Platinum continues to be a good material for Vacheron Constantin as they roll out a new limited edition model for their “Collection Excellence Platine” series, which they introduced back in 2006. It’s a modest looking timepiece with a rich interior and lengthy name; introducing the “Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Complete Calendar Excellence Platine”.
Some consumers tend to not gravitate as much to platinum, since to the unaccustomed it can easily be mistaken with stainless-steel, or even white gold. But, mainly those type of watch aficionados that like to pomp their timepiece, prefer opting for yellow or rose gold as a sure bet to flaunt their wealth. While on the other hand a true horologist is not concerned with such frivolous matters. Vacheron Constantin isn’t as recognizable a brand as Rolex, Omega or Patek Philippe; so they cater to another type of consumer.
Many models have continued to be made out of platinum, as an ever more go to material for these classy dress watches by Vacheron Constantin. Like the re-envisioned “Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Chronograph” released in 2016 that we reviewed here. The traveling mans “Traditionnelle World Time’ which was a highly exclusive limited edition of only 10 manufactured pieces, we discussed here. Or the “Traditionnelle Minute Repeater Tourbillon” released at SIHH 2017, which we reviewed here.
Focusing just on the “Collection Excellence Platine” series, Vacheron Constantin released a complication packed “Patrimony Perpetual Calendar” model limited to only a 100 manufactured pieces, which we reviewed here. And this alluring minimalistic “Patrimony” limited to 150 manufactured pieces you can read more about here. All fine examples of the on-going efforts by the historical Swiss brand in providing exceptional pieces crafted out of fine quality 950 platinum, in various limited editions to further their uniqueness and collectability.
Now ahead of SIHH 2018 Vacheron Constantin has this new edition being offered in a 41mm case made out platinum, with a transparent case back that allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. Equipped with short stubby platinum lugs, which provide quite a flexible wrist fit. Water-resister on this watch can reach up 30 meters (96 feet).
Time is exhibited on a sandblasted platinum dial with 18k white gold applied hour index markers, among a railroad-track ring of minute index markers. The “complete calendar” is scattered around the dial with two aperture windows: the current month on the right-side, slightly over the 3 o’clock position; the day of the week on the left-side, slightly over the 9 o’clock position; while circling around the dial near the bezel are the 31 days, being pointed out by a blue central hand with a semi-circle tip being used to point out the current date.
The dauphine-style hands are also made out of 18k white gold and point out the current time, with a smaller thinner second’s hand. A precision moon phase is located in the lower half portion of the dial, with a Maltese cross platinum moon-phase disc showing the current moon state. There is also a “Pt950” hallmark indication between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions.
Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Complete Calendar Collection Excellence
This “Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Complete Calendar Collection Excellence” (Ref#: 4010T/000P-B345) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 2460 QCL with 27 jewels, 308 components and 28,800 vph. Equipped with a yellow gold rotor, which provides a nice contrast among the predominantly grey back drop. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 40 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a dark blue Mississippiensis alligator strap, with large square scale and an exposed 950 platinum hand-stitched silk stitching; while secured to the wrist by a platinum 950 folding clasp with a polished half Maltese cross-shaped engraving. This is a limited edition of only 100 manufactured pieces, with each individually numbered piece engraved on the case back. For more up to date information visit the official Vacheron Constantin website here.
MSRP: $68,500.00 USD
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