Written by Akeem Johnson-Pierre
Although the word “complication” may have negative connotations, it takes on a different
meaning in the industry of watchmaking. In horology, a “complication” refers to any additional
feature in a watch that goes beyond the simple display of hours and minutes. The difference
between basic and complex watches can be immense, ranging from bi-axial tourbillons to split-
second chronographs. Take a look at some of the most complicated watches ever produced.
Whether it be 1,000-year calendars or complex tourbillon movements, complications not only
add value to watches, they also push the limits of horology as we know it. All mentioned watches are fine examples of what happens when brands propel the art of watchmaking forward to defy the impossible.