Things got complicated in 2015 with Vacheron Constantin's release of the Aterlier Cabinotiers Refererence 57260, AKA the Superwatch. Writing history with a singular timepiece that housed a whopping total of 57 complications, the watchmaker has set itself on a journey to reproduce its coup in bite-sized pieces.
Enter the Maître Cabinotier armillary tourbillon: A curious, coal-black masterpiece touched by the very same three doyens of watchmaking that birthed the Reference 57260. Bearing two of the Superwatch's complications — the armillary tourbillon and double retrograde indication — in a 45.7mm white gold case, it's a 65 hour power reserve timepiece that ultimately has no problems holding its own.
The Maître Cabinotier was uniquely constructed to allow its wearer to appreciate the complications it bears — observe the retrograde hours and minutes by way of instant flyback, with the hands springing back to zero at incredible speed. A crystal dome positioned at 9 o'clock puts the entrancing armillary tourbillon's motion in perspective, allowing you to witness its rotation, undisturbed upon two axes. While the Reference 57260 was a one-off triumph, the Maître Cabinotier is a slice of history that you can actually call your own.
This timepiece is marked by 'Pièce Unique' on its caseback.