Vacheron Constantin Metiers d’ Arts Copernicus Celestial Spheres 2460 RT: Hands On Review

 |  February 7th, 2017

At SIHH 2017, Vacheron Constantin had so many complicated and special timepieces to show this year that is was like being a kid in a candy store. One timepiece that particularly enthralls us is the Metiers d’Art Copernicus Celestial Spheres 2460 RT — a  tribute to great astronomical discoveries, inspired by Nicolas Copernicus. The watch is definitively equal parts work of art and technical mastery, with three different expressions of the arts and a new caliber with original displays. In typical Vacheron Constantin style, the Copernicus- offered in three versions — bears the Hallmark of Geneva attesting to its extraordinary craftsmanship. Nicolas Copernicus needs little introduction. The Renaissance mathematician and philosopher was among the first to proclaim that the earth did not…

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SIHH 2017: Vacheron Constantin Unveils Most Complicated Wristwatch: $1M Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication

 |  January 16th, 2017

The century-old battle of the complications continues, as Vacheron Constantin unveils its most complicated wristwatch to date: Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600. The watch, which was five years in the making, boasts 23 functions and complexities, and offers   civil, solar and sidereal time indications – each via its own separate gear train. Based on previous demand of its bespoke pieces, we estimate that this unique watch easily carries a hefty price tag that goes above and beyond the $1 million mark. The watch was two years in the design and development stages for the movement, the functions and the mechanics – especially so that they would all fit inside a case that measures 45mm in diameter and is just…

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Close-Up with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication – You’ll Be Star Struck

 |  February 25th, 2015

We know Jaeger-LeCoultre has a rich heritage of perfecting the technical skill and craftsmanship that makes an extraordinary timepiece. This is a brand that continually reaches for the stars in its efforts to create works of art that are truly inventive and innovative. Such is the case with the newly released 2015 edition of the  Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication.  We wrote about a diamond-studded version of this piece late last year, and you can read the nitty gritty technical details about it here. But the newest watch has us even more bedazzled. The name itself pays full respect to the complexity that lies inside. This newer version is equipped with the same  movement and technical details as the previous edition, the caliber  945. It…

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Goes Astral: Introducing the Duometre Spherotourbillon Moon at SIHH 2015

 |  January 20th, 2015

By Gordon Henderson One of the many things that makes Jaeger-LeCoutre a great brand and one of the major manufactures to follow, is how they are able to innovate across a number of different lines and price points while still maintaining the identity of each family of watches. That skill is once again on display at SIHH with the addition to the Doumetre family of the Doumetre Spherotourbillon Moon. Those that have followed the Doumetre family know the line is all about precision and all pieces with said nomenclature feature the use of Dual-Wing system. The system gives the watches dual power sources. One source provides the power for precision/time keeping functions and the other powrs the given the complications. The end result are high complication…

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A Closer Look at the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grand Tradition Grand Complication

 |  November 12th, 2014

By Gordon Henderson There is no denying that Jaeger-LeCoultre is a master of high complications. This brand has unveiled record-breaking watches time and again. Earlier this year, the brand unveiled — as part of its Haute Joaillerie line — the  Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication. A blend of craftsmanship, elegance and innovation, the watch  features three major complications: a minute repeater, a flying Tourbillon and an elaborate zodiac calendar. Each complication is an achievement in its own right and bringing all three features into one watch is an phenomenal accomplishment. As if that weren’t enough, Jaeger-LeCoultre has ensconced this technical mastery with 294 baguette cut diamonds. This piece is guaranteed to appeal to horological purists, as well as everyone’s inner precious-stone-loving…

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