Vacheron Constantin “La Musique du Temps®” Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Four Seasons

Vacheron Constantin presents Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Four seasons: Four new one-of-a-kind creations conveying the rich tones of the crafts cultivated within the Maison.

Masterpieces of engraving and enamelling, they are an invitation to admire dials graced with striking naturalistic symbolism. To set the tempo for these four watches, Vacheron Constantin chose its 2755 TMR calibre, combining the precision of a tourbillon regulator with a minute repeater featuring the Manufacture’s latest developments.

Vacheron Constantin “La Musique du Temps®” Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Four Seasons

In 1941, Vacheron Constantin combined technical prowess with aesthetic perfection by introducing its ultra-thin minute repeater wristwatch. This mechanism, which strikes the hours, quarters and minutes on demand using two gongs, is presented in an ultra-thin gold model radiating the characteristic elegance of Vacheron Constantin watches.

With the four one-of-a-kind Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Four Seasons models, the Manufacture perpetuates the tradition of chiming watches by drawing inspiration from this emblematic 1940s timepiece.

Each of the watches is equipped with the 2755 TMR calibre, which regulates the striking mechanism by means of a one-minute tourbillon with a rotating carriage serving to neutralise the effects of the Earth’s gravity. The manual-winding movement, with a 58-hour power reserve discreetly indicated on the back, beats at a rate of 2.5Hz (18,000 a/h), a low frequency typical of traditional watchmaking. With its 471 components, the 2755 TMR calibre incorporates a silent centripetal flywheel strike governor, guaranteeing the excellence of the minute repeater.

Depicting the undulations of a carp swimming in a decor graced with seasonal colours, the dials are to artistic crafts what the minute repeater is to mechanical horology: a demonstration of exceptional expertise.

Vacheron Constantin “La Musique du Temps®” Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Four Seasons

Masterpieces of miniaturisation, these watch faces are engraved using the bas-relief technique to highlight the richness of the scenography. No less than 60 hours per dial are required to engrave the material with a burin in order to create a depth effect based on differences in height of up to 1.35 mm. The enameller then takes over with a palette of 12 colours applied using the champlevé technique, which involves embedded the enamel in the cavities created by the engraver. Around 15 firings are then necessary to achieve the desired colours by applying successive layers. These high-risk operations must be carried out with the greatest care to prevent multiple firings from cracking or dulling the enamel.

Vacheron Constantin “La Musique du Temps®” Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Four Seasons

In the Vacheron Constantin universe, Les Cabinotiers represents a department in its own right dedicated to the personalisation of pieces and unique creations. This tradition dates back to the 18th century, a time when master watchmakers were called cabinotiers and worked in ateliers bathed in natural light, known as cabinets and located on the top floors of Geneva’s buildings. In the hands of these learned artisans, open to the new ideas of the Enlightenment, exceptional timepieces were born, inspired by astronomy, mechanical engineering and the arts. This expertise, which constitutes the great Geneva watchmaking tradition, has been flowing through Vacheron Constantin’s veins since 1755.

Chiming watches occupy a special place among horological complications. For more than two centuries, these complex mechanisms have been highlighted by Vacheron Constantin. Today, Les Cabinotiers department has chosen to pay tribute to them through one-of-a-kind creations on the theme “La Musique du temps”.

Born from the need to tell the time in the dark in an age when people had to rely on candlelight, “audible” watches have taken various forms: repeaters (indicating the hours and sometimes the quarters and minutes on request), sonnerie (striking) watches (indicating the hours and quarters in passing) and alarms (which can be programmed to ring at specific times). While each of these complications has its own distinctive characteristics, they all combine an integrated and complex mechanism with the finely crafted nature of musical instruments in terms of their resonance, acoustics and harmonics. Featuring watch cases equipped with complex movements as their only means of musical expression, these creations represent a magnificent feat of miniaturisation.

At Vacheron Constantin, the first mention of a chiming watch dates back to 1806: a gold pocket watch with minute repeater registered by the founder’s grandson Jacques-Barthélemy, in the very first production register kept in the company’s archives. Ever since, sonnerie or repeater watches have been an integral part of the Manufacture’s proud heritage, steadily enriched over the decades.

Sound and music have always played a role in the Maison’s partnerships, the latest of which is with Abbey Road Studios, a name closely associated with iconic artists such as The Beatles, Adele and Oasis. In collaboration with the studios, Vacheron Constantin launched its Fiftysix® collection, backed by the “One of not Many” campaign. The partnership also has a role to play for “La Musique du Temps®”, as Vacheron Constantin entrusts Abbey Road Studios with recording the unique sound of each model.

Technical details

Movement
Calibre 2755 TMR
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
33.90 mm (14 ¾) diameter, 6.1 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 58 hours
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour)
471 components
40 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes, small seconds on tourbillon carriage
Minute repeater (hours, quarts and minutes on request)
Tourbillon

Models

Model: “La Musique du Temps®” Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Four Seasons, Summer, Yellow Gold, Reference 6520C/000J-B602

“La Musique du Temps®” Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Four Seasons, Summer, Yellow Gold, Reference 6520C/000J-B602

Case
18K 3N yellow gold
44 mm diameter, 13.5 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
18K gold, combination of handcrafts engraving and champlevé enamelling representing the “summer season”

Strap
Brown Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales

Clasp
18K 3N yellow gold folding clasp
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Presentation box & accessory
Les Cabinotiers model
Delivered with a second 18K 3N yellow gold buckle
Abbey Road Studios Certificate

Rarity
Unique timepiece
“Pièce unique” and “Les Cabinotiers” engraved on the back of the timepiece

Model: “La Musique du Temps®” Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Four Seasons Spring, Pink Gold, Reference 6520C/000R-B604

“La Musique du Temps®” Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Four Seasons Spring, Pink Gold, Reference 6520C/000R-B604

Case
18K 5N pink gold
44 mm diameter, 13.5 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
18K gold, combination of handcrafts engraving and champlevé enamelling representing the “spring season”

Strap
Black Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle finish, large square scales

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

Presentation box & accessory
Les Cabinotiers model
Delivered with a second 18K 5N pink gold buckle
Abbey Road Studio Certificate

Unique timepiece
“Pièce unique” and “Les Cabinotiers” engraved on the back of the timepiece

Model: “La Musique du Temps®” Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Four Seasons Autumn, White Gold, Reference 6520C/000G-B605

“La Musique du Temps®” Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Four Seasons Autumn, White Gold, Reference 6520C/000G-B605

Case
18K white gold
44 mm diameter, 13.5 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
18K gold, combination of handcrafts with engraving and champlevé enamelling representing the “autumn season”

Strap
Red Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales

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

Presentation box & accessory
Les Cabinotiers model
Delivered with a second 18K white gold buckle
Abbey Road Studio Certificate

Rarity
Unique timepiece
“Pièce unique” and “Les Cabinotiers” engraved on the back of the timepiece

Model: “La Musique du Temps®” Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Four Seasons Winter, Platinum, Reference 6520C/000P-B606

“La Musique du Temps®” Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Four Seasons Winter, Platinum, Reference 6520C/000P-B606

Case
Platinum 950
44 mm diameter, 13.5 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
18K gold, combination of handcrafts with engraving and champlevé enamelling representing the “winter season”

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

Clasp
Platinum 950 folding clasp
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Presentation box & accessory
Les Cabinotiers model
Delivered with a second platinum 950 buckle
Abbey Road Studio Certificate

Edition
Unique timepiece
“Pièce unique” and “Les Cabinotiers” engraved on the back of the timepiece