Can a watch be considered haute horology piece without complications?
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    Can a watch be considered haute horology piece without complications?

    There are numerous haute holorgy brands out there. We all know that holy trinity watchmakers and other brands such as Breguet are capable of building very complex movements.

    However, if I were to purchase a dress watch from those brands, a piece WITHOUT any complication... Would you say the watch I purchased is a haute horology piece?

    I can see how this question can be controversial, but please understand my question comes from PURE CURIOSITY! :)

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    Yes.
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    Re: Can a watch be considered haute horology piece without complications?

    Yes - Vacheron Overseas 3 for example. Things like Geneva seal on the movement AND case plus the bracelet system make it "Haute". It's an arbitrary term really though...

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    Re: Can a watch be considered haute horology piece without complications?

    The Dufour Simplicity is a 3-hander.
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    Re: Can a watch be considered haute horology piece without complications?

    I think so. For example, anything with a porcelain dial hand painted in this fashion, and a movement hand finished to this painstaking level qualifies, IMO.

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    Re: Can a watch be considered haute horology piece without complications?

    Man this Eichi II is so lovely!

    I would say that a watch such as OP describes is high-end in my opinion, but for a piece to be haute horlogerie, I personally think it needs to have some sort of intricate horlogical development. I definitely consider movement finishing to be a qualifying feat for qualifying for that, so most brands would qualify, but not all. Ideally, a haute horlogerie watch could be very simple (no complications) but have an impressive feat, for example a different escapement, or an architecture that makes it worthy of praise above other mainstream movements.

    All of this is very subjective of course.
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    Re: Can a watch be considered haute horology piece without complications?

    Just a two hander but the finishing qualifies it IMO





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    Re: Can a watch be considered haute horology piece without complications?

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    Re: Can a watch be considered haute horology piece without complications?

    Actually, though, that article could be read as requiring complications in order to qualify—it is at least implying you need both complications and great finishing (a position with which I would disagree, as already stated). I think folks that buy something like a Dufour Simplicity would also disagree...


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    Re: Can a watch be considered haute horology piece without complications?

    Just answered that in the Public Forum.

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