Vacheron Constantin : Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-day tourbillon

Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-day tourbillon

Case : Hallmark of Geneva, 18K 5N pink gold with transparent sapphire back Diameter : 42mm Movement : mechanical hand-wound (Calibre 2260, 14-day power reserve), tourbillon, 4 coupled barrels, Hallmark of Geneva, Côtes de Genève and Fine Watchmaking finishing Functions : hours, minutes and small seconds at 6 o’clock on the tourbillon carriage, tourbillon and power-reserve display on 14 segments divided in two Dial : opaline silver-toned, black-painted indications (minutes, seconds and power reserve) and white-painted internal zones Water resistance : 30m Strap : brown Mississippiensis alligator leather, large square scales, hand-sewn, saddle-finish, alligator leather lining, pink gold folding triple-blade clasp

For its first timepiece meeting the new norms of the Hallmark of Geneva, the world’s oldest watch manufacturer in uninterrupted activity* pulled out all the stops : the 231 parts of its new Calibre 2260, entirely developed and produced in-house by Vacheron Constantin, endow its tourbillon movement with a 14-day power reserve accurately counted off on a 280° segment by a dragging hand. This exceptional autonomy stems from two pairs of barrels releasing their energy in parallel and thus ensuring enhanced stability. The exceptional duration of its winding down is matched by its excellent readability, highlighted at 12 o’clock by 14 units, each divided into two 12-hour periods. Just below this display, the generous tourbillon carriage features the brand-emblem Maltese Cross shape, while providing an ample view of the spectacular movement finishing, including a number of hand-chamfered interior angles. The technical sophistication of this high-performance calibre makes a striking contrast with the pure design of the dial and case which are deliberately pared down, although the former is adorned with a variety of finishes and the second features a fluted caseback. The elegance of this model lies in a wealth of subtle details, such as the Côtes de Genève motif embellishing the bridges which may be admired through the sapphire caseback.

Since its 125th anniversary last year, the Hallmark of Geneva no longer applies exclusively to the movement but also to the watch as a whole. This prestigious and rigorous label is awarded by the competent authorities only after a recurrent thorough and unannounced auditing of the production process that includes measuring the movement’s precision over a seven-day period. Building on almost 260 years of skilfully cultivated expertise, Vacheron Constantin is an enduring reference in the distinctive art of measuring time.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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