Vacheron Constantin has revealed a fresh interpretation of one of its most iconic timepieces, the Hallmark of Geneva-certified Traditionnelle chronograph perpetual calendar.
Equipped with the new Manufacture Vacheron Constantin Caliber 1142 QP, this refined timepiece combines two fine watchmaking complications, the chronograph and the perpetual calendar and is presented in a classic round case spanning 43mm and rendered in platinum.
The result is true to the classical style of the Traditionnelle series, one which combines tradition and formal elegance with mastery of horological complications.
The collection’s design codes can be seen in detail such as the stepped case with a distinctive fluted pattern on the back, dauphine-style hands and the railway-type minute track. A white tachymeter scale surrounding the dial accentuates the technical nature of the watch.
To enhance legibility, the dial features various shades of grey with finishes that differ according to the functions, reflecting the layout of 1940s Vacheron Constantin chronographs.
Standing out against a slate-coloured opaline base, the small seconds and chronograph minute counters are distinguished by a circular-brushed ring with snailed centre.
The 22K white gold moon disc is hand-finished and positioned in the centre of the date counter with a dark grey rim. In a subtle nod to historical pocket watches it depicts an alternately smiling or melancholy moon face depending on the path of the Earth’s satellite.
The new movement drives the perpetual calendar functions – with indications of the date, days, months, leap years and moon phases – as well as the chronograph functions with a direct-drive seconds hands and 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, positioned opposite the small seconds at 9 o’clock.
The watch will keep track of all aspects of the calendar without any need for adjustments until March 1st 2100 – just make sure you keep it wound.
Our take on the Vacheron Traditionnelle chronograph perpetual calendar? It’s a worthy addition to the series, a classic that more than lives up to the name.
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