The first of the year’s major watch fairs, Geneva’s Salon Internationale de la Haute Horlogerie, might be months away, but Vacheron Constantin is the first brand out of the blocks with previews of new special new editions.
The Patrimony collection gets a handsome new Patrimony Moon phase and Retrograde Date with pure lines typical of the series and a dial featuring the cycle and age of the moon – a display that requires no corrections for 122 years.
Vacheron Constantin is combining this complication with a retrograde date indication, graduated from 1 to 31 across the upper dial arc.
A new 275-part self-winding Caliber 2460 R31L with 40-hour power reserve drives the hours and minutes hands, moon-phase display and the retrograde date.
A new feature is an easily adjustable mechanism whereby the crown offers simple and smooth access to all three functions of the timepiece. In its first position it winds the watch; pulled out to the second notch it turns clockwise to set the date or counter-clockwise to adjust the moon phase; and the third and last position controls time-setting.
A transparent sapphire crystal reveals the hand-finished and Geneva Hallmarked workings and a 22 carat gold oscillating weight with Vacheron Constantin’s signature Maltese cross motif.
The case is 42.5 mm diameter and rendered in white gold, and offers water resistance to 30 meters.
New Traditionnelle Minute Repeater Tourbillon
Vacheron’s new in-house Calibre 2755 TMR combines two of the most demanding complications, a complex tourbillon to compensate for the effects of gravity and a minute repeater, one of the most sought-after and challenging complications.
The gongs of the mechanism chime the hours, quarters and minutes on demand and at a press on a single pusher.
Again, the hand-wound movement bears the Hallmark of Geneva and exhibits an exceptional level of chronometric and aesthetic quality. Comprised of 471 parts and adorned with 40 jewels, it features hand-crafted finishes to the highest watchmaking standards and is visible through a a sapphire crystal caseback.
The watch spans 44mm displays the hours and minutes along with small seconds on the tourbillon carriage. A 58-hour power-reserve indication with pink gold is on the back of the watch.
The dial comes in slate grey or silver-toned variations on platinum-cased versions, with a silver-toned dial for a pink gold version.
Our take on the pre-SIHH Vacheron Constantin reveals: Elegance and exceptional movements set the tone– and we can’t wait to see them in the ‘flesh.’
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