Directly inspired by the precision clocks used for setting timepieces from the 17th century onwards, this regulator-type watch from the Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers collection is equipped with a perpetual calendar. The sparkling diamonds set on the bezel and the delicate guilloché pattern on its plum-coloured dial lend as subtle radiance to the intuitive reading of this watch.
With its separate displays of the minutes by a central hand and the hours on a dial positioned at 12 o’clock, this timepiece directly refers to the regulator clocks in use from the late 17th century onward for setting watches.
With its perpetual calendar, a mechanism requiring no correction until 2100, this regulator-type watch becomes an exceptional timepiece whose functionality asserts itself with all the characteristic elegance of Vacheron Constantin. The plum-coloured dial, delicately hand-guilloché with a sunray wavy pattern, is exquisitely framed by a corolla of 62 brilliant-cut diamonds (1.40 cts) set on the bezel.
To drive the regulator-type functions of this 42mm-diameter white gold watch and its perpetual calendar indications, Vacheron Constantin has chosen the self-winding 2460 RQP calibre. In keeping with the spirit of historical regulator clocks, the layout of the displays is based on a concern for visual balance. Week and month apertures delicately rimmed in white gold are thus positioned on either side of the hours subdial.
The leap-year cycle appears through a discreet opening in the hours dial, symmetrically aligned with the pointer-type date display at 6 o’clock. Powered by 334 carefully decorated components, the exclusive ‘engine’ of this regulator-type model water-resistant to 30 metres beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and is endowed with an approximately 40-hour power reserve.
The distinction of this timepiece is reflected in a Mississippiensis alligator leather strap whose plum-coloured hue echoes that of dial. Hand-sewn and featuring large square scales, it is secured by a pin buckle shaped like a Maltese cross and adorned with 11 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.78 cts).
Model: Les Cabinotiers Regulator perpetual calendar jewellery
Calibre 2460 RQP
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
27.50 mm diameter, 5.84 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 40 hours
4 Hz (28,000 vibrations/hour)
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece
Off-centered hours and minutes
Perpetual Calendar (day, date, months and leap year)
18K white gold
Bezel set with 62 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total weight of approximately 1.40 carats
42 mm diameter, 11.80 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
18K gold, hand-guilloché plum-coloured dial with sunray wavy decor
18K white gold moon
Plum-coloured Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
18K white gold pin-buckle set with 11 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total weight of approximately 0.78 carat
Half Maltese cross-shaped
“Pièce unique” and « Les Cabinotiers » engraved on the back of the timepiece