Pure, rare and long-lasting platinum is the finest material in the field of fine watchmaking. To commemorate this innate perfect combination of precision machinery and precious materials, Vacheron Constantin launched a limited edition platinum collection in 2006, designed for collectors of high-end watches. Today, the pink gold Malte tourbillon created in 2012 also joins this extraordinary collection.
For a long time, Vacheron Constantin has demonstrated its professionalism in the field of tourbillon movements. This Geneva-based watchmaker often combines the tourbillon with another complex function, embodying superb expertise and unquestionable innovation courage. It is with this spirit that Vacheron Constantin created the new Malte tourbillon limited platinum collection series, and once again interpreted the extraordinary tourbillon machinery.
The neat 950 platinum dial is sandblasted, and the fine ‘PT950’ stamp is engraved between 4 and 5 o’clock, with platinum Roman numerals and hour markers. The tourbillon with the second hand is in the right position and blends perfectly with the exquisite lines of the Malte series. The tourbillon is located at 6 o’clock, and the hour and minute hands are slightly off-centered, so it stands out on the dial.
The case of the Malte Tourbillon Limited Platinum Collection is made of 950 platinum and measures 38×48.24 mm. The dark blue Mississippi crocodile leather strap fixed with the 950 platinum folding buckle uses a riding stitching process, and the hand-stitched 950 platinum silk thread exudes a flawless and charming luster. This watch is issued in a limited edition of 50 pieces under a separate product number.
An excellent watch naturally should be equipped with an equally outstanding movement. This watch is equipped with 2795 mechanical manual winding movement composed of 169 parts, power reserve is about 2 days.
This barrel-shaped movement fits perfectly into the curve of the case and is entirely developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin. The tourbillon frame is inspired by the brand’s ‘Malta Cross’ emblem, which subtly shows the superb craftsmanship of each movement component, including a large number of hand-cut internal corners. In order to meet the process standards set by Vacheron Constantin, it only took 12 hours to manually polish the tourbillon bridge. This technique is called berçage in French. It is mainly to file both ends of the bridge into a regular conical and semi-cylindrical shape, while avoiding the center and side ends. In the final operation steps, the watchmaker smoothes the edges with stone, polishing wheels, wooden nails and special abrasives, and strives to present a perfect polishing effect.
In addition, the Malte tourbillon limited platinum collection also meets the strict standards of the ‘Mark of Geneva’. The ‘Mark of Geneva’ was founded in 1886 by the Swiss Federal Government and the Grand Legislative Assembly of the City of Geneva. It is a guarantee of origin, quality craftsmanship, durability and watch expertise. This quality guarantee no longer applies only to the movement, but to the quality certification of the entire watch, which marks a significant improvement in the independent certification system that Vacheron Constantin has long supported, and will now more fully adapt to the needs of lay customers.
Malte Tourbillon Limited Platinum Collection
Model 30130 / 000P-9876
Seal of Geneva
Vacheron Constantin develops and manufactures itself
Manual winding mechanical movement
27.37×29.30 mm (12’’’¼x12’’’ ¾)
Thickness 6.10 mm
45 hours power reserve
2.5 Hz (18,000 times per hour)
Small seconds on the tourbillon frame at 6 o’clock
Case 950 platinum
38 mm x 48.24, thickness 12.73 mm
Transparent sapphire crystal case back
Water resistance to 3 bar (about 30 meters)
Dial 950 platinum, sandblasted
‘PT950’ mark between 4 and 5 o’clock
18K gold applied hour markers
Strap Dark blue Mississippi crocodile leather, hand-stitched with 950 platinum silk thread, riding stitching, large square scales
Buckle 950 platinum three-piece folding clasp
Polished, semi-Malta cross
Limited edition of 50 pieces, independent product number