Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Vacheron Constantin - Malte Moon Phase and Power Reserve & Malte Tourbillon Openworked

In 2016, Vacheron Constantin’s iconic Malte collection welcomes two horological masterpieces crafted in pink gold: the Malte Moon Phase and Power Reserve in is a refined complication model displaying a classic style tinged with modernity, while a fresh interpretation of the fascinating Malte Tourbillon Openworked reveals its airy geometry playing with light and shade. Both creations bear the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva.

Firmly rooted in the Vacheron Constantin aesthetic heritage since 1912, the tonneau (barrel) shape is interpreted in the Malte collection through a range of understated and sophisticated creations. These models feature a distinctively curved design, contemporary lines and a pure, understated display.

Redesigned in 2012, the Malte collection highlights the creative boldness of the Manufacture, which was one of the first to adopt this unusual design a century earlier, at a time when round watches dominated the market. This curved case middle perfectly moulding the shape of the wrist symbolises the Malte collection and its two new references characterised by inherent classicism imbued with originality.

Malte Moon Phase and Power Reserve
Embodying an appealing blend of purity and sophistication, the new Malte Moon Phase and Power Reserve model displays the assertive personality and elegant style of the creations composing this collection. This refined watch features a barrel-shaped watch in pink gold measuring 36.7 x 48.1 mm.
Its slender curves topped by discreet lugs frame the dainty moon phase as well as the 40-hour power-reserve indication adorning a silver-toned sandblasted dial that is lightly domed so as to follow the smooth curve of the model. Slender gold hands sweep over this understated display punctuated by hour-markers with the collection’s signature Roman numerals at 12 and 6 o’clock.
The Malte Moon Phase and Power Reserve houses a manual-winding Caliber 1410, entirely developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin. Equipped with a high-precision gear train, the moon-phase mechanism also known as an “astronomical moon” requires just one correction every 122 years.

The Malte Moon Phase and Power Reserve model comes with an elegant alligator leather brown strap secured by a half Maltese cross-shaped folding clasp in pink gold.

Technical details
Model: Malte Moon Phase and Power Reserve
Reference: 7000M/000R-B109
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces

Movement
Caliber 1410 AS
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, manual-winding
26 mm (9’’’) diameter
4.20 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28’800 vibrations/hour)
175 components
20 jewels

Indications
Hours, minutes
Small seconds at 6 o’clock
Power Reserve
High-precision moon phase

Case   
18K 5N Pink gold
36.70 x 48.10 mm, 10.49 mm thick
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial   
Silvered sand-blasted
18K 5N pink gold applied baton-shaped and Roman numerals hour-makers

Strap 
Brown Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle finish, large square scales
Buckle: 18K 5N pink gold buckle; polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Accessory 
Delivered with a corrector pen

Malte Tourbillon Openworked
In 2014, master watch makers and artisans from Vacheron Constantin created Caliber 2780 SQ: a barrel-shaped caliber that was also skeletonised. It found the place inside a Malte Tourbillon Openworked in a platinum case. The collection is now joined by a Malte Tourbillon Openworked model with an 18K 5N pink gold case.
This new creation has a curved 38 x 48.24 mm pink gold case that frames entirely open-worked and hand-engraved barrel-shaped tourbillon movements. Alternating shadow and light effects enable Vacheron Constantin Caliber 2790 SQ to reveal an original architectural decor playing with geometrical shapes.
The resulting entirely hand-engraved three-dimensional mosaic is magnificently enhanced by an imposing Maltese cross-shaped tourbillon. Around 540 hours of patient, rigorous and accurate workmanship, from the development of the caliber to the manual finishing of each of its 246 components, are required to achieve the clever balance between a tourbillon mechanism and the open-working.
Coated in pink gold, this exceptional mechanism powering indications of the hours, minutes, seconds, date and power reserve, appears through a transparent sapphire dial rimmed by a silver-toned ring and punctuated by 11 baton-type hour-markers as well as an applied Roman (XII) numeral in 18K 5N pink gold.
The new Malte Tourbillon Openworked comes with an elegant alligator leather brown strap secured by a half Maltese cross-shaped folding clasp in pink gold.

Technical details
Model: Malte Tourbillon Openworked
Reference: 30135/000R-8973
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces

Movement
Caliber 2790 SQ
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, manual-winding
27.37 x 29.30 mm (12’’’¼ x 12’’’¾)
6.10 mm thick
Approximately 45 hours of power reserve
2.5 Hz (18’000 vibrations/hour)
246 components
27 jewels

Indications   
Hours, minutes
Small seconds at 6 o’clock on tourbillon carriage
Power reserve
Date
Tourbillon

Case   
18K 5N pink gold
38 x 48.24 mm
12.73 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx.30 meters)

Dial   
Internal zone: sapphire glass, inked indications
External zone: opaline silvered color metal external ring, painted minute-track, baton-shaped & 18K 5N pink gold applied Roman numeral (XII) hour-makers

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

Accessories  
Delivered with a corrector pen and a magnifying glass

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