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Dead at 96, a Romanian King Leaves a Legendary Watch Behind

Michael I’s Patek Philippe inspired true horological obsessions.
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December 6, news broke that King Michael I, the former ruler of Romania, died at age 96 in Geneva. While there are plenty of historical reasons why the ex-monarch is interesting – he actually ruled Romania twice, played a part in World War II, etc. – he is known for something else entirely in horologically-inclined circles: his legendary Patek Philippe ref. 1518.