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'Holy Grail' of watches set for November auction in Geneva

Published on Jul 11, 2014 1:41 AM

GENEVA (AFP) - Timekeeping afficionados set their alarms Thursday, when auction house Sotheby's announced the "Holy Grail" of watches will be up for sale in November.

The Henry Graves Supercomplication, a timepiece which has an estimated value of 12 million euros (S$20 million), is "the most complicated watch ever made completely by human hand" and will be sold in Geneva on November 14, Sotheby's said.

"The list of superlatives which can be attached to this icon of the 20th century is truly extraordinary," the auction house said, describing it as "the Holy Grail of watches".

The timepiece, made by Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe, was commissioned by prominent New York banker Henry Graves in 1925 and took a total of eight years to complete.

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