The Most Complicated Watch Designs Ever Made
Watches are not just a timepiece. It is a hand accessory that a displays your esteem and enhance your profile, so you can get to the top of the hierarchy.
For some people, a watch also seems to be a luxury art and jewelry. Various models with attractive designs seem to be the choice and target of collectors.
There are even some watches that are complete with the hassle of design and embed gold or diamond.
Watches As Display of Character
In the current era, checking time is as easy as tapping on a smartphone. Most forgot that the machine component of a watch is very beautiful.
The real beauty lies in the design and complex mechanical composition that is in it. Even the simplest mechanical movements can have mesmeric effects with hundreds of parts.
Here are some of the most complicated watches ever made in the world.
Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260
The Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260 dubbed as the most complicated watch in the world.
This 50mm thickness pocket watch offers 57 ravelment consisting of more than 2,800 components. A plethora of things can be exhibited to illustrate how complicated this watch is, which produced by this Swiss brand.
The 57260 is indeed very classic and luxurious, like a Bentley.
This most complex watch offers up to 57 complications and more than 2800 components, each of which is made by the Master Watchmaker using traditional techniques.
Not only that, this luxurious accessory has a Hallmark of Geneva certificate, which means the assembly is done in Geneva and passed the criteria for production, precision, and workmanship.
It is made of white gold with a width of 98 mm and a thickness of 50 mm. The crown is specially carved, as many as 242 first Caliber with 3750 movements and 36 mm thick, which operates at a frequency of 2.5 Hz.
The watch which has 60 power reserves, also provides 6 time calculation functions and is equipped with 7 perpetual calendar functions with the Gregorian calendar as a standard and the mechanism automatically calculates leap years.
Not only that, this watch also provides eight Hebrew calendar functions, nine astronomical calendar functions, one lunar calendar function, one religious calendar function especially the Yom Kippur Jewish festival, three quarter chronograph wheel functions, seven alarm functions, eight Westminster bell functions, and six other functions.
Breguet No. 160 ‘Marie Antoinette’ A
Each collection always showcase classic model watches, one of which is a watch allegedly made at the request of Marie Antoinette. Breguet No. 160 was made in 1782 until 1827.
This watch has gold, platinum, sapphire and ruby components complete with luxury perpetual calendar, chronograph to thermometer.
Its beauty doesn’t just end there, this pocket watch also has a power reserve, a minute repeater, and a chime function.
Breguet belongs to European’s rich history that releases pocket watches. Reportedly, this watch took more than 40 years of development and when the French Queen, Marie Antoinette wanted to give it to someone, the recipient of this watch died before receiving this luxury gift.
A. Lange & Söhne Grand Complication
It took 1 year to manufacture a single A. Lange & Sohne Grand Complication watch.
It was worth it.
Therefore, only six of it’s kind were produced in the world. It’s equipped with 876 components and 67 of which there are various types of gold. Starting from yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and platinum attached to each corner of this watch.
This Grand Complication has a diameter of 500 with a thickness of 200 and is equipped with a perpetual calendar that can track every month for a span of four years.
Created in 2013, this watch ticker is specially carved by hand, the chronograph also features split-seconds flying and sonnerie grande and petite with minute repetitions.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica à Grande Sonnerie
Jaeger-LeCoultre is a brand that is often reserved for puritans, and nothing is much purer than the Hybris Mechanica à Grande Sonnerie – the pinnacle of other manufacturers.
Jaeger-LeCoultre will be more memorable like RoboCop in the royal palace. Hybris Mechanica Grande Sonnerie is equipped with manual and mechanical movements consisting of 1,406 parts.
As the name implies, this watch can play one of Grand Sonnerie’s, Westminster Chime that produced the sound of Big Ben.
Not only that, this unique watch is also equipped with an astronomical complication, including the zodiac calendar with the moon phase, not forgetting its eternal calendar.
Chopard LUC Tourbillon Baguette
LUC Tourbillon Baguette which is produced limited by Chopard and only 25 in the world.
This limited edition watch is embedded with 418 baguettes with 27 carats. There are also, mechanical winding movement consisting of 550 parts. You will definitely be impressed with the 110 hour battery backup and as a result this watch has become a favorite of celebrities.
You don’t need to think too much about how complicated these watches are, and how they can be made so beautiful.
Maybe for some people, a watch with its complexity has a certain value. Watch making by professional horologist are certainly an extraordinary art.