The Cursed Watch Kills Again
It’s known as the most beautiful watch in the world. And, oh yes, it’s also cursed.
Sheikh Saud bin Mohammed Al-Thani, the owner of the world’s most expensive watch worth $23 million, has died in his London home last week.
The 48-year old billionaire, one of the biggest art collectors in the world, wanted to sell the watch and prepared it for an auction.
But he passed away after suffering complications from a heart condition.
The 1933 Patek Phillipe timepiece has brought death and tragedy to its owners.
The curse stretches back to its first owner Henry Graves, who wanted legendary watchmaker Patek Phillipe to make him the world’s most complicated watch in 1925.
Seven months later, his best friend died and a short time later his son George was killed in a car accident.
The 48-year old Qatari royal bought the watch 15 years ago for $11 million. It was sold in Geneva to an unknown buyer for a record 23 million Swiss francs, but it has emerged that the sheik had passed away two days earlier.
It took Swiss horologists three years to research and a further five to make, completing it in 1933.
It features a perpetual calendar, moon phases, sidereal time, power reserve, and indications for time of sunset and sunrise and the night sky of New York City.
In total, there are 24 horological complications and ‘The Graves’ held the title of the world’s most complicated timepeace for 56 years.