, then his son George was killed in a car crash, the sec­ond of his sons to die this way.

One day aboard his lux­ury yacht with his daugh­ter Gwen­dolen, he stared mo­rosely at the watch and de­clared: “Such things bring noth­ing but trou­ble.” – Daily Mail

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