No matter how many fads come and go or how much technology continues to evolve, mechanical watches will always be some of the most coveted possessions for men. Watchmaking is a very delicate art. Those of us who have an affinity for wristwatches know the intricate craftsmanship that goes on behind the scenes. However, knowing is one thing, seeing it is another. There is nothing more fascinating than seeing the many processes watchmakers go through in an attempt to manufacture the perfect mechanical timepiece. Watchmaking videos are mesmerizing, and if you own some mechanical watches but aren’t familiar with the watchmaking process, I invite you to watch the video below showcasing the masterminds from Patek Philippe.
Patek Philippe is a Swiss luxury watch manufacturer, renowned for their work in the horological world. They’ve been around for a while and will be celebrating their 180th anniversary next year. To commemorate their 175th anniversary a few years ago, Patek Philippe unveiled the Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175, one of the most complicated wristwatches ever made. The Ref. 5175 features 20 complications, a total of 1,366 parts for the movement, and an additional 214 parts of the case. Only seven of these watches were made, a process that took eight years, and each one sold for about $2.5 million a-piece. It’s a watch none of us will ever own, let alone ever come face to face with, but it reminds us of the phenomenal heights of workmanship that is achievable in the realm of horology. Sit back and marvel.
Featured photo courtesy of Patek Philippe