Com­plex Beau­ties

Robb Report Singapore - - Time -

Few com­pa­nies ri­val Vacheron Con­stantin when it comes to pro­duc­ing top-notch grande com­pli­ca­tions. In 2005, it launched the world’s most com­pli­cated wrist­watch. That time­piece, named Tour de I’Ile af­ter the his­tor­i­cal clock tower in Geneva’s Old Town, was a horo­log­i­cal tour de force com­bin­ing 16 tra­di­tional com­pli­ca­tions spread over two di­als and dis­played via 11 hands. This year, Vacheron Con­stantin paid trib­ute to that mon­u­men­tal time­piece with two unique wrist­watches crafted by the master watch­mak­ers and ar­ti­sans from its greatly revered Ate­liers Cabinotiers.

The first of the two is Les Cabinotiers Grande Com­pli­ca­tion Orne­men­tale with its aubergine dial fin­ished with a sati­nated sun­ray ef­fect. It of­fers a minute re­peater with torque dis­play, equa­tion of time, tour­bil­lon, per­pet­ual cal­en­dar with sun­set and sun­rise, power re­serve and an ar­ray of as­tro­nom­i­cal com­pli­ca­tions in­clud­ing a sky chart, equinoxes and sol­stices, side­real hours and min­utes, the age and phases of the moon, and the sea­sons and zo­diac signs. The sec­ond model, Les Cabinotiers Grande Com­pli­ca­tion Croc­o­dile, also comes with all of these com­pli­ca­tions, mi­nus the torque dis­play for the strik­ing mech­a­nism.

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