SIHH 2014: Patrimony Traditionnelle 14 Day Tourbillon Openworked

from the press release


SIHH 2014: Patrimony Traditionnelle 14 Day Tourbillon Openworked
  Vacheron Constantin illustrates an unexpected encounter between tradition and modernity in its Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-day tourbillon openworked model. Combining the tourbillon complication with the art of openworking, both of which were born at the dawn of the 19th century, the Manufacture transcends the codes of these ancestral skills to offer an eminently contemporary composition. Playing with a double three-dimensional effect stemming both from the architecture of the 2260 SQ movement and from its Gothic inspiration, the model displays impressive depth highlighted by components featuring cleverly destructured lines.
  Combining a tourbillon with such an impressive power reserve calls for a specific construction. The Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-day tourbillon openworked comprises no less than four barrels stacked in pairs in the upper part of the movement, making it more ‘crowded’ than the lower part. Vacheron Constantin tamed these differences in volume by structuring its Calibre 2260 SQP in layers and thus creating a depth effect that the Manufacture has accentuated through an engraving motif specially designed to exalt the three-dimensional effect. A meticulous task
SIHH 2014: Patrimony Traditionnelle 14 Day Tourbillon Openworked
  While openworking stems from purely aesthetic considerations, it nonetheless makes each stage even more complex compared with a solid calibre. Striking such a subtle balance between openworking and functionality thus calls for an average two months for the conception and modelisation phases alone, as well as long hours of hand-drawing, chamfering and engraving. All these operations require nimble fingers as well as infinite patience. This is an art in which the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin excels, and which it has been faithfully exercising by hand ever since the first openworked and engraved balance-cock produced at the time of its founding almost 260 years ago. Calibre 2260 SQ is entirely in tune with this longstanding hand-crafted tradition. Its distinctive layered construction results in a substantial surface to be decorated and thus implies even more manual workmanship. Compared with the solid base movement, a single 2260 SQ calibre requires 10 additional hours of chamfering and hand-drawing, as well as 40 extra hours of engraving.

SIHH 2014: Patrimony Traditionnelle 14 Day Tourbillon Openworked

SIHH 2014: Patrimony Traditionnelle 14 Day Tourbillon Openworked

SIHH 2014: Patrimony Traditionnelle 14 Day Tourbillon Openworked

SIHH 2014: Patrimony Traditionnelle 14 Day Tourbillon Openworked

SIHH 2014: Patrimony Traditionnelle 14 Day Tourbillon Openworked
 
Gorgeous. Do not know what to say.
01/19/2014 - 11:36
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A beautiful display of Vacheron art of skeleton !
01/19/2014 - 12:30
Most of them are very interesting and beautiful , the "mécaniques ajourées", the Malte Tourbillon would certainly be a Lounger's favourite what a beauty. But his one is special imho because most of the skeletonized watch are thin, and not this one. This a fabulous mechanical cathedral there, something of the gothic time, a "Notre Dame" of a watch :) , beautiful. Still these are in the shadow of the 1731. Thanks for sharing Alex, a very nice year for VC with the minute repeater and these skeleton.
Cisco, I agree with you that the 14-day open worked
01/19/2014 - 14:43
Tourbillon is extra special. You say all these pieces are under the shade of 1731. Imagine an open worked version of the 1731?
Let's hope it for the future.
01/20/2014 - 08:44
And rewind the wheel of time :)  But I hope to see an Excellence Platine version of the 1731 first :) , I think it will be fabulous.  But looking only at skeleton art this big Tourbillon is amazing.
Wow!
01/20/2014 - 18:13
What humans can achieve when they put their mind to it :) Is there is video of this watch in action anywhere?
Re: SIHH 2014: Patrimony Traditionnelle 14 Day Tourbillon Openworked
01/21/2014 - 12:53
One of the great achievments of VC in recent years. Congratulations for both the creative and  master-horlogers teams.
Re: SIHH 2014: Patrimony Traditionnelle 14 Day Tourbillon Openworked
01/21/2014 - 15:48
A masterpiece, it's a watch that allot of people will desire and dream, i especially love how you can see every bit of mecanic!
Re: SIHH 2014: Patrimony Traditionnelle 14 Day Tourbillon Openworked
01/22/2014 - 00:13
I have a doubt regarding the frequency of the movement 2260 SQ: why it is 18,000 alternances per hour instead of 21,600 or 28,800?
Technical and aesthetic reasons, a slow beat enables you to better
01/24/2014 - 20:22
admire the tourbillon and a hight beat would lower the power reserve
Incredibly Beautiful
01/22/2014 - 13:54
Once again, thanks for the opportunity to hold this masterpiece.
Re: SIHH 2014: Patrimony Traditionnelle 14 Day Tourbillon Openworked
01/30/2014 - 21:17
Wow, masterful creation and very beautiful - but even so, the openworked editions (on almost every model) makes my eyes having a hard time to learn time with a quick glance... crying