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A “unique piece” from Vacheron Constantin
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A “unique piece” from Vacheron Constantin

Friday, 23 November 2018
By The FHH Journal editors
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Prior to SIHH, Vacheron Constantin presents the Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Sky Chart. This one-only timepiece gives further demonstration of the manufacture’s infinite expertise.

Ably meeting the highest technical, aesthetic and artistic challenges, the one-of-a-kind Vacheron Constantin models are currently created by its Les Cabinotiers department, as it is for Les Cabinotiers minute repeater tourbillon sky chart. This signature piece follows in the wake of the Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600 and the Symphonia Grande Sonnerie 1860 created by the Les Cabinotiers department in 2017.

Les Cabinotiers Répétition Minutes Tourbillon Carte Céleste © Vacheron Constantin
Les Cabinotiers Répétition Minutes Tourbillon Carte Céleste © Vacheron Constantin

The white gold case of Les Cabinotiers minute repeater tourbillon sky chart features a powerful aesthetic contrast: the bezel and lugs set with baguette-cut diamonds illuminate a pure black dial punctuated by baguette-cut diamond hour-markers and accentuated by a central guilloché pattern. This subtle contrast between the pure design and the sparkle of precious stones highlights the tourbillon at 6 o’clock and serves as a reminder that this watch with its minute repeater function belongs firmly within the Fine Watchmaking universe. This cosmic vision is further enhanced by the sky chart appearing on the case-back. In this depiction of the night sky above Geneva, the Milky Way, constellations and stars shine brightly as if viewed through a telescope. The celestial tableau performs one full spin on its axis in 23 hours and 56 minutes, corresponding to sidereal time. The concave dial shape accentuates the depth effect. In keeping with horological standards, an ellipse drawn on the sapphire crystal emphasises the exact position of the constellations when the wearer consults the watch. Finally, this fascinating sight is complemented by indications of sidereal time, months and cardinal points. As if extending an invitation to journey through time…

Les Cabinotiers Répétition Minutes Tourbillon Carte Céleste © Vacheron Constantin
Les Cabinotiers Répétition Minutes Tourbillon Carte Céleste © Vacheron Constantin

To drive the various functions of this extremely technical watch, Vacheron Constantin’s watchmakers chose to develop a new manual-winding movement specifically dedicated to its Les Cabinotiers collection. Endowed with a 58-hour power reserve, it is inspired by the famous Calibre 2755 reserved for the particularly sophisticated models of the Manufacture, notably its exceptionally Grand Complication timepieces.

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