Talking about complicated watches

All this tlk about complicated watches made me to search in the internet for pictures of the VC's most comoplicated watches, like those made for the kings of Egypt, and what is my surprise that I can't find any good picture of them, so I am here asking for anyone who has great pictures of Grand Complication watches (not only from VC, but from PP would also be interesting) to post in this topic.

Particularly, the caliber 89 (which is impossible to find several pictures of), the VC that belonged to King Faud and many others.

Thank you.

                                                                                                                    Rolando Figueiredo

The most complicated VC wrist watch after the Tour de l'Ile + Cal 89
02/15/2008 - 17:16

The Patrimony Traditionelle caliber 2755 (fantastic watch, lousy name) with minute repeater (the watchamakers at VC developed a new regulating system which is extremely silent and the tone of the watch is amazing!), perpetual calendar and tourbillon

Caliber 89

These are all beautiful and exceptional watches,
02/16/2008 - 20:05

and they must stay as they are!

BTW, when was the Patrimony Traditionnelle cal 2755 lauched?

the 2755 was launched in 2007 (nt)
02/17/2008 - 11:48


the 3rd most complicated watch ever made by Vacheron
02/15/2008 - 18:02

Made in 1914, sold in 1928. 18K gold hunting-cased, keyless, specially adjusted astronomical minute-repeating carillon watch, with Guillaume balance, triple train, split-seconds chronograph, 30-minute register, perpetual calendar, phases of the moon and alarm. 

From Antiquorum catalogue:

This watch has 11 hands, a total of 657 parts in all! It is ultra-complicated as well as being a precision watch. The alarm feature is very rarely found in complicated watches. Vacheron Constantin made only two of them, each one unique, this one and No. 415810, which has different complications (see Antiquorum, The Art of Vacheron Constantin, Lot 111). To our knowledge, during the end of the 19th century and the first quarter of the 20th century, Vacheron Constantin made only four other watches with alarm (346669, 348872, 365821, and 408270) in addition to these two ultra-complicated watches. These are either simple alarm watches or in combination with a chronograph.

In addition to the complications, the company paid special attention to the timekeeping qualities of this watch, which has a superbly high finish, with special and very rarely seen regulator, gold and platinum screws in the balance, and a Guillaume balance. Complicated watches with Guillaume balances are extremely rare; we have seen only a few.

The watch sold in 2003 for CHF 1,103,500 !!!!!

Re: the 3rd most complicated watch ever made by Vacheron
02/15/2008 - 18:18

Thank you for your post! This is in fact a great watch!

The caliber 2755 is another great piece of engineering, and I was very pleased with it as soon as I knew about it. the only prooblem is that I did not like the way they let the dial without any work. Just plain and simple, I think it does not match the great caliber it holds. In the same collection, the Skeleton Perpetual Calendar really amazed me: doubtless, it is one of the most beautiful watches in production today.

Another favorite for me is the aint=Gervais, specially with black dial. It is such a gret achievement its power reserve and has a very good, clean and complex at he sametime design.

In the other post, Nico said that VC makes the most astonishing Skeleton models, and thats is not lie at all. Another watch that VC will always be proud of is the Skeleton Minute repeater, in platinum (the same that illustrates the web site right now).

All this watches, in addition to the vintages ones like this one from 1914, for me, is the ones which really shows what VC can really do, and what puts VC in the top, with PP (AP still one deggre down, i thik ;).

The King Farouk
02/15/2008 - 18:40

The most complicated watch ever made by Vacheron & Constantin. manufactured between 1930 and 1935, purchased by Boulent Raoul and presented to King Farouk of Egypt. Unique extra large, 18 ct. gold, keyless minute repeating "Grande and Petite sonnerie" moon phase astronomical clock-watch with perpetual calendar, split seconds chronograph with 30 minute instantaneous recorder and alarm, with power reserve indicators for both the going and the striking trains.

Re: The King Farouk
02/15/2008 - 18:49

OMG, five awesome watches so far! These three last pocket one really are amazing!

Thank you very much indeed Alex!

                                                                                 Rolando Figueiredo

I have a pocket watch just like that
02/16/2008 - 19:01

without the moonpahse, perpetual calendar, split seconds chronograph, alarm, power reserves, grand et petite sonnerie.


The King Fouad
02/15/2008 - 18:44

Started in 1914, presented to King Fouad I of Egypt, by the Swiss expatriate community in 1929. Unique, large 18K yellow gold and enamel, keyless, astronomical carillon trip minute-repeating, grande and petite sonnerie with silence, two-train clockwatch with split-seconds chronograph, 30-minute register, perpetual calendar and phases and age of the moon. Considered to be vacheron Constantin's second most complicated watch after the King Farouk.

Re: Talking about complicated watches
02/16/2008 - 00:09

One of these "Pockets" got to have Doc's name on it.

What the heck Doc, it's only paper! Best, Miki

Soon Mik,i I will show you my complicated watch :-)
02/16/2008 - 00:54

I'm still waiting for it, but I'm pretty sure you will like it

Until then, I still enjoy this, which is as unique as the complicated,

because it's only made one single piece of this


One funny thing about King Farouk's watch!
02/16/2008 - 00:25

Even though it was presented to him as a gift,

he ordered that the text should be changed to French from the original English,

since it was so on his fathers watch !

A small job, which of course Vacheron&Constantin kindly fixed


Re: One funny thing about King Farouk's watch!
02/16/2008 - 01:59

Like I said Doc, "it's only paper". Miki

Hi Miki
02/16/2008 - 12:11

You know you look more and more like my son, 28 years,

who by his friends the last 10 years been called , the "baiter"

Just wait, man


Well Doc, it shows he was a very sophisticated person :-)
02/18/2008 - 04:21

I'll try it next time I buy a watch... see if it works for me

Re: One funny thing about King Farouk's watch!
02/19/2008 - 15:36

Doc is always here to tell us the complete history of a VC

let's not forget the 10 complications Graves watch from VC
02/16/2008 - 10:57

Delivered in 1934 and is the only grand complication VC pocket watch with tourbillon. Graves wanted a watch with such performance that accuracy was not to be affected even with the chronograph on and this was the case (an extremely rare feat!). This watch won 1st prize at the 1934 geneva Observator trials 

Perhaps the most beautiful of them all ! (nt)
02/16/2008 - 11:40