a carbon fiber dialed tourbillon? Rarer than the Tour de l'Ile?

It is rarer than the Tour de l'Ile since it was made in only 3 pieces (Tour de l'Ile in 7), it is a Malte Tonneau tourbillon in platinum. The dial may look like carbon fiber but it is in fact the top plate which has been treated with black nickel and circular grained!

This watch was made in 2006 for the Singapore and Kuala Lumpur Vacheron Constantin Boutiques.

I love the audacious design and the very contemporary look which has been obtained using only traditional methods (no PVD, no carbon fiber) and hope to see VC use such creativity in more affordable and less exclusive watches.

a carbon fiber dialed tourbillon? Rarer than the Tour de l'Ile?

a carbon fiber dialed tourbillon? Rarer than the Tour de l'Ile?

a carbon fiber dialed tourbillon? Rarer than the Tour de l'Ile?

That's a Killer Look!!!
02/19/2008 - 12:54


This watch is exquisite, and it's in large part due to the black nickel dial...

I think this kind of finish would go extremely well on the dial of the OS models... I remember reading a while back in an article that VC might look to use this technique on some other models...

Alex, is there a chance we might see at SIHH some black nickel dial?

I like that dial !
02/19/2008 - 14:34

A lot more sophisticated than carbon fibre,

genuine craftmanship !

I nearly missed the hole ,

the back is very clean and a bit dangerous


Re: a carbon fiber dialed tourbillon? Rarer than the Tour de l'Ile?
02/19/2008 - 14:37

It's fantastic!

Grrrrr Grrrrrr...
02/19/2008 - 15:14

Why the most beautiful LE are (almost) only for Asia area?

Bi Retro for Cortina ...Patrimony and Overseas for Japan Market ... and now this wonderful Malte Tonneau Tourbillon for Singapore and Kuala Lumpur !!!

It's funny, I have just seen a pic of the AP RO Skeleton on a forum and I wondered how one could make such hideous mix between the modern and sporty case of the Ap with the (very nice) classic skeleton work of the dial ...

...as you say it Alex, VC made this interpretation of classic an contemporary with brilliance

I saw this one in person.
02/19/2008 - 16:34

It belongs to a great Chinese American collector residing in Singapore, Duncan Wang. He's a very humble guy and when he wore this one, he didn't really show it off to others, rather just tucked it inside his jacket. I saw it with my quick eye and he got busted!

He is a very very "humble" lucky guy!
02/19/2008 - 17:06


Very beautiful piece, and super rare...
02/19/2008 - 17:28

I have seen the rose gold and white gold regular models and they were absolutely stunning as well. Out of all the tourbillons I have seen from every manufacturer, which are quite a few, I would take the Malte tonneau. Thanks for the great pics Alex!


I knew I had seen that backside before!
02/19/2008 - 23:26

It was first made for Antiquorum's auction "One Watch Only" in 2005,

where the money goes to medical research for children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Here it is

It was hammered for 120.000 EUR,

and shared the first place with, in my taste, a terrible de Witt watch and a nice "cabriolet" watch,

from PP.

33 watches were sold.

Do I have to tell which watch was outstanding?

See for yourself


Thanks Doc!
02/20/2008 - 07:54

I largely prefer the "black" model, the salmon dial is diveting on this Malte Tonneau case...but the caliber!!! WOAHHHH!!

this really rocks my boat!!!
02/20/2008 - 09:01

it is a modern look that attracts me to the watch...

the combination of modern and classic is perfect. I only wish this kind of combination would see daylight in less expensive C lines (i.e. Overseas)  

It's a fantastic watch!!!
02/22/2008 - 23:52

I would really like to see it at first, and also to wear it, and not to go especially to the far east for it...