Vacheron Constantin Reference 572060

Vacheron Constantin Reference 572060 : the most complicated watch in the world

by Guillaume V - 22/09/2015

A few months ago, we talked about the Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication which used to be the most complicated watch in the world for a very long time – from 1925 to 1989. With 57 complications, the Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260 from the Atelier Cabinotiers pocket watch broke this record to become the most complicated watch ever!

The number of complications is staggering but more than multiple records, the conception and manufacturing of this One-of-a-kind custom-made piece made major progress possible, representing the most important contribution to horology since nearly a century.

The construction took 8 years to 3 watchmakers and needed the implementation of both traditional methods and latest technical innovations. The reference 57260 timepiece is Hallmark of Geneva certified which guarantees its origin, durability, precision, quality of manufacturing and assembly.

In terms of aesthetics, the size of the watch is as insane as the number of complications; the 18K white gold case is 98 mm in diameter and 50,55 mm thick, weighting 960 grams! The number of hands on the 2 solid silver dials is also impressive: 19 for the front dial, 12 for the back dial!

Among the 57 complications, a lot are original innovations, seen for the first time in horology. The message is clear: Vacheron Constantin wants to become the present and future reference in the fine watchmaking business.

For fun, we have chosen to list ALL the functions of this horology masterpiece below.

6 time measurement functions

- 1. Hours, minutes, seconds, average solar time (regulator)
- 2. Three-shaft tourbillon
- 3. Tourbillon regulator with spherical balance spring
- 4. 12-hour time zone, second hours and minutes time zone
- 5. 24-city display for each time zone
- 6. Day/night indication for 12-hour time zone

7 perpetual calendar functions

- 7. Gregorian perpetual calendar
- 8. Gregorian day name
- 9. Gregorian month name
- 10. Gregorian retrograde date
- 11. Leap year and four-year cycle display
- 12. Number of the day of the week (ISO 8601 calendar)
- 13. Week to view (ISO 8601 calendar)

8 Hebrew calendar functions

- 14. Hebrew perpetual calendar and 19-year cycle
- 15. Hebrew day number
- 16. Hebrew month name
- 17. Hebrew date
- 18. Hebrew secular calendar
- 19. Hebrew century, decade and year
- 20. Age of Hebrew year (12 or 13 months)
- 21. Golden number (19 years)

9 astronomical calendar functions

- 22. Seasons, equinoxes, solstices and signs of the Zodiac indicated by the hand on the sun
- 23. Star chart (for the owner's city)
- 24. Sidereal time hours
- 25. Sidereal time minutes
- 26. Equation of time
- 27. Sunrise times (for the owner's city)
- 28. Sunset times (for the owner's city)
- 29. Length of day (for the owner's city)
- 30. Length of night (for the owner's city)

1 lunar calendar function

- 31. Moon phases and age (one correction every 1,027 years)

1 religious calendar function

- 32. Date of Yom Kippur

4 3-column-wheel chronograph functions

- 33. Retrograde seconds chronograph (one column wheel)
- 34. Retrograde split-seconds chronograph (one column wheel)
- 35. Hours counter (one column wheel)
- 36. Minutes counter

7 alarm functions

- 37. Alarm with its own gong and gradual striking
- 38. Alarm strike / silence indicator
- 39. Choice of normal alarm or carillon striking alarm indicator
- 40. Alarm mechanism coupled to the carillon striking mechanism
- 41. Alarm striking with choice of Grande or Petite Sonnerie
- 42. Alarm power-reserve indication
- 43. System to disengage the striking mechanism when alarm barrel fully unwound

8 Westminster carillon striking functions

- 44. Westminster carillon chiming with 5 gongs and 5 hammers
- 45. Grande Sonnerie passing strike
- 46. Petite Sonnerie passing strike
- 47. Minute repeating
- 48. Night silence feature (10 p.m. to 8 a.m.)
- 49. System to disengage the striking barrel when fully wound
- 50. Indication for Grande or Petite Sonnerie modes
- 51. Indication for silence / striking / night modes

6 other functions

- 52. Movement power reserve indicator
- 53. Power-reserve indication for the striking train
- 54. Winding crown position indicator
- 55. Dual barrel winding system
- 56. Time setting in two positions and two directions
- 57. Secret mechanism (opening of the button for alarm arbor)