Most Technical Watches Ever Made


Although it appears little has changed in the past two centuries, the wristwatch industry has continuously innovated. Sure, there are still straps that keep it attached to your wrist, and the face tells the time, and the pieces of glass or crystal protect everything. Nevertheless, there are mechanical movements, automatic movements, quartz movements, and silicon chips behind the beginning. While fashion has changed over time, the most significant advancements in the watch industry were accuracy, reliability, and durability.
Here, we’ve collected 6 of the Most Technical Watches Ever Made.

Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4

  • Frank Muller, the original daredevil of Swiss watchmaking, designed the complicated Aeternitas Mega 4 ($2,58 million). The 18-karat white-gold watch, which has 1,483 components and 36 complications, includes:
  • A grand tourbillon
  • Perpetual calendar
  • Equation of time
  • Mono-pusher flyback chronograph
  • A grande sonnerie that plays the Westminster Chime

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300G

Patek Philippe unveiled the Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175 ($ 2.5 million) in 2014 at its 175th-anniversary celebration in Geneva. The 47mm double-faced wristwatch features no fewer than 20 complications, including the manufacturer’s first grande and petite sonnerie. One of the technical watches is reserved for the exclusive edition, which is limited to seven pieces.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

When the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak was introduced, it was considered an avant-garde timepiece that caused initial market distress. Audemars Piguet, famous for its noble materials and timeless designs, faced financial difficulties during the quartz crisis and launched a new watch that would redefine luxury timepieces. Generously adorned with precious stones, the Royal Oak was designed by the revolutionary Gérald Genta and was built out of highly durable stainless steel. This material was almost unknown in the world of fine timepieces. However, it was introduced during the 1972 Basel Watch Fair and became immediately popular watch among watch enthusiasts. The octagonal form and exposed screws, which characterize the watch, have remained unchanged throughout the years despite slim design and technological improvements.

Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

Introducing the Ref. 1518 by Patek Philippe in 1941, this 35-millimeter perpetual calendar clock was the first ever to be produced. Besides tracking the date without any adjustment for over two centuries, the timepiece could measure time in small increments, thus bringing the watch enthusiast community to its knees. The clock was modified by Patek Philippe over time, eventually becoming the reference 2499. As you can see, the Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar still commands a lot of attention from collectors today and is probably one of the most highly sought-after pieces. With its current perpetual calendar (Ref. 5270G), the brand features an in-house designed and manufactured movement incorporating a split-seconds chronograph.

Lange & Söhne Grand Complication

This pocket watch pays homage to the Grande Complication No. 42500, which dates back to 1902. In addition, 2013 saw the launch of Lange & Söhne’s most complicated watch: the GRAND COMPLICATION. There are two special functions on this extraordinary watch, a perpetual calendar, a minute repeater, and a rattrapante-chronograph with flying seconds. So it is challenging to assemble and adjust the mechanisms that can create a watch each year, and only six are constructed altogether.

HD3 Slyde

For this technological marvel to exist, Jorg Hysek Jr was commissioned by his father, renowned French watchmaker Jorg Hysek Sr. This watch has a 28 x 29mm active zone LED screen with a 232* 240-pixel resolution and sapphire crystal to cover the curves of the wrist. The clock does not have any physical buttons. Still, it has three battery indicator lights on the side and a light sensor to automatically adjust the brightness of the touchscreen dial. A black PVD steel case is encased in rose gold, while the mechanism is powered entirely by CLT’s electronic movement. The wrist gadget is powered by a 3.8V lithium polymer battery with a 250 mAh capacity. The dial is a sapphire-domed touchscreen and also has a USB socket connector for charging the battery or communicating with PCs.

Nick Lai
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