Sep 17, 2015

Vacheron Constantin Presents The World’s Most Complicated Watch Ever Made, Ref. 57260

Tags: Dominique Bernaz, Most complicated watch, Project Tivoli, Ref. 57260, Vacheron Constantin


Coinciding with the brand’s 260th anniversary, Vacheron Constantin presented what is simply the world’s most complicated watch ever produced. The former “record” of number of complications was set at 36 and Vacheron Constantin has now raised the bar to an incredible 57!!!

It took 8 years for the Atelier Cabinotiers of the brand, a department dedicated to bespoke watches, to develop this unique timepiece after a savvy collector placed this very special order. The project evolved during this period of time and presented some real challenges that were each time tackled with a fresh and new approach to the development of these complications, which naturally have to all function together.

Domique Bernaz in charge of the Ateliers Cabinotiers and Retail Director of the brand explains us the behind the scenes of this outstanding performance. And TheWATCHES.tv is the only media to have actual footage of this extraordinary watch, so enjoy this exclusive look at the Reference 57260 and please find the exhaustive and impressive list of complications at the bottom of this post.


Time Functions

1. Regulator-type hours, minutes and seconds for solar meantime
2. Visible spherical armillary tourbillon regulator with spherical balance spring
3. Armillary sphere tourbillon
4. 12-hour second time zone hours and minutes
5. Indication for 24 world cities for world-time
6. Day and night indication for the 12-hour world-time

Perpetual Calendar Functions

7. Gregorian perpetual calendar
8. Gregorian days of the week
9. Gregorian months
10. Gregorian retrograde date
11. Leap-year indication and four year cycle
12. Number of the day of the week (ISO 8601 calendar)
13. Indication for the number of the week within the year (ISO 8601 calendar)

Hebraic Perpetual Calendar Functions

14. Hebraic perpetual calendar with 19-year cycle
15. Hebrew name of the day
16. Hebrew name of the month
17. Hebrew date indication
18. Hebrew secular calendar
19. Hebrew century, decade and year
20. Indication for the number of months in the Hebraic calendar year (12 or 13 months)
21. Indication for the Golden Number with 19-year cycle

Functions of the Astronomic Calendar

22. Indications for the seasons, equinoxes, solstices and signs of the zodiac with “sun” hand
23. The sky chart (calibrated for the city of the owner)
24. Sidereal time hours
25. Sidereal time minutes
26. Hours of sunrise (calibrated for the city of the owner)
27. Hours of sunset (calibrated for the city of the owner)
28. Equation of time
29. Length of the day (calibrated for the city of the owner)
30. Length of the night (calibrated for the city of the owner)

Lunar Calendar Function

31. Phases and age of the moon, one correction every 1027 years

Religious Calendar Function

32. Indication for the date of Yom Kippur

Functions of the 3 column-wheel Chronograph

33. Retrograde fifths of a second chronograph (1 column wheel)
34. Retrograde fifths of a second rattrapante chronograph (1 column wheel)
35. 12-hour counter (1 column wheel)
36. 60-minute counter

Alarm Functions

37. Progressive alarm with single gong and hammer striking
38. Alarm strike / silence indicator
39. Choice of normal alarm or carillon striking alarm indicator
40. Alarm mechanism coupled to the carillon striking mechanism
41. Alarm striking with choice of grande or petite sonnerie
42. Alarm power-reserve indication

Westminster Carillon Striking Functions

43. Carillon Westminster chiming with 5 gongs and 5 hammers
44. Grande sonnerie passing strike
45. Petite sonnerie passing strike
46. Minute repeating
47. Night silence feature (between 22.00 and 08.00 hours – hours chosen by the client)
48. System to disengage the striking barrel when fully wound
49. Indication for grande or petite sonnerie modes
50. Indication for silence / striking / night modes

Further functions

51. Power-reserve indication for the going train
52. Power-reserve indication for the striking train
53. Winding crown position indicator
54. Locking mechanism for the striking
55. Winding system for the double barrels
56. Hand-setting system with two positions and two directions
57. Concealed flush-fit winding crown for the alarm mechanism

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  • nobravenewworld hk.

    nobravenewworld hk.

    This huge intellectual mechanical monstrosity was made by David Letterman the director for David Letterman the talk show host...hence the Hebrew Calender Commission.

    Jan 17, 2018

  • daAnder71


    The most compicated thing about this watch with this amount of “scripture“ on the dial, is finding the hands that actually tell the time.

    Jan 13, 2018

  • Aaron Ettinger

    Aaron Ettinger

    Why does it have the Hebrew date on it?

    Jan 12, 2018

  • Jon Can

    Jon Can

    Inspired by Patek Philippe's Calibre 89 clock that was built in 1989.

    Jan 04, 2018

  • Que Dableyou

    Que Dableyou

    the heartbeat of that tourbillon is fucking beautiful

    Dec 28, 2017

  • Tonick


    That's not a watch... that's a clock.

    Dec 26, 2017

  • Fred HE

    Fred HE

    no price tag huh

    Dec 10, 2017

  • economixxxx


    Whats withthe shitty cheesy music?

    Dec 08, 2017

  • Herman Ingram

    Herman Ingram

    That thing is a table clock.

    Nov 14, 2017

  • Matt McLoughlin

    Matt McLoughlin

    Service costs? Lol

    Nov 10, 2017

  • Safe Surfing

    Safe Surfing

    This is not just a watch... Its a tribute to the intelligence that nature possesses... I feel so honored to have seen this!

    Nov 03, 2017

  • Rick wallace

    Rick wallace

    It's not a watch.its a curling stone.

    Nov 02, 2017

  • Alexstrasza Life-Binder

    Alexstrasza Life-Binder

    Funny, look at 2:36, the jewish year is 5775 and the yom kippur date is 09/23. But at 5775 yom kippur really were at 10/4 ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_and_Israeli_holidays_2000%E2%80%932050 ) - not a recommendation.

    Oct 28, 2017

  • Ivan Hart

    Ivan Hart

    But no Indiglo tut , tut tut.

    Oct 28, 2017

  • Paul Cancescu

    Paul Cancescu

    Well my Samsung gear S3 has 3 million complications !

    Oct 26, 2017

  • lonewolfanddog


    That's a clock, not a watch. Beautiful and amazing but totally pointless

    Oct 17, 2017

  • nobravenewworld hk.

    nobravenewworld hk.

    It's not a watch, ( a watch definition is a timepiece you wear on your wrist or put in a pocket...which this giant round object is neither) it's a ticking Time bomb in disguise.

    Jan 17, 2018



    I had to stop the video some 5-6 times simply to read all the complications.

    Oct 12, 2017

  • Ken Graham

    Ken Graham

    It makes you look like a retard when you try to pronounce vacheron constantin as it was meant to.

    Oct 01, 2017

  • osiris1309


    You don't pay for the watch, you pay for the heart, blood and soul poured into the creation. Much respect.....

    Sep 16, 2017

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