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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  • Neil  Anderson

    Neil Anderson

    George Soros commissioned a watch?

    Apr 20, 2018

  • howard mckenna

    howard mckenna

    Jewish time machine.

    Apr 15, 2018

  • Leonard McCreary

    Leonard McCreary

    Client wishes he’d have clarified how big a “watch” is. 4 years of development was the instruction manual for setting it. If you let it run down, you are fucked!! ...or go one past on the date. Have to cycle through a millennium.

    Apr 15, 2018

  • Free Headbutts

    Free Headbutts

    It's obvious the owner is Flavor Flav.

    Apr 14, 2018

  • dean agoes

    dean agoes

    That's clock 🤔

    Apr 13, 2018

  • 3Vimages


    57 complications that at best 1 will be used on a regular basis .... if that!

    Apr 08, 2018

  • plastic fantasticTM

    plastic fantasticTM

    Can it run crysis?

    Apr 03, 2018

  • xpusostomos


    I've got a watch with more complications. I call it "iPhone".

    Apr 02, 2018

  • Spinal2111


    a watch that was 15 kilos? That is more of a clock.

    Apr 02, 2018

  • Not Who You Think I Am

    Not Who You Think I Am

    3:25 are you trying to give the poor bastard a heart attack😂

    Apr 01, 2018

  • Graxxor Anandro Vidhelssen

    Graxxor Anandro Vidhelssen

    That is an UN-f---ing-believable timepiece... It is kind of a shame it's going to a private collector. It is perhaps some of the finest precision mechanical engineering ever achieved!

    Mar 21, 2018



    That watch THICC

    Mar 11, 2018

  • Palium Noobi

    Palium Noobi

    Wonder why Hebrew alphabets were used...

    Mar 11, 2018

  • iamrichrocker


    is that a watch in your pocket..or you just glad to see me...

    Mar 08, 2018

  • Francisco Jairo

    Francisco Jairo


    Mar 02, 2018

  • Gidenkidenk


    Seeing that it weighs 2 halves of a house I'd say this would be a clock and not a watch

    Feb 28, 2018

  • shane Mason

    shane Mason

    calling it a watch is a bit far fetched it really a clock haha real test is make it wrist size

    Feb 28, 2018

  • Jack leone

    Jack leone

    to bad only Bill Gates can afford such a marvel? or possibly Hillary after the sale of Uranium one to the Russians.

    Feb 23, 2018

  • Pirouz Nahavandi

    Pirouz Nahavandi


    Feb 20, 2018

  • bringoutthelegos


    Good god, how do you set all those dials?

    Feb 19, 2018

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