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Sotheby's set to auction Patek Philippe watches, world's most expensive clock

Anyone following the luxury watch auction market should keep their eyes peeled next week, as Sotheby's announced that one of the most unique clocks in the world, the Duc d’Orléans Breguet Sympathique, will be up for sale at their December 4 New York event.

It's estimated that the clock will sell for well over $5 million, breaking its own record as the most paid for any such piece at auction. In 1999, Sotheby's sold the clock following the closure of the Time Museum in Rockford, Illinois for $5.8 million.

The Breguet Sympathique is still one of the most complex timepieces to have ever been made. The clock dates to 1835 and was commissioned by the Duc d’Orléans at the time, Ferdinand-Philippe, from the innovative watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet.

While the Breguet is clearly the most newsworthy item up for sale next week, there are a number of interesting wristwatches that will also be on the docket. Specifically, two Patek Philippes will be sold that have their own interesting complications. One is a 48mm yellow gold watch with a black face, very much ahead of its debut year, 1955. The other is also cased in yellow gold but features a white face. The watch is capable of monitoring two time zones at once, a component invented by Patek.

However, both Pateks are expected to sell for between $100,000 and $150,000, so unless you've got a hefty chunk of change, you should look at some more modern examples.

Currently, on Philippe's Watches' eBay store, we have two wonderful examples of vintage Patek Philippes that capture the elegance and history of the brand beautifully. Check them out or stop in to our Beverly Hills watch store to see our entire selection!

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