Vacheron Constantin: New Harmony Models28 November 2016
Vacheron Constantin introduce 10 new references in the Harmony collection, developed around a tourbillon monopusher chronograph, a monopusher chronograph with pulsimeter scale, a double-pusher chronograph, and a dual-time display.
Harmony Complete Calendar
The classic and elegant design of the cushion-shaped rose gold case strikes a perfect balance with the optimal readability of the dial indications. Around its rim, the date is indicated by a central hand which culminates in a burgundy crescent. The day and month, in the same deep red, appear through apertures in the upper half of the dial, while the lower half is devoted to displays of the moon phases and the age of the moon. These remarkably precise astronomical indications require adjustment only once every 122 years, instead of every three years for a conventional moon phase. An all-new self-winding movement, Caliber 2460 QC – entirely developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin – powers this complete calendar. Equipped with 308 components, it beats at a frequency of 4 Hz. A transparent sapphire crystal caseback provides an admirable view of its inner workings and its high-end finishing.
Harmony Chronograph Tourbillon
The inherently exclusive Harmony tourbillon chronograph achieves an impressive technical feat by combining the monopusher chronograph with a stunning tourbillon shaped like the Maltese cross, the Vacheron Constantin emblem. It beats to the rhythm of Manufacture Vacheron Constantin manual-winding Calibre 3200, which features refined details such as the screw holding the column wheel also adorned with the brand emblem. The dial provides a dragging-display 45-minute counter, instead of the usual 30-minute version. The lower 2.5 Hz frequency ensures an optimal view of the fascinating rotations of the tourbillon. This exceptional caliber, housed in this new version at the heart of an opulent pink gold case, will be available exclusively from Vacheron Constantin boutiques.
A contemporary reincarnation of a 1928 Vacheron Constantin chronograph, the chronograph belonging to the Harmony collection clearly displays its kinship with the original model, while paying vibrant tribute to the latter. Its generous pink gold cushion-shaped case houses manual-winding Calibre3300, developed by Vacheron Constantin and ensuring a substantial 65-hour power reserve. It drives the hours, minutes and small seconds functions, along with a monopusher chronograph, a pulsimeter scale and a power-reserve indication. In a nod to the 1928 model and to vintage medical watches, it features a burgundy graduated scale painted around the rim of the dial and serving to calculate the pulse based on 30 heartbeats. Whether visible or concealed, all the refined details of this chronograph epitomise the watchmaking art as practiced by Vacheron Constantin, expressed through details as such as the chronograph gears cut out to form the Maltese cross shape, or the screw holding the column wheel also adorned with the brand emblem.
Harmony Chronograph Small Model
The chronograph small model deploys its charms in a generous 18K pink gold cushion-shaped case. At 37 mm wide, it is particularly suited to a wide variety of wrists, whether feminine or masculine. The version with diamond-set bezel, dedicated to women, sparkles with diamonds of the highest quality, totalling 1.2 carats. Its heart beats at a frequency of 3 Hz with manual-winding Calibre 1142, equipped with one of the most sought-after Fine Watchmaking complications: the chronograph. Calibre1142 is an improved version of an existing movement, now meeting the Hallmark of Geneva criteria with a higher frequency designed to increase the shock resistance of the balance-wheel. Delivering a 48-hour power reserve, this exceptional calibre features refined details such as a screw holding the column wheel adorned with the Maltese cross, comprises 164 entirely hand-decorated components and drives the hours, minutes, small seconds and chronograph functions.
Self-Winding Calibre 2460 DT
Guided by this same vision of marrying tradition with cutting-edge technologies, the development of self-winding Calibre 2460 DT rounds out this range of exclusive Manufacture complications, by providing a dual-time display, along with a subdial devoted to the day/night indication. This useful complication equips five different models: two elegant men’s versions in white gold and pink gold; smaller models intended for both men and women in a non-gemset pink gold version; as well as ladies’ variations with white or pink gold cases graced with a diamond-set bezel. The sophisticated mechanism of Vacheron Constantin Calibre 2460 DT enables smooth correction of all indications via the crown. A first notch enables simultaneous adjustment of local time and a second time zone, while a second notch activates travel time alone. The movement with its generous 40-hour power reserve comprises 233 parts, all hand-decorated in keeping with the finest watchmaking traditions.