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Vacheron Constantin Ref.57260. A new record.  Rating:  Rating
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 Posted: Fri Sep 18th, 2015 09:52 am
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Vacheron-Constantin unveils the most complicated portable watch ever made.
Ref: 57260
8 years of development to achieve 1 collector´s dream.


























Youtube videos:
https://youtu.be/InYrmk3Ezb8

https://youtu.be/ubHre0yMH_c


All fifty-seven complications by function

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)


VC link: http://reference57260.vacheron-constantin.com/en/the-worlds-most-complicated-watch

Review: http://www.ablogtowatch.com/vacheron-constantin-reference-57260-pocket-watch/

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WHEW!!! That must be worth 2 fortunes, not just one. Thanks for sharing amigo. The pics are all first class, too.

Last edited on Fri Sep 18th, 2015 01:53 pm by bigrustypig

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bigrustypig wrote:
WHEW!!! That must be worth 2 fortunes, not just one. Thanks for sharing amigo. The pics are all first class, too.

Thanks Jeff!
Been shamelessly stealing those over the net as usual...

You bet! But the guy certainly bade in $$$$$ so I guess it´s not a big deal for him.
Such a watch is definitively a good investment: They generally go up in value within years.

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quite impressive...and only Measuring 98mm in diameter, 131.7 mm tall and 50.55 mm thick! dog smile.gif

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Well, it has to be "big" somehow.
I bet that it will travel in a suitcase or a belt-pouch but not in the pocket...
Or the guy would look like he´s got a big ball.
toon1.gif

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Hammerfjord wrote: Well, it has to be "big" somehow.
I bet that it will travel in a suitcase or a belt-pouch but not in the pocket...
Or the guy would look like he´s got a big ball.
toon1.gif


You were correct Will! I found this picture of the proud owner sporting his new timepiece dog smile.gif


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Hondinkees review with actual pics...

http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/live-photos-of-vacheron-57260

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Paladin wrote:
Hammerfjord wrote: Well, it has to be "big" somehow.
I bet that it will travel in a suitcase or a belt-pouch but not in the pocket...
Or the guy would look like he´s got a big ball.
toon1.gif


You were correct Will! I found this picture of the proud owner sporting his new timepiece dog smile.gif




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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)

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