Reference 57260 by Vacheron Constantin
by on June 2, 2017 in Luxury Lifestyle News
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Producing tailor-made complicated watches is a tradition at Vacheron Constantin. The Reference 57260 watch is part of a lineage of exceptional creations that have marked the history of Vacheron Constantin since its inception.

The Reference 57260 watch has been entirely designed and produced by three Vacheron Constantin watchmakers who have dedicated themselves to this project for eight years, assisted by our special orders team. This grand complication watch is testament to 260 years of craftsmanship driven by the pursuit of excellence.

Designed in keeping with classic watchmaking principles that have been updated with innovative 21st century techniques, this is the world’s most complicated watch. Its incredible combination of complications and time measurement functions meets the exacting criteria of the Hallmark of Geneva certification.

Perseverance was key to producing the most complicated watch in the world, which also called for an unprecedented mastery of mathematics and watchmaking.

Technical excellence
Combining traditional watchmaking principles with the latest technological advances, the Reference 57260 watch is a wholly original creation with a total of 57 complications, some of which are unique, including multiple calendars and a double retrograde split-seconds chronograph.

Hallmark of Geneva certified Reference 57260 timepiece
The Hallmark of Geneva is an exclusive certification of traditional Swiss workmanship. It is issued by an independent organization. Vacheron Constantin first applied for the Hallmark of Geneva in 1901, making it one of the few Manufactures to have committed to excellence at such an early stage.

From design to production, the Reference 57260 watch dazzles with irreproachable mastery of these rigorous quality criteria.

GUARANTEE OF ORIGIN
The Hallmark of Geneva assures the client that the watch has been assembled, timed and cased in Geneva and that it will be handled only by guarantors of the age-old Swiss tradition of technical and aesthetic savoir-faire in watchmaking.

Reference: 57260/000G-B046
• Material: White gold
• Diameter: 98 mm
• Thickness: 50.55 mm
• Caliber 3750
• Diameter: 72 mm
• Thickness: 36 mm
• Number of components: Over 2,800
• Number of jewels: 242
• Frequency: 2.5Hz / 18,000 vibrations per hour
• Power Reserve: 60 hours
• Number of complications: 57

All Complications
• 57 complications
• Complications by family
• 6 time measurement functions
• 7 perpetual calendar functions
• 8 Hebrew calendar functions
• 9 astronomical calendar functions
• 1 lunar calendar function
• 1 religious calendar function
• 4 3 column wheel chronograph functions
• 7 alarm functions
• 8 Westminster carillon striking functions
• 6 other functions
• Aesthetic excellence

Featuring a double dial, the Reference 57260 watch offers an elegant display with perfect readability. In complement to a harmonious design, this masterpiece of watchmaking is framed by the sleek, perfectly proportioned lines of a white gold case.

Considering the number of major complications on display, the front and back dials of the Reference 57260 watch rise to the challenge with a display that is exceptionally easy to read.
The pushbuttons on the perfectly balanced white gold case are discreetly integrated into its middle.
The alarm winding crown maintains the clean lines of the elegant case, becoming invisible through a sophisticated concealment system.
The 2,800 parts were all completely hand-decorated by one single Master Watchmaker, using traditional techniques such as bevelling, circular graining, the “Côtes de Genève” decoration, and more.
The aesthetic excellence of Vacheron Constantin is apparent in the entire finished work of the Reference 57260 watch, in full accordance and respect of the demanding criteria of the Hallmark of Geneva.

Let’s look at the 57260 by the numbers. 57 complications. 2,826 individual components, 242 jewels, 957 grams, 10 patents, 31 hands, 85 different prototypes, 16 kg of drawings, eight years, one client, untold millions. A few experts actually claim this watch has over 60 complications. It has earned 10 patents, but two more are pending and should close within a few months. The tourbillon here is three times the size of a traditional tourbillon, but one third the weight. Of the 57 complications, a ten of them are brand new to horology. Further, this watch was built entirely by hand by three watchmakers (two of which are brothers).






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