Saturday, January 11, 2014

A Grand Complication from Audemars Piguet

So I just finished Stacy Perman's A Grand Complication.  It is essentially the story of two men who competed (albeit surreptitiously) with each other to imagine and own the world's most complicated watch.
Courtesy of Audemars Piguet

Patek Philippe was their preferred supper, but I thought in light of "competition", why not look at some other examples?

Like this - the Tradition Grande Complication from Audemars Piguet.

A perpetual calendar, with all of the usual suspects, plus moon phase and a minute repeater.  For those of you wanting to know all of the details, here they are straight from Audemars Piguet -

Courtesy of Audemars Piguet


  • Grande Complication movement
  • Column wheel Chronograph mechanism
  • Repeater's two gongs are both on the same plane
  • Oscillating weight with ceramic ball bearings
  • Moonphase made with Physical Vapor Deposited metal onto sapphire
  • Oscillating weight can be custom decorated upon customer's request
  • Manual finishing of the cut out parts (polished bevels, grained finishing on top and Matt "brouillĂ©" finishing underneath)
  • Manual finishing of the bridges (curved polished bevels, satinbrushed edges, Perlage on the recesses)
  • Perpetual calendar / Date / Day / Month / Leap year / Moonphases / Number of the week
  • Split time chronograph / Seconds and split seconds counter / Minutes counter
  • Minute repeater on two gongs

Courtesy of Audemars Piguet

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