Sunday, 9 August 2009

The greatest horologist

Based on the work of Abraham-Louis Breguet who has been described by watch experts and horologists as the "greatest horologist of all time", the Sympathique Watch No. 1 is the most complicated timepiece ever made by Breguet and shows the time in hours, minutes, seconds and the phases of the moon, the number of hours it has been running, the equation of time (the difference between the sun's movement around the earth and Greenwich Mean Time) and the temperature in degrees Centigrade.

Containing 4,500gm of 18K gold in the case, it took 36 craftmen 15,000 hours to complete the timepiece.

The Sympathique wristwatch can instantly be turned into a pocket watch and is housed in an ornate master clock where it is automatically wound and set to the exact time.

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