In 1912, Geneva-based watch making house Vacheron Constantin had adopted the tonneau shape for its timepieces – a novel feature in watchmaking history.
Representing an authentic revolution in the field of horological design codes, almost entirely dominated at the time by the rounded shape typical of pocket watches, this model proved an immediate success among both men and women.
It would take several years before form watches would assert themselves as a genuine alternative to classic timepieces, and a means of affirming the resolutely individual personality of their wearer.
This year, in celebration of this pioneering spirit, Vacheron Constantin presents the Malte 100th Anniversary Edition model, a hand-wound watch issued in a 100-piece limited series.
The case is distinguished by its finesse, by the subtle elegance of its lines, by the curve of its middle section, and by its discreet lugs featuring a delicate shape that accentuates the classicism of a timeless model.
The dial is adorned with painted Roman numerals echoing those on historical models. Watch case measuring 36.7 x 47.6 mm in precious 950 platinum has a delightfully vintage appeal.
This Malte 100th Anniversary model is equipped with Vacheron Constantin hand-wound Calibre 4400, driving the hour and minute hands. This movement entirely developed and crafted within the Manufacture, and featuring exceptional finishing, is endowed with a 65-hour power reserve thanks to its large barrel.
Beating at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour), it comprises 106 parts and measures a respectable 28.60 mm (12.5’’’), a size ideally suited to the dimensions of contemporary cases.
The 100 watches in this Malte 100th Anniversary Edition, each individually numbered on the caseback, are fitted with a strap in blue Mississippiensis alligator leather, secured by a Malte cross-shaped buckle in 950 platinum.
The Malte 100th Anniversary Edition model meets the new requirements of the Hallmark of Geneva – an independent certification of origin as well as a label honouring the technical and aesthetic mastery of Fine Watchmaking expertise.
Model: Vacheron Constantin Malte 100TH Anniversary Edition
Stamped with the Hallmark of Geneva
4400 – Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Energy: Mechanical, manual-winding
Movement diameter : 28.60 mm (12’’’1/2)
Movement thickness : 2.80 mm
Jewels : 21
Number of components :106
Frequency : 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
Power reserve: Approximately 65 hours
Indications: Hours, minutes
36.70 x 47.61 mm
9.10 mm thick
Water resistance: Tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approximately 30 meters)
Silvered sand-blasted, 12 black painted Roman numerals
Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator, large square scales, hand-stitched, saddle-finish
Clasp: Platinum 950 buckle, Polished half Maltese cross
Limited Edition to 100 pieces for the 100th anniversary of the barrel shape at Vacheron Constantin “N°X” engraved on caseback