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Vacheron Constantin – Heavens above
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Vacheron Constantin – Heavens above

Wednesday, 18 January 2017
By The FHH Journal editors
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Vacheron Constantin continues its journey through the highest echelons of mechanical complications with the Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600. Twenty-three timekeeping and astronomical functions make up this celestial composition in white gold.

Pursuing the path traced by the majestic Reference 57260 – the world’s most complicated watch equipped with 57 complications created for the 260th anniversary of the Manufacture – Vacheron Constantin now presents Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600. Featuring an all-new construction, this mechanical masterpiece follows in the eminent wake of a unique creation representing a milestone in the history of mechanical horology and laying a veritable cornerstone for new watchmaking feats by Vacheron Constantin.

SIHH Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomica Grande Complication 3600
Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomica Grande Complication 3600

Five years of development starting from a blank page, a dedicated master-watchmaker, along with two years of design, have given life to the one-of-a-kind Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600, displaying 23 complications on its twin dials. This Haute Horlogerie ‘heavenly phenomenon’ is one of the most complex ever made and heir to a proud lineage of astronomical timepieces. Astronomy, the study of celestial objects, is closely bound up with horology. The former seeks to explain the origins, evolution and properties of heavenly bodies. The latter strives to capture and mechanically express the course of time and its perpetual dance with the stars – a challenge successfully met in this watch providing a combined display of civil, solar and sidereal times by means of three separate gear trains.

SIHH Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomica Grande Complication 3600
Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomica Grande Complication 3600

A remarkable feat of miniaturisation and engineering, the new Vacheron Constantin Caliber 3600 – an integrated movement comprising 514-part while measuring just 8.7mm thick – controls more than 20 functions and has a three-week power reserve. It is yet another vivid demonstration of the technical expertise cultivated by the Maison in the field of astronomical complications. This expertise dates back to the late 19th century, with pocket-watches featuring a perpetual calendar, moon phases and sidereal time; and later, in 1914, equipped with a running equation of time display. More recent exceptional models – such as the Tour de l’Île (16 complications) presented in 2005 and Reference 57260 (the world’s most complicated watch, 57 complications) in 2015 – bear further eloquent testimony to this path marked by remarkable achievements.

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