Vacheron Constantin Presents The Most Complicated Watch in the World With 57 Complications
Unveiled by Vecheron Constantin at its headquarters in Geneva, the most complicated watch in the world, with 57 complications.
To celebrate its 260th anniversary, the brand announced the results of an eight-years-long project that started as a challenge from an anonymous buyer.
The challenge was simple, to build the most complex timepiece of the 21th century, and they have fulfilled the challenge.
The Ref. 57260 has 57 complications, more than 2,800 parts in its movement and is cased in almost two pounds of gold.
The Reference 57260 watch has been designed and produced entirely by three Vacheron Constantin watchmakers who have dedicated themselves to the project, assisted by two of their special orders team.
“This grand complication watch is testament to 260 years of craftsmanship driven by the pursuit of excellence.”
Made to keep up with classic watchmaking principles that have been updated with 20th century’s innovative techniques, this watch is truly one of the best.
“Its incredible combination of complications and time measurement functions meets the exacting criteria of the Hallmark of Geneva certification.”
Because they have worked at this watch for eight years, to succeed they needed to perseverance, a watch that is also called for an unprecedented mastery of mathematics and watchmaking.
“The creation of this watch pushes the limits of watchmaking, and recalls the great collectors of the 1920’s, such as Packard, and their competition to own the most complicated watch,” says Juan Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin.
If you watch closely, on the back of the watch are spherical tourbillon and astronomical indications.
We only know two examples of the most complicated watches, the one created by Vacheron Constantin and the other made by Patek Philippe.
Both watches took years to make, and resulted in what have become record-breaking works of art in terms of not only complications, but also value at auction and history in the making.
“Because the most complicated watch before this one had 33 complications, we set a goal of creating 36 complications,” says Dominique Bernaz, head of the Atelier Cabinotiers division.
“As we worked together, I would regularly ask my team if they thought we could do it, and they would smile and nod yes. We were half way through the project before we knew just how many complications the watch would have because the project kept evolving.”
The making of this watch goes way beyond technical mastery and superb mechanics; it goes beyond competitive collector spirit.
It’s the kind of work that goes to a human side of watchmaking that can’t be denied.
The Reference 57260 is packed with many incredible technical accomplishments. So many, in fact, that it would take several installment articles to explain them all.
But the best of those 57 complications include multiple different perpetual calendars, and the most impressive is the Hebraic perpetual calendar. The Hebraic calendar, a mathematician’s dream, is something that was never before incorporated into a watch.
This first-ever Hebraic perpetual calendar complication may well be one of the most significant contributions to current –day watchmaking.
As if all of this was not enough, there is also a musical component, too. The watch is equipped with an alarm (with single gong and hammer, or alarm strike, and with silence indicator).
If you want to know more details, as well as the list of the 57 complications, I invite you to go here. A while back we ranked the 10 Best Vacheron Constantin watches, so that’s something you might also want to check out!