Reference 57260

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The Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260
ManufacturerVacheron Constantin
Also called57260
TypePocket watch
DisplayAnalogue (2 dials)
Introduced2015
MovementMechanical

The Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260 is a single highly complicated mechanical pocket watch, featuring 57 complications.[1][2] The watch was assembled by Vacheron Constantin and introduced in 2015. The company claims that it is the most complicated mechanical pocket watch ever created—followed up by Patek Philippe Calibre 89 assembled in 1989 and featuring 33 complications.[3] The Reference 57260 took eight years to assemble.[4][5][6] The watch has 2826 parts and 31 hands, weighs 957 grams, and spans 98mm.

The Reference 57260 is one of Vacheron Constantin's tailor-made pocket watches with grand complications.[7][8] Members of the lineage include James W. Packard's minute repeating pocket watch (1918), which was auctioned for US$1.763 million by Christie's in New York on June 15, 2011, and King Fuad I's pocket watch No. 402833 (1929), which ranks as one of the most expensive watches ever sold at auction, fetching US$2.77 million (3,306,250 CHF) in Geneva on April 03, 2005.[9][10] In addition, in 1946 Vacheron Constantin made a customized pocket watch for King Farouk of Egypt, the successor of King Fuad I, and in 1948 the company tailored another pocket watch for Count Guy de Boisrouvray of France.[11][12]

Price[edit]

The price agreed between the company and the client is confidential and has not been officially disclosed; however, various sources estimate the price to be in excess of $10 million. It was built for a single client, whose personal details are kept confidential and is only described as "A major watch collector".[13]

Technical specifications[edit]

Fifty-seven complications by function[edit]

Other complicated pocket watches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pulvirent, Stephen (September 17, 2015). "Vacheron Constantin Unveils the Most Complicated Watch Ever Made". bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2015-09-18.
  2. ^ "Vacheron Constantin ref.57260 – the World's Most Complicated Watch with 57 Complications". monochrome-watches.com. 17 September 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-18.
  3. ^ McSpedden, Bani (September 18, 2015). "Vacheron Constantin's $10m Reference 57260 hailed as most complicated watch ever". afr.com. Retrieved 2015-09-18.
  4. ^ Foster, Jack (September 17, 2015). "Introducing The Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260 With 57 Complications (The Most Complicated Watch, Ever)". hodinkee.com. Retrieved 2015-09-18.
  5. ^ Naas, Roberta (September 17, 2015). "Vacheron Constantin Unveils the World's Most Complicated Watch, Ref. 57260, with 57 Complications". forbes.com. Retrieved 2015-09-18.
  6. ^ Shilova, Anna (September 17, 2015). "Vacheron Constantin создала уникальные часы с 57 усложнениями" (in Russian). vedomosti.ru. Retrieved 2015-09-18.
  7. ^ "Vacheron Constantin reference 57260 - the most complicated watch". reference57260.vacheron-constantin.com. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  8. ^ "VACHERON CONSTANTIN (MOVEMENT NO, 375551, CASE NO. 231922, MADE FOR JAMES WARD PACKARD IN 1918)". www.christies.com. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  9. ^ "The 24 Most Expensive Watches Ever Sold At Auction". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  10. ^ "King Fouad's Vacheron & Constantin, Genève, No. 402833, case No. 251058". catalog.antiquorum.swiss. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  11. ^ "Vacheron Constantin reference 57260 - the most complicated watch". reference57260.vacheron-constantin.com. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  12. ^ "Vacheron Constantin reference 57260 - the most complicated watch". reference57260.vacheron-constantin.com. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  13. ^ McSpedden, Bani (September 18, 2015). "Vacheron Constantin's $10m Reference 57260 hailed as most complicated watch ever". afr.com. Retrieved 2015-09-18.
  14. ^ "NEWS: PRESENTING THE VACHERON CONSTANTIN REF. 57260. THE MOST COMPLICATED WATCH EVER MADE IN THE HISTORY OF HOROLOGY". watchcollectinglifestyle.com. September 17, 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-18.

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