You might need a degree in watchmaking to get your head around how the finest mechanical complications work, but you only have to look at them to grasp how beautiful they are.
More often than not, an appreciation of fine watchmaking begins with aesthetic. Most love affairs with mechanical watches start with the way they look, and the way that look makes us feel. We may not all agree on what beauty is, but we can agree we all find it somewhere.
For many, in watches as in life, that initial fascination develops into an appreciation of what lies beneath and, specifically, with the complexities of a watch mechanism. How does a mechanical watch work? How is it made? And then, how far can watch mechanics be pushed?
The answer to that last question is ‘a very long way’. For centuries, right up to today, brilliant watchmakers with vivid imaginations and the intelligence to bring their ideas to life have created complex movements that can perform all manner of functions beyond telling the time. This, no doubt, is why those functions are known as ‘complications’.
Here, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons presents a selection of the most complicated pieces from brands young and old that combine invention, beauty and all that is miraculous about mechanical watchmaking.