Scans of the superb Malte Openface Retrograde Perpetual Calendar

This watch is an openwork version of the already gorgeous Malte retrograde Perpetual calendar launched in 2002.

The case is in platinum while the top plate is in rose gold. This watch features an unusual retrograde checkerboard indicator for the date and transparent subdials indicating day of the week, month and leap-year cycle flagged by white rotating pallets. the current year is shown complete in the calendar aperture at 6 o’clock.

Launched at SIHH 2006 this watch recieved best design award from Dutch watch magazine Horloges in June 2007.

You can love it or hate it but you have to give credit to VC for having the courage to walk out of treaded traditional and classical paths that it's name, reputation and history may anchor it to. Scans of the superb Malte Openface Retrograde Perpetual Calendar

Scans of the superb Malte Openface Retrograde Perpetual Calendar

Scans of the superb Malte Openface Retrograde Perpetual Calendar

Scans of the superb Malte Openface Retrograde Perpetual Calendar

Scans of the superb Malte Openface Retrograde Perpetual Calendar

Scans of the superb Malte Openface Retrograde Perpetual Calendar

As much as I appreciate the design elements I feel that something is
08/07/2007 - 18:27

missing to make ot in too a "oooh" timepiece. I can't put my finger on it..maybe the checkerboard is too white.

Openworks are a tough exercise, I think Patek had also made an openwork perpetual calendar minute repeater and it was a disaster...looked like plastic!!

The 247 on the other hand  is amazing!

It definately has an interesting design. Very modern, I like it (nt)
08/07/2007 - 20:21

nt

No matter what you say this is one hell of a watch!!! nt
08/07/2007 - 20:58
;-)
Don't love it, don't hate it, it's very interesting and...
08/07/2007 - 22:37

It's another great example of VC thinking outside of the box.  I've never seen this watch at an AD.  Were many made?  Is its pricing a large premium over the regular model?

How does one read the "4-year" wheel located near 3 o'clock?  I don't see any marker or box or fan to denote the year in the 4-year cycle, or any differences with the wheel between the photos with 2007 shown as the year and those with 2008.

 Nicholas

very limited production, the leap year indicaion is the numeral on the
08/07/2007 - 23:14

outer part of the wheel (in the photos IV). Interesting you noted the year, surprisingly the photo of the model indicating 2008 was taken in 2006!!

Very nice...
08/07/2007 - 22:53

..but seems to be a little illisible.

Thanks Alex.
08/07/2007 - 23:46

Nice pics even if this particular watch is not my cup of tea.

New Tradition
08/08/2007 - 07:02

Although it appears new, there is resemblance to the Patek 5104 minus the minute repeater.

I am not sure that I prefer the peep show appearance of this watch to a true skeleton but I am sure it offers significant efficiency in labor and quality control compared to the traditional chiseled delicacy of the real skeletons.

None the less, I do like this watch. It seems to be more legible than the 5104.

I expect many more "budget" skeletons from many manufactures in the near future.

Mike S.

 (Attack of the Killer Smiles!)

Re: Scans of the superb Malte Openface Retrograde Perpetual Calendar
08/08/2007 - 09:25

I really like this watch

The opework dial has a modern twist to it that is very refreshing

Some skeletionised dials although beautiful are a bit too heavy for me

TL

One of my absolute favourites ! (nt)
08/08/2007 - 11:04

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