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    Vacheron has finally unveiled the most complicated watch ever created!

    Eight years in the making and with 57(!!!) complications.

    Check out this lengthy article on Hodinkee (most of which is explaining the complications)

    http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/the-vac...eference-57260

    The retrograde split seconds looks insanely cool, each hand runs separately (instead of on top of each other) running on a retrograde arc starting either side of 6 o'clock and ending the arc either side of 12 o'clock.

    Time Functions
    1.
    Regulator-type hours, minutes and seconds for solar meantime
    2. Visible spherical armillary tourbillon regulator with spherical balance spring
    3. Three-axis 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
    24. Sidereal time hours
    25. Sidereal time minutes
    26. Hours of sunrise
    27. Hours of sunset
    28. Equation of time
    29. Length of the day
    30. Length of the night


    Lunar Calendar Function
    31.
    Phases and age of the moon, one correction every 1,027 years


    Religious Calendar Function
    32.
    Indication for the date of Yom Kippur


    Functions Of The Three-Column-Wheel Chronograph
    33.
    Retrograde fifths of a second chronograph – one column wheel
    34. Retrograde fifths of a second rattrapante chronograph – one column wheel
    35. 12-hour counter – one column wheel
    36. 60-minute counter


    Alarm Functions
    37.
    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 five gongs and five hammers
    44. Grande sonnerie passing strike
    45. Petite sonnerie passing strike
    46. Minute repeating
    47. Night silence feature
    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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    I wonder how much a service on that would run you...
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    Quote Originally Posted by geoffbot View Post
    I wonder how much a service on that would run you...
    I would imagine in the hundreds of thousands. If I remember correctly the Patek Henry Graves super complication was last serviced in 1968; I guess display pieces like this tend to last a while between services.
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    Holy cow, that's incredible.

    Don't think I could afford it from an AD, I'll keep an eye out for them on Jomashop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geoffbot View Post
    I wonder how much a service on that would run you...
    I think if you can afford that watch, you probably have your own in-house watchmaker...

    Really amazing piece of craftsmanship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OTGabe View Post
    I think if you can afford that watch, you probably have your own in-house watchmaker...

    Really amazing piece of craftsmanship.
    Well truth be told, who ever paid for this watch has Vacheron at their beck and call as their personal watchmaker!
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    That truly is incredible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geoffbot View Post
    I wonder how much a service on that would run you...

    If you have to ask...

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    I think I would have negotiated a warranty a bit longer than a year or two when commissioning something like that.

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    Truly amazing. But we need some movement pictures, don't we?

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