Vacheron Constantin Launch “World’s Most Complicated Watch”at Hong Kong Show

By Paul Joseph

The second edition of the Watches & Wonders watch fair in Hong Kong came to a close last weekend and there is little question over the timepiece that grabbed the bulk of the attention.

Swiss watchmaker Vacheron Constantin brought with them to the prestigious event their Reference 57260 pocket watch – billed as the most complicated mechanical timepiece ever created.

According to its creators at Vacheron Constantin’s Ateliers Cabinotier bespoke division, the watch took more than eight years to design and features a grand total of 57 distinct complications, all packed into solid 18-karat white gold case.

“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,” said Juan Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin.

The front of this watch boasts gold Roman numerals up top, while on the back can be found a three-axis tourbillon housing a special spherical balance spring and escapement.

Other notable features include three full calendar systems – a standard Gregorian perpetual calendar, a Hebrew perpetual calendar and an astronomical calendar.

Watches & Wonder 2015 took place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 30th September to 3rd October.

Founded by Jean-Marc Vacheron in 1755, Vacheron Constantin has grown to become one of the world’s most famous luxury watch makers.

By Paul Joseph