Seven Grand Complications from the Watch Industry’s Top Brands [SLIDESHOW]

MARCH 12, 2015

Every few years, the watchmaking industry comes out with a new grand complication—a watch incorporating several different complications, traditionally a chronograph, a perpetual calendar, and a minute repeater (as well as typically a six- or seven-figure price)—expanding what is possible in mechanical watchmaking. In the 1990s, the techniques for creating grand complications, which had previously been passed down from master watchmakers to their apprentices, shifted with the adoption of computer-assisted design and numerical-control machining. This shift has dramatically accelerated innovation within the category and immensely broadened the field of grand-complication wristwatches. What follows are some of the most significant new examples.

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