Amazing Fact #101
The most complicated mechanical watch ever created is Vacheron Constantin reference 57260 pocket watch. The numbers behind the creation of this unique masterpiece are astonishing.
The creation process took eight years of research, prototyping, manufacturing, and assembly. 85 prototypes were created before the final product, and only the drawings made in the process weight 16 kg. The watch has 2,826 components, 57 complications, and 242 jewels. No wonder that such a complex mechanism comes at a price. The watch has 33 hands and two faces (there’s just not enough space to fit all of the hands and scales on just one face). The diameter of the case is 10 cm, and the thickness is 5 cm., and the watch weights almost a kilo (957 grams).
The price of the watch, agreed between the undisclosed owner and the company, is confidential, but it is believed to exceed $10 million.
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