Thursday, October 1, 2015

Vacheron Constantin Maître Cabinotier Perpetual Calendar Regulator

The new one-of-a-kind Maître Cabinotier Perpetual Calendar Regulator from Vacheron Constantin is distinguished by its regulator type display, inspired by the precision clocks used to adjust watches from the 17th century onwards. In addition to the dissociated display of the hours and minutes, the self winding 2460 RQP in house movement specially designed for this model also drives the perpetual calendar complication. An elegant hand-guilloché dial with meticulous finishing accentuates the exclusive nature of this watch certified by the Hallmark of Geneva, crafted in keeping with the spirit of the 18th century Geneva cabinotiers.

Created in a one-off edition, this prestigious timepiece carries the tradition of technical excellence and innovation cultivated by the 18th century cabinotiers. These highly specialised Geneva artisans created authentic made-to-order masterpieces intended for prestigious customers from around the world. In harmony with this blend of horological prowess and extreme personalisation, the art perpetuated through the Maître Cabinotier Collection by Vacheron Constantin is reflected in the highly exclusive production of its “Atelier Cabinotiers” which creates bespoke Haute Horlogerie watches.
With the Maître Cabinotier Perpetual Calendar Regulator model, Vacheron Constantin reinterprets this characteristic layout in an exquisitely refined contemporary spirit. The gold dial adorned with an opaline brown finish and a hand-guilloché motif provides a dissociated reading of time, swept over by slender leaf-type hands, “clous de Paris” hour-markers and Roman numerals.

Complementing the regulator-type display of the hours and minutes, the perpetual calendar and the moon phases appear on a snailed counter at 6 o’clock, while the pink gold moon and silver dust stars are sprinkled across this gently spiralling finish. The pink gold-rimmed day of the week and month apertures appear on either side of the offset hours counter at 12 o’clock. The various types of finish – guilloché, opaline, snailed and circular satin-finished – along with the alternating presence of applied hour-markers, Roman and Arabic numerals, combine to ensure excellent readability of each separate indication. This distinctively designed dial frames a 42 mm-diameter pink gold case that is water-resistant to 30 metres and topped by a concave bezel that accentuates the overall impression of slenderness.
Along with basic timekeeping functions, the new Caliber 2460 RQP specially designed and developed by the master watchmakers of the Manufacture drives one of the most prestigious horological complications: the perpetual calendar, indicating the day of the week, the month, the date, leap years and moon phases. Comprising 334 carefully decorated components, this exclusive ‘motor’ beats at the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and ensures a 40-hour power reserve.

The timepiece is accompanied with an alligator Mississippiensis leather strap in a shade echoing that of the brown dial. Hand-sewn and featuring large square scales, it is fastened by a triple-blade pink gold folding clasp adorned with a polished half Maltese Cross.

Technical details
Model: Maître Cabinotier Perpetual Calendar Regulator
Reference 4000C/000R-B121
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Calibre 2460 RQP
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
27.5 mm (11’’’¼) diameter, 5.84 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
334 components
27 jewels

Regulator hours and minutes indication
Perpetual calendar (date, day of the week, month, leap year)
Moon phase

18K 5N pink gold
42 mm diameter, 11.7 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

18K gold
Brown opaline, hand-guilloché
18K 5N pink gold « Clous de Paris » applied hour-markers, moon phase and counters frames

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

Presentation box: With watch winder
Accessories: Delivered with a corrector pen & a magnifying glass
Unique timepiece: « Pièce Unique » engraved on caseback

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