Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Minute Repeater Tourbillon

This grand complication timepiece from Vacheron Constantin incorporates a brand new Manufacture Calibre 2755 TMR, which drives two major horological complications: the minute repeater and the tourbillon.

Unveiled as a preview model for the upcoming SIHH 2017 haute-horlogerie exhibition, this finely crafted model, which comes in a choice of pink gold and platinum versions and equipped with an original Manufacture movement, is enriching the Traditionnelle line, dedicated to a supremely demanding exercise of the watchmaking art inherited from the finest 18th century traditions.  Certified by the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva, the Traditionnelle minute repeater tourbillon meets the highest standards criteria of craftsmanship and reliability.
The Traditionnelle minute repeater tourbillon reflects the technical and aesthetic sophistication pervading every Vacheron Constantin model. It testifies to the rich watchmaking history of the Manufacture, which has pursued its activities uninterrupted since 1755. Its new caliber, entirely developed and produced by Vacheron Constantin, combines two of the most demanding complications. The prestigious and complex tourbillon serves to compensate for the effects of gravity and thereby enhances the precision of the watch.
The minute repeater also testifies to consummate mastery of the watchmaking art and remains one of the most sought-after complications. On demand and at a press on a single pusher, the gongs of the mechanism chime the hours, quarters and minutes. In addition to mastering the technical complexity of this complication, watchmakers must also have an excellent musical ear in order to adjust the gongs as one would an instrument. By uniting these two complications within a single caliber, Vacheron Constantin is accomplishing a remarkable technical feat and paying tribute to traditional handcrafted watchmaking expertise passed onfrom generation to generation.
Striking the perfect chord between technical and aesthetic considerations, the Traditionnelle minute repeater tourbillon highlights the expertise of the Manufacture in crafting exceptional timepieces. The dial comes in slate grey or silver-toned variations on the platinum models; and is silver-toned for the pink gold version. It is graved with a refined hand-guilloché motif reserved for timepieces exclusively available from Vacheron Constantin boutiques. This unique pattern reflects the inventiveness of the Maison and its mastery of guilloché work – a delicate traditional skill applied to watchmaking from the 18th century onwards.
The hours and minutes hands, made of pink or white gold depending on the versions, are slightly  offset towards the upper section of the dial, so as to provide more space for the tourbillon carriage  appearing in the lower half. The 6 o’clock opening provides a chance to admire the stately dance of the tourbillon, which is all the more entrancing in that the caliber beats at the low frequency of 2.5 Hz, a speed characteristic of traditional watchmaking and providing an opportunity to appreciate the rhythm of its pulsations to the full. Fashioned in the shape of Vacheron Constantin’s Maltese cross emblem, the tourbillon carriage features a hand-polished bar that in itself required around 11 hours of meticulous workmanship.
The Traditionnelle minute repeater tourbillon is driven by the new Caliber 2755 TMR; designed, developed and produced by Vacheron Constantin. This hand-wound movement bears the Hallmark of Geneva and features an exceptional level of chronometric and aesthetic quality.
Combining a minute repeater mechanism striking on demand with a tourbillon, it displays the hours and minutes as well as small seconds on the tourbillon carriage. The 58-hour power-reserve indication – with its pink gold pointer whose colour is achieved by a black oxide process – is unusually placed on the back of the watch rather than on the dial.
The sapphire crystal caseback reveals the caliber, composed of 471 parts and adorned with 40 jewels, along with its hand-crafted finishes meeting the highest watchmaking standards.
Available exclusively from Vacheron Constantin boutiques, the Traditionnelle minute repeater tourbillon is delivered with a resonance holder « La Musique du Temps » that serves to amplify the sound and the harmony of the notes struck by the minute repeater.

Technical details
Model: Traditionnelle Minute Repeater Tourbillon, Platinum
References: 6500T/000P-9949 & 6500T/000P-B100
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces
Only available in Vacheron Constantin Boutiques 

Movement
Caliber2755 TMR
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin 
Mechanical, manual-winding
33.9 mm (14’’’¾) diameter, 6.1 mm thick  
Approximately 58 hours of power reserve  
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour) 
471 components
40 jewels

Indications
Hours, minutes, minute repeater, tourbillon, small seconds on tourbillon cage, power reserve indicator (on the back of the watch)

Case
950 platinum
44 mm diameter, 12.2 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
18K gold, hand-guilloché, silvered opaline/slate-colored
18K white gold hour-markers

Strap
Blue/black Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator  inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales

Clasp
950 platinum folding clasp   
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Presentation box & accessory
Prestige model, delivered withthe resonator of sound “La  Musique du Temps” enhancing the sound and the harmony of  notes of the Vacheron Constantin minute repeater

Model: Traditionnelle Minute Repeater Tourbillon, Pink Gold
Reference: 6500T/000R-B324
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece
Only available in Vacheron Constantin Boutiques 

Movement
Caliber2755 TMR
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin 
Mechanical, manual-winding
33.9 mm (14’’’¾) diameter, 6.1 mm thick  
Approximately 58 hours of power reserve  
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour) 
471 components
40 jewels

Indications
Hours, minutes, minute repeater, tourbillon, small seconds on tourbillon cage, power reserve indicator (on the back of the watch)

Case
18K 5N pink gold 44mm diameter, 12.2 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
18K gold, hand-guilloché, silvered opaline  
18K 5N pink gold hour-markers

Strap
Dark 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

Presentation box & accessory
Prestige model, delivered with the resonator of sound “La Musique du Temps” enhancing the sound and the harmony of notes of the Vacheron Constantin minute repeater

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