Patek Philippe Calibre 89

The Patek Philippe Calibre 89 is a commemorative pocket watch created in 1989, to celebrate the company's 150th anniversary.wikipedia
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Before Calibre 89, Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication (created in 1933) had been the world’s most complicated timepiece ever assembled with a total of 24 different functions.
The record was bested in 1989 when Patek Philippe released the Patek Philippe Calibre 89, but the Supercomplication remains the most complicated mechanical watch built without the assistance of computers.

List of most expensive watches sold at auction

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The yellow-gold and the white-gold Calibre 89 were sold at auction by Antiquorum in 2009 and 2004, respectively, and both watches currently rank among the top 10 most expensive watches ever sold at auction, with final prices over 5 million US dollars.
As of December 2018, there are at least six such models/collections: Patek Philippe 2499, Patek Philippe World Time (Heures Universelles), Rolex Daytona, Patek Philippe 2497, Patek Philippe Calibre 89, and Patek Philippe 1526.

Reference 57260

Roughly 27 years later, on September 17, 2015, Vacheron Constantin introduced the Reference 57260 which took over the title of 'most complicated watch in the world' with a total of 57 complications.
The company claims that it is the most complicated mechanical pocket watch ever created—followed up by Patek Philippe Calibre 89 assembled in 1989 and featuring 33 complications.

Pocket watch

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The Patek Philippe Calibre 89 is a commemorative pocket watch created in 1989, to celebrate the company's 150th anniversary.
Patek Philippe Calibre 89 (1989) — 33 complications

Complication (horology)

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Roughly 27 years later, on September 17, 2015, Vacheron Constantin introduced the Reference 57260 which took over the title of 'most complicated watch in the world' with a total of 57 complications.
Two Patek Philippe Calibre 89 also currently rank among the top 10 most expensive watches ever sold at auction, with final prices over 5 million US dollars.

Antiquorum

The yellow-gold and the white-gold Calibre 89 were sold at auction by Antiquorum in 2009 and 2004, respectively, and both watches currently rank among the top 10 most expensive watches ever sold at auction, with final prices over 5 million US dollars.
In November 2009 and March 2004, Antiquorum sold the yellow-gold and the white-gold Patek Philippe Calibre 89, respectively, and both watches currently rank among the top 10 most expensive watches ever sold at auction, with final prices over 5 million US dollars.

Patek Philippe SA

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Declared by Patek Philippe as "the most complicated watch in the world" at the time of creation, it has 33 complications, weighs 1.1 kg, exhibits 24 hands and has 1,728 components in total, including a thermometer, and a star chart.
In 1989, created the Calibre 89, the most complicated mechanical watch in the world (33 complications) until 2015.

Anniversary

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The Patek Philippe Calibre 89 is a commemorative pocket watch created in 1989, to celebrate the company's 150th anniversary.

Thermometer

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Declared by Patek Philippe as "the most complicated watch in the world" at the time of creation, it has 33 complications, weighs 1.1 kg, exhibits 24 hands and has 1,728 components in total, including a thermometer, and a star chart.

Star chart

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Declared by Patek Philippe as "the most complicated watch in the world" at the time of creation, it has 33 complications, weighs 1.1 kg, exhibits 24 hands and has 1,728 components in total, including a thermometer, and a star chart.

Sotheby's

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The one in yellow gold was later offered at Sotheby’s in 2017, but remained unsold due to disappointing biddings, less than $6.4 million, excluding buyer's premium.

Buyer's premium

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The one in yellow gold was later offered at Sotheby’s in 2017, but remained unsold due to disappointing biddings, less than $6.4 million, excluding buyer's premium.

Vacheron Constantin

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Roughly 27 years later, on September 17, 2015, Vacheron Constantin introduced the Reference 57260 which took over the title of 'most complicated watch in the world' with a total of 57 complications.

Time zone

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Hour of second time zone

Leap year

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Leap year indicator

Easter

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Date of Easter

Sunrise

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Time of sunrise

Equation of time

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Equation of time

Sunset

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Time of sunset

Double chronograph

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Split second hand

Watch

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A truly complicated watch has many of these complications at once (see Calibre 89 from Patek Philippe for instance).