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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  • John 47

    John 47

    Put it on your wrist with a strap and then call that clock a watch.

    Jan 10, 2019

  • Ahmed Mahdi

    Ahmed Mahdi

    Magnificent piece of art.

    Dec 21, 2018

  • Oka Widharta

    Oka Widharta

    Fiuuhh crazy..

    Oct 23, 2018

  • David B

    David B

    You can use it as a canteen too...

    Oct 03, 2018

  • Dik Tracy

    Dik Tracy

    Thats not a watch.. Its a god damn pocket alarm clock... Jesus look at the size of that thing!

    Aug 03, 2018

  • Neil Amalfitano

    Neil Amalfitano

    Anything looks amazing next to those butt ugly glasses

    Jul 29, 2018

  • Kim Jong Un

    Kim Jong Un

    Knockoff Timex

    Jul 12, 2018

  • STohme


    Outstanding achievement

    Jun 30, 2018

  • me hee

    me hee

    Looks a bit like an English pair case watch.

    Jun 17, 2018

  • skykoh sky

    skykoh sky

    Try it on the wrist

    Jun 17, 2018

  • Itsalgud1


    Anyone know what the water resistance is?

    Jun 16, 2018

  • wannabecarguy


    Well is it water proof? I would gladly receive that piece into my collection. ... Of Chinese watches...

    Jun 16, 2018

  • Tamal Kundu

    Tamal Kundu

    Technological marvel aside, that is not a pocket watch. It's a table clock without proper apparatus to make it sit on a table. Either way, sublime content as ever.

    Jun 15, 2018

  • 7071t6


    The interviewer reminds me of the bloke out of american Giggilo the french man, my penius is a topedo and i would like to do you from behind, poor fishies ? Next you will check my pants for weapons of mass destruction LOL LMFAO really ?

    Jun 12, 2018

  • Salih Özdemir

    Salih Özdemir

    Wow, this watch(I mean this art piece, engineering miracle, and mechanical beauty) makes Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime look like a toy. Deep respect for the developers.

    Jun 02, 2018

  • jharris947


    This is stretching the word 'watch' to breaking point.

    May 30, 2018

  • jharris947


    Have a look in the mirror mate and you'll soon want to get rid of those stupid 'Mad Professor' glasses. FFS!

    May 30, 2018

  • Danilo CaR

    Danilo CaR

    damn he THICC

    May 26, 2018

  • ublade82


    Looks like something a Jules Verne protagonist would use

    May 24, 2018

  • p.s ps

    p.s ps

    It is more like a clock than a watch. Why no footage of the movement?

    May 19, 2018

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