It’s complicated…

#SIHH2017 (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Genève) is off to to a flying start this year and despite gloomy figures showing a Swiss Watch Industry in decline, you’d be forgiven for not noticing thanks to some of the day one announcements.

If you’ve got a cool $1million dollars spare and you’re not sure what to do with it then you might want to get in touch with the team at Vacheron Constantin.  It seems they didn’t quite get the brief when it comes to industry cut-backs (at least in the exhibition development team at least).  Their new timepiece would set you back a fortune, if it were actually for sale, but despite this technicality it can still claim to be one of the most complicated wristwatches in the world.

That claim is founded on a total of 23 distinct complications (functions) which spring into motion thanks to 514 individual parts, all brought together in a case measuring a mere 45mm in diameter.  This double-sided watch includes astronomical functions alongside time and calendar features and the makers say that most of the engineering that has gone into this exhibition piece are reworked from a much larger pocket-watch which they put together in 2015: Yes that was the most complicated pocket-watch of its time too.

Unfortunately the wristwatch which is named: Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600 is an exhibition timepiece only.  It won’t be available for purchase any time soon however the team from Vacheron Constantin have helped remind us that despite gloomy forecasts, continued technological development and refinements of horological engineering seems set to constantly amaze us.  It’s like a mechanical ‘Moore’s Law’ and today the delegates visiting SIHH are once again marveling at how it was done and where development like this will all and.

The ‘Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600’ from Vacheron Constantin is on display at the 2017 SIHH watchmakers industry exhibition in Geneva.  You can find out more about their new models launching soon via their website: