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Whoever said a watch is meant to show the time never met one of these babies. Presenting our pick of the top complications that emerged this year.
     Print Edition: Nov 23, 2014
Top innovative entries in horology field this year
Top innovative entries in horology field this year

Few fields witness as much innovation as horology, from the incorporation of modern complications to the use of new materials. Complications, by concept and production, are defined as functions that go beyond mere timekeeping, whether it's the perpetual calendar, moon-phase indicator, tourbillon or the minute repeater. From the technological marvels featured in our list, feast your senses on Montblanc's timepiece tribute to Nicolas Rieussec; Bulgari's revisitation of the 19th century detent escapement technology; and the world's thinnest minute repeater, as found in Jaeger-LeCoultre's Hybris Mechanica 11.

Presenting the most practical complications, chronographs and anti-magnetic technologies that were showcased in the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie and the Baselworld Watch and Jewellery Fair this year.

A. LANGE & SOHNE GRAND LANGE 1 MOONPHASE

A. Lange & Sohne Grand Lange 1 Moonphase
A. Lange & Sohne Grand Lange 1 Moonphase
A genuine eye-catcher, the lunar disc in the hour-and-minute circle reproduces the so-called synodic month of 29.531 days with 99.998 per cent accuracy. Made of 446 parts.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK: Movement L095.3 calibre
CASE MATERIAL: Pink gold

RICHARD MILLE RM 36-01

Richard Mille RM 36-01
Richard Mille RM 36-01
Inspired by Sebastien Loeb, the RM 36-01 improves upon the mechanical G-force sensor tech that has taken the racing world by storm, indicating G-forces up to 6 G's and proving to be a speedster's best friend.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK Movement RM36-01 calibre
CASE MATERIAL: Titanium watches

BLANCPAIN QUANTIEME PERPETUEL

Blancpain Quantieme Perpetuel
Blancpain Quantieme Perpetuel
So, what's great about the Villeret Quantieme Perpetuel 8 Jours? Month and leap indicators that don't need adjusting till the year 2100; an attractive moon phase at 6 o'clock; and a broad sapphire case-back that reveals the grace of its mechanism.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK: Movement 5939A calibre
CASE MATERIAL: Platinum/ 18-carat red gold

JAEGER-LECOULTRE HYBRIS MECHANICA 11

Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica 11
Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica 11
This mechanical marvel is equipped with a flying tourbillon, a high-performance balance spring, a peripheral automatic winding system and the thinnest minute repeater yet, at a mere 7.99mm.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK Movement 362 calibre
CASE MATERIAL: 18-carat white gold

BULGARI AMMIRAGLIO DEL TEMPO

Bulgari Ammiraglio Del Tempo
Bulgari Ammiraglio Del Tempo
A watch that looks as good as it feels, the Ammiraglio del Tempo from Bulgari features a minute repeater activated by an innovative slide, a Westminster chime, and a 19th century detent escapement used in combination with a modern constant force device.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK: Power reserve 48 hours
CASE MATERIAL: 18-carat gold

PARMIGIANI TORIC RESONANCE 3

Parmigiani Toric Resonance 3
Parmigiani Toric Resonance 3
While it's not the first time that a large date has been combined with a minute repeater, nobody has ever offered instantaneous rotation of such a colossal date either. Also, can anybody doubt the melody of a Parmigiani chime?
WHAT MAKES IT TICK Movement PF359 calibre
CASE MATERIAL: 18-carat white gold

ULYSSE NARDIN DUAL TIME MANUFACTURE

Ulysse Nardin Dual Time Manufacture
Ulysse Nardin Dual Time Manufacture
A boon for frequent travellers, this baby makes adjusting the second time zone backward as easy as forward. It also boasts of a silicon escapement - a watchmaking marvel that few have been able to master.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK: Movement UN-334 calibre
CASE MATERIAL: Steel

HUBLOT CF TOURBILLON FIRMAMENT

Hublot CF Tourbillon Firmament
Hublot CF Tourbillon Firmament
In a first, this watch uses Osium, the rarest metal on Earth, on the dial of its skeleton tourbillon. The result? A stunner of a watch.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK Movement HUB6017 calibre
CASE MATERIAL: Black ceramic

LONGINES 24 HOURS SINGLE PUSH PIECE CHRONOGRAPH

Longines 24 Hours Single Push Piece Chronograph
Longines 24 Hours Single Push Piece Chronograph
Remember the pretty aviation watches from our yesteryears? Displaying the time in a 24-hour loop, the layout of this watch provides an interesting glimpse into the entire day with a single glance at the dial.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK Movement L789.2 calibre
CASE MATERIAL: Steel

MONTBLANC HOMAGE TO NICOLAS RIEUSSEC

Montblanc Homage to Nicolas Rieussec
Montblanc Homage to Nicolas Rieussec
Replicating the 1821 'TimeWriter' with a modern twist, this device shows elapsed time through two rotating discs on the LumiNova-pigmented dial - above which the motionless hand indicates the elapsed seconds and minutes. Pure magic.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK Movement MB R200 calibre
CASE MATERIAL: Steel

RADO DIAMASTER AUTOMATIC CERAMIC CHRONOGRAPH XXL

Rado Diamaster Automatic Ceramic Chronograph XXL
Rado Diamaster Automatic Ceramic Chronograph XXL
What shines like metal, feels like metal, but is 100 per cent ceramic? You're right - it's this baby from Rado, the pioneers in ceramic technology. Unlike metal watches, this one is scratch-resistant and hypoallergenic.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK Movement ETA 2894-2 calibre
CASE MATERIAL: Ceramic

ORIS ARTIX POINTER MOON DATE

Oris Artix Pointer Moon Date
Oris Artix Pointer Moon Date
Tired of the traditional moonphase indicator? This baby shows the lunar cycle in addition to its traditional date function with a deceptively simple pointer.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK Movement 761 calibre
CASE MATERIAL: Steel

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