Nice watches live in a weird world of engineering and opulence. The Grandmaster Chime 5175, a Patek Philippe’s 175th-anniversary wrist watch celebration, is the epitome of his crazy world that is the creation of expensive and exclusive watches!
If you aren’t familiar, the Patek Philippe brand is legendary for skilled watchmaking and an objectively batshit level of mechanical complexity. While its price tag will never feel reasonable, this commemorative edition was intended to push the brand’s already famous limits on design and execution. While it’s ludicrous as a watch it succeeds at pushing an envelope. The result is a mind-boggling mess of solid filigree gold and frivolous functions, and the process shots are fittingly dramatic and exacting.
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When the Grandmaster debuted in 2014 it was the most mechanically complicated wristwatch anywhere on record. Its final design utilizes both front and back faces, flipped with a mechanical pivot, to add room for more complicated gadgetry.
It’s jam packed features include a manually wound movement, chiming minute repeater, alarm with time strike, date repeater, a second-time zone, a second time zone day/night indicator, a perpetual calendar, day and month indication, date indication and real-time moon phases.
By now the hyper-limited run of 7 pieces probably all live in temperature controlled safes, rather than on the wrists of international unicorn trading tycoons. But it’s kind of fun to imagine these overwrought masterpieces hanging out of a sleeve, ready to offer up a zillion types of time.
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