SIHH 2012: Malte 100th Anniversary

 Malte 100th Anniversary Edition
 
The year 1912 is a milestone date in the history of Vacheron Constantin. The Geneva-based House displayed outstanding inspiration in adopting the tonneau shape for its timepieces – a novel feature in watchmaking history. Representing an authentic revolution in the field of horological design codes, almost entirely dominated at the time by the rounded shape typical of pocket watches, this model proved an immediate success among both men and women. It would take several years before form watches would assert themselves as a genuine alternative to classic timepieces, and a means of affirming the resolutely individual personality of their wearer.
 
In celebration of this pioneering spirit, Vacheron Constantin has decided to present the Malte 100th Anniversary Edition model, a hand-wound watch issued in a 100-piece limited series.
 
The case is distinguished by its finesse, by the subtle elegance of its lines, by the curve of its middle section, and by its discreet lugs featuring a delicate shape that accentuates the classicism of a timeless model. The dial is adorned with painted Roman numerals echoing those on historical models. Such a timepiece naturally had to be crafted from the noblest of mateirals, which is why Vacheron Constantin is introducing this anniversary edition in a 36.7 x 47.6 mm case made of 950 platinum.
 
This Malte 100th Anniversary model is equipped with Vacheron Constantin hand-wound Calibre 4400, driving the hour and minute hands. This movement entirely developed and crafted within the Manufacture, and featuring exceptional finishing, is endowed with a 65-hour power reserve thanks to its large barrel. Beating at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour), it comprises 106 parts and measures a respectable 28.60 mm (12.5’’’), a size ideally suited to the dimensions of contemporary cases.
 
The 100 watches in this Malte 100th Anniversary Edition, each individually numbered on the caseback, are fitted with a strap in blue Mississippiensis alligator leather, secured by a Malte cross-shaped buckle in 950 platinum.
 
The Malte 100th Anniversary Edition model meets the new requirements of the Hallmark of Geneva. Instated in 1886 by the Grand Council of the Republic and Canton of Geneva, the Hallmark of Geneva is a guarantee of origin, of craftsmanship, of durability and of expertise. This unique quality label has just undergone a fundamental transformation, since the certification no longer concerns the calibre alone, but the timepiece as a whole. This new approach represents a major evolution of this independent certification that has enjoyed the longstanding support of Vacheron Constantin and which has just decided to respond more fully than ever before to the legitimate expectations of an ever more informed clientele.

SIHH 2012: Malte 100th Anniversary

SIHH 2012: Malte 100th Anniversary

SIHH 2012: Malte 100th Anniversary

SIHH 2012: Malte 100th Anniversary

SIHH 2012: Malte 100th Anniversary

SIHH 2012: Malte 100th Anniversary
Classic beauty and my fav of all the novelties...
01/16/2012 - 12:54
For an anniversary model it could have been fitted with a form movement, right?
Just imagine
01/16/2012 - 15:43
how nice an enamel dial would look on this piece...perhaps for a future edition yes
beautiful piece
01/17/2012 - 01:04
I do love the platinum dial. Normally I am not fond of roman numerals but here it gives personnality to a very pure watch. Beuatiful, so far my favourite if we set métiers d'art apart (amazing job done there !!! )
Pictures really don't do these Malte pieces justice!
01/17/2012 - 04:40
I didn't really like the pictures, but in the metai - these watches really came to life.   I recommend to all, please see the real watches when you can!  laugh BR, Dan
i believed this in real will outdo the press pics...
01/17/2012 - 06:34

if only it had a formed movement ...yes it'll be greater.

I wonder how this piece will compare with the Historique 1912
01/17/2012 - 11:26
Since they have same basic shape. As Dan said nothing beats seeing it. I'll wear my Historique 1912 to view this piece when it comes to the Singapore boutique. I quite eager to see it actually ;p
the 1912 is a bit "rounder" wheras the new Malte is longer and
01/17/2012 - 13:27
bigger
Re: the 1912 is a bit "rounder" wheras the new Malte is longer and
01/17/2012 - 13:42
Oh too big for me frown  Maybe should have one mid-size for those who like watches but with skinny wrists cheeky
could you post a photo of the back side? nt)
01/17/2012 - 21:36
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Re: SIHH 2012: Malte 100th Anniversary
01/17/2012 - 22:34
I agree with tic-talk, an enamel dial would be so very exceptinal!
Re: SIHH 2012: Malte 100th Anniversary
01/18/2012 - 07:08
I was disappointed at a new product of this year a little.   I think that the 100th anniversary limited model should announce it in "Historiques". I do not feel of a dial charm.    For example, the lover of VC must have expected the watch of a design which is in photographs.           ”1972” are designs peculiar to VC.  The direction which pushes more strongly and goes regards this as there being impact.  I heart VC    
Re: SIHH 2012: Malte 100th Anniversary
01/18/2012 - 09:36
Gorgeous. I am sure this looks a lot better in the metal.