Waking up with an alarm will never be as pleasant with VC's "Grand Oeuvre"
The watch enables the owner to actually choose the sound of the alam which can be viewed via an indicator on the dial
The hand on the outter sector indicates the individual power-reserve of the alarm whereas the hand on the inner sector indicates the sound of the alarm which is either “C” for carillon Westminster alarm or “N” for normal alarm sound.
When the carillon Westminster option is selected, there are two choices, either Grande Sonnerie* or Petite Sonnerie*. When the normal option is selected, the alarm sounds on a single gong which is in addition to the five gongs for the Westminster chime and is tuned at a different pitch to distinguish it from the Westminster gongs, an additional hammer sounds the single alarm strike. The choice given to the user between the different alarm ringing styles is a brand new development by Vacheron Constantin seen for the first time in this watch.
* The Grande Sonnerie carillon chime is performed as follows: The alarm sounds the first quarter striking followed by the hour.
* The Petite Sonnerie alarm chime is performed as follows: The alarm sounds one or more quarters without hours.
The ringing of the carillon is delivered by five hammers striking on five individually tuned gongs.