Friday, October 2, 2015

Vacheron Constantin Malte Collection - Malte Tourbillon High Jewellery & Malte High Jewellery Small Model

Exclusively composed of models featuring the tonneau or barrel shape since its inception in 1912, the legendary Malte collection from Vacheron Constantin updates its legacy with two new Haute Joaillerie creations - Malte Tourbillon High Jewellery & Malte High Jewellery Small Model - entirely paved with baguette-cut diamonds and bearing the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva.

These new Malte Haute Joaillerie models, featuring bracelets entirely paved with baguette-cut diamonds, are a vibrant tribute to the sublime beauty of artistic crafts. Entirely hand-crafted using the invisible setting technique, they are arrayed in a translucent cloak of diamonds that light up the display of time. The gemstones conceal the underlying gold to form a magnificent sculptural composition. Lugs, bezel, case middle, dial and bracelet: every single element shimmers with light, right the way through to the crown with its emblematic Maltese cross.

Malte Tourbillon High Jewellery
This high jewellery masterpiece is adorned with 1,170 sparkling baguette-cut diamonds totalling 46.6 carats in which the gold Haute Joaillerie bracelet alone is clothed in 764 baguette-cut diamonds totalling 28.7 carats. This stunning creation crafted using the invisible setting technique is secured by a gold folding clasp. The dial setting features a specific design, in which all diamonds are set radially so as to converge towards the central jewel on the tourbillon carriage, thereby highlighting its importance and its beauty. The hours and minutes display is offset, leaving ample space for the height of this tourbillon carriage shaped like a Maltese Cross. The latter provides an ideal showcase for the exceptional level of finishing of each movement component, featuring a number of naturally hand-bevelled interior angles.
Inside beats, Calibre 2795, a specially created mechanical hand-wound movement with a two-day power reserve and comprising no less than 169 components. This tonneau-shaped tourbillon movement – entirely developed and crafted within the Manufacture – is perfectly suited to the 38 x 48.24 mm case featuring a sapphire back reproducing the shape of the case. In tribute to traditional watchmaking, Vacheron Constantin has chosen to endow Calibre 2795 with a low frequency of 2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations per hour), and in doing so enabling observers to admire the steady beat of the mechanism.

Technical details
Model: Malte high jewellery tourbillon
Reference: 30630/S22G-9899
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Movement
Calibre 2795
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, manual-winding
27.37 x 29.3 mm (12’’’¼ x 12’’’¾), 6.1 mm thick
Approximately 45 hours of power reserve
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hours)
169 components
27 jewels

Indications
Hours, minutes
Small seconds at 6 o’clock on the tourbillon carriage
Tourbillon

Case
Diamond-paved 18K white gold, invisible setting (228 baguette-cut diamonds)
Diamond-set crown (4 baguette-cut diamonds)
38 x 48.24 mm, 13.4 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial
Diamond-paved 18K white gold, invisible setting (174 baguette-cut diamonds)

Bracelet & clasp
Diamond-paved 18K white gold, invisible setting (764 baguette-cut diamonds)
18K white gold folding clasp

Accessory
Delivered with a magnifying glass

Total diamond-setting
1,170 baguette-cut diamonds, total weight of approx. 46.8 carats

Malte High Jewellery Small Model
The curvaceous and slender Malte high jewellery small model radiates its high feminine character thanks to the gem setting composed of 742 diamonds totalling no less than 28.90 carats. The radial setting of the 126 diamonds adorning the dial, converging towards the axis of the hours and minutes hands, automatically draws the gaze towards the centre of the timepiece.
Entirely crafted using the invisible setting technique, this new creation bearing the Hallmark of Geneva comes in a curved case measuring 29.30 by 39.60 mm and perfectly moulding the shape of even the daintiest wrist. Beating inside it is Calibre 1400, a mechanical hand-wound movement developed and produced by Vacheron Constantin. The working of the latter is visible through a transparent tonneau-type caseback reflecting the shape of the case. The gold bracelet – associated to a jewellery clasp – is entirely paved with 494 baguette-cut diamonds.

Technical details
Model: Malte high jewellery small model
Reference 81611/S23G-B007
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Model
Calibre 1400
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, manual-winding
20.65 mm (9’’’) diameter, 2.6 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
98 components
20 jewels

Indications
Hours, minutes

Case
Diamond-paved 18K white gold, invisible setting (118 baguette-cut diamonds)
29.3 x 39.6 mm, 7.7mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial
Diamond-paved 18K white gold, invisible setting (126 baguette-cut diamonds)

Bracelet & clasp
Diamond-paved 18K white gold, invisible setting (494 baguette-cut diamonds)
18K white gold jewellery clasp

Accessory
Delivered with a magnifying glass
Total diamond-setting
742 baguette-cut diamonds, total weight of approx. 28.9 carats

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