Vacheron Constantin’s legendary timepiece certified with the Hallmark of Geneva
Since the year 1755, Swiss watchmaker Vacheron Constantin has been vigorously involved in the development of engine-turned watchmaking. And they have been striving hard to preserve their customary skills of its initiator.
And the latest creation from the parapets of the Vacheron Constantin proofs it all. Equipped with the new Caliber 1142 QP, this timepiece propagates the tradition of excellence cultivated by the finest Geneva watchmakers.
Traditionnelle Chronograph, a state-of-the-art movement entirely designed and developed within the manufacture, replaces the previous 1141 QP. The new movement drives the perpetual calendar functions – with indications of the date, days, months, leap years and moon phases – as well as the chronograph functions with a direct-drive seconds hands and 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, positioned opposite the small seconds at 9 o’clock. Caliber 1142 will thus be able to keep track of all the vagaries of the calendar without any need for adjustments until March 1st 2100.
Certification of Hallmark of Geneva
Like all modern Vacheron Constantin movements, this caliber visible through an elegant transparent sapphire crystal case back was developed and designed to meet the stringent Hallmark of Geneva criteria. This emblem of Geneva’s watchmaking excellence applies both to the caliber itself and to the finishing of the watch as a whole, governed by demanding norms that make it one of the most rigorous and renowned watch industry certifications.
Cherished by the Maison, combining tradition along with the intricate horological details the Traditionnelle chronograph perpetual calendar is the ultimate expression of this successful synergy. The distinctive design codes are reflected in each and every detail: the stepped case with a distinctive fluted pattern on the back, the dauphine-style hands and the railway-type minute track. A white or black tachymeter scale surrounding the dial accentuates the technical nature of the watch.
The 22K white gold or pink gold moon disc is hand-finished in keeping with the fine tradition of artistic crafts cultivated. Positioned in the centre of the date counter, it provides a symbolic depiction of a moon face that is alternately smiling or melancholy, depending on the path of the Earth’s satellite. A subtle nod to historical pocket watches.
Exemplifying a concern for legibility, the dial features various shades of grey with finishes that differ according to the functions, reflecting the layout of 1940s chronographs.
The chronograph comes in two types of materials of the case; one with 950 platinum or 18K 5N pink gold folding clasp fitted with a handstitche Mississippiensis alligator leather strap.