PRODUCT: Vacheron Constantin unveils tourbillon


Vacheron Constantin has added the Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-Day Tourbillon to its Collection Excellence Platine.

The collection, which was first launched in 2006, combines mechanical prowess with precious metal platinum and now the Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-day has joined its ranks.

The watch is equipped with the calibre 2260, a mechanical hand-wound tourbillon movement supplying a 14-day power reserve. In addition to the tourbillon coupled with small seconds at 6 o’clock along with slightly off-centred hours and minutes functions, it also features a power-reserve display. A ‘"dragging” or “trailing” hand shows the remaining energy on a 280° sector. This surface area, which is larger than on classic indicators, enables a precise division of the 14 days, themselves divided into two 12-hour slices, enhancing the readability of the power reserve.

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To guarantee the 14-day power reserve, Vacheron Constantin calibre 2260 is equipped with four barrels stacked in pairs, interconnected and discharging simultaneously, yet four times slower than a single barrel.

The architecture of the 231-part calibre 2260 features two large bridges. The tourbillon carriage, inspired by the Maltese Cross, is a showcase for the finishing of the parts, which features a number of naturally hand-bevelled interior angles. The tourbillon bar alone took over 11 hours of hand craftsmanship to round off.

In addition to the movement, the entire watch now bears the Hallmark of Geneva. The aesthetic codes that have consistently been part of pieces from the Collection Excellence Platine since 2006 remain in this model too, including the uncluttered 950 platinum dial with a sandblasted finish discreetly bearing the inscription PT950 between 4 and 5 o’clock. Secured by a 950 platinum folding clasp, the strap in dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather has a saddle-stitched finish, hand-sewn with silk and 950 platinum thread. This model is issued in a 50-piece individually numbered edition.

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