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Insider's Picks: 6 Grand Complication Watches You Can Buy Today

These six watches are notable for both being highly complex timepieces at the very apex of haute horlogerie and for being a little offbeat – thus highly desirable in our opinion.

Breguet Classique Tourbillon Messidor 5335pt; tourbillon, skeletonised movement; full platinum, including bracelet

BaselWorld 2013 is upon us and we are excited about seeing the novelties. As wonderful as it is to look at new pieces and, for us in particular, seeing if the trends we noted in our SIHH 2013 stories get reinforced, we are again mindful not to get lost in the never-ending quest for newness; there is only so much joy to be had from playing with prototypes. Sometimes, you just want to know what you can get now, at a store somewhere, rather than twiddle your thumbs for six to eight months! With that in mind, we went in search of rare and complicated watches that you can find in stores today…

These six watches are notable for both being highly complex timepieces at the very apex of haute horlogerie and for being a little offbeat – thus highly desirable in our opinion. For example, the Breguet Tourbillon Messidor is rarely seen with a platinum bracelet, as we have it here. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak chronograph tourbillon is another rarity, looking much more like its beefier cousin, the Royal Oak Offshore. We were especially pleased to get the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon 1, a watch we last saw in person (slightly different version) at an auction, out of its comfort zone. Getting both this and the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Calibre 2253 together was an unexpected treat; both are the only examples we can think of featuring the combination of complications they do.

The team extends its heartfelt thanks to the Singapore offices of Audemars Piguet, Breguet, Chopard, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin for their unreserved trust in us.

Our excellent shoot takes these watches, all of which are the real deal (the Patek Philippe 5270 was a travelling piece specifically meant for editorial photography), out of their cozy corners in boutiques and into a decidedly dangerous environment. We think this gives new context to the mechanical hearts beating incessantly within the watches.

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph; tourbillon, chronograph; manufacture calibre 2889, manual winding; 44mm, rose gold. Typically, the toubillon-chronograph combination is more prevalent in the beefier Royal Oak Offshore collection

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Chopard L.U.C Triple Certification Tourbillon; tourbillon, nine-day power reserve; manufacture calibre L.U.C 02.13-L (L.U.C 1.02QF), manual-winding; 43mm, rose gold. This watch is the first in the world to have earned Poinçon de Genève, COSC and Fleurier Quality Foundation certificates. All three are listed on the dial. While new versions of this model exist, this might be the one and only time that the Fleurier and Geneva certificates share the same timepiece

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon 1; inclined dual axis tourbillon, perpetual calendar, equation of time, power reserve indicator - all with retrograde indicators, eight-day power reserve; manufacture calibre 177, manual winding; 43mm, rose gold. The lack of a true dial distinguishes this edition

Insiders Picks 6 Complicated Watches You Can Buy Today

Patek Philippe Grand Complication Ref.5270G; chronograph, perpetual calendar, moon phase indicator; manufacture calibre CH 29-535 PS Q, manual-winding; 41mm, white gold. This is of course the new gold standard in Patek Philippe chronographs, with the in-house movement replacing the previous Lemania-base in Ref.5970

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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle 88172; tourbillon, perpetual calendar, equation of time, sunrise/sunset indicator, 14-day power reserve; manufacture calibre 2253, manual-winding; 44mm, rose gold. Possibly the only watch to offer all these functions with a two-week power reserve

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