There is elegance and then there is the Vacheron Constantin Malte, a collection that pushes the confines of distinction and understated refinement within the realm of haute horlogerie. Emblematic and charismatic, every creation from the series bears the iconic tonneau case that is irrevocably linked to the storied Swiss watchmaker since its first appearance in 1912. Having redesigned this barrel shaped aesthetic for a contemporary re-issue in 2012, the maison reintroduced a perennial timepiece that once again demonstrated Vacheron Constantin's horology expertise.
An iconic collection characteristic of the brand's pioneering creativity, fans of the Malte will be delighted to discover two new additions to the lineup, engineered in pink gold for a chic modernity: The Malte Moon Phase and Power Reserve and the Malte Tourbillon Openworked. Once you slip a Malte on, you'll recognise that committing to a model is akin to asserting your identity of originality and sophistication that won't soon be forgotten.
Malte Moon Phase and Power Reserve
A modern classic makes its grand entrance with the new Malte Moon Phase and Power Reserve that's all sleek curves and polished personality. So named as it tracks the moon's phases with a dedicated mechanism known as the 'astronomical moon', this unassuming powerhouse requires but one adjustment every 122 years. Crafted to Vacheron Constantin's uncompromising technical refinement, this Malte version charmingly displays a moon phase aperture, a 40-hour power reserve indicator and a small seconds counter upon its silver-toned dial, all topped off by subtle pink gold lugs framing its slim profile.
Closely shadowing its older cousins, the timepiece is adorned with the Swiss maison's signature twelve and six o'clock markers in Roman numerals, accompanied by slender hands driven by a manual self-winding calibre 1410. Wearing beautifully on the wrist, the Malte Moon Phase and Power Reserve is subtlety that emanates a bold minimalism.
Malte Tourbillion Openworked
If the Malte Moon Phase and Power Reserve is the epitome of smart elegance, then its sibling watch is the essence of artisanal fearlessness — a stunning skeletonised magnificence encased within the iconic tonneau silhouette. Inspired by the manufacture's 2014 openworked calibre 2780 SQ, this singularly exceptional movement is now reimagined by Vacheron Constantin's expert watchmakers into a new complication, the calibre 2790 SQ. Boasting a mechanical maze of clockwork perfection, the Malte Tourbillon Openworked is an airy composition of 246 components that plays with light and shadow, fashioned in three dimensional layers that gives the watch a mosaic beauty.
Featuring an eye-catching Maltese cross tourbillon at the heart of its complication, the gears rotate in flawless synchronisation beneath a transparent sapphire glass dial marked with inked indicators highlighted by baton-shaped indexes with a prominent Roman twelve. A living testament to the 540 hours of devoted and meticulous workmanship, this hand-finished masterpiece bolsters the Malte collection with its striking combination of a tourbillion mechanism and a creative body of art — pure stylised refinement borne of Vacheron Constantin's DNA.
The new additions to the Malte collection are available at Vacheron Constantin boutiques.