If the Grande Complication Colossal is limited to only eight unique pieces, it is because it is extraordinary. After more than three years of research and several patent applications, the 1000 components of the watch have come together to reveal an extraordinary complexity.
The Grande Complication Colossal responds to the three concepts put forward by Hysek: the Jumping Hours, the Jumping Perpetual Calendar and the three-dimensional Moon Phase. Three complex movements, especially since they are all displayed vertically! This makes the Grande Complication Colossal one of the most complex watches ever made.
But how can the perfect midnight, 00:00, be displayed on a vertical or linear hour display, and thus composed of rollers? Indeed, when turning, the number following the “3” is logically the “4”. It was therefore necessary to find a system so that the Grande Complication Colossal displays 00:00 instead of 24:00 then 25 etc… and thus interrupt the movement of the roller.
To do this, Hysek found an exclusive system never seen before in the world. Indeed, on the Grande Complication Colossal, the hour numeral “3” turns back a few seconds before midnight, comes to rest on the “9” for a short moment, before jumping to “0” at the same time as the three other rollers. A marvelous ballet of numbers unfolds before our eyes, and everything falls into place with perfect timing.
Another great innovation of the Grande Complication Colossal is the fixed Moon Phase, anchored in a rotating dome. The central moon is fixed, while the constellated dome reveals the lunar phases by imitating its rotations, i.e. a 360° turn in 29.5 days, a movement as precise as astronomical glasses.
Then, the Grande Complication Colossal also presents the time zones, the power reserve and the seasonal day/night indicator in intense black as far as the usual time complications are concerned, while the others are rhodium-plated.
The 42-hour power reserve of the Grande Complication Colossal and the seasonal indicator are visible on the sides of the watch through two sapphire glasses. Another precious material is the platinum used for the automatic winding with micro-rotor, which is as rare as it is comfortable for its wearer!
The Grande Complication Colossal was created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hysek, which since 2007 has never stopped surprising us. An anniversary gift, which still costs $700,000!