Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar

Unveiled at SIHH 2019 in Geneva, the Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar is a one-of-a-kind model created by the Les Cabinotiers department of Vacheron Constantin

In the 18th century, the most experienced Geneva watchmakers exercised their talent in light-filled workshops called ‘cabinets’, located on the top floor of the city’s buildings. Crafting extraordinary complicated bespoke watches, these alchemists of time came to be known as ‘cabinotiers’. Accomplished masters of their art, they cultivated a blend of technical and manual skills backed by vast scientific knowledge and curiosity for new ideas, nurtured by the philosophy of the Age of Enlightenment.

In response to the highest technical, aesthetic and artistic challenges, the one-of-a-kind Vacheron Constantin models now crafted in its Les Cabinotiers department, heir to this prestigious past, are a delight to the most demanding connoisseurs of Haute Horlogerie. The new Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar, driven by an unprecedented calibre, is a further illustration of this exclusive approach.

The one-of-a-kind Les Cabinotiers minute repeater perpetual calendar is equipped with a revisited movement: Calibre 1731 QP, combining minute repeater and perpetual calendar functions at the heart of a delightfully slender 42 mm-diameter gold case.

The challenge for the in-house watchmakers lays in pairing two of the most sophisticated horological complications within an ultra-thin movement measuring just 5.70 mm thick, while ensuring precision, reliability and user friendliness. Among the technical feats accompanying the origins of this watch, the Maison’s Les Cabinotiers department developed a perfectly silent strike governor serving to control the cadence of the hammers in striking the gongs.

No less than 438 components, some of them no thicker than a hair’s breadth, compose this sophisticated horological ‘alchemy’ within a mechanical manual-winding movement. Beating at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour (3 Hz) and endowed with a 65-hour power reserve, it drives the full set of hours, minutes, day, date, month, leap-year indication, moon phase and minute repeater functions.

Despite the complexity of this watch, Vacheron Constantin was determined to make it a model cultivating the elegance, discretion and other aesthetic values that have become its signature. The 42 mm-diameter case in white or pink gold features extremely pure lines. Only the minute repeater slide on the left-hand side of the case expresses the complexity of this model and testifies to its ability to set an audible cadence for time.

The gleam of the precious polished metal beautifully frames the deep colour of the midnight blue or brown dial, depending on the version. The day, date and month indications, appearing in the upper part of the dial, are displayed in an extremely legible manner, and thereby leave plenty of space for the gold Moon to pursue its poetic dance amid the stars, against a beautifully understated backdrop.

This arrangement of the various dial indications ensures a pleasingly balanced and elegant watch face, while the blue and brown colour lends a dynamic and modern touch.

Technical details

Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar
Reference 6610C/000G-B511

6610C/000G-B511, Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar

Movement
CALIBRE 1731 QP
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, manual-winding
32.80 mm diameter, 5.70 mm thick
Approximately 65 hours of power reserve
3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
438 components
36 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certifed timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes
Perpetual calendar (day of the week, date, month, leap year)
Moon phases
Minute Repeater

Case
18K white gold
42 mm diameter, 10.44 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
Blue opaline dial
18K white gold hour-markers
Moon in 18K white gold

Strap
Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales

Buckle
18K white gold folding clasp
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Box
Les Cabinotiers winding-box made of Makassar ebony wood, interior in Nabuka

Accessories
Delivered with a corrector pen

Edition
One-of-a-kind timepiece
“Les Cabinotiers”, “Pièce unique”, “AC” hallmark engraved on caseback

Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar
Reference 6610C/000R-B510

6610C/000R-B510, Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar

Movement
CALIBRE 1731 QP
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, manual-winding
32.8 mm diameter, 5.70 mm thick
Approximately 65 hours of power reserve
3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
438 components
36 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes
Perpetual calendar (day of the week, date, month, leap year)
Moon phases
Minute Repeater

Case
18K 5N pink gold
42 mm diameter, 10.44 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
Brown opaline dial
18K 5N pink gold hour-markers
Moon in 18K 5N pink gold

Strap
Dark brown Mississippiensis alligator leather, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales

Buckle
18K 5N pink gold folding clasp
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Box
Les Cabinotiers winding-box made of Makassar ebony wood, interior in Nabuka

Accessories
Delivered with a corrector pen

Edition
One-of-a-kind timepiece
“Les Cabinotiers”, “Pièce unique”, “AC” hallmark engraved on caseback

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