Vacheron Constantin

Posted on January 4th, 2015

In commemoration of its 260th anniversary, Vacheron Constantin introduces the Metiers d’Art Mecaniques Gravees Calibres 2260 and 4400 with entirely hand-engraved movements.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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