Patek Philippe Goes ‘Simple’ With a $2.3 Million Wristwatch
To celebrate its 175th anniversary in 2014, Patek Philippe made much ado about its newest novelty, the world's most complicated wristwatch. The Grandmaster Chime ref. 5175 had 20 complications, from a minute repeater to grand and petite sonneries to an instantaneous perpetual calendar. It was made in 18k rose gold and could be reversed depending on which complications you want to look at.
It was also a little bit ... busy.
The complications aside, the rose gold case was hand-filligreed to within an inch of its life. So was the crown and even the lugs. If you were lucky enough to be one of the six people given the privilege to spend $2.6 million on the watch (which is a whopping 16.1mm high), no one was going to miss this on your wrist. It was glamorous, it was a spectacular mechanical achievement, and it was statement making. But it was not subtle.
This year at Baselworld, Patek debuted an update to the watch, which will be made more widely available. The Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime ref. 6300 will be the most complicated wristwatch in continuing production, featuring the same 20 complications as the anniversary edition. It will be made in 18k white gold, with one face in ebony opaline and the other in white opaline, and will also swivel depending on which complications you need to use.
It is also a little more chill.
This watch still wears big on the wrist, at 16.1mm in depth from crystal to crystal. The diameter is 47.4mm. No one is going to miss it. But the white gold and the understated case change the entire character of the watch. It doesn't need to shout for attention—it just needs to be worn. It's simple; basic, almost.
The mechanics are still incredibly complex (complications listed at the bottom of this post), with a 72-hour power reserve on the manual movement, three gongs, five different time strikes, and 108 jewels. The finishing inside is incredible.
The watch will not be made in limited edition, but the complexity of the movement will mean Patek will produce very few every year. It will retail for 2.2 million Swiss francs, which would be converted into USD based on exchange rate at time of sale. (Right now that's about $2.3 million.)
Here's that list of complications.
- Grande Sonnerie
- Petite Sonnerie
- Minute repeater
- Strikework mode display (Silence/Grand Sonnerie/Petite Sonnerie)
- Alarm with time strike
- Date repeater
- Movement power-reserve indicator
- Strikework power-reserve indicator
- Strikework isolator display
- Second time zone
- Second time zone day/night indicator
- Instantaneous perpetual calendar
- Day-of-week display
- Month display
- Date display (on both dials)
- Leap year cycle
- Four-digit year display
- 24-hour and minute subdial
- Moon phase
- Crown position indicator