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Tour De L'Ile

The watch to have most recently won its way onto this most prestigious of lists, was created in 2005 by Vacheron Constanin. A watch by the name of Tour de L'Ile, valued at a jaw-dropping $1,500,000, is the most complicated double-face wristwatch ever created boasting 834 parts and 16 complications. Completed the year of Vacheron’s 250th anniversary, the development of this timepiece took five years and more than 10,000 hours to create. With seven pieces created, and only six of those having been released to the public this watch is indeed one of the rarest and most sought after wristwatches ever created.

The caliber 2750 movement is unique to this watch, made up of 834 parts. An assembly this complicated can take up to 5 months to complete. In addition to hour, minute and second indicators this watch has 16 complications which have been divided between the watches two sides. The first side’s most prominent feature is the tourbillion, which has an oversized cage almost twice the size of any other feature. The tourbillion shines on a dial made of silvered 18k gold guilloche. Above and to the left of this is the power reserve which sits directly across from the moon-phase indicator. Finishing up the complications on this side are the second time zone and a smaller sub-dial which indicates the torque of the striking-mechanism.

The dial on the back of the watch contains functions laid out in almost perfect symmetry, crowned by a perpetual calendar whose features include day, date, month, and leap year indicators. In the center position is a dial dedicated to the equation of time. Below on either side are two astronomical indications for sunrise and sunset times. Finally, at the bottom of the dial is an extremely precise sky chart of the northern hemisphere.

The Tour de L'Ile is a breathtaking example of all that is fine in horology and I imagine will continue to inspire for as long as time continues to move forward. And though I believe it is just a matter of time before it has been outdone this watch has taken its place in history as one of the most complicated watches ever created.

It's magic. I've seen the "behind production" video. The mechanics are simply so state of the art that one would start to wonder why these guys don't work for NASA...

Nice text.

Magnus

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Greatings, Not sure that this is true:), but thanks for a post.


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