"real"photo of the unique Malte Tourbillon made for Only Watch auction

In 2005 Vacheron Constantin had created a one off steel Malte Tourbillon auctiond by Antiquorum during the "Only Watch" auction whose proceeds (euro 120,000!!) went to the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy.

This year Vacheron Constantin will again be part of the "Only Watch" adventure (the auction shall take place in Monte-Carlo on Sept 20, 2007) be creating another one off Malte Tourbillon and this time in platinum: case, dial, strap stiching and most impressively the back plate holding the tourbillon is also of platinum.

This is the first time platinum is used as a movement component. The extremely complex crafting of this plate endowed with such a superlative level of finishing represents an extraordinary feat in itself, particularly given the malleability of the metal.

In addition to the platinum carriage bridge, the case and dial are also in platinum. The dial is meticulously grained using a high-tech procedure to achieve a frosted effect that highlights the texture and the luminosity of the precious metal.

The 1790H340R31 PT movement, entirely designed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin, has been the object of exceptional finishing operations that are impossible to perform mechanically, particularly on its bars or lugs.

This work, known as “berçage” or rounding off, consists in perfectly regular filing of the tips of the arms in order to give them a cone-like or semi-cylindrical shape, while carefully marking off the centre and the heels. To complete this operation, the craftsmen smooth the part using stones, buffs, wooden pegs and finishing pastes to achieve perfectly polished rounding off.

No less than eleven hours are required to meet the stringent finishing criteria imposed by Vacheron Constantin. Calibre 1790 confirms its exceptional nature through the “Côtes de Genève” motif, the meticulous hand chamfering of the bridge edges. 

here's an "in the flesh" photo of the watch courtesy of hatcho_bori

"real"photo of the unique Malte Tourbillon made for Only Watch auction

Some press photos:

"real"photo of the unique Malte Tourbillon made for Only Watch auction

"real"photo of the unique Malte Tourbillon made for Only Watch auction

"real"photo of the unique Malte Tourbillon made for Only Watch auction

this is way beautiful and way out of reach
08/29/2007 - 17:05

 at the moment.

but one day will come...

Looking at my Malte Dual Time Regulateur WG this vey minute makes me feel a lot better and gets me out of the misery  

love it! Am curious to see what it auctions for
08/29/2007 - 17:12

nt

Re: "real"photo of the unique Malte Tourbillon made for Only
08/29/2007 - 18:47

What ann amazing watch!

Looks spectacular and the wokmanship...non-pareil!

Joseph

the movement plates are also made of platinum? WOW impressive!!
08/29/2007 - 19:18

NT

WOW
08/29/2007 - 20:48

Marvelous watch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And more, in my opinion, this VC is one of the rare OnlyWatch timepieces being a "genuine" pièce unique (an unique design, a unique movement...). Although it is for a charitable action, too many pieces are not really "unique", just a copy-and-paste of a model.

Congrats VC!!!!!

Shady Joe also wonders about an auction called "Only watch" where some
08/29/2007 - 21:13

brands offer n°1 of sometimes limited sometimes non limited edition or others offering a new old stock watch unsold for years!

Shady Joe applauds VC for this piece and wishes good health to the future owner.

Re: "real"photo of the unique Malte Tourbillon made for Only Watch auction
09/04/2007 - 13:16

thank you for this beautiful "real life" pic - so much more telling than the "photoshopped" pics...

I wish all the watch manufacturers would actually only use real photos!!