The famed Swiss manufacture announces two new examples of the high watchmaker’s art.
Five hundred and forty hours of rigorous craftsmanship went into the creation of the Malte Tourbillon Openworked model (below), from the development of the caliber to the manual finishing of each of its 246 component. The result is a clever balance between a tourbillon mechanism and the openworked aesthetic, housed within an 18K 5N pink gold case that frames the entirely openworked and hand-engraved barrel-shaped tourbillon movements. Design-wise, chiaroscuro contrasts based on the repetitive use of fundamental geometrical elements create a three-dimensional mosaic, topped by an imposing Maltese cross-shaped tourbillon. Coated in pink gold, the mechanism powers indications of the hours, minutes, seconds, date and power reserve, appearing through a transparent sapphire dial rimmed by a silver-toned ring and punctuated by 11 baton-type hour-markers as well as an applied Roman (XII) numeral in 18K 5N pink gold.
The Malte Moon Phase and Power Reserve model (below) – like all Vacheron Constantin models – bears the Hallmark of Geneva. The barrel-shaped watch in pink gold features a moon phase as well as 40-hour power-reserve indication adorning a silver-toned sandblasted dial that is lightly domed so as to follow the smooth curve of the model. The piece is powered by the in-house manual-winding Caliber 1410, with the high-precision gear train ensuring the moon-phase mechanism – also known as an “astronomical moon” – requires just one correction every 122 years.