Warmed by the dancing fires of a row of diamonds set in its yellow or white gold bezel, the dial’s elegant layout possesses a charm all its own.
Two swordblade-shaped hands sweep over its delicately engine-turned surface enhanced with seven diamond hour markers and three 18K gold Roman numerals. Positioned between 10 and 11 o’ clock, the power-reserve indicator features a diamond set at the “maximum power” end of its tapered-arc scale.
At 9 o’clock on the dial, the moon-phase display’s “moon” is actually a 14-gemstone diamond pavé set in genuine ornamental stone. The result is time with a truly eye-catching face, personable and original—just the thing for a woman for whom tastefulness and character are inherently inseparable.
She’ll also enjoy selecting the color of the leather strap, fitted with a standard clasp in 18K gold, that best matches her mood of the moment, knowing she can change her mind, and her strap, whenever the urge strikes her. Her watch’s leather-and-wood giftbox naturally includes a metal stylus serving to reset the moon-phase indicator by actioning the corrector flush with the side of the case.
Model: Vacheron Constantin Malte Moon Phase and Power Reserve Ladies
Reference: 83500/000G-9010 and 83500/000J-9011
- Caliber number: 1410
- Movement thickness: 4.20 mm
- Movement dimensions: 9’’’, i.e. 20.35 mm (1 line = 2.255 mm)
- Jewelling: 22
- Power reserve: 40 hours
- Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour
- Functions: Hours and minutes, moon phases, power reserve indication
- Dial: Silvered and engine-turned by hand
- Case: Yellow or white 18K gold
- Water resistance: To 30 m (approx. 100 feet)
- Strap: Padded and hand-stitched alligator mississipiensis leather
- Clasp: Standard design, in 18K gold
About Caliber 1410
Representative of the 1400 caliber family, Vacheron Constantin’s latest line of proprietary movements, the handwound 1410 movement equipping this stylish feminine design bears the famed “Poinçon de Genève” hallmark.
Strictly reserved for movements produced in Geneva’s finest workshops, this mark of origin constitutes a guarantee of exceptional workmanship and in particular of exceptionally fine finish. Along with providing the time of day in hours and minutes, caliber 1410 displays the phases of the moon and an indication of the movement’s remaining mechanical energy.
Handwound, beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour (v.p.h.), this 22-jewel movement provides over 40 hours’ reserve power and has been adjusted in the five classic positions for optimum time-keeping performance.
Along with its outstanding precision, the V.C. 1410 movement’s Haute Horlogerie excellence stems as much from its maker’s longstanding reputation as from the elaborate finish it receives at the hands of its expert watchmakers and craftsmen. Two exclusive identification marks contribute to its unique character. The first is its own individual production number. The second is an official hallmark established over a century ago to confirm the exceptional quality of Geneva-made timepieces, the “Poinçon de Genève”.
The caliber 1410 movement’s handcrafted finish more than matches its technical merits. Both faces of the mainplate and even the bottom of various recesses display a decorative pattern called circular graining while its edge bears the parallel files strokes of a process called “drawing out”. All sharp angles and sinks are meticulously bevelled and polished while bridges and bars are decorated with “Côtes de Genève” pattern.
Vacheron Constantin’s expert watchmakers have even taken the trouble to decorate internal components of the movement that are destined to remain out of sight: circular graining and extensive polishing of all wheels and bevelling of their arms, pinions polished with wooden buffing wheels, vertical milling of all steel parts and drawing out of all edges with a file, burnishing of all flat screw heads then bevelling of their edge and slit and finally carefully polishing all rounded areas.
Incorporating both impressive professional expertise and an inordinate amount of patience, a movement as refined as this one demands exceptional dedication on the part of the master watchmaker who assembles it, carefully fitting its every component before regulating and adjusting the mechanism with the studied deliberation such a delicate task demands.