Once again Vacheron Constantin revisits one of their most prestigious collections to add another piece and reacquaint the public with these offerings. This time around they have chosen to manufacture a very exclusive limited edition “Traditionnelle” model, which will be limited to only 10 pieces and sold exclusively at their personal boutiques.
It takes up to over 20 hours just to perfect the details in each one of these map dials. Some other unique elements and capabilities of this timepiece are: the ability to provide simultaneous readings of 37 time zones; a day-night indication; or, showcasing a highly crafted enameled miniature world map. Not to mention the skills required to develop the mechanics in a way that all these complications can be adjusted using only one crown.
The 42.5mm case is made of platinum with a transparent case back that allows to see the inner moving parts of this mechanical movement. Features long slightly curved lugs for a nice accommodating fit to the wrist. And ingeniously enough all the complications and functions this watch is capable of can be easily adjusted via the crown. Water-resistance on this timepiece can reach up to 30 meters (98 feet).
Time is exhibited on a dial composed of three superimposed discs, which is enhanced by a miniature enameled gold world map. Following the techniques of traditional decorative crafts, we see the seas portrayed in subtle opaque enamel shades of blue and white, using the grisaille enamel technique. The paint applied here is composed of Limoges white, which is an extremely rare fine powder mixed with oils.
There is a 24-hour disc bearing gold hour-markers with the name of 37 cities painted on dark blue opaque enamel. At a glance all the cities with time-zones at a full-hour time difference are in the white; while those cities with only half-hour or quarter-hour time differences are painted on dark blue opaque enamel. All of them being pointed out by 18k white gold hands and surrounded by a minute index ring that ends near the bezel.
Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time
This “Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time” (Ref#: 86060/000P-9772) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 2460 WT with 27 jewels, 255 components and 28,800 Vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 40 hours, when fully wound. Mounted to the watch is a hand-stitched, saddle-finished dark blue Mississippiensis alligator large square scales leather strap, secured to the wrist by a platinum triple folding clasp that features a polished half Maltese cross-shaped symbol. This watch is a limited edition of only 10 manufactured pieces, which will be available exclusively at Vacheron Constantin boutiques.
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