Always on a quest for excellence, the Manufacture combines two original Haute Horlogerie complications in a powerful, monochrome contemporary architecture.
In 2015, Vacheron Constantin presented the most complicated watch ever made. No less than 57 complications were integrated into its movement. Two of these are found in the Les Cabinotiers Tourbillon Armillaire model presented at the end of 2019. Omnipresent on a dial separated into two distinct spaces, they contribute to the esthetics of this reference. On the right-hand dial, the hour and minute hands move in a circular arc. Once the 60 minutes and 12 hours have been reached, they instantly return to their first unit. Faced with the retrograde display of temporal data, a mechanical complex is in perpetual animation. Positioned under a bubble formed by the sapphire crystal, this construction consists of two cages nested inside each other. They move on two different axes at a speed of 60 seconds per rotation. This armillary tourbillon is named after the French watchmaker Antide Janvier who, in the 18th century, made an astronomical clock with a globe composed of armatures, metal circles that model the celestial sphere.
The 1990 caliber masterfully directs this feat of fine watchmaking. The hand-wound movement is housed in a 45mm-diameter titanium case. Once wound, it provides the watch with 65 hours of autonomy.
This timepiece, stamped with the Hallmark of Geneva, is worn on an alligator leather strap with a pin buckle.
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By Dan Diaconu