The world of horology is simply mesmerizing, offering new models, new variations, new complications, and new materials and the list never ends. As this year is yet to finish with a month left, the prestigious Swiss watch manufacturing houses have already started the preparations for the next year’s events and novelties.
The most exclusive watch event in world, the SIHH 2014 is planned in the coming January, and Vacheron Constantin has already announced their novelty products in turn tempting all us to book a ticket to Switzerland.
Vacheron Constantin is among the few manufactures which create excellent mechanical timepieces in Platinum, one of most precious materials available today. Vacheron Constantin created the Collection Excellence Platine in 2006, composed of creations issued in limited series and designed for collectors of outstanding timepieces. This year the Malte Tourbillon, introduced in pink gold in 2012, joins this exceptional collection.
Vacheron Constantin has long since demonstrated its expertise in the domain of the tourbillon movement. Often associated with another complication, the tourbillons of the Geneva-based Manufacture reveal remarkable know-how as well as undeniable boldness. It is in this spirit that Vacheron Constantin offers a new interpretation of this stunning complication with the new Malte Tourbillon Collection Excellence Platine.
On a pure, uncluttered 950 platinum dial with a sandblasted finish, discreetly adorned with the inscription “Pt 950” appearing between 4 and 5 o’clock, along with white gold Roman numerals and hour-markers, the tourbillon bearing the seconds hand finds its natural place, perfectly integrated within the new refined lines of the Malte collection. Its 6 o’clock position implied subtly offsetting the axis of the hour and minute hands that thereby stand out majestically above their beating heart.
The Malte Tourbillon Collection Excellence Platine comes with a curving 38 x 48.24 case in 950 platinum. Secured by a 950 platinum folding clasp, the dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather strap is graced with a saddle-stitched finish, hand-sewn with silk and 950 platinum threads lending an ultimate touch of perfection. This model is released in a 50-piece individually numbered edition.
This exceptional watch is powered with a169-part mechanical hand-wound Calibre 2795 endows this model with an almost two-day power reserve. This tonneau-shaped movement perfectly tailored to the case is entirely developed and crafted within the Manufacture. The tourbillon carriage, inspired by the brand’s signature Maltese cross emblem, provides a splendid showcase for the exceptional level of finishing of each movement part, including a number of naturally hand-bevelled interior angles.
Rounding off the tourbillon bar alone called for 12 hours of hand craftsmanship in order to meet the finishing criteria established by Vacheron Constantin. This technique, referred to in French as berçage, consists of filing the tips of the arms with perfect regularity so as to give them a conical and semi-cylindrical shape, while respecting the limits of the centre and the heels.
To finalise the operation, the artisans smooth it down using stones, buffs, wooden pegs and special pastes in order to achieve a perfectly polished effect.
The Malte Tourbillon Collection Excellence Platine also meets the requirements of the Poinçon de Genève or Hallmark of Geneva.
Model: Malte Tourbillon Collection Excellence Platine
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
27.37 x 29.30 mm (12 ’’’ ¼ x 12 ’’’ ¾)
6.10 mm thick
Approximately 45 hours power reserve
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour)
Hours and Minutes
Small seconds at 6 o’clock on tourbillon carriage
38 mm x 48.24, 12.73 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)
Platinum 950, sand-blasted
« Pt 950 » hallmark between 4 and 5 o’clock
Black painted indications
18K gold applied hour-markers
Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather, hand-stitched with platinum 950 and silk, saddle-finish, large square scales
Folding triple-blade clasp in platinum 950
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped
Limited edition of 50 pieces individually numbered