Complicated Chronometers

Written by Akeem Johnson-Pierre
Intro:
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.

Louis Vitton Tambour Moon Tourbillon The Manually-wound Calibre LV 97 reinterprets the Tourbillon with an exceptional 80-hour power reserve. the case and plate are entirely encrusted with diamonds a first for a watch with Poincon de Geneve Certification.  Movement lV 97 Calibre ,Case 42.5 mm  Price: Upon Request.  

Louis Vitton

Tambour Moon Tourbillon

The Manually-wound Calibre LV 97 reinterprets the Tourbillon with an exceptional 80-hour power reserve. the case and plate are entirely encrusted with diamonds a first for a watch with Poincon de Geneve Certification. 

Movement lV 97 Calibre ,Case 42.5 mm  Price: Upon Request.

 

Greubel Forsey GMT The Greubel Forsey GMT watch greatly augments user experience, with complications such as the inclusion of multiple time zones and a three-dimensional titanium globe at the bottom of the display. This globe completes one anti-clockwise rotation every 24 hours, just like our beloved earth. Traditional techniques like that of frosting, hand-bevelling, and hand-polishing have been used to ensure the watch’s superb finish. Available in a rose-gold or white-gold.Case: 43.5 mm Movement: Manual / GF05 in-house movement Price: $595,000

Greubel Forsey GMT


The Greubel Forsey GMT watch greatly augments user experience, with complications such as
the inclusion of multiple time zones and a three-dimensional titanium globe at the bottom of the display. This globe completes one anti-clockwise rotation every 24 hours, just like our beloved earth. Traditional techniques like that of frosting, hand-bevelling, and hand-polishing have been
used to ensure the watch’s superb finish. Available in a rose-gold or white-gold.Case: 43.5 mm
Movement: Manual / GF05 in-house movement
Price: $595,000

Jacob & Co. Astronomia Celestially inspired, Jacob & Co.’s Astronomia features a triple-axis tourbillon, faceted spherical diamond, and magnesium-lacquered globe. The non-diamond model is obtainable at $566,350, while the diamond version is available for $1,004,800. Astronomia combines the expertise of Swiss craftsmanship with an artist’s deft touch to create a truly spectacular timepiece. Case: 50 mm Calibre: Exclusive Jacob & Co. Manual Winding JCAM10 Non-diamond price: $566,350 Diamond price: $1,004,800

Jacob & Co.
Astronomia


Celestially inspired, Jacob & Co.’s Astronomia features a triple-axis tourbillon, faceted spherical diamond, and magnesium-lacquered globe. The non-diamond model is obtainable at $566,350, while the diamond version is available for $1,004,800. Astronomia combines the expertise of Swiss craftsmanship with an artist’s deft touch to create a truly spectacular timepiece.
Case: 50 mm
Calibre: Exclusive Jacob & Co. Manual Winding JCAM10
Non-diamond price: $566,350
Diamond price: $1,004,800

Franck Muller The Aeternitas Mega Franck Muller’s Aeternitas Mega is the one of the most elaborate watches in the world, thanks to its 36 complications, 1,483 components, and 1,000-year calendar. Fully produced in-house, the watch is reminiscent of the old “cadraturiers” in Vallée de Joux, Switzerland. The timepiece incorporates a mechanical tourbillon, a chronograph with a flyback mechanism, and a leap year indicator. A symbol for the complex art of watchmaking, the Aeternitas Mega comes with a price tag of 2.7 million Swiss Francs. Calibre: FM 3480 QPSE Case: 42 mm x 61 mm Price: 2,700,000 CHF

Franck Muller
The Aeternitas Mega

Franck Muller’s Aeternitas Mega is the one of the most elaborate watches in the world, thanks
to its 36 complications, 1,483 components, and 1,000-year calendar. Fully produced in-house,
the watch is reminiscent of the old “cadraturiers” in Vallée de Joux, Switzerland. The timepiece
incorporates a mechanical tourbillon, a chronograph with a flyback mechanism, and a leap year
indicator. A symbol for the complex art of watchmaking, the Aeternitas Mega comes with a price tag of 2.7 million Swiss Francs.
Calibre: FM 3480 QPSE
Case: 42 mm x 61 mm
Price: 2,700,000 CHF

Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 6 Measuring in at 55 x 49 mm, Harry Winston’s Histoire de Tourbillon 6 is the most complex watch of its series. The watch is made up of 683 parts in total and features two completely independent time indications: one powered by a tri-axial tourbillon and the other powered by a carousel. Featuring a white-gold case that perfectly fits the contours of the watch and a black galvanic dial, this exquisite watch is sure to be an instant sell-out. Movement: HW4701 calibre Case: 55 mm Price: $600,000 - $722,900

Harry Winston
Histoire de Tourbillon 6
Measuring in at 55 x 49 mm, Harry Winston’s Histoire de Tourbillon 6 is the most complex watch of its series. The watch is made up of 683 parts in total and features two completely
independent time indications: one powered by a tri-axial tourbillon and the other powered by a
carousel. Featuring a white-gold case that perfectly fits the contours of the watch and a black
galvanic dial, this exquisite watch is sure to be an instant sell-out.
Movement: HW4701 calibre
Case: 55 mm
Price: $600,000 - $722,900

Hublot MP-09 tourbillon bi-axis With a three-sided sapphire crystal case, the new MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis sees Hublot soaring to new heights. The device’s engine is an automatic 43-jewel HUB9009.H1.RA calibre that operates at 3 Hz and possesses a five-day power reserve. The movement is powered by a bi- axial tourbillon, which fully rotates every minute on one axis and every half-minute on another. This phenomenal watch will be available exclusively in titanium, titanium pavé, and King Gold. Case: 49 mm Movement: MP-09 tourbillon bi-axis Titanium price: $169,000 Titanium pave price: $190,000 King Gold price: $211,000

Hublot
MP-09 tourbillon bi-axis


With a three-sided sapphire crystal case, the new MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis sees Hublot soaring
to new heights. The device’s engine is an automatic 43-jewel HUB9009.H1.RA calibre that operates at 3 Hz and possesses a five-day power reserve. The movement is powered by a bi-
axial tourbillon, which fully rotates every minute on one axis and every half-minute on another.
This phenomenal watch will be available exclusively in titanium, titanium pavé, and King Gold.
Case: 49 mm
Movement: MP-09 tourbillon bi-axis
Titanium price: $169,000
Titanium pave price: $190,000
King Gold price: $211,000

Jaeger Le-coultre Hybris Mechanica A Grande Sonnerie Released in 2009, Jaeger Le-coultre’s Hybris Mechanica A Grande Sonnerie was immediately named the most complicated watch ever made. While the watch can no longer lay claim to this title, it remains as exquisite as ever. Housing 1,472 parts that are all active at once, the watch can also play the entire Carillon de Westminster melody to indicate time passing, possesses a calendar programmed to the year 2100, and includes a flying tourbillon. One of the most elegant timepieces ever created, the watch will be available at a cost of 2.5 million . Case: 44 mm Movement: manual movement Price: $2,500,000

Jaeger Le-coultre
Hybris Mechanica A Grande Sonnerie
Released in 2009, Jaeger Le-coultre’s Hybris Mechanica A Grande Sonnerie was immediately
named the most complicated watch ever made. While the watch can no longer lay claim to this
title, it remains as exquisite as ever. Housing 1,472 parts that are all active at once, the watch
can also play the entire Carillon de Westminster melody to indicate time passing, possesses a
calendar programmed to the year 2100, and includes a flying tourbillon. One of the most elegant timepieces ever created, the watch will be available at a cost of 2.5 million .
Case: 44 mm
Movement: manual movement
Price: $2,500,000

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Laptimer Leave it to Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher to push one of the best watch brands in existence to new heights. The racing legend approached Audemars Piguet with a simple question: “Can you make a mechanism that will measure laps?” With flyback functionality and a mechanical chronograph that times laps, the result is an Audemars Piguet sports watch coated in forged carbon and titanium. Only 221 models of the watch will be made, but don’t let that deter you from admiring one in person. Case: 44 mm Calibre: Handwound Manufacture calibre 2923 Price: $229,500

Audemars Piguet
Royal Oak Concept Laptimer

Leave it to Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher to push one of the best watch
brands in existence to new heights. The racing legend approached Audemars Piguet with a
simple question: “Can you make a mechanism that will measure laps?” With flyback functionality and a mechanical chronograph that times laps, the result is an Audemars Piguet sports watch coated in forged carbon and titanium. Only 221 models of the watch will be made, but don’t let that deter you from admiring one in person.
Case: 44 mm
Calibre: Handwound Manufacture calibre 2923
Price: $229,500

  Urwerk UR-210 It comes to Urwerk, you may be quick to think of the company’s last UR-210 model with its revolving satellite hour indicator and horizontal retrograde display. The newly released UR- 210 CP “Clou de Paris” is just as impressive, if not more so. While it uses the same UR-7.10, the engine has been reiterated in a darker, quilted skin. The watch’s black and textured case finishing imprints this stunning watch in the mind’s eye - you’ll have to see it to believe it. Movement: UR-7.10 self-winding Case: 43.8 mm x 53.6 mm x 17.8 mm Price: $150,000

 

Urwerk UR-210

It comes to Urwerk, you may be quick to think of the company’s last UR-210 model with
its revolving satellite hour indicator and horizontal retrograde display. The newly released UR-
210 CP “Clou de Paris” is just as impressive, if not more so. While it uses the same UR-7.10,
the engine has been reiterated in a darker, quilted skin. The watch’s black and textured case
finishing imprints this stunning watch in the mind’s eye - you’ll have to see it to believe it.
Movement: UR-7.10 self-winding
Case: 43.8 mm x 53.6 mm x 17.8 mm
Price: $150,000