Reach­ing for the Stars

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If you’re a lover of com­pli­ca­tions then look no fur­ther than the Vacheron Con­stantin Les Cabinotiers Ce­les­tia Astro­nom­i­cal Grand Com­pli­ca­tion 3600, which is this year’s stand­out star and the most com­pli­cated wrist­watch the 262-year-old ‘man­u­fac­ture’ has ever cre­ated. In a nut­shell, it’s a one-off 1 mil­lion USD 18-karat white gold oeu­vre that took five years of de­vel­op­ment by a sin­gle VC watch­maker. With dis­plays on the front dial, and the back, this 45mm watch fea­tures 514 parts and 23 (mostly astro­nom­i­cal) horo­log­i­cal com­pli­ca­tions, pro­vid­ing time in three dif­fer­ent modes: civil, so­lar and side­real (each with its own gear train). Yet, de­spite all those specs (and pre­sum­ably heavy draw) its thick­ness is just 8.7mm, and its power re­serve is a mind-bog­gling 21 days. That re­ally is an as­ton­ish­ing feat of en­gi­neer­ing and it was achieved by the way of six main­springs, all of which have been made from a pro­pri­etary al­loy called ‘bioflex’.

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