Introducing the new Malte Moon Phase and Power-Reserve

VC Press Release (I'll post live photos soon..the watch is indeed gorgeous and the 1st one in the new Malte (meaning tonneau) line up I really like.

Malte Moon Phase and Power-Reserve 

Introducing the new Malte Moon Phase and Power-Reserve

Five different finishes for an ultra-sophisticated new dial: the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin once again demonstrates its superlative mastery of the watchmaking art with its new Malte Moon Phase and Power-Reserve model.

The tonneau or “barrel” shape, explored by Vacheron Constantin since 1912. In 1889, the Geneva-based manufacturer produced its very first wristwatches and also began charting new stylistic territory, in step with the major artistic movements characterising the dawn of the 20th century. In turn elongating, curving, embellishing or paring down the case according to the inspiration of the moment, Vacheron Constantin already introduced departures from exclusively round designs in 1912, starting with the famous tonneau or “barrel” shape. A contemporary expression of the brand’s inimitable artistic sensitivity, the Malte line was born with the third millennium in a reinterpretation of the tonneau shape. As the loyal guardian of an unbroken Genevan watchmaking tradition since 1755, Vacheron Constantin has an exceptional heritage that represents an inexhaustible source of inspiration for its contemporary creations such as this new Malte model.

With its generously sized case (39x49mm), original fan-shaped lugs, distinctively graphic dial design and facetted dagger-shaped hands, the new Malte is bound to delight the most demanding connoisseurs.

The tonneau-shaped case frames a magnificently harmonious dial in silvered gold, striking a perfect balance between technical and traditional watchmaking. It is adorned with five different finishes, all of them involving highly skilled craftsmanship. The inner zone features a silvered, finely hand-guilloché “Clous de Paris” or hobnail motif. The outer zone is decorated with a vertical satin-brushed finish, also silvered. The minute circle, the power-reserve display as well as the inscriptions Vacheron Constantin Genève and Swiss Made are all transferred, while the seconds subdial at 6 o’clock is circular satin-brushed. And finally, the minute-circle and power-reserve zones are screen-printed in white. The moon-phase display embodies a clever blend of technology and expertise, composed of a disc with a galvanised base and a moon face in 18-carat white gold or pink gold depending on the model. The extremely broad dial ensuring user-friendly readability is punctuated by nine hour-markers, two Roman numerals and a Maltese cross, all in 18-carat white or pink gold, depending on the version. 

Introducing the new Malte Moon Phase and Power-Reserve

The manual-winding 1410 calibre powering the Malte Moon Phase and Power-Reserve is entirely developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin. It bears the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva, a token of quality reserved exclusively for movements stemming from the finest Geneva workshops, and graced with exceptionally careful hand-crafted finishing. Both sides of the mainplate are circular-grained and the edge drawn out, meaning adorned with parallel lines using a file and bevelled. Also meticulously drawn out and bevelled, the bridges are embellished with a Côtes de Genève motif. In addition to hour and minute hands, Calibre 1410 drives a precision moon-phase display which will not require any setting for more than 100 years and an indication of the over 40-hour power reserve. This 22-jewel manual-winding movement oscillates at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour. 

Introducing the new Malte Moon Phase and Power-Reserve

The Malte Moon Phase and Power-Reserve is available with a case in 18-carat white gold or 5N pink gold. The satin-brushed case-back is secured by screws. The dial is protected by a glareproofed cambered sapphire crystal. Naturally guaranteed water-resistant to a depth of 30 metres, this timepiece is fitted with a square-scale alligator-leather strap in black for the white gold model and chestnut brown for the rose gold model – both equipped with a gold folding clasp matching the case colour. 

Introducing the new Malte Moon Phase and Power-Reserve

References Malte moon phase and power-reserve
83080/000G-9408 et 83080/000R-9407

Movement 1410, developed and produced Vacheron Constantin
Stamped with the Hallmark of Geneva

Energy Mechanical, manual-winding

Height of movement 4.2 mm

Diameter of movement 26.00 mm

Jewels 22 rubies

Frequency 28'800 vibrations/hours

Indications Hours, minutes
Small seconds at 6 o’clock
Precision moon phase

Power-reserve Approx. 40 hours

Case 18 K white or 5N pink gold
39 mm x 49 mm tonneau shape

Water-resistance 3 bar, equivalent to 30 meters

Dial 18 K white or 5N pink gold
Silvered, « Clou de Paris » hand-guilloché interior zone
Vertical satin finished exterior zone
Applied Maltese cross in 18K white gold or 5N pink gold

Strap Black or brown hand-stitched, saddle-finish, square-scaled alligator leather

Clasp 18K white or 5N pink gold folding clasp, polished half Maltese cross

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07/30/2009 - 20:22
i can really imagine how nice this will be on the wrist.....
07/28/2009 - 13:20
and my embargo for new watches is going to be lifted in 5 months time  , not forgetting the "feel good" factor of the investment environment of recent, really whets the appetite for new watches.  three thumbs up!
Beautiful design and great movement, great job VC!
07/28/2009 - 19:59

I cannot wait to see live images! Best, Mike

To the moon!
07/28/2009 - 20:08
Absolutely gorgeous timepiece! The raised hour and minute markers, silivered satin finished dial are some of the nice features that I like in the Toledo 1952. And the textured moonphase indicator... Lovely! :) Alex, are you sure you don't like the Malte Tonneau openworked tourbillon?  Matthew
I love the Malte Tourbillon but was referring to the "new" beefed up
07/29/2009 - 11:58
versions of the Malte in the Regulator Tourbillon and the Chrono
Re: Introducing the new Malte Moon Phase and Power-Reserve
07/29/2009 - 01:56
alex, this is one superb beauty. can't wait to see it in person and try it on my wrist. am torn between the pink gold and white gold cases. thanks for sharing. best regards, matt
Nice! I like it....but why a patch of guilloche dial in the middle?
07/29/2009 - 04:35
Do you think the VC logo/writing is bit too the left? But overall, nice.
I meant, right not left...sorry (nt)
07/29/2009 - 04:40
the first prototypes had the brand at 12 but it made the dial look way
07/29/2009 - 11:59
too cluttered on the left and empty on the right
This I would like to see in the metal...
07/29/2009 - 10:28
I am not sure if I like the sial layout. It looks a bit cluttered to me, the moonphase does not fit to the curvature of the remaining elements. But only a test 'in the metal' could confirm or correct my initial impression. Very nicely done moonphase disc, though! Best, Magnus
Looks really good!!!
07/29/2009 - 13:27
I especially like the dial layout and texturing, and most of all the background of the moonphase.  How is that achieved?
Is it the galvanisation...
07/29/2009 - 13:29
...which gives that very realistic "starry" effect?
yes the starry back ground is obtained via galvanisation (nt)
07/29/2009 - 18:19
I like the design of the dial,
07/29/2009 - 14:06
especially I really love the moon , I also understand why Vacheron placed the name where it is. It would indeed have been wrong under 12. The only objection  in my eyes, I have been to my optician last week , is that the lugs seems a bit short. I would have preferred some more of the Malte, but thinner. Otherwise a beautiful watch Cheers Doc
The new Malte line watches seem to bring more and more audacity out of
07/29/2009 - 15:42
Vacheron Constantin designers... they surely do live up to current standards as far as design and case size. Different finishes of the dial are extremely cool. Really lovely creations although the case might be a tad too big - did I really say that? All in all it is a beautiful watch but not one to die for IMO. It is missing this little something, it just doesn't make me all crazy about it   
Re: Introducing the new Malte Moon Phase and Power-Reserve
07/29/2009 - 15:48
I can see why you like them, whom doesn't?! They are gorgeous, indeed. The position of the moonphase is very very special. Seems being "paillettee" is all fashinable now, is it why VC  lauches them in the midst of summer?
Re: Introducing the new Malte Moon Phase and Power-Reserve
07/29/2009 - 19:52
Superb design. Great Elegance.
Re: Introducing the new Malte Moon Phase and Power-Reserve
07/29/2009 - 21:20
I would pick the pink gold version !
Is the sub-seconds slightly ovalized?
07/30/2009 - 09:02
I can't tell for sure, but it looks slightly out-of-round - if it is, it's the only design element I don't care for.  Otherwise it looks sharp, especially in pink gold.  BR, Dan
07/30/2009 - 15:43
Hey guys, I'm back from the dead (for the 2nd time this year)... Hopefully I won't disappear again.. I really like this new model, especially all the different finishing. Like a few Loungers, I do feel that the dial is somewhat unbalanced, but I guess this was on purpose? If I could change one thing to balance the dial out more, I would have switched the VC name and logo with the power reserve: I think that having the power reserve on the right of the dial would have balanced the moonphase (they are both half circles), and would have fitted nicely within the larger circle. With the power reserve out of the  Clous de Paris circle, there would have been enough space for the logo... But this is only my humble opinion, I am neither Mr Kaufman or Mr Selmoni Cheers, Francois
He's back!!!! Yeay :-)
07/30/2009 - 16:29
Welcome back, Francois! (nt)
07/30/2009 - 16:50
I like the various finishes used on the dial..
07/30/2009 - 17:39
Thanks for the info Alex. I agree with Francois about being able to get a more balanced layout if the power reserve and moonphase displays were  placed opposite each other (with the logo below 12 o'clock).  However, that would have  necessitated a redesign of the movement (here, VC makes do with the same movemen that it has been using in many of its moonphase and power reserve models of late). That said, I personally do not have any problems with the asymmetric dial layout which gives the dial some character.  VC also did a good job with the new moonphase disc and the complex combination of finishes. I am not too fond of the shape and size of the malte case - as Radek and Doc put it, the case is too big and the Malte lugs do seem to be too short.  Of course that is just my opinion...which usually changes once I get used to something. Looking forward to actual photos (and seeing this dial in the flesh). Cheers! Kazumi
Many Classic Elements...
07/30/2009 - 17:54
The new design brings together many classic elements with its case and dial.  I find the symmetry works well for me and the WG version is gorgeous!  My only nit to pick might be the mix of Romans and arabic indexes...I'd rather see all Romans to complete the classic illusion.  That and the fact its HUGE
New watch
07/30/2009 - 18:23
Malheuresement, ca ne me dit pas. I debated about commenting on this design since I can understand how much work went into it and I may be the lone dissenter. But I do like the moon dial. Its an inspired concept that I hope VC uses again. The star field is quite extraordinary. Joseph
+1, not a fan (nt)
07/30/2009 - 20:22
The first word that came to mind after seeing this marvelous
07/30/2009 - 22:27
timepiece was "depth", the second "architecture". The treatment of of the roman numerals on the face almost give me a sun dial feel for the watch, taking us back to the very beginnings of time telling. The moon phase has a very deep look with the cut-out on the face, turning it its own world, just under the dial. The other elements all combine to build an architecture of time, artfully playing off each other, creating a theatre of movments, all in the name of time. It really takes some study to realize all the relationships here, like a great building that draws us back again and again, appreciating what the architect and builders created for us, the viewer. Bravo to the V&C team, much appreciated. Best to all, Tim
Re: Introducing the new Malte Moon Phase and Power-Reserve
08/03/2009 - 17:40
what is the retail price?
retail will be in the 20-22k depending on VAT (nt)
08/03/2009 - 18:41