Grand Complication

A watch that has several complications is referred to as a Grand Complication because it contains the most complex achievements in watchmaking. It is extremely difficult to engineer a timepiece with so many complications because space is limited and there are so many components. To be considered a “grand complication”, the timepiece much contain at least three complications and at least one must come from each of the following groups.

Timing Complications


Simple Chronograph
Counter Chronograph
Flyback Chronograph
Independent Chronograph
Jumping Chronograph

Astrological Complications


Simple Calendar
Perpetual Calendar
Annual Calendar
Moon Phases
Equation of Time

Striking Complications


Alarm
Quarter Repeater
Minute Repeater
Passing Strike
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