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Feature: You’ll be amazed by the complexity of these watches

Complicated timepieces are things of wonder, the product of countless hours of painstaking work by the most experienced top watchmakers from some of the most prestigious brands around. To celebrate their incredible work and mechanical brilliance, we’re taking a look at five of the most complex timepieces around. Prepare to be astounded!

Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4

This piece from Franck Muller is quite literally the most complicated watch in the world—but I guess that’s no surprise when coming from the self-proclaimed “master of complications”. Hosting a whopping 36 complications and 1,483 components, the Aeternitas 4 is described by Muller as “a wonder of micro-mechanic and watchmaking know-how”—and we have to say, we cannot really argue with that.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinoitiers Armillary Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar – Planetaria

With a unique aesthetic signature, this 2021 release from Vacheron Constantin is a highly technical single-piece edition. Fit with the new in-house movement—calibre 1991—the Armillary Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Planetaria hosts a range of sophisticated complications including precision moonphases and retrograde dates with day and month indications. It also boasts a double-axis tourbillon in which the piece is regulated.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition 3 Meteorite

This JLC grows upon the existing Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3, which was first introduced in 2013 and married a technical force with its multi-axis tourbillon to the finest of artistic craftmanship. This updated edition, then, features the in-house JLC calibre 176 which boasts a digital monopusher and day/night indicator—as well as stunning details such as grand feu enamel, hand-guillochage and a meteorite inlay.

Patek Philippe Grand Complications

Patek Philippe’s Grand Complications collection prides itself on displaying the brand’s knowledge in all horological complications including tourbillons, grande and petite sonnerie striking mechanisms, minute repeaters, perpetual calendars, moon phases, and split-second chronographs. Patek has even managed to build the world’s most complicated portable timepiece this century, on two separate occasions—not surprising coming from such a high-end watchmaker.

A Lange & Söhne Triple Split 424.038F

ALS’s Triple Split is something of a game changer, being the world’s first and only split-seconds chronograph that can measure additive and comparative times for up to twelve hours. Pushing the parameters of mechanical watchmaking, the rattrapante minute and hour counters increase the measuring range by a factor of 24. This means the Triple Split can compare the times of two competitors in a sporting event, from a Formula One race to a marathon.

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