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The Patek Philippe Grand Compilation Celestial watch, known as 'The Celestial'

The Patek Philippe Grand Compilation Celestial watch, known as 'The Celestial'

The Patek Philippe Grand Compilation Celestial watch, known as 'The Celestial'

A Cork jewellers has sold a €349,000 rare watch to an Irish customer, over four years after the design was first ordered.

The timepiece in question is a Patek Philippe Grand Compilation Celestial watch, known as 'The Celestial'.

The Swiss company is one of the world's most exclusive watch brands.

The watch was sold for a whopping €349,000 at the Keanes Jewellers, Cork and was collected 'discreetly' by the customer after the store officially closed yesterday.

"This is definitely not a regular purchase from our store," Patrick Keane told Independent.ie.

"It is not a watch we'd carry in the store, this was ordered by the collector in 2011.

"It has taken just over four years for it to be delivered. Each of these specific watches, of which there are very few in the world, can take over two years to make.

"It is considered a special collectors' watch. As a mechanical timepiece, it is incredible," he added.

Mr Keane described the watch as a "particular celestial timepiece" and explained how when standing in Geneva, Switzerland on a clear day, the watch will precisely mirror the celestial system in the sky.

"Patek Philippe preallocates these watches to a customer. This is a piece specifically requested by a customer. Patek Philippe then decide what part of the world and which shop and customer will get the piece," Mr Keane said.

Although Mr Keane joked he wasn't tempted to buy one for himself, he did say it was an honour for the Cork store to be involved in the sale.

"It is very exciting for us. It's an exceptional piece and to make a sale like this is extraordinary. We would never stock watches of this rarity on the shelves," he said.

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The rare watch is made from solid 18ct white gold and is set with more than 5.5ct of diamonds. The alligator strap and the sapphire-crystal back all contribute to the watch taking over two years to make in total.

Less than ten of the specially-designed timepiece are being made this year.


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