Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World Part 2

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica à Grande Sonnerie

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World Part 2

In fact, this impressive timepiece is part of The Grandes Complications Luxury Watches collection by Jaeger-LeCoultre – also known for the longest melody a complication has ever chimed, playing four full Westminster Chimes powered by a 12-hour power reserve.
When the time that passes is expressed in music, the hour and minutes suspend their flight to allow the ear to enjoy all the beauty the watchmaker’s art has to offer. The Hybris Mechanica à Grande Sonnerie white gold watch is loved with passion and admiration.

PERFECT HARMONY ON THE CALENDAR

Like a reprise at the end of a bar, the so-called “retrograde” calendar automatically restarts its progress thanks to the jumping hand and hour-markers on the date, month, and day indicators. The mechanism, which takes leap years into account, requires no manual correction until the year 2100.

TO THE TUNE OF THE TOURBILLON

Suspended from a single bridge, the flying tourbillon subtly reveals itself behind the sapphire crystal case back, like a variation on a theme. Its titanium carriage is reduced to its simplest expression in order to not conceal the regulating organ and pivots on ball bearings.

 BIG BEN CHIMES

Playing one of the longest melodies ever recreated by a Grande Sonnerie, this unique watch features a Westminster chime reproducing the sound of Big Ben. With four trebuchet hammers and crystal gongs, the sound it produces is of rare richness. The watch offers grande sonnerie, petite sonnerie, minute repeater and silent modes. 
Notably also for this watch is the 18k white gold case which houses a Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 182, mechanical hand-wound movement with perpetual calendar and a flying tourbillon.
Nevertheless, using 27 complications and over 1,300 components to create this watchmaking masterpiece, Jaeger-LeCoultre uses its years of skill and research to develop a truly amazing movement. The Hybris Mechanica À Grande Sonnerie is truly a work of art by Jaeger-LeCoultre, only 30 pieces created in a limited edition.

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World Part 2

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World Part 2

Technical Specifications

Mechanism: Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre : 182
Case : White Gold, Water-resistance : 5 bar, Diameter : 44mm, Thickness : 15mm
Functions : Leap year, Perpetual calendar, Date, Hour – Minute, Day, Month, Minute Repeater, Tourbillon
Recto Hands Feuille
Movement : Manual-winding,
Components : 1406,
Vibrations per hour : 28800, Jewels : 99, Barrel : 2, Height : 10.40 mm
Dial : Silver-grained, openworked, Black numerals
Strap/Bracelet Leather
More about this watch follow this link: Hybris Mechanica à Grande Sonnerie.

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World Part 2 – Hybris Mechanica à Grande Sonnerie


Christophe Claret 21 Blackjack

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World Part 2

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World Part 2 – Christophe Claret 21 Blackjack

In the same fashion, we propose you another impressive Luxury Watch to be considered.  The Blackjack watch was born on the market day in Saint Tropez! On that day, Christophe Claret saw a strange metal box. Inside, the box had a system enabling it to make two discs turn and stop them randomly. In fact, it was a box used to throw dice mechanically and had been built at the beginning of the 20th century.
A real miniature casino, it matches grand complications with the world of gaming, in the process creating a new watchmaking paradigm: the interactive watch. In addition to transparency, relief, and the passage of time, here he adds the sensory effects of blackjack, roulette and dice. An unprecedented upmarket toy for aficionados, expressing a kind of watchmaking that has cast off its inhibitions.
In fact, the 21 Blackjack watch combines traditional timekeeping functions (hours and minutes) with three mechanically-animated games of chance: Blackjack (with a striking mechanism), roulette, and a dice game.
Precisely how these games function remains in the shadows for the moment. We know that the dial contains a total of 5 windows: two for the bank activated by a push-button at 10 o’clock, and three for the player activated by a push-button at 8 o’clock. The hours and minutes are displayed quite traditionally by centre-mounted metal and ruby or metal and ceramic hands.
In this case, the 45 mm watch case is available in four versions: grey titanium, black PVD-treated titanium, black PVD-treated titanium and 18K white gold, and 18K pink gold.
Moreover, all versions have two side windows next to the crown, one revealing the striking hammer with its gong, and the other two dice. The back of the watch offers roulette in 3D rotating in step with the watch movement.
Of course, the two dial options are tinted sapphire featuring a plate adorned with motifs linked to the world of casinos, or black onyx.

 

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World Part 2

 

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World Part 2

Technical Specifications

Movement 

Calibre: automatic-winding mechanical 
Dimensions: 38.60 x 9.34 mm (with gong)
Number of components: 501
Number of jewels: 40
Barrels: Double barrels
Power reserve: Up to 72 hours 
Escapement: Swiss lever-type, 4 Hz (28’800 vph)

Functions

Hours and minutes
3 games: Blackjack, roulette and dice
Patented cathedral gong

THE Case 

Material: 5N red gold and black PVD-treated grade 5 titanium
Crown – 5N red gold and black PVD-treated grade 5 titanium
Dimensions: Ø45 x 15.92 mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM / 30 m / 100 ft

The Dial

Black onyx
Hands – Orange sapphire and black PVD-treated

 

THE Strap

 

Black alligator leather strap
Production: Limited Edition – 21 pieces 
For more information about this watch follow this link: Christophe Claret 21 Blackjack

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World Part 2 – Christophe Claret 21 Blackjack

Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World Part 2

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World Part 2 – Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4

The Aeternitas Mega is the pinnacle of success in the art of watch-making in terms of complexity and complications.
A grandiose work of art culminating in the design of the most complex wrist watch ever made in the world thanks to the multifaceted skills of our watch-makers and constructors.
Each of the 1,483 components was designed to give the watch an elegant design in the pure traditions of the old “cadraturiers” (the mechanisms located under the dial) of the Vallée de Joux, Switzerland.
This watch inspires countless emotions as an exceptional timepiece and simply unique in the eyes of lovers in the art of fine mechanics and luxury watchmaking.

THE COMPLICATIONS

Hour, minute & second display
  1. Day-Night display 
  2. Grand strike
  3. Small strike
  4. Silence
  5. Minute Repeater
  6. Westminster Carillon on 4 gong
  7. Programming of the Grand strike-Small strike function with a waterproof push-piece and display on the dial
  8. Programming of the Strike-Silence function with a waterproof push-piece and display on the dial
  9. Lifting-lever mechanism of the strike when in hand-setting position
  10. A mechanism which not allow the start of a new strike if the precedent is not to the end 
  11. Bolting mechanism of the hand-setting during the strike
  12. Transmission mechanism to the hammer which permits the adaptation to the different shape of the gong 
  13. Movement power reserve indicator
  14. Strike power reserve indicator
  15. Silent Centrifugal governor of the rate of the strike 
  16. Flying Tourbillon on a ball bearing with ceramic balls
  17. Balance wheel with adjustment screws in gold, without index
  18. Breguet overcoil with Phillips curve
  19. Tourbillon carriage, without any bridge, visible in the dial 
  20. Automatic self-winding-mechanism of the movement with platinum micro-rotor
  21. Automatic self-winding-mechanism of the Westminster carillon with a platinum micro-rotor
  22. Perpetual Calendar
  23. Display of the days
  24. Display of the months
  25. Retrograde Date
  26. Secular Calendar
  27. Display of the year up to 999 years
  28. Bissextile year display
  29. An indication of the secular years
  30. Astronomic moon: deviation of 6.8 seconds for each lunation representing an error of one day every 1000 years) 
  31. Equation of time 
  32. Two additional time-zones
  33. Chronograph incorporated with tree column-weels
  34. Instantaneous minutes counter
  35. Hours counter incorporated in the mechanism of chronograph, retrograde hand display 
  36. Fly-back hand mechanism 
    36 complications
    1’483 components
    99 jewels

 

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For more information about this watch please follow this link: Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4.

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World Part 2 – Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4


Greubel Forsey Invention GMT

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World Part 2

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World Part 2 – Greubel Forsey Invention GMT

Nevertheless, The acronym ‘GMT’, or Greenwich Mean Time, the benchmark meridian time, refers in watchmaking terminology to a (dual or) second-time zone indicator. Driven by a spirit of research, Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey have gone well beyond this conventional time zone display using a window or a hand, by incorporating into their timepiece a terrestrial globe completing each anti-clockwise rotation in 24h – the same direction in which our planet spins.
Naturally, and in this too we can recognize the “Greubel Forsey signature”, the utmost care is taken with the decoration of the components, down to the smallest details. The hand finishes take in the entire range of traditional techniques, from frosting to hand-bevelling, as well as the subtleties of hand-polishing, lapping, and straight graining with flat black polished finishes. The domed crystal, the case-back and lateral window are made from sapphire crystal. The hand- stitched black alligator strap has a platinum folding clasp. A magnificent demonstration of expertise harnessed for the pursuit of fine craftsmanship.
The GMT calibre is powered by two barrels providing a 72-h power reserve with a frequency of 21,600 vibrations/hour. The calibre comprises 443 components. It features a 24-second tourbillon with 25° inclination, comprising 87 components for a total weight of 0.36 g.
Besides its chronometric properties and reliability, this regulator system was adopted for its small size, which meant that a calibre diameter of 36.40 mm (16 ½ lines) could be kept. This makes for a new medium-sized case, 43.5 mm wide with a total height of 16.14 mm.
Made from 950 platinum, it has a slightly lighter hue than the previous white gold version.

 

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World Part 2

For more information about this watch follow this link: Greubel Forsey Invention GMT

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World Part 2 – Greubel Forsey Invention GMT

Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260: The Most Complicated Watch Ever Made

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World Part 2

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World Part 2 – Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260: The Most Complicated Watch Ever Made

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World Part 2

 

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World Part 2

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World Part 2 – Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260: The Most Complicated Watch Ever Made

To celebrate 260 years of its watchmaking history, Vacheron Constantin has revealed a new watch they’ll be creating – the Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260 pocket watch.
A Watch that, according to the brand Representatives, it is the most complicated watch ever made. The watch took eight years of research, development, prototyping, manufacturing and assembly to be conceived, all performed in-house at Vacheron Constantin‘s Atelier Cabinotiers Haute horologe workshop.
The Reference 57260 will leapfrog the Patek Philippe caliber 89 (with its 33 complications and 1,728 components) to take the title of most complex mechanical time-piece ever created.
Overall, the full list of complications featured on this watch is a huge 57 (see full list at the end of this article) and contains a whopping 2,800 components. Despite this, it must be said that there is no definition of what a ‘complication’ actually is.
In theory, anything further than simple timekeeping functions such as hours, minutes and seconds can be considered a complication.
Moreover, the watch is also Hallmark of Geneva certified, meaning it was assembled, timed, and cased in Geneva and has gone through (passed) rigorous criteria in regards to production, workmanship and accuracy.
Thus, the reference number derives from the number of complications – 57 – and the number of years the company has been around – 260.
For more information about this watch follow this link: Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260: The Most Complicated Watch Ever Made

 

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