What a great start to SIHH Geneva 2012 it has been! Let’s move on to some of Vacheron Constantin’s pieces now, shall we. For me, the most interesting pieces for Vacheron in 2012 are in the Malta collection. 2012 is the 100th anniversary of the brand’s first tonneau-shaped watch (1912), and to mark the occasion Vacheron Constantin has revisited the tonneau shape of its Malte collection in a fairly big way. That is, VC has completely redesigned the shape of the Malte tonneau case and also developed a new tonneau-shaped movement to match, the Caliber 2795. The new case is a bit sharper and more angular in its form — the old case has very smooth arcing sides whereas the new case has the very, very faint resemblance of a V-shape to it. The new shape paves the way for the “new” Malte collection in the years ahead.
For 2012 four new models are presented, three of them approved in accordance with the new Hallmark of Geneva criteria. There is a tourbillon, a small seconds, a lady’s model, and a Malte 100th Anniversary edition. The first piece I am showing here is the Malte Tourbillon, featuring Vacheron’s new mechanical hand-wound Tourbillon movement, the Calibre 2795. I will be posting the other models soon, so stay tuned in.
Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon
38mm x 48.2mm pink gold case, manual wind mechanical VC Caliber 2795, alligator strap