The Jacob & Co. Billionaire is a true reflection of what the brand does well, combining its passion for fine jewels and exceptional horological mechanics. The timepiece features an exclusive Jacob & Co. skeleton manual-winding tourbillon with a power reserve of 72 hours. The case and bracelet are crafted out of 18-karat white gold and set with 260 carats of emerald-cut diamonds. The diamonds have been set using a bead setting with an inverted pyramid technique. The individual diamonds measure up to 3 carats each. This is a unique piece.
Vacheron Constantin 57260
The Vacheron Constantin 57260 pocket watch is the brand’s most complicated timepiece to date. It was created on request for an important watch collector and allowed the Geneva-based brand to push its creativity and love for innovation to the limits. The 57260 houses an outstanding 57 complications, many of which have never been seen before, including multiple calendar indications and a flyback chronograph with a double retrograde function. With two dials, the timepiece comes in 18-karat white gold and continues Vacheron Constantin’s tradition of making truly exceptional timepieces that write new chapters in the history of watchmaking.
Hublot Big Bang
Hublot’s Big Bang $5 million is encrusted with 1,282 diamonds, of which there are 302 baguette-cut diamonds on the case, 179 baguette-cut diamonds on the dial, another 782 diamonds on the bracelet, plus six emerald-cut diamonds above three carats each, a 1.06 carat rose-cut diamond and 12 additional baguettes — all of grade A VVS (the very best). The watch is powered by Hublot’s 1100 Caliber, a self-winding movement with a 42-hour power reserve. If you are interested in this timepieces, we are afraid to inform you that the watch was purchased by Beyoncé who offered it to her husband Jay-Z on his 43rd birthday. But if you have the money, Hublot would probably be happy to make you a similar one!
Louis Moinet Meteoris collection
The Louis Moinet Tourbillon Rosetta Stone is one of four exceptional timepieces created by the brand that features extremely rare meteorites. The timepiece featured here is the Tourbillon Rosetta Stone version featuring a rare Sahara 99555 meteorite that fell to Earth and which is possibly thought to have hailed from the planet Mercury. Experts date the stone to be over 4.6 million years old. Its greenish-gray color contrasts beautifully with the central golden hour and minute hands as well as the main spring and tourbillon escapement that are on few view through the open dial. The state-of-wind of the power reserve is ingeniously viewed via the visible main spring at 12 o’clock. The case is also very complex with over 50 different components including the signature Louis Moinet crown guard.
Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4
Franck Muller’s Aeternitas Mega is the most complicated wristwatch in the world with 36 different complications (of which 25 are visible) and 1,483 components. The name Aeternitas comes from the Latin world for eternity and is a tribute to the watch’s eternal calendar that follows a 1,000-year cycle. The dial was designed to follow the pure traditions of the old dial makers from Switzerland’s Vallée de Joux. The timepiece took over five years to develop and proves the brand’s mission statement of being “The Master of Complications”.
A LANGE & SOHNE GRAND COMPLICATION
The Lange & Söhne Grand Complication is the most complicated wristwatch produced by the German brand with seven complications and 876 parts. The complications include a grande and petite sonnerie, a minute repeater, a flyback chronograph and a perpetual calendar. It took seven years to develop and each piece takes over a year to produce and assemble. Only a small handful of them will be made, increasing the rarity of this spectacular timepiece.
Richard Mille RM 56-02 Sapphire
The RM 56-02 Tourbillon Sapphire timepiece by Richard Mille was an exercise in pursuing research into the world of transparency. The timepiece marked the first time a sapphire crystal case was produced in combination with sapphire crystal movement bridges and a cable suspended movement. The entire case, including the front bezel, caseband and back bezel, are cut and milled from solid blocks of sapphire crystal. The process is highly complex due to the difficulty of machining sapphire crystal as it is very delicate. Each watch case takes over 1,000 hours to complete. The collection is equipped with a manual-winding tourbillon and is limited to 10 pieces.
AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK GRANDE COMPLICATION BLACK MAGIC & WHITE MAGIC
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication is entirely cased in black ceramic, offering a tough look for this highly complicated timepiece that includes a minute repeater, a split-seconds chronograph, a perpetual calendar and small seconds. The sapphire dial features black counters, white gold applied hour markers and Royal Oak hands, as well as a black inner bezel. The indications are powered by Audemars Piguet’s 2885 in-house, self-winding movement with a power reserve of 45 hours and counts 648 individual parts.
GREUBEL FORSEY GMT EARTH
Greubel Forsey’s GMT Earth provides a 360° view of Earth, from the North to the South Pole, thanks to an original movement architecture and a complex use of sapphire crystal. The three-dimensional globe takes center stage on the timepiece, although there are many other three-dimensional elements also featured in this spectacular watch, including the hour, minute and small seconds indications at 12 o’clock, an eye-catching GMT indication with its red triangular hand at 10 o’clock, a power reserve indication with its long slender hand at two o’clock, and last but not least, a Tourbillon 24 Secondes at five o’clock. The GMT Earth allows an instant reading of three time zones at the same time, to within a quarter of an hour. Turn the timepiece over and 24 time zones are on display with their respective summer and winter times, in addition to the universal time indicated by the globe.
CHRISTOPHE CLARET X-TREM 1
The X-Trem 1 by Christophe Claret presents a whole new way of reading the time and represents a major technical and aesthetic accomplishment for the brand. The time is indicated using two tiny hollowed steel spheres that are isolated in sapphire tubes and moved without any mechanical connection thanks to a system of magnets. Sitting at the bottom of the dial is a flying tourbillon, inclined at an angle of 30° and mounted on a three-dimensional curvex titanium mainplate. The timepiece is set and wound through the caseback leaving the case free of a crown which would have upset its harmonious design.