In commemoration of its 260th anniversary, Vacheron Constantin introduces the Metiers d’Art Mecaniques Gravees Calibres 2260 and 4400 with entirely hand-engraved movements.
Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art collection pays a delicate tribute to the traditional engraving of Haute Horlogerie movements by introducing two hand-engraved 14-day tourbillons. The plates and bridges of the hand-etched 2260 and 4400 calibers are decorated with delicate floral motifs, reminiscent of the engravings garnishing the first pocket watches created by Vacheron Constantin from 1755.
Placed in expensive platinum cases, Vacheron Constantin’s new timepieces feature a tone-on-tone decor and amazing handwork. The architecture of the 231-part movement is visible through the sapphire crystal back of the case which is water-resistant to 30 metres. On the display side, the Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Gravées showcases a view of the carriage shaped like a Maltese Cross. Swept over by anthracite-toned white gold hands and composed of two distinct parts, the sapphire crystal dial features frosted zones ensuring perfect readability of the engraved and inked small seconds and power-reserve graduations, while a slate grey ring bears the minute circle and a white gold signature Maltese cross.
The engraved Vacheron Constatntin Métiers d’Art 2660/1 caliber is a mechanical hand-wound tourbillon movement with an special 14-day power reserve. Its slightly off-centred hour and minute functions highlight the tourbillon carriage, coupled with a small seconds display. The power reserve is read off with a “dragging” or “trailing” hand that displays the remaining energy on a 280° sector. Both timepieces are bevelled, straight-grained, circular-grained and polished
Caliber 4400/1 by Vacheron Constantin features a mechanical manual-winding tourbillon movement with the power reserve of nearly 65-hours. Plates and bridges that adorn the luxury watch are hand-engraved with “acanthus leaf” floral motifs using line-engraving and champlevé techniques.