Vacheron Constantin 57260

Vacheron Constantin Ref. 57260: The World’s Most Complicated Watch Comes With A Magnifying Glass!

THM Desk
5 May 2023 |
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Watches have advanced significantly since their introduction in the 15th century. They began as straightforward timepieces but have since developed into intricate works of art that serve many purposes beyond just telling time. Particularly among watch enthusiasts, luxury timepieces are a sign of success and wealth. But, what’s the real deal with complicated watches?

Watches that are considered "complicated" go above and beyond just telling time by providing a variety of other features and functions. Calendar functions, alarms, moon phase indicators, minute repeaters, and more fall under this category. The more features a watch has, the more complicated it is, and the higher the price tag.

pocket watch

The pocket watch was one of the earliest types of complicated watches, and it often included features like a chronograph, a calendar, and an alarm. The precision and accuracy of these watches made them highly sought after by professionals in fields as diverse as astronomy, medicine, and aviation.

And when we talk, about complicated watches, Vacheron Constantin stands as the title holder for producing the most complicated watch in the world.

Swiss luxury watchmaker Vacheron Constantin has been making high-quality timepieces since 1755. Collectors and aficionados all over the world covet the brand's timepieces because of the care and precision with which they are made. The 57260 timepiece made by Vacheron Constantin, is widely regarded as the most complicated wristwatch in existence.

Reference 57260

In honor of its 260th year in business, Vacheron Constantin released the extraordinary 57260 timepiece. This masterpiece, which took eight years to design and produce and features an incredible 57 complications, was the work of a team of watchmakers.

What, then, is the secret to the 57260's success at Vacheron Constantin? Let's have a look at its best qualities in more detail and what makes it the most complicated watch in the world!

All About Complications

The Vacheron Constantin 57260 is an incredibly complex timepiece, boasting a whopping 57 complications. Watches with these complications have features and functions beyond just telling time. The 57260 has several notable complications, including:

  • The watch displays the date, month, and year and automatically adjusts for leap years, making it a perpetual calendar.
  • The watch has a minute repeater, so it can chime the hours, quarters, and minutes whenever you want.
  • The escapement and balance wheel are housed in a tourbillon, a revolving cage. It spins once per minute, mitigating the effects of gravity on the watch's mechanism.
  • This watch feature, known as a "split-seconds chronograph," allows the user to time two separate events at once, pausing the clock on one while it continues to time the other.
  • The watch has a display that depicts the night sky, including the location of stars and constellations.
  • The watch can be programmed to alert the wearer at a chosen time.
Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260
  • Due to Earth's elliptical orbit around the sun, the difference between solar time and standard time varies throughout the year, and this watch can show you the time difference as it appears on your wrist.
  • Watches with power reserve indicators let you know how much juice is still in the mainspring.
  • The watch will tell you when the sun will rise and set at your current location.
  • The watch can show the current time in a variety of different global time zones.
These are merely a few of the many intricacies available on the Vacheron Constantin 57260. The watch is the most complicated in the world because it has 57 complications in total.

Into The Details

Since the new complications, such as the multiple calendars and double retrograde rattrapante chronograph, had never existed before, they required a brand-new caliber of movement to be calculated, designed, and developed from the ground up. This resulted in the birth of a brand-new, previously unseen movement.

Tivoli Soldat Dos

To ensure that the finished watch was completely harmonious as a whole, even the mechanisms of the more common complications have been modified, reinterpreted, and redesigned. The imagination leap and mathematical prowess required to bring it to life are almost incomprehensible to the average person. For this reason, the research and skills developed during its construction can be considered to be the greatest contribution to the advancement of mechanical watchmaking since the 1920s, when the watch was first completed.

CU of the 57260

There are a lot of innovative and significant new mechanisms that have never been seen before in watchmaking among the list of fifty-seven complications. Each of the new features implemented by Vacheron Constantin was not only a technical advancement in and of itself, but also an essential part of this truly exceptional timepiece.

The refined and perfectly proportioned case is crafted from 18-carat white gold and features a winding crown with three positions and an indication window on the case band to display the crown's setting or winding position. The double retrograde chronograph's start/stop and reset functions are operated by a co-axial button in the crown, while the rattrapante chronograph is activated and reset by a push-button in the case band located at 11 o'clock.

The Armillary Sphere Tourbillon

Through the window below the sky map, you can admire the fascinating Armillary tourbillon cage that houses the watch's escapement. It's dramatic in terms of both its visuals and the technology behind them. The watchmakers at Vacheron Constantin have designed the most exquisite mechanism, showing a sphere rotating and moving in three dimensions in sync with the utmost delicacy. The watchmaker has used a spherical balance spring, which is both aesthetically pleasing and functionally beneficial to the precision of the timepiece.

Référence 57260

The "armillary" tourbillon got its name because of the visual similarities between it and the scientific instrument known as an armillary sphere, which consists of concentric circles and rings. To further illustrate the apparent motion of the stars, the Sun, and the ecliptic around the earth, it was placed on the second dial side to complement the astronomical functions.

CU of the 57260 front

Even with its massive 98mm case diameter, the world's most complicated watch still requires a magnifying glass for its 19 front hands and 12 backhands to be legible. While Vacheron Constantin has displayed unimaginable complication and technical innovation at its best, the world of horology is constantly evolving. But, can there be a watch that is more complicated than this? Only time will tell.