Introducing the world's most complicated watch: the 57 complications Ref 57260

So here it is at last: one masterpiece, 3 master watchmakers, 8 years to create and 57 complications!

Reference 57260 is a double-dial horological masterwork of hitherto unimaginable complication and technical innovation. It has been conceived over a period of eight years by a team of three of the company’s Master Watchmakers. Made using the classic principles of watchmaking along with resolutely 21st century thinking, this watch is an entirely original creation exhibiting a total of 57 complications, several of which are entirely new and unique.

Herebelow is a "short" presentation of Ref 57260 with a featured article to follow soon.

The Ref 57260 not only has 57 complications-many of them never seen before in a watch- but also many of the complications known to watchmaking have been technically interpreted differently.

The Ref 57260 is first and foremost an encounter between a passionate collector and a Maison ready to take on a challenge: that of creating not only the world's most complicated watch but systematically trying to find technical solutions in making each complication unique and a fully legible and user friendly watch!

The 98mm white gold case houses the Calibre 3750 fully developped inhouse and comprising an astounding 2826 compopnents!


 the 57 complications Ref 57260


Below are some of the comlications never seen before in a watch

The Hebraic Perpetual Calendar

Probably the most challenging of the 57 complications the hebraic parpetual calendar requested highly complicated mathematical calculations combining both the lunar months and solar year were transcribed into not only an operational mechanism but a display that is elegant, logical and easy to read. 

The Hebraic perpetual calendar works on the principle of the 19-year Metonic cycle because 19 years it is almost exactly a multiple of the solar year and lunar month over that period. On this watch, the Metonic cycle (also called Golden Number) is displayed as a sector at 3 o’clock concentric with the chronograph hour register. The date of Yom Kippur indicated in the Gregorian calendar each year, is represented by the corresponding retrograde hand at 6 o'clock, which returns to its starting point every 19 years, at which time the sector is replaced for another for each of the 19 year cycles.  

To keep the 12-month lunar year in pace with the solar year, a “13th” leap-month called an intercalary month has to be added seven times during the 19-year cycle. Ingeniously, this watch not only allows for this addition but also shows the user whether the current year is a 12 or 13-month year via an indicator hand and 12/13 display situated concentric with the chronograph minute register and counter hand in the 9 o’clock position.

In the Hebrew calendar, there are fixed lunar months of 29 or 30 days alternately. Those of Cheshvan and Kislev can have 29 or 30 days, depending on the year. Here, the self-correcting date hand is concentric to the Yom Kippur sector and constant seconds. On either side of the date, two windows indicate the number of days and months in Hebrew.

The secular Hebrew calendar, which is displayed in a four-digit window below the Yom Kippur sector is calculated from the supposed date of the creation of the world in 3760 BC. To calculate the present year in the Hebrew calendar 2015 is added to 3760 giving the year 5775. The Jewish New Year begins again in September 2015 with therefore the Hebrew year 5776. Tishrei is the first month of the Hebrew calendar.

Within the centre of the hour chapter-ring are four representations of the moon phases and also a hand indicating the age of the moon within its 29.5305882 day cycle. The Vacheron Constantin moon phase system requires correction only once every 1027 years.


 the 57 complications Ref 57260



Double Retrograde “Rattrapante” Chronograph

Completely new to the world of watchmaking, the retrograde rattrapante chronograph is of a totally innovative design and construction. This is the first watch ever to be made with a rattrapante chronograph with double retrograde action. It is not only a highly visual complication but mechanically ingenious. This new chronograph is read by the user exactly in the manner of a classic split-seconds chronograph; uniquely however, whilst both hands still work in unison and from the same axis, unlike all other split-seconds chronographs, the two hands never actually meet but operate on two separate scales on opposing sides of the dial. In this respect, the new chronograph can perhaps be best described as a “detached” split-seconds chronograph.

In addition, it has been necessary to specially design and make the two long and very fine chronograph hands so that the chronograph has perfect stability and extreme accuracy during operation. TThere are two register dials for the chronograph counting each elapsed minute up to 60-minutes and each elapsed hour up to 12-hours so that events of up to 12-hours in duration can be accurately recorded.


 the 57 complications Ref 57260


The Westminster Chiming, Alarm and Special Night-Silence Feature

Sectors can be seen on the dial to either side of the hour chapter ring, just above the chronograph registers. These sectors with their corresponding hands are indicators for the selection of the mode of chiming, mode of alarm striking and the alarm power-reserve indicator. These are unsurprisingly highly sophisticated and incorporate new and unique watchmaking inventions and innovations.


This watch offers 3 possible striking modes:

1. Striking - the watch chimes automatically at each passing quarter hour, in the same way as a clock. With five hammers striking five finely tuned steel gongs, the chiming sequence is that of "Big Ben", the clock of the Palace of Westminster in London.

2. Night silence – chiming automatically disabled from 22h to 8h (described in more detail below).

3. Silence - chiming switched off when it is not desired.

There are two additional options to choose from; Grande sonnerie - striking the hours and the quarters at every passing quarter and alternatively Petite sonnerie – striking the full hours at the hour but only a quarter-strike without hours on the quarters. To repeat the chiming at any time, the slide on the band of the case can be activated whenever it is desired by the user.


Night-Time Silence

A unique and very user-friendly new feature has been developed especially for the chiming system of this watch, that of the automatically activated “Night-Time Silence” mode. A special system has been developed by Vacheron Constantin and built into this watch whereby (in this instance) between the hours of 10pm at night and 8am in the morning it does not chime in order not to disturb its owner. This system is unique in being the first to be automatically activated without the need to manually set the chime or silence option.



In addition to the chiming mechanism, this model houses an integrally connected alarm system with separate power-reserve indication. The main feature of this Vacheron Constantin mechanism is that it allows a choice between either a traditional alarm on an additional differently tuned single gong with single hammer or Westminster carillon full chiming alarm in either Grande or Petite sonnerie mode.

The alarm is set via the winding crown which moves an additional alarm hand co-axial with the hour and moon’s age hand. The flush-fit winding button is situated in the band of the case.


 the 57 complications Ref 57260


 the 57 complications Ref 57260


The Second Dial and Further Functions

As well as the astronomical indications, several unique and major systems developed especially for this watch are presented here including a 12-hour second time-zone governed by a digital world-time display, a double perpetual calendar and a remarkable fully visible armillary sphere tourbillon.

The blue star chart in the upper half of the dial represents the night sky and the star constellations visible from the user’s home city, with the months appearing around the edge. Concentric around the outer border is the scale for the retrograde date of the perpetual calendar, the hand “flying” back to its start point at the end of each month. Subsidiary dials for the days of the week and the months flank the star dial and the aperture above the month dial shows the number of the year between 1 and 4 in the leap-year cycle. Around the edge of the dial are three astronomic scales which are read using the central gold hand identified by its sun counterpoise. The outermost scale is for the months of the year and their respective number of days, while a concentric scale for the year divided into Zodiac sign periods additionally indicates the dates of the Vernal and Autumnal Equinoxes and the summer and winter solstices. The inter-related four seasons are displayed on a further inner concentric ring.


The sector above the tourbillion aperture indicates Equation of Time showing the discrepancy between true solar time and standard meantime which fluctuates during the year but can be ahead by as much as 16 minutes (around November 3rd) and behind by 14 minutes (around February 12th). Solar and meantime are equal on just four occasions each year. Flanking the tourbillon aperture are two dual sectors for the time of sunrise and day length and time of sunset and night length in the user’s home city. These indications are in fact another relevant factor in the Gregorian calendar in which the days are calculated from the hours of light and darkness and not strictly set times.

Another watchmaking first is the 12-hour second time zone dial with separate day and night indicator window located in the 10 o’clock position: the second time zone is used in conjunction with the digitally displayed world-time function which gives a choice of 24 cities and countries and their respective time deviations from Greenwich Meantime. This thoroughly new and discreet 12-hour system of world-time mechanism and display is the first new system to be developed since Louis Cottier’s well-known world-time system with 24-hour indication invented about 1935 and is therefore of major significance.

 the 57 complications Ref 57260


The Dual-Function Perpetual Calendar

The perpetual calendar systems invented and built by the watchmakers of Vacheron Constantin are amongst the greatest achievements made during the construction of this watch. They represent Vacheron Constantin’s supreme mastery of both highly complex mathematical calculations and the ability of their watchmaking team to translate the calculations into mechanisms functioning in complete harmony in relation to the myriad other functions. Including the Hebraic perpetual calendar seen on the other dial, this watch has the ability to provide three entirely different perpetual calendar readings.

The fundamental new departure is that two possible options are available for the reading of the Gregorian perpetual calendar displayed on this dial: either the traditional Gregorian calendar or the business calendar system known as ISO 8601, a numerical system which utilises 52 weeks and 7 days.

The Gregorian perpetual calendar which automatically corrects itself for the appropriate number of days in the month and the leap-years can be read on the dial using the retrograde date, the days of the week and months dials, with the leap-year window displaying a number between 1 and 4 located to the right of the retrograde date sector.

The ISO 8601 business calendar is a specific system founded by the International Organization for Standardization and used mainly in the international financial sector – for example in company accounting for tax years, payment of wages or rents due on a weekly basis, the planning of projects in weekly cycles, etc. The purpose of this standard is to provide an unambiguous method of representing dates and times, so as to avoid misinterpretation of numeric representations of dates and times, particularly when data are transferred between countries with different conventions for writing numeric dates and times. When times are also required under the ISO system, they are given using the 24-hour system and with time-zone information where necessary. Both these functions are also present on this dial.

When the ISO 8601 mode is employed, the number of the week within the year and the number of the day within the week takes precedence over the traditional calendar month and traditional date, the number of the week is read from the dial concentric to the month indication and the number of the day within the week is indicated by a number between 1 (for Monday) and 7 (for Sunday) in a window directly above the week dial.

The ISO system has a full cycle of 400 years and employs a seven-day cycle with weeks starting on a Monday. However, an ISO year can have either 52 or in some cases 53 full weeks when New Year’s Day falls on a Thursday (Wednesday or Thursday in leap-years):  this occurs every 5 or 6 years. In the ISO system, week 1 is the one which contains the first Thursday of the year and always contains January 4th. The last week of the year in the ISO calendar is the one that contains the last Thursday and always includes December 28th. This system requires the user to adopt a different way of interpretation, for example: if the calendar is displaying Thursday, September 17th, the ISO calendar will read as day 4 in the day aperture (because Thursday is the fourth day) and W 38 (W for week) on the week dial. 

Another option in the mechanism of this ingenious system is that it can be switched from ISO mode to traditional calendar year mode. A calendar year is the period beginning January 1 and ending on December 31. Its programming mode will therefore also on 1 January of the year put the number of days of the week in synchronization with the first day of the calendar year. If the annual calendar displays the first day of the year on Thursday, January 1, the calendar will display W1 on the week dial and 1 in the day window (Thursday is the first day of the year).

 the 57 complications Ref 57260


The Vacheron Constantin Armillary Sphere Tourbillon

The mesmerising Armillary tourbillon cage containing the watch’s escapement is visible through the aperture beneath the sky chart. It is both technically exciting and visually dramatic. The watchmakers at Vacheron Constantin have created the most supremely elegant mechanism that displays a three-dimensional constantly rotating sphere moving with the utmost delicacy simultaneously in three directions. Appropriately, the watchmaker has also chosen to use a spherical balance spring which not only adds to the elegance of the mechanism, its special properties contribute to the accuracy of the watch.

This tourbillon was named "armillary" because visually it is reminiscent of the circles and rings of the scientific instrument known as the armillary sphere. It was placed in the second dial side complementing the astronomical functions to suggest the apparent movement of the stars, the Sun and the ecliptic around the earth. The frame of the cage itself, made of ultra-light aluminium and carrying the escapement and balance, is ingeniously constructed to incorporate the Vacheron Constantin company symbol of the Maltese Cross, once every 15-seconds during the tourbillon’s rotation, the Maltese Cross becomes fully visible to the viewer.

The armillary sphere tourbillon is a feat of high-precision watchmaking. Made of the lightest of materials, its purpose is to minimize the effects of gravity on the balance wheel, hairspring and pallet fork of the escapement. The tourbillon is essentially a revolving platform and “cage” upon which the whole escapement is mounted that makes one full rotation in one minute. In this tourbillon, the escapement is rotated in three planes at once. The escapement has two further exceptional features: a spherical balance spring and diamond anchor pallets.

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Time Functions


1.      Regulator-type hours, minutes and seconds for solar meantime

2.      Visible spherical armillary tourbillon regulator with spherical balance spring

3.      Armillary sphere tourbillon

4.      12-hour second time zone hours and minutes

5.      Indication for 24 world cities for world-time

6.      Day and night indication for the 12-hour world-time



Perpetual Calendar Functions


7.      Gregorian perpetual calendar

8.      Gregorian days of the week

9.      Gregorian months

10. Gregorian retrograde date

11. Leap-year indication and four year cycle

12. Number of the day of the week (ISO 8601 calendar)

13. Indication for the number of the week within the year (ISO 8601 




Hebraic Perpetual Calendar Functions


     14. Hebraic perpetual calendar with 19-year cycle

     15. Hebrew name of the day

     16. Hebrew name of the month

     17. Hebrew date indication

     18. Hebrew secular calendar

     19. Hebrew century, decade and year

     20. Indication for the number of months in the Hebraic calendar year  

           (12 or 13 months)

     21. Indication for the Golden Number with 19-year cycle



Functions of the Astronomic Calendar


     22. Indications for the seasons, equinoxes, solstices and signs of the      

           zodiac with “sun” hand

     23. The sky chart (calibrated for the city of the owner)

     24. Sidereal time hours

     25. Sidereal time minutes

     26. Hours of sunrise (calibrated for the city of the owner)

     27. Hours of sunset (calibrated for the city of the owner)

     28. Equation of time

     29. Length of the day (calibrated for the city of the owner)

     30. Length of the night (calibrated for the city of the owner)



Lunar Calendar Function


     31. Phases and age of the moon, one correction every 1027 years



Religious Calendar Function


    32. Indication for the date of Yom Kippur



Functions of the 3 column-wheel Chronograph


    33. Retrograde fifths of a second chronograph (1 column wheel)

    34. Retrograde fifths of a second rattrapante chronograph (1 column wheel)

    35. 12-hour counter (1 column wheel)

    36. 60-minute counter



Alarm Functions


    37. Progressive alarm with single gong and hammer striking

    38. Alarm strike / silence indicator

    39. Choice of normal alarm or carillon striking alarm indicator

    40. Alarm mechanism coupled to the carillon striking mechanism

    41. Alarm striking with choice of grande or petite sonnerie

    42. Alarm power-reserve indication



Westminster Carillon Striking Functions


    43. Carillon Westminster chiming with 5 gongs and 5 hammers

    44. Grande sonnerie passing strike

    45. Petite sonnerie passing strike

    46. Minute repeating

    47. Night silence feature (between 22.00 and 08.00 hours – hours chosen by the client)

    48. System to disengage the striking barrel when fully wound

    49. Indication for grande or petite sonnerie modes

    50. Indication for silence / striking / night modes



Further functions


    51. Power-reserve indication for the going train

    52. Power-reserve indication for the striking train

    53. Winding crown position indicator

    54. Locking mechanism for the striking

    55. Winding system for the double barrels

    56. Hand-setting system with two positions and two directions

    57. Concealed flush-fit winding crown for the alarm mechanism


 the 57 complications Ref 57260


 the 57 complications Ref 57260


 the 57 complications Ref 57260

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Re: Introducing the world's most complicated watch: the 57 complications Ref 57260
09/17/2015 - 14:14

I never expected so much, really... 57 is mind blowing!

I mean, the Patek calibre 89 has 33, isn't it?? Congratulations to VC. This certainly is history being made.

Re: Introducing the world's most complicated watch: the 57 complications Ref 57260
09/17/2015 - 14:24

Amazing, this is a whole new level!!

Huge congrats
09/17/2015 - 14:29

What a demonstration of skill and competences, I think Vacheron Constantin made a statement for many years to come.The best is that VC avoided the wristwatch which has given some unwearable thing in the last years. Great choice, and in Platinum it's even more perfect imho, everything make sense here.My deep thoughts to the people yho conceived this caliber, and the master watchmakers that mounted it.Happy 260th anniversary Vacheron, it makes even prouder to wear a watch from the companyFrançois57...

Hi François, just yesterday i was telling myself that I was proud to wear watches from such a
09/18/2015 - 12:01

fabulous maker :-)

Just a correction the case is in WG not platinum


Thanks for the precision Alex! And yes you can be doubly proud wearing, and working for a company that makes it.
09/18/2015 - 13:42

I suppose WG sounds better.How many parts? I read something like 2800...It is mind boggling how complication can be conceived in that limited space (everything is realtive).It is mind boggling how many parts must be adjusted, for the striking for example.It is mind boggling how people have to order the mounting.It is mind boggling that an error is not possible otherwise if you start again from another point and an error cost months...(if you know how hand made "dentelle" is made, it's the same story, no mistake possible)François, proud owner of a Vacheron Constantin.

A landmark and a beauty
09/17/2015 - 14:55

It looks absolutely marvelous.

Many of the very complicated watches we see today are not always designed with good taste because of market evolutions mainly.

Vacheron has always shown fine elgance in its collections, even with big sized models.

This 57260 is beautiful, in the shape, in the colors and decorations.


Mechanically it is still difficult to apprehend... However it is a fantastic work I'm eager to go deeper in the details tonight.


Thank you to all the teams who were implied and of course to the collector.

Thanks Alex for the details, I imagine you were very excited, knowing the watch but not being able to talk during these last months/years.


it was very exciting and I'm happy that it has been getting such positive comments
09/18/2015 - 12:02


Re: Introducing the world's most complicated watch: the 57 complications Ref 57260
09/17/2015 - 14:55

Ok, yes, what to say? It leaves you speachless.



Re: Introducing the world's most complicated watch: the 57 complications Ref 57260
09/17/2015 - 15:05

Congratulations and Hats off to VC which has outdone not only others but itself too !yes

What a magnificent way to celebrate 260 years!!
09/17/2015 - 15:08

A huge congratulations to the teams at vacheron who put this unique timepiece together.

It is not only a unique watch but a tribute to engineering and design excellence, dedication and perserverence and the triumph of the human spirit.

Vacheron has created a true chef d'oeuvre and set the bar to a new and very high level.

The concepts developed over the past eight years will no doubt find their way into future Vacheron creations.

Bravo to all involved and to the individual for whom the watch is beyond doubt a treasure for a lifetime, nay many lifetimes!

Felicitations mille fois!


hors catégorie !!!
09/17/2015 - 15:40

... meanding (+/-) "beyond categorization", term used in cycle racing for the highest mountains :-))

Unbelievable, congratulations to everybody contributing!!


How long does the user instruction take? is life-long servicing included? Is there any possibility to see it at the SIHH 2016?



there is an instruction booklet and the watchmakers will explain to the owner but it is quite
09/18/2015 - 12:04

user friendly (!) once you get the hang of it. The hebrew calendar however must be very difficult to set!

A timepiece for history to judge
09/17/2015 - 16:23

While it has yet to acquire a nickname, this is a brilliant creation that may very well be featured in historical reference books five hundred years from now. I can think of no higher complement.


Of course, the emergence of this timepiece may lead to a new horological arms race, but we'll need at least a decade to observe. 

I think we can continue calling it Tivoli :-)
09/18/2015 - 12:04
Both technically impressive and beautiful!!
09/17/2015 - 16:45

I hope I'll get the chance to see it in person some day.



Wow, that is really beautiful and amazing in its execution
09/17/2015 - 16:48

Thank goodness the collector had the good taste to go with a nice white metal.  No doubt this go down in hitory like the Graves and Packard's pieces hace.  Just wonderful.

Wait... 57260... 57... 260... I see what you did there (nt)
09/17/2015 - 17:15
Great eye! ;-) (nt)
09/17/2015 - 18:10


Re: Introducing the world's most complicated watch: the 57 complications Ref 57260
09/17/2015 - 16:55

Hats off to VC. A truly spectacular achievement.

Congratulations to VC and the owner!
09/17/2015 - 18:02

I agree on the fantastic selection of white gold as the case material.   

I volunteer to wind it whenever the power runs down!  I hope the power reserve is substantial.  With the Hebraic calendar, I would imagine that it would take quite a while to correctly set all the indications.


It has a 60 hour power reserve
09/18/2015 - 12:05
It's gorgeous!
09/17/2015 - 18:09

Don't think what my bad English allows me to find proper words to describe my impressions blush It's a real magic, beauty, hi-tech and masterpiece in one case! yes

242 jewels, 57 complications!!!
09/17/2015 - 18:13

Really, it will take me a week to digest these impressive & historic numbers.  Alex, can you share the dimensions and weight?

size and weight
09/17/2015 - 18:25

I did find something on monochrome-watches: 98mm wide x 50.55mm thick, weight of watch 960 grams, weight of movement 597 grams, size of movement 71mm x 36mm

Re: 242 jewels, 57 complications!!!
09/18/2015 - 18:06

I'm amazed by the 57 complications but, although I am very respectful of the maker(s) of this watch, the name 'Heintz' comes to mind. ;-)

Is it possible to know the name of the designer and makers? Perhaps this information was published elsewhere and I missed it but this is a complex work of mechanical art and I think the 'author(s)' should be recognized.


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09/17/2015 - 18:51

 the 57 complications Ref 57260

Can't get rid of the smile this picture has put on my face heart

Thank you Alex for a fantastic article yes

Happy Birthday Vacheron Constantin heartheartheart


"Secret alarm winding stem"
09/17/2015 - 20:50

You gotta love it heart

Re: "Secret alarm winding stem"
09/18/2015 - 16:21

Seriously, there is nothing "secret" about this watch.  In person it must be incredible..... DROOOOLLLL

Alex/Dan,  I cannot make it to WoW in HK this year...... such a big shame

Hey, you will be missed my friend! :-(. (nt)
09/18/2015 - 23:04
Spectacular-hours later still Googling the complications and what they are.
09/18/2015 - 02:21

Is there a book coming out on thi spiece?


Regards to all,



Yes there will be a book but not before next year
09/18/2015 - 12:08
Re: Yes there will be a book but not before next year
09/18/2015 - 17:41

I expect this will be a fantastic book on the development of this watch from its origin to its presentation: includind design concept for all the complications, development and testing, manufacture, assembly , overcoming problems and final testing and presentation.

let us know when we can order it! laughcheekyyesheart


Introducing the world's most complicated watch: the 57 complications Ref 57260
09/18/2015 - 09:30

A wonderful achievement.

Every VC owner should definitely have an extra spring in their step this morning!  I certainly have.


Someone updated Wikipedia... hehe
09/18/2015 - 14:10
Re: Introducing the world's most complicated watch: the 57 complications Ref 57260
09/18/2015 - 20:50

Thank you for this masterpiece of pure beauty !

09/18/2015 - 23:28

 All we need now is a Henry Graves to this new James Ward Packard, and let the arms race begin anew.


That is one big achievement by VC, and I do mean big. Congratulations to all the brilliant minds and skilled hands that made it happen.

An impressive feat !
09/19/2015 - 14:11

technically and aestically. i can hardly envisage the difficulty of arranging so much function on a dial and pushers on the watch. i'm speechless. yesyesyes

Just wrestling with the numbers...
09/19/2015 - 16:48

It's all made possible by determintation, commitment and a vision that the spec can be achieved. How many sleepless and restless nights that weren't recorded on the time-sheets? One can imagine the challenge in the workshop. How does one grapple with 2860 components? A masterstroke by the whole team that made it possible.

I'm fascinated with The Dual-Function Perpetual Calendar - both invented and built inhouse and regarded as one of the greatest achievements in the construction of the watch.

What a wonderful opportunity if one was able to see the watch in the flesh!

I assume there would be a series of night-classes to accompany the Instruction Booklet?wink...

It's been a pleasure and a joy to share the watch.

Best wishes


Wonderful to see VC chosen for this project
09/20/2015 - 21:29

It is a fabulous creation. What an amazing collaboration!

this will surely capture the imagination of both current, and future, owners (and employees) of Vacheron Constantin watches and must do something to elevate the 'house' name and products to a growing audience.


personally of course I am looking forward to the release of the Excellence Platine version!


Kudos to Vacheron Constantin
01/21/2016 - 22:57

The 57260 is an incredible work of art, math and science and much has been and will be written about it.  My comment is to the company and its decision-makers who agreed to make the world's most complicated watch with a Hebraic calendar for an obviously Jewish buyer.  I applaud VC for having the courage to make this watch in spite of the sad and unfortunate likelihood that many serious purchasers/collectors may not like this and may possibly be turned off to the company.

Neither this forum or any watch forum is  the venue for politics so please note that my view or anyone else's is not the point here.  My point is simply to acknowledge that in our imperfect world, some may not like that this watch is connected to the Jewish religion.    The company absolutely knew years ago that the eyes of the horology world will be scrutinizing and appreciating this wonderful accomplishment and it would rekindle a great competition with PP not seen since the 1930s.  It's clearly a great foundation for the company's new watches for years to come.  VC accepted the possibility of creating controversy, for lack of a better word, that this watch with a Jewish calendar, Hebrew writing, etc.may bring from those who may not closely identify with the Jewish religion and the state of Israel.

I thank and have great respect to those at Vacheron Constantin for making this decision.