Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World Part 2

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World Part 2

We are continuing here with the second part of the article: Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World Part 1.

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 also silent modes. 

Notably also for this watch remains its 18k White Gold Case which houses a Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 182, a mechanical hand-wound movement with perpetual calendar coupled with 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
The Movement

Mechanism: Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre: 182

Manual-winding,

Components : 1406,

Frequency: 28,800 Vibrations per hour

Jewels: 99

2 Barrels

Mechanism Height: 10.40 mm

The Case

Material: White Gold

Diameter: 44mm

Thickness: 15mm

Water-resistance: 5 bar

 

Functions:

Leap year

Perpetual calendar

Date

Hour – Minute

Day

Month

Minute Repeater

Tourbillon

Recto Hands Feuille

The Dial

Color: Silver-grained

open-worked

Black numerals

The Strap/Bracelet

Material: Leather

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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 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 center-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

The Movement 

Caliber: 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 also 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 represents the pinnacle of success in the art of watch-making in terms of complexity and complications. Nevertheless, a grandiose work of art. Also culminating in the design of the most complex wristwatch ever made in the world thanks to the multifaceted skills of our watch-makers and constructors.

Nevertheless, Franck Muller designed each of the 1,483 components to offer this 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 and also second display

Day-Night display 

Grand strike

Small strike

Silence

Minute Repeater

Westminster Carillon on 4 gong

Programming of the Grand strike-Small strike function with a waterproof push-piece and display on the dial

Programming of the Strike-Silence function with a waterproof push-piece and display on the dial

Lifting-lever mechanism of the strike when in hand-setting position

A mechanism which not allow the start of a new strike if the precedent is not to the end 

Bolting mechanism of the hand-setting during the strike

Transmission mechanism to the hammer which permits the adaptation to the different shape of the gong 

Movement power reserve indicator

Strike power reserve indicator

Silent Centrifugal governor of the rate of the strike 

Flying Tourbillon on a ball bearing with ceramic balls

Balance wheel with adjustment screws in gold, without index

Breguet overcoil with Phillips curve

Tourbillon carriage, without any bridge, visible in the dial 

Automatic self-winding-mechanism of the movement with platinum micro-rotor

Automatic self-winding-mechanism of the Westminster carillon with a platinum micro-rotor

Perpetual Calendar

Display of the days

Display of the months

Retrograde Date

Secular Calendar

Display of the year up to 999 years

Bissextile year display

An indication of the secular years

Astronomic moon: deviation of 6.8 seconds for each lunation representing an error of one day every 1000 years) 

Equation of time 

Two additional time-zones

Chronograph incorporated with tree column-weels

Instantaneous minutes counter

Hours counter incorporated in the mechanism of chronograph, retrograde hand display 

Fly-back hand mechanism 

36 complications

1’483 components

99 jewels

 

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World Part 2

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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 caliber 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 caliber 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

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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 timepiece ever created.

Overall, the full list of complications featured on this watch reaches a huge 57 number, containing also a whopping 2,800 components. Despite this, this watch represents another definition for Complicated Watch. 

In theory, anything further than simple timekeeping functions such as hours, minutes and seconds can be considered a complication.

Moreover, the watch comes also Hallmark of Geneva certified, meaning it was assembled, timed, and also cased in Geneva. So, it passed rigorous criteria in regards to production, workmanship, and also 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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