This is a watch of superlatives: 659 individual parts, including 71 jewels, an perpetual calendar, a perpetual moon phase display, a chronograph and a minute repeater.
The Grande Complication from IWC Schaffhausen qualifies as one of the most intricate mechanical wristwatches in the world. Its production is strictly limited: a maximum of 50 examples are built each year.
The exquisite mechanism of the Grande Complication (ref. 3770) is packaged only in fine cases made of 950-standard platinum or 18 ct.yellow gold. There are three dial variants, one in yellow gold and two in platinum, with a modified dial and hands. In these three variants, the hours and minutes are indicated by Dauphine-style hands in the same colour as the case, and the remaining seven hands are slender bar hands.
The variation in yellow gold is highly refined. It has a silver-plated dial with golden indices. The silvered dial is now also available in a platinum case. Blue indices are used here as a visual contrast, and these harmonize beautifully with the blue small second and second stop hands and the hands of the minutes and hours counters. Both models are supplied with a black crocodile leather strap.
The colours of the third addition are very discreet. Here a black dial is combined with the lustrous shine of the platinum case. Even the moon phase display blends well into this harmony of colour.
The choice of a black crocodile leather strap, or perhaps the solid platinum bracelet with its fine links, was a matter for the personal taste of the purchaser.