Watches: Vacheron Constantin Malte Excellence Platine Tourbillon
By Thierry Ané on November 26, 2013
With a little less than two months to go before the 2014 edition of the SIHH, some of the brands that will showcase their novelties at this very exclusive (and invitation-only) exhibition are teasing us with a preview of what to expect.
Vacheron Constantin has decided to first unveil the new addition to the “Collection Excellence Platine”. Initiated in 2006, this collection features a series of limited edition watches with case, buckle and even dial entirely crafted in platinum. The Malte Tourbillon introduced in 2012 in a pink gold version now enters this very exclusive collection as the “Malte Excellence Platine Tourbillon”.
Made of platinum, the 38 x 48.24 mm tonneau-shaped case, so characteristic of the Malte collection, is beautifully polished and secured to the wrist by a blue Mississippiendis alligator strap with a 950 platinum folding buckle. The uncluttered dial uses the same luxurious material but with a sandblasted finish. It also features very sober white gold Roman numerals and hour markers. Nothing distracts the attention from the majestic tourbillon located at 6 o’clock. With a tourbillon carriage inspired by the brand’s signature Maltese cross emblem and its outstanding finishing, it proudly shows the brand’s outstanding craftsmanship.
The sapphire exhibition case back allows a closer look at the tonneau-shaped mechanical hand-wound 2795 calibre, entirely developed and produced by the Manufacture. The vertical “Côtes de Genève” or the hand-bevelled interior angles are just a few examples of the exceptional level of finishing of this movement. Needless to say, it meets all the criteria of the new Poinçon de Genève and proudly bears this seal on the upper bridge.
With only 50 pieces produced, this watch is as rare as the platinum used for its realisation. Extremely classic, perfectly crafted, this watch is a summary of what Vacheron Constantin does best.