By introducing the new Malte Tourbillon, Vacheron Constantin honours two historical achievements in the art of fine watch making. Firstly, the Geneva based watch manufacture celebrating 100 years of the tonneau shape, a revolutionary design of case that brand adopted in 1912. Secondly the watch manufacture honurs the most iconic of all horological complications: the tourbillion.
With this new model Vacheron Constantin offers a new interpretation of the stunning complication in keeping with the classic style and elegance inherent to the anniversary collection that celebrates the 100 th anniversary of tonneau shape. Right from its appearance, it became an emblematic shape that would be associated over the century with the most prestigious horological complications, interpreted in particular through the Malte collection, first introduced in 2000.
On a pure, restrained dial featuring pink gold hour-markers and Roman numerals for the 6 and 12 o’clock indications, the tourbillon bearing the seconds hand finds its natural place, perfectly integrated within the new and refined lines of the Malte collection. Its positioning at 6 o’clock calls requires slightly offsetting the axis of the hour and minute hands which thereby stand out above their beating heart.
The Malte Tourbillon timepiece is the largest model in the Malte anniversary collection. It has a curving 18K pink gold case measuring 38 x 48.2 mm and is fitted with a brown Mississippiensis alligator leather strap complete with Maltese cross-shaped rose gold folding clasp.
The Malte Tourbillon model is equipped with mechanical hand-wound Calibre 2795, comprising 169 parts, beating at a frequency of 2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour) and endowed with an almost two-day power reserve. This new tonneau-shaped movement – making a perfect fit with the case – is entirely developed and crafted within the Manufacture. The tourbillon carriage is inspired by the brand’s signature Maltese cross, and magnificently showcases the exceptional level of finishing of each movement part, including a number of naturally hand-bevelled interior angles.
The rounding off of the tourbillon bar, which always represents a significant technical challenge, calls for over 11 hours of manual work in order to meet the finishing criteria demanded by Vacheron Constantin. Rounding off consists of filing each end of the arms in order to give them a conical or semi-cylindrical shape, while respecting the limits of the centre and the heels. To finalise this operation, the craftsmen rub it down with stones, buffs, wooden pegs and finishing pastes in order to achieve a perfectly polished effect.
The Malte Tourbillon model also meets the new criteria 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.
ModelL Malte Tourbillon
Stamped with the Hallmark of Geneva
2795 – Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Energy: Mechanical, manual-winding
Movement size: 27.37 x 29.30 mm (12’’’ 1/4 x 12’’’ 3/4)
Movement thickness: 6.10 mm
Number of components: 169
Frequency: 2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour)
Power reserve: Approximately 45 hours
Indications: Hours, minutes and small seconds on tourbillon carriage
Additional functions: Tourbillon
18K 5N pink gold
38.00 x 48.24 mm
12.73 mm thick
Transparent caseback with sapphire crystal, closed with screws
Water resistance: Tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approximately 30 meters)
Silvered sand-blasted, black painted minute-tracks
10 applied Bâton-shaped and 2 applied Roman numeral hour-markers in 18K 5N pink gold
Brown Mississippiensis alligator, large square scales, hand-stiched, saddle-finish
Clasp: 18K 5N pink gold triple blade folding clasp, Polished half Maltese cross