from the press release
On the occasion of the 260th anniversary of its founding, the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin unveils the seven first models of a new collection called Harmony. Issued in limited editions, these eminently contemporary timepieces feature a new cushion shape and a design inspired by one of the brand’s first wristwatch chronographs introduced in 1928.
All Harmony models launched for the 260th anniversary of Vacheron Constantin are limited editions with certain components engraved with an arabesque motif inspired by the motifs found on the balance cock of Jean-Marc Vacheron's first watch from 1755.
Regular production models will follow without this engraving and with different design elements
The Harmony collection welcomes this new double-pusher chronograph, an elegant interpretation of a horological complication interpreted in the feminine mode. Issued in a limited, numbered 260-piece edition, the Chronograph Small Model is comfortably housed in a generous (37mmx46.6mm and 11.7mm thick) 18K pink gold cushion-shaped case. Its gem-set bezels sparkles with diamonds of the highest quality totalling 1.20 carats. At its heart, beating at a frequency of 3 Hz, the hand-winding Caliber 1142, powers one of the most coveted Haute Horlogerie complications: the chronograph. Caliber 1142 is an enhanced version of an existing caliber now meeting the demands of the Hallmark of Geneva and endowed with a higher frequency (3 Hz rather than 2.5 Hz) in order to improve the shock-resistance of the balance-wheel.
Endowed with a 48-hour power reserve, this exceptional movement composed of 164 entirely hand-decorated parts displays the hours, minutes, small seconds and chronograph functions. In tribute to the 260 years of excellence perpetuated by the Manufacture, its balance-cock is embellished with an original scrolling pattern. Specifically created by the brand’s designers to set these exclusive editions apart, this unusual motif also known as “fleurisanne engraving” is inspired by the arabesques adorning the balance-cock of the oldest pocket watch by the Maison, signed by Jean-Marc Vacheron in 1755.
Like all new chronograph movements in the collection, the column-wheel screw is adorned with Vacheron Constantin’s Maltese Cross emblem. The unprecedented blue-painted Arabic numerals specially designed for the models in the Harmony collection, stand out against the opaline silver-toned dial punctuated by gold or delicately blued leaf-type hands, reinforcing the perfect readability of each function. Stamped with the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva, this elegant chronograph displays a femininity imbued with daring and character – two qualities synonymous with this resolutely contemporary collection.