Limited to a mere six pieces, all in rose gold, German watchmaker A. Lange & Söhne unveiled its $2.7m Grand Complication wristwatch for the first time in the Middle East this week.
The most complicated and exclusive A. Lange & Söhne time piece ever crafted, the watch went in display for just 24 hours at an exclusive event held at Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, DIFC on November 18.
“We have more than 20 seriously interested buyers in this watch. Since there are only six pieces available, now we choose and it’s very hard. Of course we would like to have a good home for our babies, so the very serious collectors will get a chance, not just the people with a lot of money,” said Matthieu Dupont, Middle East Brand Director, A. Lange & Söhne.
“Two million Euros might sound like a lot, but it took seven years of development and one watchmaker needs one year to assemble one movement,” he added.
The Grand Complication incorporates 876 pieces in 20 layers on the narrowest space, which bring to life seven of the most elaborate complications which the art of haute horlogerie has to offer.
The wristwatch also includes a chiming mechanism with a grand and small strike, minute repeater and a split-second chronograph with minute counter and flying seconds, as well as a perpetual calendar with moon-phase display.
“It is not only the most complex, intricate and technical timepiece that we have ever crafted– but one of the most complicated in the world. Realising the creation of such a timepiece, limited to 6 pieces only over the next 6 years, underlines the incredible ability of our master watchmakers and product development team to take our technical capacities and creativity into a new era,” said Anthony de Haas, director of product development, A. Lange & Söhne.
The chiming mechanism (grandesonnerie) is considered to be one of the most challenging of all complications in watchmaking. Only 25 watchmakers worldwide know how to render this complication, and this is the first time A. Lange & Söhne has developed such know-how.
The prototype will be on display for 24 hours in Dubai and delivery will start in 2014.