What are your thoughts on platinum dials and movement components?

In 2005 for the celebrations of its quarter millenium, Vacheron Constantin released a world premier and I’m not referring to the Tour de l’Ile with its 16 complications but rather to the Jubilé 1755 in platinum with a platinum dial.

This is to my knowledge the first time a serially produced wristwatch actually had a platinum dial. The idea was to push the boundaries of luxury even further. In high end watches dials are most often made in gold and VC went one step beyond and upgraded to platinum giving the watch’s face a sheen and a way of reflecting light very different to what we had seen before.

Jubilé 1755 in platinum (photo courtesy of Deniz Cakmur)

What are your thoughts on platinum dials and movement components?



In 2006 Vacheron Constantin launched the Excellence Platine collection consisting of watches (in limited series) in platinum with platinum dials. The first two were the Patrimony Contemporaine manual wind and the Malte Chronograph. Here the dials were not guilloche (contrary to the Jubilé 1755) but flat with a sand blasted and grainy texture for the most appealing result, giving an extremely modern look to rather classical timepieces.

Patrimony Contamporaine manual wind

What are your thoughts on platinum dials and movement components?

Malte Chronograph

What are your thoughts on platinum dials and movement components?



In September 2007 for the Only Watch charity auction in favour of research for Muscular Dystrophy the brand will unveil a one off Malte Tourbillon in platinum with not only a platinum dial but also…and this is truly a feat…a tourbillon carriage bridge also made in platinum.

Malte Tourbillon unique piece "Only Watch"

What are your thoughts on platinum dials and movement components?


Platinum being a metal extremely difficult to work I can only imagine the time consuming process in making a dial but imagine actually having to create a movement component and finishing it to the nth degree!

Tourbillon carriage bridge in the process of finishing

What are your thoughts on platinum dials and movement components?


I love the look of these watches, they are stealth but not bland or boring. They look masculine, fierce and even a bit “industrial” with their grainy dials. I’m not a big fan of the platinum hallmark (PT950) placed on the dials but it seems that I’m part of a minority here .

I can also appreciate the amount of work put into creating platinum components and this is something that for me puts Vacheron Constantin truly on another level.

Thoughts?

I'm, to be honest,
05/26/2007 - 16:34

not a big fan of either WG or Pt.

Even though I own some WG watches,

I do more like YG and sometimes RG.

Bur, I have only once seen Patrimony in Pt,

and I must admit that it was an extraordinary experience !

I hadn't from the pics I had seen in the magazines,

really understood the effect !

It's a watch that must be seen in it's flesh,

because no pics can give it the full right.

I have to say that it has, as Alex puts it, an industrial look,

the dial is rough but still not.

I just can't explain it, and that I think it is the problem also for you Alex,

isn't it ?

The 950 on the dial, I think is overkill.

Anyhow I woul really like to own one some day,

and in this shape I think the Chronograph is wonderful :-)

Thanks for the pics,they are beautiful,

but the watch is even more beautiful

Doc

Re: What are your thoughts on platinum dials and movement components?
05/28/2007 - 01:08
I own the Chrno and it's a beautiful piece! It keeps perfect time and is easy to wear as I have 8"+ wrists. I think the dial is very special and have debated with Patek owners about the 5070 which I like but feel the VC is more unique and I like it better! I was wondering if the movement is finished to a higher degree vs the "standard" Malte chrono? Thanks, great forum!
Welcome to The Lounge. For me the Malte Chrono Excellence Platine is
05/28/2007 - 12:12

THE most beautiful chrono on the market! You are a lucky man and please do post scans.

The first time I saw this watch I thought the movement had an amazing finish of flawless quality, I thought that it was a spacial finish for the watch but in fact after comparing to the regular production model both had the same finish.

A sandblasted finish like the dial wouyld be really cool though...