As far as complications go, minute repeaters are pretty close to the top of the top. They are exceedingly complicated to make, require a great level of connoisseurship to enjoy and understand, and tend to cost rather large sums of money to obtain. We can’t exactly help you with that last bit – sorry, we really wish we could – but luckily our editor-in-chief, Jack Forster, published a lengthy story back in September 2016 detailing Patek Philippe’s history making chiming watches, various techniques used to create them, some of the challenges that had to be overcome to get them to the level they’re at today, and why getting to see eight of them, all in the same place at the same time, was such a horological treat.
Even if you think you’re not a minute repeater sort of person, these are watches that are undeniably incredible. The mechanical know-how required to engineer a caliber like what you’ll find powering any one of these repeaters is truly insane, the finishing on each of the movements is staggeringly beautiful, and the romance embodied by such a non-utilitarian complication is everything many of us love about mechanical watches at large. To see so many top-level minute repeaters in one place at one time is a rare thing indeed (even for those of us at HODINKEE), and it’s a perfect Sunday indulgence.