FRANK MULLER – Aeternitas Mega 4 – $2.7 million
This is the most complicated wristwatch ever produced in the world with its 36 complications, 1483 components and 99 rubies. From the outset, the primary aim of the AETERNITAS MEGA project was to produce an ‘extremely’ complex watch.
The second stage of the project involved the quest for noble complications to enhance what was going to become a genuine technical feat, i.e. the most complex wristwatch in the world.
THE BASIC MOVEMENT
The basic movement has a Cintrée Curvex shape. It’s an automatic movement with a micro-rotor placed at 6 o’clock and visible through the open-back. It has a grand tourbillon (Ø14mm) with a balance wheel with adjustment screws in platinum and no index.
It has a Breguet spiral and a Franck Muller conception escapement. The movement is equipped with a double barrel: the first barrel guarantees a power reserve of about 3 days; the second barrel provides energy for the Sonnerie. Each barrel has its own power reserve displayed on the dial.
PERPETUAL SECULAR CALENDAR
A perpetual calendar indicates the day, the date, the month and the moon phases. It takes into account the length of each month and doesn’t require any manual intervention. This mechanism also takes into account the leap years, but it needs to be adjusted three times in a row every 100 years. According to the Gregorian calendar, every 400 years, the leap year is cancelled for three centuries in a row and is re-established on the fourth century. For instance, in 2100, 2200, 2300 and so on, the leap year is omitted whereas in 2400, and so on, it is re-established.
On the lower side of the dial, two time zones with a 24 hour hand are placed on the left and on the right hand side of the tourbillon. It is possible to set the hour by pressing the push-pieces on the case. The push-piece on the lower right hand side sets the time zone placed on the right hand side of the tourbillon. As it was conceived for traveling eastwards, at each pressure the hand moves one hour ahead. The push-piece on the lower left hand side corresponds to the time zone placed on the left hand side of the tourbillon. As it was thought for traveling westwards, at each pressure the hand moves back one hour. Between the tourbillon and the center of the dial, the years from 0 to 999 are displayed in an aperture and the cycle can go on indefinitely.
THE ASTRONOMIC MOON
On the dial, the moon phases are displayed with the utmost precision. The error is of only 6.8 seconds per lunar month which represents a deviation of only one day every 1000 years, whereas in a traditional system the error is of one day every four years.
LOUIS MOINET – Meteoris – $4.6 million
A unique objet d’art, the Meteoris planetarium depicts the Solar System in truly spectacular fashion while also serving as a showcase for four stunning unique tourbillon timepieces, each featuring a rare meteorite: Tourbillon Mars, Tourbillon Rosetta Stone, Tourbillon Asteroid and Tourbillon Moon.
THE PATEK PHILIPPE – Caliber 89 – $5.1 million
Buying this watch would require selling 3 Bugatti Veyrons. The closest most of us will ever get to a Veyron is drooling over it on Top Gear. It’s all about perspective. Three Veyrons. So what makes this watch worth $5.12mil? For starters, it is the most complicated watch on the planet with 33 complications. Essentially, it requires a degree in mechanical engineering to understand, but suffice it to say it has everything but the kitchen sink. It also took more time to design than you spent in college (including those extra years “studying” chemistry).
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