Watches & Wonders 2024: Vacheron Constantin breaks its own watch complications record

Vacheron Constantin has revealed its Les Cabinotiers The Berkley Grande Complication pocket watch. Featuring 63 complications, including the very first Chinese perpetual calendar, the Swiss manufacture’s timepiece is the most complex ever made.


A real sensation at Watches & Wonders, the world’s largest luxury watch show, Vacheron Constantin revealed the fruit of 11 years of R&D: a pocket watch featuring no fewer than 63 complications! The watchmaker, owned by the Richemont Group, has beaten its own record… and the industry record for a mechanical watch.


For the first time, Vacheron Constantin was able to adapt its dial to the rhythms of the sexagesimal cycles, the mainstay of the Chinese calendar.


Celebrating a loyal customer


Don’t look for the model of this pocket watch with its defying complications in the boutique: it wasa special order produced in a single, unique piece. Its lucky recipient also requested that the carillon, which has both a small and a large chime, be muted between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m.


Entitled Les Cabinotiers The Berkley Grand Complication, the model takes its name from its sponsor and American billionaire, William F. Berkley, founder of WR Berkley Insurance and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of New York University. Committed to the interdisciplinary study of religion, ethics and public life, he made a donation to the city of Georgetown in 2006 to build the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs.


Vacheron Constantin had already chosen toimmortalize the customer’s name with the watch’s baptismal name, with the Supercomplication Henry Graves.


William F. Berkley, a wealthy and loyal Vacheron Constantin customer, was already the proud owner of the previous watch complication record, the famous The Berkley 57260 pocket watch. He is also the owner of King Farouk, the 57260’s little “sister”, which held the previous Vacheron Constantin record from 1935 to 2005.


The world’s most complicated watch


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Victor Gosselin
Victor Gosselin is a journalist specializing in luxury, HR, tech, retail, and editorial consulting. A graduate of EIML Paris, he has been working in the luxury industry for 9 years. Fond of fashion, Asia, history, and long format, this ex-Welcome To The Jungle and Time To Disrupt likes to analyze the news from a sociological and cultural angle.

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