Without question, 2015 was a banner year in the history of watchmaking, particularly with the unveiling of Vacheron Constantin’s Reference 57260 pocket watch. This incredible instrument is the most complicated pocket watch ever created.
The most basic watch will show its observer the time in hours and minutes. Each additional function is called a complication. Common complications include moon phases, alarms, and calendars. The Reference 57260 has 57 complications, including 26 related to Gregorian, religious, and astronomical calendar functions alone.
The 57 complications of this astounding timepiece are the result of 2826 individual parts working in harmony, housed in a solid white gold case. Vacheron Constantin’s master watchmakers labored for eight years to assemble the watch, which was then sold to an anonymous private client for an undisclosed sum. Estimates of the watch’s selling price range from $5 million to $10 million.
Many of the most popular luxury watches feature useful complications, with calendar functions and chronograph capabilities very commonly seen across all major brands, including Rolex, Omega, and Audemars Piguet. For the average watch lover, 57 complications is likely too many, but one or two are just right!
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