Luxury watch-maker A. Lange & Söhne unveiled today a $2.7 million six piece limited edition watch in Dubai, for a 24 hour display. The Grand Complication incorporates 876 pieces in 20 layers on the narrowest space, which bring to life seven of the most elaborate complications which the art of haute horlogerie has to offer.
The wristwatch also includes a chiming mechanism with a grand and small strike, minute repeater and a split-second chronograph with minute counter and flying seconds, as well as a perpetual calendar with moon-phase display.
“It is not only the most complex, intricate and technical timepiece that we have ever crafted– but one of the most complicated in the world. Realising the creation of such a timepiece, limited to 6 pieces only over the next 6 years, underlines the incredible ability of our master watchmakers and product development team to take our technical capacities and creativity into a new era,” said Anthony de Haas, director of product development, A. Lange & Söhne.
The chiming mechanism (grandesonnerie) is considered to be one of the most challenging of all complications in watchmaking. Only 25 watchmakers worldwide know how to render this complication, and this is the first time A. Lange & Söhne has developed such know-how.
The prototype has been on display for 24 hours in Dubai and delivery will start in 2014.
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