SIHH 2012: Malte Small Seconds

 Malte Small Seconds
 
 
In celebration of the first Vacheron Constantin tonneau watch launched in 1912  the Malte collection has been redesigned - perfectly classic in terms of spirit, yet eminently contemporary when it comes to their style.
 
Part of the new offerings is  an exceptionally understated model displaying the hours, minutes and small seconds, which for horological purists represents one of the most demanding stylistic exercises.
 
The Malte small seconds was born from this wish to offer a traditional timepiece featuring a simplicity equalled only by the refinement of its harmonious curves. It comes in an 18K pink gold case measuring 36.7 x 47.6 mm. The hour-markers and the 12 and 6 o’clock Roman numerals, also in pink gold, have been redesigned so as to smoothly follow the new curve that has been given to the tonneau-shaped case. The hour and minute hands, as well as the small seconds at 6 o’clock, are all driven by the Vacheron Constantin 4400 AS movement. Acknowledged for the care devoted to ensuring its reliability and for its exceptional level of finishing, it bears the Hallmark of Geneva, the symbol of horological expertise and excellence. The new Malte small seconds model is fitted with a strap in brown Mississippiensis alligator leather, complete with a Malte cross-shaped pink gold buckle.
 
The Malte small seconds also meets the new Hallmark of Geneva criteria. 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 Small Seconds

SIHH 2012: Malte Small Seconds

SIHH 2012: Malte Small Seconds

SIHH 2012: Malte Small Seconds

SIHH 2012: Malte Small Seconds

SIHH 2012: Malte Small Seconds

SIHH 2012: Malte Small Seconds
So Alex, is this a new caliber?
01/16/2012 - 16:03
The 4400/1 with small seconds?
Doesn't the 4400 already have small seconds?
01/16/2012 - 16:33
As used in the traditionelle and Historiques 1921? Cheers, Kazumidevil
Regular 4400
01/16/2012 - 17:26
N
What is the significance
01/16/2012 - 18:34
of this new designation 4400/1?
To indicate that it passes the new Geneva Seal criteria? nt
01/16/2012 - 18:37
devil
Hmmmm
01/17/2012 - 00:16
The caliber 4400 had the GS since inception, but would the "new" criteria require a re-design?  If so, what exactly had to be changed? Brilliant question Kaz!
the 4400/1 is the 4400 with some minor technical modifications which
01/17/2012 - 00:33
have nothing to do with the new Geneva Seal criteria as the caliber was already GS compliant and the new criteria did not modify the technical aspects
Re: SIHH 2012: Malte Small Seconds
01/17/2012 - 23:01
Boy, the Vacheron designers, my respects on this gorgeous watch. I prefer it to the old Malte by far. What I find incredible from the design point of view are the gorgeous markers, what a tour de force in design, the case is perfect originality. Having said that, I find the enormous sizes of current watches, all or most watch brands per se, a bit too much. What do you do if you have a  small wrist or are not over 6 feet? I just don't get the current trend....just a tad smaller would do as I think current sizes just show a bit too much bragadoccio. 
Re: SIHH 2012: Malte Small Seconds
01/18/2012 - 09:34
So now my Patrimony Traditionelle has competition from inside !!! This is also such a beautiful piece - shame that there is no transparent caseback. Will all Patrimony Traditionelle's and 1921's now get the 4400/1 calibre,or is this modification only for the Malte range?
cal 4400/1 will be used from now on
01/18/2012 - 11:44
nt
Re: cal 4400/1 will be used from now on
01/18/2012 - 12:16
What is/are the specific modification/s on the 4400? Is it marginal? Is it not too soon to modify a newly launched calibre?
my wrong, the only modification on 4400 is not technical but
01/20/2012 - 23:32
aesthetical: the engraving on the dial was modified, that's it!