SIHH 2012: Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon

 Malte Tourbillon
 
The new Malte collection celebrating 100 years of the tonneau shape at Vacheron Constantin, simply could not ignore the most iconic of all horological complications: the tourbillon. A perfect embodiment of the expertise of the master-watchmakers of the Manufacture, the tourbillon serves to compensate for the effects of gravity on timepieces.
 
On a pure, restrained dial featuring pink gold hour-markers and Roman numerals for the 6 and 12 o’clock indications, the tourbillon bearing the seconds hand finds its natural place, perfectly integrated within the new and refined lines of the Malte collection. Its positioning at 6 o’clock calls requires slightly offsetting the axis of the hour and minute hands which thereby stand out above their beating heart.
 
The Malte Tourbillon timepiece – the largest in the collection – has a curving 18K pink gold case measuring 38 x 48.2 mm and is fitted with a brown Mississippiensis alligator leather strap complete with Maltese cross-shaped rose gold folding clasp.
 
Such an exceptional watch deserved an equally exceptional movement, and this model is duly equipped with the mechanical hand-wound Calibre 2795, comprising 169 parts, beating at a frequency of 2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour) and endowed with an almost two-day power reserve.
 
This new tonneau-shaped movement – making a perfect fit with the case – is entirely developed and crafted within the Manufacture. The tourbillon carriage is inspired by the brand’s signature Maltese cross, and magnificently showcases the exceptional level of finishing of each movement part, including a number of naturally hand-bevelled interior angles.
 
The rounding off of the tourbillon bar, which always represents a significant technical challenge, calls for over 11 hours of manual work in order to meet the finishing criteria demanded by Vacheron Constantin. Rounding off consists of filing each end of the arms in order to give them a conical or semi-cylindrical shape, while respecting the limits of the centre and the heels. To finalise this operation, the craftsmen rub it down with stones, buffs, wooden pegs and finishing pastes in order to achieve a perfectly polished effect.
 
The Malte Tourbillon model also meets the new criteria 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: Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon

SIHH 2012: Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon

SIHH 2012: Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon

SIHH 2012: Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon

SIHH 2012: Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon

SIHH 2012: Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon

SIHH 2012: Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon

SIHH 2012: Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon
DA BOMB of SIHH 2012...
01/16/2012 - 12:56
Simple time only tourbie with a form movement - prayers of all VC purists have been heard. Awesome masterpieceyes
Agreed! Now if only
01/16/2012 - 15:58
the shaped blank could be adapted to a non-tourby movement heart
Re: Agreed! Now if only
01/16/2012 - 23:39
Your wish has been answered, Dean
Re: Agreed! Now if only
01/16/2012 - 23:43
I guess I misunderstood your term "shaped blank". What did you mean, the case, the movement ??
Movement Joseph
01/17/2012 - 00:10
A task for the wizards at Le Sentier; to install a conventional balance in place of the whirlwind version enlightened
So sorry we missed this in the metal, the pictures
01/16/2012 - 20:51
are amazing, but seeing this beauty and feeling the heartbeat might bring out the smelling salts! I am also crazy about the Escher fish and the 100th anniversary in Platinum. So many watches, not enough time to fill in all the accolades.  Waiting for Lounger pictures, once you all get a chance. Best, Tim
Re: So sorry we missed this in the metal, the pictures
01/17/2012 - 02:22
They will come...! G
SIHH 2012: Malte Tourbillon
01/18/2012 - 09:32
Alex, what a lovely piece. And it is so cool for VC to launch 2 Tourbillon Calibres simultaneously. I think VC has the nicest range of Tourbillons among the big watchmakers. Does this piece mean that VC will be discontinuining the Malte Tourbillon Regulator and the Openworked Tourbillon? I hope not. Would love to read your eventual article on VC Tourbillons ! :-)