To honour the Chinese legend of the Phoenix and the Dragon, Vacheron Constantin presents three numbered limited-edition Traditionnelle tourbillon watches in 18K 5N pink gold.
The Chinese legend of the Phoenix and the Dragon is graphically enacted in the form of sculpted appliques on a hand-guilloché dial. Each timepiece from this boutique exclusive series houses the ultra-thin Calibre 2160, an in-house movement equipped with a peripheral rotor and tourbillon.
The watch illustrates the Phoenix and Dragon around the pearl, a distinctive cultural symbol of China. Polished and flames sandblasted, the extremely thin pearl enhances the radiance of this limited edition Traditionnelle tourbillon.
The two fabulous creatures are represented in the form of 18K 5N pink gold appliques that are stamped and then hand-finished using the pounced ornament technique that involves modelling with a scorper and then smoothing the reliefs with a file.
Together, the fine details and precise operations used to represent the plumage of the phoenix with a rooster’s head symbolising the Chinese empress; and the undulating body of the scale-covered dragon emblematic of the emperor, orchestrate a heavenly choreography.
Thanks to the mobile tourbillon carriage shaped like Vacheron Constantin’s Maltese cross emblem, the entire scene comes to life, with the regulator serving as a support for one of the dragon’s legs, while the beating of the phoenix’s wings appears to set the tempo.
Depending on the galvanic treatment applied to the hand-guilloché dial, it adopts a black, deep blue or silver-toned hue, giving impressive depth to this mythological scene. On the bezel and lugs, the sky is symbolised by a succession of volutes, carved in bas-relief.
Each of these watches houses an ultra-thin self-winding movement. Operating at rate of 18,000 vibrations per hour (2.5 Hz) and positioned at 6 o’clock, the tourbillon – whose carriage bears the small seconds indication by means of a blackened screw. It can also be admired through the sapphire caseback without being concealed by the oscillating weight.
The movement construction incorporates a peripheral rotor winding the barrel to ensure a comfortable 80-hour power reserve. The choice of the peripheral rotor also contributes to the slenderness of Calibre 2160 which, despite the presence of the tourbillon, is barely 5.65 mm thick.
This ultra-thin movement with its 188 components has made it possible to offer an 18K 5N pink gold case with a total thickness of 11.21 mm and a 41 mm diameter that is suitable for all wrists.
The finishing of Calibre 2160 offers the same high level of quality as the embellishment of the dial. The bar of the tourbillon carriage is entirely hand-bevelled, as are the movement components. The mainplate is circular-grained on the dial side, while the bridges are adorned with Côtes de Genève on the back.
Paired with a black, deep blue or brown alligator leather strap, depending on the model, secured a folding clasp and available in a limited boutique edition of 16 timepieces for each dial colour, this watch embodies a perfect symbiosis of artistic crafts and fine watchmaking.
Model: Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Tourbillon
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding, peripheral rotor
31 mm (13½’’’) diameter, 5.65 mm thick
Approximately 80 hours of power reserve
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations per hour)
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece
Hours, minutes, small seconds on tourbillon carriage (coloured screw)
Material: 18K 5N pink gold
41 mm diameter, 11.21 mm thick
Hand-engraved bezel and lug sides
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)
18K gold hand-guilloché, silver-toned / deep blue / black galvanic treatment
Hand-engraved 18K pink gold applied phoenix and dragon
Brown/deep blue/black Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
Clasp: 18K 5N pink gold folding clasp; Polished half Maltese cross-shaped
Limited editions of 16 individually numbered timepieces
Only available in Vacheron Constantin Boutiques