A very special and elusive Malte Tourbillon

I'm happy to have put my hands on a beautiful Malte Tourbillon which I had heard of but never seen. Made this year in 100 pieces in rose gold for the Hong Kong market it features a guilloche dial and does without the date and power reserve indicators of the regular production model.

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A very special and elusive Malte Tourbillon

A very special and elusive Malte Tourbillon

A very special and elusive Malte Tourbillon

A very special and elusive Malte Tourbillon

A very special and elusive Malte Tourbillon

A very special and elusive Malte Tourbillon

A very special and elusive Malte Tourbillon

A very special and elusive Malte Tourbillon

A very special and elusive Malte Tourbillon


for comparaison here's the regular (now discontinued) version of the Malte Tourbillon
A very special and elusive Malte Tourbillon

Re: A very special and elusive Malte Tourbillon
09/21/2010 - 14:13
a) Very elegant. Is this a new movement? b) Why did VC discontinue the regular Malte Tourbillon? I always thought the size and looks of it are better than the Malte Regulator Toorbillon?
nope not new movement, the Malte Tourbillon still exists in the
09/21/2010 - 16:32
skeleton version and the regulator but not the full dial with central hands. I guess it was discontinued when the case of the Malte models were redesigned and the brand considered that it was better to make a whole new watch (the Regulator Tourbillon) rather than just change the aesthetics.
Uber cool
09/21/2010 - 15:10
Much more elegant than the regular one which seems too cluttered.
Clutter
09/21/2010 - 17:15
Yes, agree about the clutter of the old model. Wouldn't it have been possible to use a digital date aperture as on the Malte Chrono? Not so bothered about the reserve de marche. Overall a beautiful watch and the guilloche is stunning.
the big date mechanism would not fit, due to the size of the discs.the
09/21/2010 - 17:43

hands of the Malte tourbillon are excentered towards the top of the dial as to make space for the oversized tourbillon cage and therefore there would be no place for the large discs to turn.

Thanks Alex. I like the clean dial. [nt]
09/21/2010 - 18:39
nt
+1. I like the simplicity of the dial.
09/22/2010 - 06:09
VC's tourbillon is probably the only one I like. 
Pure class! A simple Malte Tourbillon that was missing in VC lineup
09/21/2010 - 23:15
Beautiful Just a question: are the pieces individually numbered? I haven't noticed any indication of that kind in your scans, Alex?! Or is it the same story as with Cortina, just a limited edition with no individual numbers designated for each piece? I still would have gone for the original version. It is just more appealing to me...
no individual number. i was speaking to the people at Patek who had
09/22/2010 - 16:42
worked on the Pate tourbillon and they said that VC had gone even one step further than PP and that the latter should have done what VC did!!
I generally don't like holes in the dial,
09/22/2010 - 03:55
but no rule without an exception. As a tourbillon is a very complicated mechanism, it's worth to be exposed without distractions, as it's predecessor. Once again well done! This is, if you must have a tourbillon,  the so far most elegant But my heart still beats for 1921 Alex's beautiful photo again, can't be seen to much Cheers Doc
Now thats what I am talking about!
09/22/2010 - 04:35
Beautifull
Re: A very special and elusive Malte Tourbillon
09/22/2010 - 05:27
Beautiful piece, even more pure without without the date and power reserve indicators. The mix of the tourbillion and the guilloche dial, quite unusual on this model, makes it very special and elegant. For sure, a must for timepiece collection.
Re: A very special and elusive Malte Tourbillon
09/22/2010 - 05:30
I like this new sleek dial that does away with the date and power reserve. To my mind, the extra complications take away from the classic beauty of the case and dial, leaving the eye to wander but not quite settle. Beautifully done new rendition. I like  it a lot! Meehna Goldsmith
Simplicity and Complexity at its best...
09/22/2010 - 18:39
This is one of the most elegant and finely crafted tourbillons I have ever seen. I also love the perfect symmetry of the dial layout. Way to go VC! Thank you for the great report Alex and fantastic photos capturing the beauty of this gorgeous piece. Best, Mike
I agree with all that you said, Mike.
09/29/2010 - 11:51
This is a winner in my book.