In a follow up to the sneak preview of Vacheron Constantin's SIHH novelties where we first threw light on the Patrimony Moon Phase, the maison now illuminates a new striking timepiece in the Traditionnelle collection inspired by the Swiss watchmaker's long-standing history and customs.
A new minute repeater tourbillon of unprecedented watchmaking know-how, this latest model in the Traditionnelle lineup is a combination of two major horological complications where a tourbillon co-exists alongside a minute repeater within a sleek 44mm frame. Meticulously fabricated with a specific nod to Vacheron Constantin's watchmaking craft handed down from the 18th century, the watch is a marvel in both technical and aesthetic aspects, highlighted visually by an inimitable guilloché pattern engraved upon the dial — a striking yet delicate motif exclusive to the Swiss maison and refined entirely by hand. Another unique feature is its off-centre index ring, positioned so to give the tourbillon carriage at 6 o'clock a wider berth. Eye-catching to say the least, the tourbillon is proportioned with the iconic Maltese cross with a hand-polished bar, creating an entrancing sight as it pulsates rhythmically to the watch's frequency of 2.5Hz.
Further reflecting the manufacture's horology prowess, the piece comes equipped with a brand new calibre, the 2755 TMR, developed and produced from scratch by the Swiss maison to power its demanding complications and amplified by its sought-after gong. Precisely aligned by their master watchmakers, the gong is replicated to chime on demand at the press of a pusher for every hour, quarter and minute — a feat of mechanical complexity that also requires a deft musical ear. The perfect timepiece that balances the utmost in technical sophistication with elegant aesthetics, the Traditionnelle minute repeater tourbillon condenses over two centuries of Vacheron Constantin's best into a timeless watch that fits seamlessly into our present-day.
The Traditionnelle minute repeater tourbillon will make its debut at SIHH 2017.