Vacheron Constantin Traditionelle ladies’ self-winding tourbillon
The Vacheron Constantin Traditionelle tourbillon – ladies’ self-winding combines a highly desirable automatic movement with a tourbillon escapement. This movement is beautifully appointed with much hand-finishing in evidence. Two versions of the watch, both 39mm in diameter, are available, one housed in pink gold and the second in white gold. The Maison’s highly-talented stone-setters have skilfully embellished both case options with numerous diamonds.
Vacheron Constantin, founded in 1755, is familiar to most watch aficionados and is revered for its watchmaking expertise. Moreover, the Maison has an enviable reputation for imbuing watches with an array of artistic crafts.
The Vacheron Constantin Traditionelle ladies’ self-winding tourbillon is a new creation for 2020. It’s the brand’s first ladies’ self-winding tourbillon and employs the Calibre 2160, first seen in the Vacheron Constantin Traditionelle Tourbillon 41mm (see my 2018 review of this model). This in-house movement features a peripheral rotor which will run autonomously for three days when fully wound.
The movement is just 5.65mm in height, contributing to the modest case thickness of 11.22mm. The tourbillon compensates for the adverse effect of gravity on the regulating organ by housing the balance and escapement in a rotating cage. In this particular instance, the cage is formed in the shape of a Maltese cross and is held in place using a mirror-polished bar, spanning the circular dial-side aperture. A circlet of diamonds frames the aperture, augmenting the overall sense of sophistication.
One version of the watch is housed in an 18-carat pink gold case set with 208 brilliant-cut diamond which grace the sides, lugs and bezel. The mother-of-pearl dial features dauphine-style hour and minute hands. The model is presented on a grey satin strap with a calf inner shell.
The second version is dressed in 559 baguette-cut and brilliant-cut diamonds. Unusually, the dial is festooned in diamonds while the white gold case features gems on the sides, lugs and bezel. In this instance, the watch is supplied on a blue satin strap with a calf inner shell.
Both versions of the Vacheron Constantin Traditionelle tourbillon – ladies’ self-winding are supplied with an additional alligator leather strap. Furthermore, both models fulfil the onerous requirements of the Hallmark of Geneva, sometimes referred to as the Poinçon de Genève.
The brand’s press release
A round stepped case, a discreet bezel, a fluted case-back, a rail-track minute-circle, slender dauphine-shaped hands and baton-type hour-markers: the pure and elegant Traditionnelle collection showcases technical refinement conveyed through eminently horological characteristics. This timeless elegance embodied by timepieces whose form follows function is now expressed through two new feminine models featuring a tourbillon for the first time. Housed within a new 39 mm diamond-set pink gold case, or in a diamond-paved white gold jewellery version, this prestigious horological complication appears in unprecedented feminine finery. For demanding women looking for a timepiece that combines precision and style.
Calibre 2160, a model of elegance and precision
The in-house 2160 calibre unveiled in 2018 finds its place for the first time at the heart of a watch dedicated to women. Thanks to the tourbillon that cancels out the effects of the Earth’s gravity, this self-winding movement is distinguished by its extreme precision, operating at a low 2.5 Hertz frequency enabling one to admire the steady beating of the mechanism. The 2160 calibre is also impressively slender. Equipped with a peripheral rotor, this 188-part movement is only 5.65 mm thick. A silhouette pared down to essentials results in a case measuring 39 mm in diameter and 11.22 mm thick, whose harmonious proportions are perfectly suited to the feminine wrist.
In addition to its reliability and precision, the 2160 calibre is characterised by a comfortable 80-hour power reserve and the presence of a small seconds display on the tourbillon by means of a blackened screw – a function highlighted by meticulous attention to each and every aesthetic detail. On the front, the bar of the openworked tourbillon carriage inspired by the shape of the Maltese cross, is entirely hand-bevelled, an operation lasting almost 11 hours for this component alone. Visible through the transparent caseback, the movement is adorned with Côtes de Genève finishing. These traditional decorations contrast with the refined aesthetics of the peripheral rotor in sandblasted 22 carats gold.
Technical refinement meets aesthetic elegance in this model imbued with exquisite femininity. It is the epitome of glowing radiance, balanced proportions and subtle details. Its classic 39 mm case crafted from 18 carats 5N pink gold sparkles with 208 brilliant-cut diamonds set on the bezel, caseband and lugs. Its captivating mother-of-pearl dial provides an iridescent backdrop for the majestic spectacle of the tourbillon, surrounded by a diadem of 46 brilliant-cut diamonds. Precious finery indeed for this Traditionnelle tourbillon that is an integral part of the collection’s aesthetic heritage. The extremely slim case features stepped flanks and a fluted caseback. The dial is punctuated by a rail-track minute-circle with dauphine-shaped hands and pink gold baton-type hour- markers. A pleasing composition that seductively wraps itself around the wrist on a grey satin strap secured by a diamond-set folding clasp. A second grey strap in alligator leather is delivered with the timepiece.
Traditionnelle tourbillon jewellery
The sophisticated mechanical tourbillon complication is viewed through the prism of jewellery-making virtuosity. Sculpted in 18 carats white gold, this prestigious timepiece reinterprets the heritage of the Traditionnelle collection through an elegant 39 mm stepped round case, a slender bezel, a fluted caseback and a dial swept over by dauphine-shaped hands. The collection’s characteristic design nonetheless gives way to the flamboyance of diamonds. Bedecked in 559 brilliant-cut and baguette-cut diamonds totalling more than 6.5 carats, the Traditionnelle tourbillon jewellery watch highlights the technical sophistication of the tourbillon, whose low frequency makes it possible to admire each rotation. This majestic interpretation embraces the wrist with a dazzling halo of light on a blue satin strap secured by a diamond-set gold folding clasp. Available exclusively in Vacheron Constantin boutiques, the Traditionnelle tourbillon jewellery comes with a second blue strap in alligator leather.
For the first time, Vacheron Constantin highlights the majestic tourbillon complication through the prism of feminine elegance. Housed within a new 39 mm case, mechanical sophistication appears attired in unprecedented finery. Available in 18 carats 5N pink gold set with brilliant-cut diamonds with a mother-of-pearl dial or in 18 carats white gold set with brilliant and baguette-cut diamonds on both case and dial, the Traditionnelle tourbillon watch beats to the rhythm of the in-house 2160 calibre, a guarantee of reliability, precision and finesse accentuated by hand-crafted fine watchmaking finishes.