Patek Philippe likes to keep things quiet. The family-run, 175-year-old watchmaker creates some of the most sought-after, expensive, and most collected watches in the world, but they rarely do much publicity. And they never allow cameras into their highly secure watchmaking lab in Geneva.
In a rare look inside the hyper-exclusive world of Swiss watchmaking, Patek Philippe allowed "Secret Lives of the Super Rich" to video the making of Patek's most expensive watch ever—the $2.6 million Grandmaster Chime.
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The watch, made to honor the company's 175th anniversary, is the most complex that Patek has ever built. It's got 20 complications—including a grande and petite sonnerie, a minute repeater, an instantaneous perpetual calendar with a four-digit year display and a second time zone. It's also got two patented global debuts in the domain of chiming watches: an acoustic alarm that strikes the alarm time and a date repeater that sounds the date on demand.