Patek Philippe is the latest of the Manufactures to present a Grand Sonnerie this year, joining Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet. Given the intricacy of this melodious complication, three such launches constitute an exceptional event.
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Chiming watches, whether minute repeaters, grandes sonneries or alarms, are embedded in the history of the Le Sentier brand, a tradition it upholds this year with customary brilliance.
In the wake of its Reference 57260 anniversary timepiece with 57 complications, first presented a little over a year ago, Vacheron Constantin returned to SIHH with two watches whose complex mechanics are equalled only by their incredible beauty.
While a tough eighteen months may have left their mark on Fine Watch brands, watchmaking's elite have lost none of their ability to propose truly stunning creations. For proof, four timepieces and the confirmation of striking watches as a collector's grail.
Complications are, for watchmakers, a means of expressing their mechanical ingenuity and sense of innovation. Despite an economic climate that inspires prudence, a good many Maisons have chosen to shun simplicity. A round-up of what's on show at SIHH.
Karl-Friedrich Scheufele didn't come to Dubai Watch Week empty-handed. Chopard's Co-President wore the newly unveiled L.U.C Full Strike and even brought along the Aiguille d’Or, the highest accolade awarded at this year's Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève for the Ferdinand Berthoud FB1 Chronometer.
Vacheron Constantin has set a new record for the world's most complicated watch, in the form of Reference 57260. A symbolic figure, as 57 corresponds to the number of complications built into this pocket watch while 260 represents the number of years of uninterrupted activity by the oldest watch Manufacture, an anniversary being celebrated this year.
The tourbillon has spread like wildfire through the profession, to the extent that companies which choose to make it the only complication in a calibre could easily be accused of taking the easy option. Not so at Baselworld.