Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph
"Always considered the No. 2 brand after Patek Philippe—though that is debatable. Like Patek, the company is still family-owned and has stayed independent. With a minute repeater, tourbillon, and a chronograph, this timepiece combines three complications rarely found within the same case."
Estimated Price: USD 465,000 (in platinum)
Sonata Minute Repeater
"Forget about residual values and company heritage for now Branding-wise, Ulysse Nardin has lost its way in the past few years. Fortunately, the company played its minute repeater band just the same. Ulysse Nardin produces the most interesting line of minute repeaters found today, using gongs that sound like musical boxes in a wristwatch!"
Estimated price: USD 55,000 (in rose gold)
Master Minute Repeater
"This grand complication watch has a 15-day power reserve, a barrel torque indicator, and a crystal gong that produces a chime of peerless intensity and clarity. Probably high up there in terms of complication, but will always lag behind a Patek Philippe minute repeater in terms of secondary value and bragging rights."
Estimated price: USD 200,000 (in platinum)
VAULT picks some other alternative minute repeaters to consider.
Platinum Les Cabinotiers Skeleton Minute Repeater
Estimated Price: USD 400,000 (in platinum)
Grande Sonnerie Souveraine
Estimated Price: USD 650,000 (in steel)
Grande Complication Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar
Estimated Price: USD 285,000 (in rose gold)
This story first appeared in Vault Magazine Issue 2, 2011.