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Author Topic: The World's Most Complicated Timepiece  (Read 1678 times)
Michael Farley
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« on: April 22, 2013, 10:38:32 am »

There was an interesting article on Gizmodo a couple of days ago.

It's about the Patek Philippe Calibre 89, described in the article as the world's most complicated timepiece.

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Only 4 were ever made (one each in white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, and platinum) to mark the 150th anniversary of Patek Philippe in 1989. In 2004, the white gold model sold at auction for £3.5m

It took a team of 9 watchmakers 5 years to research and design and 4 years to make. Despite being only 3.5 inches wide, it weighs over a kilo.

It's made up of 1,728 parts (including 24 hands) and features 33 complications, including the following:
  • Day of the month
  • 12-hour recorder
  • Day of the week
  • Hour of second time-zone
  • Moon phase display
  • Winding crown position indicator
  • Century decade and year displays
  • Leap Year Indicator
  • Power reserve
  • Month
  • Thermometer
  • Date of Easter
  • Time of sunrise
  • Equation of time
  • Star chart
  • Sun hand
  • Time of sunset
  • Split second hand

And it goes without saying that I really, really want one.
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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2013, 11:45:30 am »

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Despite being only 3.5 inches wide, it weighs over a kilo

Well, that's going to spoil the hang of one's waistcoat!
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2013, 11:53:29 am »

If you can afford the watch, one would hope that you can pick up a custom made reinforced waist coat with little difficulty.

Unfortunately as a status symbol I fear these wonderful items will seldom see the light of day.
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2013, 11:56:51 am »

If you've got a spare £3.5m, I'm sure you could also afford to employ a manservant to walk behind you at all times carrying the timepiece on a little jewel-encrusted gold tray.
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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2013, 11:59:11 am »

http://longnow.org/clock/prototype1/

it may not be the most complex. But it may have that fine little item licked for durability.
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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2013, 12:46:04 pm »

http://longnow.org/clock/prototype1/

it may not be the most complex. But it may have that fine little item licked for durability.


I love the idea behind this, especially given most technology these days is designed to be disposable, based on the assumption that it will be obsolete within a couple of years.

Plus I think it's great that you can download the plans and build your own (although the PDF is 325 pages long, so it might not be a typical evenings-and-weekends project)
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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2013, 03:39:03 pm »

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Plus I think it's great that you can download the plans and build your own (although the PDF is 325 pages long, so it might not be a typical evenings-and-weekends project)
 
 


Oh I dunno..if you live inside the Arctic circle you could probably do one in, say, a few evenings and a weekend?
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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2013, 05:48:34 pm »

It's about the Patek Philippe Calibre 89, described in the article as the world's most complicated timepiece.


There's an app for that.
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« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2013, 03:01:22 pm »

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Despite being only 3.5 inches wide, it weighs over a kilo

Well, that's going to spoil the hang of one's waistcoat!

We really need a "like" button on this site  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2013, 03:20:32 pm »

As a collection of Steampunks, I see it as our duty to build a more complicated timepiece. Surely if we put our heads together we can create a masterpiece of technological engineering, with a much more exposed clockwork edge. And possibly slightly lighter, we'll see
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« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2013, 12:51:49 pm »

As a collection of Steampunks, I see it as our duty to build a more complicated timepiece. Surely if we put our heads together we can create a masterpiece of technological engineering, with a much more exposed clockwork edge. And possibly slightly lighter, we'll see


you mean something like this?
http://www.wooden-gear-clocks.com/
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« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2013, 01:52:39 pm »

They are very pretty, no quite sure how practical one would be hanging from a waistcoat though
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« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2013, 04:44:44 pm »

Agreed. Still it sorts that blank wall out doesn't it? Also you get half way through and hit a major snag, you still have something cool for display purposes Smiley
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