The current wave of Smartwatches released by technology companies all over the world are not the pinnacle of timekeeping… Ironically that distinction goes to the Pocket Watch.
Pocket Watches are the Supercars of Horology. The most complicated Pocket Watch ever created, The Patek Phillipe Henry Graves Supercomplication, has an astounding 24 complications and is currently valued at approximately $24,000,000. What makes its construction legendary is the fact that it was all done in the first half of the 20th century and without the aid of any computer technology. Unfortunately its rarity and value make it virtually unwearable without a complement of armed security guards.
Breguet, Vacheron Constantin, Ademars Piguet & Patek Phillipe still use the Pocket Watch to showcase their technical mastery. The larger case size allows their watch builders the space to fit multiple complications stacked on top of one another to create technical masterpieces.
Aesthetically a Pocket Watch and a 3-Piece Suit evoke a bygone era of Gentlemen and Scholars. It may not be an obvious pair… but really no watch goes with a Supercar as well as a Supercomplication.
The Breguet Tourbillon/Grand Strike 1907 is a Pocket Watch that delivers on the promise of technical mastery and adds an aesthetic that aligns with the Modern World. Ironically, the Breguet looks more avant-garde and daring than most wristwatches on the market today. It is finished with a barleycorn pattern that can only be executed by one craftsman alive today (it is an entirely manual operation made extremely complex the curvature of case).
The Tourbillion and the Grand Strike that drive the 1907 are not hidden from the world… they prominently on display. At 4:30 you will find the single arm Tourbillon’s entire mechanical complexity and at 7:30 the hammers that activate the Grand Strike. Watching them in action is hypnotic.
This almighty Pocket Watch loaded with two of Horology’s greatest complications made by one of watchmaking’s most Historic brands make it a relative bargain (just under a Million $) at the pinnacle of watch collecting.
THE BREGUET CLASSIQUE GRANDE COMLICATION POCKET WATCH
Power Reserve (hours) 65
Balance-Wheel Load Screws
Escapement Right-Angle Lever
Number of Components 525
Metal: 18-carat Yellow Gold
Diameter (mm) 56,5
Thickness (mm) 21,95