How A $2.5-Million Patek Philippe Watch Is Made

July 22, 2015


This is a video highlighting the construction of a $2.5-million Patek Philippe 5175R Grandmaster Chime watch. It is one of the most complicated wristwatches made and actually has a physical chime inside. It also has two faces (like my buddy Terry, what a jerk!), and can be rotated around for different functionality. What functionality that is, I'm not sure. Also, if you have the money to spend on a $2.5-million watch I'm pretty sure you don't need to know what time it is because you've already made it. You're only being greedy by continuing to show up for business meetings on time.

Keep going for the video, then take a look at G-Shock. "That's a Swatch." SO IT IS.

Thanks to Twowhips, who is like a double-fisting Indiana Jones.

  • Jonathan

    someone can probably make this with a 3d printer in 3 days

  • Mark Pocock

    $2.5 million! Ill wait for the Chinese version me thinks.

  • Alicia Thomas

    That could pay for my college tuition, a kick ass apartment and a Jeep with still a 1.7 million to spare! Anyone fancy dropping that watch for me to find and sell?

  • Darth_Spartan

    That is a amazing piece of equipment, but can it text someone?

    sent from iWatch

  • Meh

    Now this is craftsmanship. Only thing i missed is the total partcount.

  • The Calibre 300 movement on this watch has 1,366 parts.

  • Meh

    Thanks, highly impressive.

  • Deksam

    It is a beaut of a very well made big asz watch. But I think realistically it should be worth no more then 70k.

  • Brock

    Leave your Parkinson's at the door.

  • Forblat

    It used to be hard to make a good, accurate watch. Then quartz time-keeping was introduced and you could make an infinitely more accurate watch for a tiny fraction of the price. Fancy clockmakers who should have been out of a job survived by creating the idea of luxury watches like this. Magic!

  • joevsyou

    7 years of devlopment and 2 years for production? that could just been made on a 3D printer for in 20 minutes

  • flyppster

    Amazing to watch the feat of engineering and artistry to assemble this. I don't like how big that is though. Not like I can afford it, but still. The expensive watches are way too big for my liking. I like my low profile $120 Citizen Echo Drive. Also, can this watch automatically adjust between months with 30 days, 31 days, and even 28 and 29 days? If it can't, I don't think it's worth the price tag. I'm looking for an analog watch that can do that function.

  • William McVey

    The feature (complication) you are looking for is a Perpetual Calendar. Be prepared to spend at least $30k on a watch that can track the day of month (including handling leap years). The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual Calendar watch is one such watch with this feature. I'm pretty sure the watch featured in this vid would have this complication. Other Patek Philippe introduced perpetual calendar complications back in the 1940s (the Patek Philippe Steel 1518). This doesn't seem like a watch they'd skimp out on.

  • My wrist watch cost £6.
    It isn't as fancy as this one.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Man, I've gotta start robbing people... £6 is about $10 US right now... I could get $10 for walking up to a random person, shoving a gun in their face and telling them to give me their watch. If I rob about 500 people I could buy a bottom line used Rolex! Or I could just rob people who wear high end watches and wouldn't have to buy one.

    On the other hand I own a watch and the battery has been dead for three years.

  • JJtoob

    I don't even wear a wrist watch. My wrist isn't as fancy either.

  • obriencj

    It's a gorgeous feat of engineering and artisanry, and well worthy of being the ridiculous status symbol it's intended as. However, as a filthy gutter-living layman, damn that looks bulky and uncomfortable. It must be the sort of thing you purchase never intending to put on. I bet for an extra half million they'd make it into a much more sensible pocket-watch that you could wear with your fine silk suit!

  • Nome

    Yeah, it really is more of a working statue of a watch than it is a useable watch.

  • Col202

    Silk suit? Mate that is for pimps. A nice wool/silk blend is much more fitting

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