SIHH 2014: Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon “Collection Excellence Platine”
by Kyle Stults on November 20, 2013
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First look…Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon Collection Excellence Platine Case Front Back

Vacheron Constantin just unveiled the first watch in its 2014 line-up, the Malte Tourbillon Collection Excellence Platine.  The Collection Excellence Platine is a series of limited edition Vacheron Constantin watches first started in 2006, each with a platinum case, dial, buckle, and yes even platinum thread for the strap.   The last piece introduced into this superlative collection was this past summer, the Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-Day Tourbillon; this 50-piece limited edition Malte Tourbillon is a nice addition to this prestigious collection.

Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon “Collection Excellence Platine”

Limited Edition 50 Pieces

38mm x 48 mm platinum case (12.7 mm thick), manual wind Vacheron Caliber 2795 (tourbillon; power reserve 45 hours), alligator strap with platinum buckle

Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon Collection Excellence Platine Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon Collection Excellence Platine Case Shape

You can see that the Cal. 2795 is finely finished.  Vacheron notes that the tourbillon bar alone required 12 hours of hand craftsmanship in the berçage technique which consists of filing the tips of the arms with perfect regularity so as to give them a conical and semi-cylindrical shape.

Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon Collection Excellence Platine Caseback

The hour and minute hands is not vertically centered (note their position relative to the crown); this offset is to accommodate the large 60-second tourbillon at 6 o’clock:

Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon Collection Excellence Platine FrontThe tourbillon carriage reflects the brand’s signature Maltese cross emblem.  Also note the platinum dial with fine grained texture has a subtle “Pt 950″ mark in between four and five o’clock:

Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon Collection Excellence Platine Dial Closeup

Beautiful watch.  Price will be around 170,000 EUR, or about $225,000 US.

Expect a “preview” from each of the 16 participating brands (mostly of the Richemont Group) over the next 60 days in the lead-up to SIHH 2014.  You know where to come for the first looks!