Essentials : Horological Complication

HOROLOGICAL COMPLICATIONS. Intelligence in the realm of horology equals timekeeping complications. From retrograde to minute repeater, these fine timepieces tell more than hours and minutes


Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Unique Travel Time

A master of complications, Jaeger-LeCoultre never stops pushing the envelope with forward-thinking timepieces. Such is the Duomètre Unique Travel Time, the first world-time watch with a second time zone adjustable to the minute. The watch has two time zones: a local time sub-dial at 2 and a travel time at 10 o’clock (the hour is displayed on top of the dial). The globe at 6 o’clock is a world-time indicator, giving hints at the difference of hours between geographical locations. The longest hand at the dial center is a seconds hand, shared by the two time zones.

Case Size: 42mm
Case Material: Pink Gold
Dial: Silver
Strap: Alligator
Movement: 383, Mechanical
Power Reserve: 50 Hours
Water Resistance: 50m


Bulgari Daniel Roth L’Ammiraglio Del Tempo

Italian luxury brand Bulgari is often underestimated as a jewelry watch manufacturer only, but the fine timepiece collection is flying high with spectacular grand complications engineered by Daniel Roth and the late Gérald Genta. The former inventor, especially, has crafted this year’s tour de force, L’Ammiraglio Del Tempo—meaning the Admiral of Time. This sexy-looking timepiece features not only a detent escapement and constant force device but also a minute repeater—essentially an audible chiming instrument—that replicates the sounds of Westminter Chimes. Pull a deceptive lug at 7 o’clock to the left to activate the minute repeater; the first gong indicates the hour, while each ding-dong notes a quarter of an hour and each last ding a minute.

Case Size: 50 X 45.75mm
Case Material: 18K Pink Or White Gold
Dial: Black Or Blue
Strap: Alligator Leather
Movement: Mechanical
Power Reserve: 48 Hours
Limited: 20 Pink Gold And 10 White Gold Units


Baume & Mercier Clifton Retrograde Date

Little did people know that Baume & Mercier ranks as one of the oldest Swiss watchmakers. Their latest offerings include one elegant and relevantly modern watch that sports a simple but eye-catching retrograde feature. Set at 3 o’clock, the retrograde date display of the Clifton Retrograde Date registers only even Arabic numbers from two to 30. After hitting the last marker, the hand will automatically swish back to the top the following day—this is what retrograde actually is. Complementing this feature is a date display at 9 o’clock and a power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock. With a big case of 43mm, this classic-looking watch fits the current trend in
full confidence.

Case Size: 43mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Dial: Silver
Strap: Alligator Leather
Movement: Soprod 9094, Automatic
Power Reserve: 42 Hours
Water Resistance: 50m


Breguet Classique Tourbillon Quantième Perpétuel 3797

Many watchmakers admit that perpetual calendar—a complication that ensures the correct day, date and month for many years—requires both intelligence and hard work to create. For the crème de la crème, superior Swiss brand Breguet offers the Classique Tourbillon Quantième Perpétuel 3797 watch. It has a day (at 9 o’clock), retrograde date (at 12), month (at 3) and leap year (right at the center of the month counter). Additionally, the one-minute tourbillon at 6 o’clock fares well to measure seconds. As with any Breguet timepieces, the guilloche on the dial is truly a masterpiece. It would take almost a century for this expensive watch arguably needs a day adjustment.

Case Size: 41mm
Case Material: 1rose Gold
Dial: Silver
Strap: Leather
Movement: 558QP2, Mechanical
Power Reserve: 50 Hours
Water Resistance: 30m