The 14-day power reserve tourbillon of Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle heritage series embodies the unexpected encounter between tradition and modernity. By combining the complex functions of the tourbillon, which also began in the early 19th century, with openwork and openwork, Vacheron Constantin surpassed traditional watchmaking techniques and launched this extraordinary work with modern charm. The dual three-dimensional effect of this watch is inspired by the movement of the 2260 SQ movement and Gothic inspiration. The exquisite deconstruction lines of each component enhance the depth effect, which is breathtaking.
Although the first tourbillon appeared in 1801, only a few watchmaking families have the ability to independently develop and manufacture this complex function. There are only a few watchmakers who can engraving art on this, and only a few of them can simultaneously give them power reserve functions of up to 14 days. Vacheron Constantin is one of them.
Combining a tourbillon with such an amazing power reserve requires a unique construction. The upper part of the Patrimony Traditionnelle engraved 14-day power reserve tourbillon is equipped with four barrels, that is, two pairs of barrels, which are more ‘dense’ than the bottom. Vacheron Constantin’s 2260 SQ movement is a layered structure that eliminates spatial differences and creates a depth effect. The engraving pattern specially designed to enhance the three-dimensional effect reinforces this effect again.
Pursuit of ‘patterned’ modern style
Engraving craftsmen often engraved the engraving movement along the straight or curved lines of the bridge and the main board. This is a very delicate work. It is necessary to ensure that even if certain materials are removed, the parts still work perfectly and at the same time create a transparent effect. This will expose very small imperfections, so it cannot tolerate the slightest flaw. .
Vacheron Constantin is constantly looking for new challenges. The 2260 SQ movement breaks the rules and establishes a new path, setting a new milestone in the art of carving. In order to ensure that the carving process echoes the distinctive movement structure, Vacheron Constantin launched a style exploration with the theme of “pattern stacking”. Specific mechanical elements constitute Gothic ribbed vaults, vertical and horizontal straight lines, and deconstructed curves, completely subverting the traditional aesthetic balance. The interaction of light and structure is new, highlighting the three-dimensional structure of the movement; further enhancing the sense of depth and height; the contrast between matte and polishing gives this watch a unique light.
Although engraving itself is just a pure aesthetic process, each process of engraving movement is more complicated than the solid movement. . To achieve an ingenious balance between openwork art and practical functions, it takes an average of two months to conceive and mold only two processes, and it takes a long time to decorate, chamfer and carve by hand. All these operations require dexterity and patience. Vacheron Constantin has been outstanding in the art of carving since the brand first produced the first carved balance plywood nearly 260 years ago when the brand was founded. The 2260 SQ movement completely follows this long-established hand-made tradition. The unique layered structure creates more space for surface decoration, so the space for manual craftsmanship is greater. Compared with the solid movement, the chamfering and hand decoration time of each 2260 SQ movement is increased by 10 hours, and the carving time is increased by 40 hours.
Excellent watch certified by the Seal of Geneva
Vacheron Constantin’s pursuit of superior quality and perfect detail goes far beyond movements. With its fascinating mechanical structure, the 2260 SQ movement is perfectly placed in the precious platinum case, and the case lines are clean and neat. The Patrimony Traditionnelle heritage series carved 14-day power reserve tourbillon discards the central dial and instead uses an elegant rock gray bezel around the inner ring with white gold hour markers. The tourbillon frame at 6 o’clock is inspired by the Maltese cross, and the small second hand is placed on the tourbillon frame.
From mechanics to appearance, every part of this new Vacheron Constantin watch is perfect. This extraordinary watch has been certified to the highest standards of fine watchmaking and is renowned for its Geneva Seal certification, demonstrating its quality, workmanship and reliability.
The art and technique of carving
Vacheron Constantin’s timepieces are not only a mechanical boutique with a time display function, but also a perfect work of art, reflecting the unique technical beauty of more than 250 years of history. As early as the founding of the brand in 1755, Vacheron Constantin’s craftsmen skillfully used arts and crafts to add the beauty of watches and clocks. Hand sculpting is one such technique. This challenging craft requires the patience and skill of the master craftsman, which has been used to make extremely lightweight clocks since the brand was founded. The first Vacheron Constantin watch manufactured by Jean-Marc Vacheron in 1755 was already equipped with a carved balance wheel splint. Since then, Vacheron Constantin’s pursuit of transparency has continued to produce more and more sophisticated mechanical parts. By 1924, Vacheron Constantin produced the first solid-engraved movement and mounted it on a pocket watch. Since the 1960s, Vacheron Constantin, as a leader in this extremely complex field, has shown endless creativity, gradually using the engraving process on various complicated movements. Carving craftsmanship combined with other artistic craftsmanship shows the miniature miracles of clockmaking on various pocket watches and watches.
Watchmaker that can apply engraving technology to complex functions such as three questions, perpetual calendar and tourbillon, but Vacheron Constantin is not satisfied with this, but reshapes the aesthetic concept and transforms its own craftsmanship accordingly, and expands again His own artistic territory. It leads the sculpting process to create a sculptural effect that forms a staggered curve with straight lines, making the parts of the watch also architectural masterpieces, creating a dazzling light and shadow effect.
Patrimony Traditionnelle Heritage Series Carved Tourbillon with 14 Days Power Reserve
Model 89010 / 000P-9935 Certified by the Geneva Seal
Caliber 2260 SQ
Independently developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Manual winding mechanical movement
29.10 mm diameter (12’’’¾)
Thickness 6.80 mm
Power reserve of about 336 hours (14 days)
Vibration frequency 2.5 Hz (18,000 times / hour)
Hours, minutes, small seconds, tourbillon frame at 6 o’clock, power reserve
Case 950 platinum
42.00 mm in diameter, 12.22 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal case back
Water resistance passed 3 bar atmospheric pressure test (about 30 meters)
Dial rock grey outer ring, 18K white gold applied hour markers, white hands
Strap Hand-stitched Black Square Mississippi Crocodile Strap
950 platinum three-piece folding clasp
Polished half-Malta cross design