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Top 16 Minute Repeaters in the World
By Romit Jethwaney — March 07, 2013
 
What is a Minute Repeater?
 
A repeater is a complication in a mechanical watch or clock that audibly chimes the hours and often minutes at the press of a button. There are many types of repeater, from the simple repeater which merely strikes the number of hours, to the minute repeater which chimes the time down to the minute, using separate tones for hours, quarter hours, and minutes. They originated before widespread artificial illumination, to allow the time to be determined in the dark, and were also used by the visually impaired. Now they are mostly valued as expensive novelties by watch and clock enthusiasts. Most watchmakers consider minute repeaters as the ultimate single complication in watchmaking. Everything must be absolutely perfect to deliver the precise striking of the gong and an immaculate sound.

Learn more about Minute Repeaters here.
 
Here is the list of our top 16 Minute Repeaters - Part I
 
Parmigiani Toric Tecnica Minos
 
 Parmigiani Fleurier Toric
 
 
Parmigiani presented for their SIHH 2013 collection another grand complication timepiece to further demonstrate the brand’s affinity for creating complex grand complications watches. Parmigiani’s 'Toric' collection reside solely in the brand’s haute horlogerie segment and are among its most complex pieces as well as the manufacture’s most unusually decorated dials. This new Toric Tecnica Minos has a hand-wound caliber with an impressive mix of complications: minute repeater on 2 cathedral gongs, tourbillon, perpetual calendar and power reserve (43 hours). The case is 45mm, rose gold. The new Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Tecnica Minos comes paired with an alligator strap and an ardillon buckle.
 
Price - Undisclosed
 
Harry Winston Opus 4
 
Opus 4
 
This minute repeater was developed with Cristopher Claret in a limited edition of only 20 pieces. While at first glance the Opus 4 seems more traditional with its Premier inspired case, it is an equally exceptional watch. It is completely reversible: one face is technical, with a tourbillon and a minute repeater using a cathedral-type chime; the other is romantic with a large, delicately engraved moon and a date display on the dial perimeter. Without being overstated, the Opus 4 proclaims the virtuosity of one of the last Swiss chiming watch specialists. The Christophe Claret-designed movement has 423 parts, including 40 jewels. It has a manually wound mechanical tourbillon, repeating on the hours, quarters and minutes on cathedral  designed by C.Claret. A 53 hour power reserve at a frequency of 18,000 vibrations per hour in a 44 mm round case in 950T platinum. As always, Harry Winston does not fail to impress.
 
Price - Undisclosed
 
Ulysse Nardin Carnival of Venice - Minute Repeater
 
 
Ulysee Nardin Carnival of Venice - Minute Repeater

 
Nardin finds inspiration in one of the world’s most romantic cities for the new, limited-edition Minute Repeater Carnival of Venice, a creation of stunning artistic illustration and brilliant engineering. And, it’s not the first time this magical place has been the setting for a Ulysse Nardin timepiece’s tale. Its dial, the heart of the timepiece, depicts two figures in front of the Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal. Both Jaquemarts are wearing masks, alluding to the Carnival of Venice. The feeling of festivity is set. With the minute repeater’s chiming of the hours, quarters and minutes, the Jaquemarts lift their masks. The movement powering this musical masquerade ball is Ulysse Nardin’s manual-wind Caliber UN-71, with a 48-hour power reserve.To this day, Ulysse Nardin remains among the rare manufacturers in the world to use Jaquemarts on the dial of its wristwatch minute repeaters. The Carnival of Venice Minute Repeater is a limited-edition mechanical timepiece of eighteen made in platinum, with an18-karat rose gold option.
 
Price - Undisclosed

IWC Portuguese Minute Repeater

IWC Portuguese
 
For Portuguese explorers out on the open sea, timekeeping was of crucial importance. Using a log together with a special sandglass – the log glass – they were able to measure the vessel’s speed. The ship’s bell, on the other hand, was used to signal the beginning and end of sailors’ watches: the bell would be struck once every half-hour and twice every full hour, with four double strikes signalling the end of a watch. The abstract concept of time was thus being converted into acoustic signs even back then. In the 44 mm Portuguese Minute Repeater, depressing the repeating slide causes a delicate strike train to sound the time out audibly in hours, quarters and minutes: the full hours on a lower tuned gong, the quarters with double strikes, and the number of minutes that have elapsed since the last quarter on the higher of the two gongs. The repeating mechanism consists of over 200 individual parts working together as if they were in a mechanical orchestra. An all-or-nothing piece ensures that the chimes are only struck if the repeating slide is fully depressed. The watch is equipped with the 98950-calibre hunter pocket watch movement, which comes with stylistic elements from the early F. A. Jones calibres. Both versions are limited to 500 watches.

Price - USD 90,000.

Zenith Academy Minute Repeater 
 
 
zenith academy minute repeater 
Zenith is famous for their automatic movements that beat at incredibly fast rates, their most famous movement is the El Primero (36,000 beats/hour) which is featured in this watch, more specifically the El Primero 4043 Caliber automatic movement with a 50 hour power reserve.  The 46 jewel movement contains 461 parts and is beautifully decorated.The Zenith Academy Minute Repeater Chronograph watch comes in a rather large 45mm 18k rose gold case that’s 16.55 mm thick and is attached to a brown alligator leather strap.  The watch’s dial is very elegant with a white face and rose gold Roman numerals and rose gold minute and hour hands.  The dial has two sub-dials for the chronograph seconds and minutes.  The dial also has a small window that shows the hammer in the movement that makes the chime sound. Zenith is producing only 25 of this beautiful timepiece.
 
Price - USD 172,000.
  
 
Tutima Hommage Minute Repeater
 
 
Tutima MInute Repeater
 
 
Tutima opens its Glashütte factory and presents a masterpiece of German watchmaking to celebrate the event: the Tutima Hommage, the first minute repeater fully conceived, produced and developed in Glashütte. The Hommage Minute Repeater follows all the lines of German tradition with a ¾th plate and hand-engraved balance cock. A classic dial belies the complex mechanics inside. If you didn’t notice the slide on the left side you’d never know the 43mm case housed musical time. There’s still a touch of the pilot in the watch with the large aviator-style crown. With 550 pieces, the movement looks to be beautifully finished and it should be for the price. In a 20-piece limited edition, 15 pieces will be made with a full dial and 5 pieces with an open dial. A limited edition of 5 pieces will be made in platinum. Tutima has arrived in the big leagues.
 
Price - USD 175,000
 
Jaeger Le-Coultre Master Minute Repeater
 
 
Jaeger Le-Coultre Master Minute Repeater
 
 
The Master Minute Repeater features an extraordinarily pure tone, made possible by a crystal gong which was the result of joint research conducted by the engineers of the Manufacture and sound specialists. Precision and Haute Horlogerie: 15-day power-reserve, two barrels and variable inertia balance. Qualitative power-reserve indication. Dial revealing the heart of the mechanism. Marvelously this is one of the only water-resistant minute repeater watches. Made in 18K pink gold and braced in an alligator strap, the Master Minute Repeater consists of 43 jewels and 413 parts. Distinguished by it extraordinary purity and intensity, the crystal-clear sound of the Master Minute Repeater Antoine LeCoultre asserts it as a new reference in the world of minute repeater watches. Limited to 200 pieces.
 
Price - USD 180,000  
 
 
Piaget Emperador Coussin XL
 
Piaget Emperador Coussin 
 
 
After creating the world’s thinnest tourbillion, they now decided to create the world’s thinnest minute repeater. With unparallel expertise and technique, the Emperador Coussin XL reflects the brand’s glorious legacy. Less than 9.5 mm thick, the rose gold case has a wide diameter at 48mm. A lighter case allows the acoustics of the chime mechanism to resonate clearly. A wide sloping button on the side activates the minute repeater while the crown resides at the 3 o’clock position. The dial does not exist per say, as the caliber 1290P movement is transparently seen through the crystal glass housing rose gold hour markers. Similar to the front, the back seamlessly presents the mechanics at work. At the 4 o’clock position, an inscription in French represents that the timepiece was not only produced by one of the greatest, but also made in one of their most reputed watch factories. Water resistant upto 100 meters, the Emperador has a brown leather strap that enhances the brown shade of the watch.
 
Price - USD 250,000
 
 
Girard Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater 
 Girard Perregaux 1966
 
This particular Girard-Perregaux really spells out excellence. Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater features a traditional construction of twin circular metal gongs coiled inside the case. The dial of this watch is great example of understated classicism. The movement used are great for both the ears and eyes. It has a meticulously made signature and an arrow-shaped balance cock. This makes it one of the most outstanding Repeaters. The creation of the sound relies on a device that requires the presence of two circular gongs coiled inside the case and small hammers that strike them at regular intervals. In order to create a vibration to produce the sound that comes closest to perfection, the tuning of the chimes remains one of the most delicate elements; one that Girard-Perregaux takes particular care in refining. The watch contains a hand-wound mechanical movement equipped with a power reserve of over 4 days, housed in a pink-gold case with a diameter of 42 mm.
 
Price - USD 287,000
 
 
Breguet 5447 Perpetual Calendar Minute Repeater  
 
 
BREGUET CLASSIQUE 5447 MINUTE REPEATER & PERPETUAL CALENDAR
 
 
Montres Breguet continues on its drive to position itself at the very top of the haute horlogerie pyramid at BaselWorld last year with the Classique 5447, a minute repeater and perpetual calendar. The slenderness of the gong is determined by the excellent musical ear and extreme dexterity of the master-watchmaker, since even the smallest adjustment error can irrevocably destroy the result of long hours of work. Abraham-Louis Breguet’s invention of the gong spring (a strip of metal wrapped around a movement) in 1783 made a decisive contribution to this field by enabling watchmakers to reduce the size of watch cases and to perfect the quality of the sound.The 5447 houses an entirely hand -engraved movement driving a complex retrograde jumping-month mechanism, located at 10:30. At the end of the year, the hand moving across the arc of a circle month indicator makes an almost instantaneous jump to return to the month of January and to resume its trajectory. The case is rounded in 18K Rose Gold at a diameter of 40 mm and hand crafted dial in 18K Gold is elegantly engraved on a rose- engine.
 
Price - USD 299,300.
  
Hublot Big Bang Minute Repeater
 
Hublot Minute Repeater
 
 
The watch is a world first, as no other minute repeater has ever been housed in a carbon fiber case. But it’s not just the case that’s made of carbon. Even the movement’s bridges are made of this space-age material. For one thing carbon fiber is both durable and lightweight; making it a comfortable wear for even the larger pieces. On the other hand, the meticulously designed carbon fiber case and bridges help to create a unique sounding chime by creating space within the case, which resonates and amplifies the melodious chimes beautifully. Another unique feature of this watch is that all the three major complications (tourbillion, cathedral minute repeater and mono-pusher column-wheel chronograph) are visible from the dial side of the watch; seducing the wearer with the intricate workings of such a unique and complex piece. One feature that sets the 44 mm Hublot Minute Repeater aside from others is the activation bolt or "slider”. Hublot have come up with an intuitive design, where the minute repeater’s activator is harmoniously integrated into the case design. Once again, Hublot showcase their philosophy of "fusion” in their unique ability of taking traditional designs and watch complications, then translating them into something original, futuristic and unique.
 
Price - USD 333,300
 
 
Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Minute Repeater
 
 
Parmigiani Fleurier
 
 
Since Parmigiani’s watchmakers restored the watch almost from scratch, they got acquainted with the intricate mechanism from the 19th century and decided to re-introduce it as an add-on module for their Caliber PF321 movement using the 21st century technology. To make the watch even more complicated, they further equipped it with a Minute Repeater module with cathedral chimes. The mechanism includes three planetary gears with four arms, each bearing its corresponding Arabic numeral from "1″ to "12.” As one can gather from the picture, each hand successively travels the arc in precisely 60 minutes and then is replaced with the next hand in line. The new timekeeper is presented in polished 18-carat white gold case, with a 45 mm diameter and almost 13 mm in height.
 
Price - USD  365,200
 
 
Louis Vuitton Tambour Minute Repeater     
 
 
Louis Vuitton Minute Repeater 
 
This is the first independently designed and developed high complication model from LV produced in partnership with La Fabrique du Temps. The watch incorporates the highly complex minute repeater function together with a useful mode for contemporary globetrotters. Visible through both the smoked sapphire glass dial and the transparent caseback is the manual-wind LV 178 calibre, which chimes the wearer’s home time and features a 100-hour power reserve. The dial displays both the ‘home’ and ‘away’ time zone at a glance. The watch is available in white, rose or yellow gold. The 44 mm case of the Tambour Minute Repeater is water-resistant to thirty metres. As with many Louis Vuitton, products  the watch can be customised upon request, with  options such as initials, a family crest or an element in relief, replacing the number 4 under the glass dial. The timepiece is presented on a black alligator strap.   
 
Price - 379,000
 
 
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Skeleton Minute Repeater
 
 
 Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Skeleton
 
 
The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar was produced for 60 years, from 1946 through 2006. The discontinuance was a shock to the watch market, but a jolt of good news to those collectors fortunate enough to own one. This watch is in platinum This watch has the loudest, liveliest and prettiest tone one may ever hear from a repeater. The case is platinum, with the familiar flared lugs that only Vacheron uses. Front crystal is sapphire and the back crystal is acrylic. Acrylic crystals permit the repeater tone to sound more purely and louder. There are four calendar setting buttons on the case sides. Case dimensions are 37mm diameter by 10.5mm thick. Dial is silver with applied hour markers and sunken subdials. Movement is the manual winding Vacheron Constantin Caliber 1755 with 30 jewels and adjusted to five positions and temperature. The construction of this movement and its finishing are extremely beautiful. The repeater hammer and gongs can be seen at work, when the repeater is activated. Strap is a black crocodile Vacheron strap with platinum tang buckle.
 
Price - 407,000
 
 
Jaquet Droz’s Bird Repeater

 Bird Repeater
 
 
The Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater, as with many other models from this artisanal watch brand owned by the Swatch Group, takes its inspiration from the creations of Pierre Jaquet-Droz (1721-1790), a Swiss-born watchmaker. The wristwatch reflects not only horological expertise, but also gives one a glimpse of the artistic perception inspired from the centuries ago. Operated by a cam system, the three- dimensional presence on the dial comes to life at the push of a button setting the animation in play. One bird bobs down to feed the little one while the other spreads its wings, revealing an array of colored feathers. Simultaneously the egg in the nest opens, giving birth to a chick. It is a remarkable sight to have on a watch. To add, the push-button also triggers a minute repeater, which strikes the hours, quarters, and minutes as the birds put on their show. The system uses a cathedral gong whose resonant, mellow tones are generated by two turns around the mechanism. The watch, which required two years of development, is offered in a 47-mm case in 18k rose gold and on a rolled-edge, handmade, black alligator leather strap with a rose-gold folding clasp. Limited edition production of only eight pieces with each engraved with a series number on the case back.
 
Price - USD 493,500
 
 
Ulysse Nardin - The Great Alexander
 
Ulysse Nardin The Great Alexander
 
 
The unconquerable hero of Greek history and symbol of strength inspires Ulysse Nardin's Alexander the Great Westminster Carillon Tourbillon Jaquemarts Minute Repeater, an exceptional timepiece that showcases the mastery of Ulysse Nardin watchmakers. Technically advanced, while keeping the storied tradition of mechanical watchmaking intact, the Alexander the Great Minute Repeater is as mighty as the warrior for whom it is named.Its mechanics are housed in a 44 mm case of 18-karat white gold or rose gold 4N, and are water-resistant to 30 meters. The visible one-minute tourbillon is integrated into the dial, its bridge created in the same shape as those used on the tourbillons James Pellaton produced for Ulysse Nardin at the beginning of the 20th century. The superbly finished basic movement features 36 jewels with a diameter of 27.60 and a height of 8.50 mm. Each part of the movement is decorated, angled and hand-finished.
 
Price - USD 685,000
 
 
 
 
 
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