One Of The Most Complicated Watches Ever

One Of The Most Complicated Watches Ever

Postby TemerityB » August 31st 2017, 2:29pm

From Wired magazine, of all places -and if you read on, I know you'll love the price:


In 2016, Vacheron Constantin created the most complicated timepiece ever, the 57260 pocket watch, featuring 57 complications. It caused a stir in the horological industry.

This year, the company has doubled down, introducing its most complicated wristwatch, the Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600, with 23 complications.

One would assume these two developments had to have been connected - symbiotic, even. But the truth is, they were both developed in secret, with neither development team even aware of the other's existence.

The Celestia was made to honour the way the grand watchmaking masters worked, according to Christian Selmoni, Vacheron Constantin's artistic director. "They were developing something that reflected their new ideas, without regard for the time required," he says. "In almost all other watchmaking brands, this kind of spirit doesn't exist - we always tend to reuse something to save time. Developing movements just for one piece is unique. This timepiece was created in the spirit of the historical astronomical clocks with extraordinary levels of precision, and that makes the Celestia very important."

The Celestia, the brainchild of a project head, master watchmaker and conceptor (of whom Vacheron Constantin would not release his name for fear of being poached - he will from here on be referred to as "MW"), is part of a relatively recent programme inside the Les Cabinotiers ("the Artisans") department. Its aim is to develop unique "blue sky" timepieces while undertaking its raison d'etre, bespoke work. MW has had a lifelong interest in astronomy, and astronomical indications are at the Celestia's core. ... ated-watch
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Re: One Of The Most Complicated Watches Ever

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » August 31st 2017, 3:26pm

Oh, just one million? Abdullah the sheikh's son will be most pleased - it will make a nice addition to his collection of three wives, ten camels, a hundred goats, and a solid gold Bugatti Veyron.
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Re: One Of The Most Complicated Watches Ever

Postby foghorn » August 31st 2017, 3:56pm

How's the lume?

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Re: One Of The Most Complicated Watches Ever

Postby Tzimisces » August 31st 2017, 4:30pm

Meh. One rather smallish time knob.
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Re: One Of The Most Complicated Watches Ever

Postby bedlam » August 31st 2017, 4:59pm

Hands are a bit short
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Re: One Of The Most Complicated Watches Ever

Postby Wasp » September 1st 2017, 5:46am

Piss poor marketing shot...showing it MT.
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Re: One Of The Most Complicated Watches Ever

Postby Falstaff » September 1st 2017, 7:45am

Beats out the Bovet "Asterium" by a full 3 complications - that may account for the $600k price difference.
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