A private Swiss museum has stumped a cool 6.26m Swiss francs (£3.76m) for a "unique" Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronograph watch, which now has the honour of being the most expensive yellow gold watch ever to sell at auction. The Patek Philippe watch sold yesterday According to Christie's, the 1943-44 timepiece ( …
Recession, what Recession?
Looks like the bankers must be getting their bonuses again...
It's not theirs
Having paid a substantial wedge for that glorified sundial, I wonder if the buyer was aware of the haughty, supercilious and downright irritating Patek Philippe adverts that condescendingly state "You never actually own a Patek Philippe, you merely look after it for the next generation."
When would you wear it?
Job interviews? It's a nice understated display compared to a motor yacht though, hope it gets some wrist time and isn't just stuck in a case for another 50 years.
Paris: Checking wrists more carefully from now on?
Could have got it a lot cheaper on e-Bay
Mine is more accurate
Bollocks to that. My £20 Casio watch picks up the time signal broadcast from the NPL's atomic clock. So stick that in your Swiss pipe and smoke it.
So, in reality
It's so inaccurate, that it constantly has to correct itself from an external source.
You know, hard as it is to believe, people do notice your watch if you are a bloke, and on some level, judge you for it.
Can't argue with that!
However that watch is a shitload prettier than your Casio, seriously.
the clock work thingy that needs to be corrected manually, with reference to a clock which in turn refers to the digital time signal, or the radio and its varying accuracy depending on which station you tune in to.
You are lucky
I have a Casio too. As long as I place it in the right place at night, it synchronizes, and has not suffered from the rubbish software in several other (useless) radio watches I previously owned. These watches would get a single bit error in the time signal, causing them to be wrong by 1 minute, or 1 hour. The last time that happened, I stamped on the watch, much to the bemusement of a British rail guard (I missed the train).
There's one just like that in Argos...
It's absolutely, stunningly beautiful. Wow!
(Wish my 150-year old Waltham gold pocket-watch was as good)
I'm with Dances...
It's an instrument FFS, if you need to influence other peoples judgement with such a bauble, then you both need to grow thumbs.
Never seen so much cock waving go on in a Reg column.............
But where's the USB Port?
Pfft, doesn't even have Bluetooth.
I hope the buyer...
... wasn't called Sylar...!
I've got an Omega with the same blue colour for the chrono hands, with the time hands being rose gold. There was much cooing on the forums at this "innovation" when it was released just a few years ago.
Mine isn't as pretty as this but it's got way more class than a Casio.
£3.76M That's pretty cheap!
I seem to remember seeing on TV a few years back, a Harrison "lesser watch" going for a rather lovely jubbly £6,200,000 at auction.
Still time to start
Collecting mobile phones
Why would you wear a watch these days?
Weird. Haven't worn a watch for more than 15 years, maybe longer. Probably since I got my first Psion Series 3. These days you always have the time on your mobile anyway.
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