Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World Part 1

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Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World Part 1

In the first place, Complications are displaying mechanisms on any Luxury Watch. Thus, some complications like the hour, minute, and seconds, are taken for granted. While others are so rare and difficult as to be considered “Grande Complications”. Therefore, a timepiece complication is any function that does more than telling the time. Generally speaking, the more complicated a watch, the more esteemed its maker.
In the first place, Complications are displayed mechanisms on a watch. Some, like the hour, minute, and second, are taken for granted, while others are so rare and difficult as to be considered “Grande Complications”A timepiece complication is any function that does more than telling the time. Generally speaking, the more complicated a watch, the more esteemed its maker. 
There are three categories which are describing a complication:
1) Typical complications
2) Non-Timing Complications 
3) Grande Complications. 

 

 

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Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World


A. Lange & Söhne Grand Complication

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World

The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Grand Complication was introduced in 2013 and is one of Lange’s most complicated Luxury Watches – especially in terms of functionality.
This watch features an array of complications, including (but not limited to) grande & petite sonnerie, split-seconds chronograph and also a perpetual calendar.
Nevertheless, the Chiming Mechanism (grandesonnerie) is considered to be one of the most challenging of all complications in watchmaking.
There exist only 25 watchmakers worldwide who know how to render this complication, and this is the first time A. Lange & Söhne developed such know-how.

 

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World

Technical Specifications 

A. Lange & Söhne 912.032 1815 Grand Complication Pink Gold

Brand:
A. Lange & Söhne
Family:
1815
Reference:
912.032
Name:
1815 Grand Complication Pink Gold
Produced:
2013 – 2014
Limited:
Only 6 units

The Case

Material:
Pink gold
Glass:
Sapphire
Back:
Open
Diameter:
50.00 mm
Height:
20.30 mm
Lug Width:
24.00 mm

The Dial

Color:
White
Material:
Enamel
Indexes:
Arabic Numerals
Hands:
Alpha

The Movement

For instance, this watch possesses a Handwound ‘Grand Complication’ movement. Moreover, the readily visible chronograph-rattrapante mechanism merely suggests the overall complexity of the movement. Thus, the grande sonnerie and also perpetual calendar mechanisms are located beneath it, largely concealed. Hence, all movement parts are lavishly finished by hand. Particular emphasis is placed on levers, rockers and springs, which are black-polished by the finisseurs. Correspondingly, the latter polishing steps alone require more than a month of manual work. Endowed with solarisation, the mainspring barrel provides a power reserve of 30 hours.
Of course, the grande sonnerie is especially daunting for the watchmaker. He is not only responsible for precisely adjusting the switching sequences of the individual parts but also for the richness of the sound. Tuning is performed exclusively by hand and “by ear”. The grand and small strikes automatically indicate the time in quarter-hour intervals. When the slide at 8 o’clock is actuated, the minute repeater will indicate the time to one-minute accuracy. The acoustic time is mechanically sampled from three so-called snails in the middle of the movement. The low-pitched tones indicate the hours, the high-pitched ones the minutes and the double tones the quarter-hours. The striking mechanism has its own spring barrel, which delivers enough power for 24 hours.

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Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World – A. Lange & Söhne Grand Complication


PATEK PHILIPPE GRANDMASTER CHIME REF. 5175

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World

Nevertheless, this watch presents itself as the most Complicated wristwatch Patek ever made, with more complications (20), more size (47.4 x 16.1 mm) and also more kites (4) plus brand reserve for sonar 30 hours). The watch box is made out of 214 pieces, the caliber possessing 1,366 pieces and 108 rubies.

Main functions:

Grand y Petite Sonnerie

Hence, with this complication, the watch marks with sound the hours and the rooms every quarter of an hour (in the small mode it would only sound the hours to the point and only the rooms every quarter of an hour). But the sonic can be activated for more than 30 hours before having to wind the clock. Moreover, the quarter of an hour sounds in three gongs (not in two, as usual) with different tones. Of course, this requires 50% more energy for each quarter of an hour “blow.”

Repeater minutes and alarm

As a matter of fact, the double barrels possesses enough energy for the minute repeater, which if activated gives the hours and quarters of an hour in addition to the minutes that have passed since the last quarter of an hour. Thus, the alarm reproduces the entire repeater sequence of minutes. Not to mention that this complication had never been present in a wristwatch.

Date Repeater

When activating this function, with the help of a button, the clock reproduces the date in intervals of ten days with a double high / low blow and the days with a high blow. That is: to mark the 24th of the month the clock would do: ding-dong and then ding-ding-ding-ding.

Instant perpetual calendar

Notably, the calendar sphere features four subspheres arranged around the four-digit digital year. Therefore, the month presents at 3 o’clock, the date and the leap years presents at 6 o’clock and the day of the week at 9 o’clock. Also, the time appears at 12 o’clock in the subspace of 24 hours and 60 minutes. Except for the digital year, the whole calendar moves instantly and at the same time. The date also appears on the other side of the clock, in the sphere of the lunar phases. Almost everyone’s opinion, the face of the watch is the most beautiful part of the watch.

 

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World

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Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World – PATEK PHILIPPE GRANDMASTER CHIME REF. 5175


Harry Winston Opus 14

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World

Nevertheless, Opus 14 made by Harry Winston is first and foremost a human journey. This journey began in 2001 in collaboration with more independent watchmakers. Moreover, all the time this watchmaker imagines new models that defy the laws of innovation and also the way time is read. Not to mention that it is a journey that Harry Winston shares with the most passionate collectors of extraordinary pieces.
In 2015, Harry Winston Timepieces wrote their fourteenth chapter in this unique saga. Thus, by partnering with Franck Orny and Johnny Girardin, two visionary watchmakers, the brand provided an exceptional chance to push the limits of the imagination even further. It all began with a blank slate on which to design a totally original timepiece. The Codename: Opus 14. Opus 14 combines the best mechanical innovation with a remarkable playfulness.
As a matter of fact, the model’s silhouette presents itself as an ensemble of visual surprises brought together beneath a sapphire crystal cut from a single block and housed within an 18K gold case measuring 54.7 mm in diameter. Because of its design and automaton complication, this new creation evokes a jukebox, where the mechanics have been miniaturized.
As a result, the soul of the Opus 14 is shaped by each of its details:
  • Stylized display of the local time at 9 o’clock;
  • Vinyl-style finishes on the various dials;
  • Two-toned insignia bearing the number 14;
  • Shaded red of the retrograde minutes’ arc;
  • Its Remarkable style and blue tone of the hour markers.
Nevertheless, all these elements recall the rock ‘n roll era and also the emblematic diner aesthetic, as well as the legendary Route 66. Not to mention that this spirit also infuses the presentation case, itself inspired by a jukebox.

 

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World – Harry Winston Opus 14

Technical Specifications

The MOvement

Reference: OPUMHM55WW001
Movement: Manual
Movement description
Mechanical, manual winding, automaton complication, 1’066 components, 1 movement barrel + 1 animation barrel, 124 jewels, frequency 4Hz, power reserve movement: up to 68 hours, power reserve animation: up to 5 back and forth disk movements
Caliber: HW4601
Functions:  Local time by disk. Minute by retrograde hand. Calendar by disk – on demand. GMT by disk – on demand. HW aesthetic disk – on demand. Animation power reserve by disk. Movement power reserve by the aperture.

The Case

Material: 18K white gold
Dimensions: 54.7 mm x 21.9 mm
Case Back: Open, sapphire crystal
Correctors: DATE: push-piece corrector, inner lugs at 12 o’clock;  GMT: push-piece corrector, inner lugs at 12 o’clock
Winding Crown Position: 1- winding the 2 barrels / 2 – setting the time
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Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World –  Harry Winston Opus 14


IWC Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia Watch

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World

 In fact, it is the first IWC watch featuring a patented constant-force tourbillon together with many other complications and individually calculated astronomical displays.
In this case, the watch possesses a special exclusivity for each of its customers. Thus, Every Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia timepiece will be made on a special request and it will be unmistakably unique.
Notably also for this watch is that Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia, unlike most mechanical watches, has displays on both sides. The design of its dial has the same characteristic style as the entire IWC Portuguese watch family.
In fact, the contemporary dial on its central part features the globe of the world with engraved lines of latitudes and longitudes. Moreover, considering the fact that there are two types of days that differ in length, a solar and sidereal time, IWC provided the readings of both. Thus, the solar time is based on the length of the average day that lasts precisely 24 hours and measures the average time between the passages of the sun over a given meridian.
On the other hand, a sidereal time measures the time taken for the earth to complete the rotation around its own axis. Considering also the fact that the earth also describes an arc around the sun, a sidereal day is approximately four minutes shorter than the solar one.
Therefore, on the dial side of Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia Watch at 12 o’clock position there is a 24-hour counter that shows sidereal time with outstanding precision ( the accuracy is up to +/- 11.5 seconds per year).

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World – IWC Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia Watch

Technical Specification 

 

Ref. No. IW5041
Gender
Men
Shape
Round
Case Material
Platinum
Case Size
46 mm
Case Thickness
17.5 mm
Crystal
Sapphire
Bracelet/Strap
Black leather strap
Dial
Black
Movement
Caliber 94900 mechanical
Shock-Proofing
No
Bezel
Fixed
Calendar
Yes
Chronograph
No
Moon Phase Indicator
No
Dual Time/World Time
No
Alarm
No
Display
Analog
Water-Resistance
30 meters (100 feet)
Altimeter-Depth Meter
No
Power Reserve
96 hours
Assembly
Swiss
Style
 Dress / Elegant Watch
Price
Pre Order – High-end level luxury

 

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Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World – IWC Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia Watch


Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300G

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World

Nevertheless, the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Reference 5175 with its unique hand-engraved case was the star among the commemorative watches presented on the occasion of the manufacture’s 175th anniversary in 2014. Now, it is succeeded by the Reference 6300, the first grande-sonnerie wristwatch ever added to the company’s current collection. Of course, featuring a reversible case in white gold decorated with the manufacture’s typical hobnail pattern, this opus showcases 20 complications, including five chiming modes, two of which are also patented acoustic world debuts.
Manually wound mechanical movement. Caliber 300 GS AL 36-750 QIS FUS IRM. Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime.
A double-faced reversible wristwatch.
Grande Sonnerie, Petite Sonnerie, minute repeater.
Strikework mode display (Silence/ Grande Sonnerie/Petite Sonnerie).
Alarm with time strike.
Date repeater.
Instantaneous perpetual calendar.
Movement power-reserve indicator.
Strikework power-reserve indicator.
Moon phases.
Strikework isolator indicator.
Second-time zone.
Second-time zone day/night indicator.
Display of day and month.
Date display (on both dials).
Leap year cycle.
Four-digit year display.
24-hour and minute subdial.
Crown position indicator (winding [R], alarm setting [A], timesetting [H]).
A reversible case with hand-guilloched hobnail-patterned decoration, protected against moisture and dust ingress, not water resistant.
Time side: ebony black opaline dial, gold applied Breguet numerals, hand-guilloched hobnail-patterned centre.
Calendar side: silvery opaline dial. 18K solid gold dial plates.
Alligator strap with square scales, hand-stitched, shiny black, fold-over clasp.
Case: white gold.
Case diameter: 47.4 mm.
Height: 16.07 mm.

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World

Top 10 Most Complicated Timepieces in the World – Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300G

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To be continued with part 2 

 

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