Monday, January 19, 2015

Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph Small Model (Caliber 1142)

The Harmony collection welcomes this new double-pusher chronograph, an elegant interpretation of a horological complication interpreted in the feminine mode. Issued in a limited, numbered 260-piece edition, the Chronograph Small Model is comfortably housed in a generous 18K pink gold cushion shaped case. The gem-set bezel sparkles with diamonds of the highest quality totalling 1.20 carats.
At its heart, beating at a frequency of 3 Hz, the hand-winding Caliber 1142, powers one of the most coveted Haute Horlogerie complications: the chronograph. Caliber 1142 is an enhanced version of an existing caliber now meeting the demands of the Hallmark of Geneva and endowed with a higher frequency (3 Hz rather than 2.5 Hz) in order to improve the shock-resistance of the balance-wheel.
Endowed with a 48-hour power reserve, this exceptional movement composed of 164 entirely hand decorated parts displays the hours, minutes, small seconds and chronograph functions. In tribute to the 260 years of excellence perpetuated by the Manufacture, its balance-cock is embellished with an original scrolling pattern.

Specifically created by the brand’s designers to set these exclusive editions apart, this unusual motif also known as “fleurisanne engraving” is inspired by the arabesques adorning the balance-cock of the oldest pocket watch by the Maison, signed by Jean-Marc Vacheron in 1755. Like all new chronograph movements in the collection, the column-wheel screw is adorned with Vacheron Constantin’s Maltese Cross emblem.

The unprecedented blue-painted Arabic numerals specially designed for the models in the Harmony collection, stand out against the opaline silver-toned dial punctuated by gold or delicately blued leaftype hands, reinforcing the perfect readability of each function. Stamped with the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva, this elegant chronograph displays a femininity imbued with daring and character – two qualities synonymous with this resolutely contemporary collection.

Technical details
Harmony chronograph small model
Reference: 5005S/000R-B053
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Caliber 1142
Mechanical, manual-winding
27.5 mm (12’’’) diameter
5.57 mm thick
Approximately 48 hours of power reserve
3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
164 components
21 jewels
Balance cock hand-engraved with a dedicated 260th anniversary pattern

Hours, minutes
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Chronograph (30-minute counter at 3 o’clock)

18K 5N pink gold
Diamond-set bezel (84 round-cut diamonds, total weight of approx. 1.2 carats)
37 mm x 46.6 mm, 11.74 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Silvered opaline
Blue painted Arabic numerals

Warm grey Mississippiensis alligator leather, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, square scales
Clasp: 18K 5N pink gold triple blade folding clasp, Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Presentation box
Dedicated 260th anniversary presentation box

Delivered with a magnifying glass, a dedicated brochure on the Harmony product line and a 260th anniversary celebration letter signed by Mr. Juan-Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin

Limited edition of 260 individually numbered pieces « N° X/260 » and « 260th Anniversary » engraved on the back of the timepiece

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