"Why simplify when you can make things more complicated?" The present watch beautifully exemplifies Audemars Piguet's motto when striving for new heights in the world of complicated timepieces. The combination of minute repeating, perpetual calendar with phases of the moon, numbers of the week and a split seconds chronograph with register is doubtlessly one of the most daring achievements in modern watch engineering. Made in an exceedingly small series to celebrate Audemars Piguet's 125th anniversary in 2000, the present watch can be considered one of the most impressive contemporary collector's pieces.
The Grande Complication is one of the peak models of the firm's legendary Royal Oak series, epitomizing the luxury sports wristwatch and continuing to captivate watch collectors and aficionados with undiminished power. From its introduction in 1972 to the present day, the Royal Oak model with its unique octagonal porthole bezel and hexagonal white gold screws whose slots form a perfect circle around the bezel struck a chord with watch lovers, and sired a dynasty of timepieces ranging from basic time and date models all the way to the present model, the Royal Oak Grande Complication with more than 600 parts and numerous functions.