Grande Sonnerie

    After six years of research and development, master watchmaker F.P. Journe unveiled his most complicated timepiece ever made, the Grande Sonnerie. With 450 individual parts, the watchmaker has registered 10 patents for this one timepiece. The hammer strikes 812 times every 24 hours, and the strike is released 96 times a day, or 35,040 times a year with impressive reliability.

    The new timepiece has a fluid-based linear timekeeping display…
    The new watch has multiple systems to ensure that its movement receives consistent power…
    Computer-aided design is allowing watchmakers to push the boundaries of innovation...
    The watchmaker puts its skill in guilloche and damaskeening on full display…
    The two back-to-back auctions will offer hundreds of unique designs…
    The new variation sports a dial crafted from a meteorite...
    Photo by Didier Gourdon
    The new watch has a tourbillon hidden by an automaton…
    The watch’s case is a mere 8.24 mm thick…
    Photo by Vincent Wulveryck/Cartier
    Jeweler Cartier innovative work combined Roman, Egyptian, Indian, and Chinese elements with...
    On assuming his new position, Lambert lost little time in the development of new watches...