Five different finishes for an ultra-sophisticated new dial
A new beauty from Vacheron Constantin – the Malte Moon Phase and Power-Reserve is available with a case in 18-carat white gold or 5N pink gold, both pictured below.
The generously sized, (39x49mm) tonneau-shaped case frames a magnificently harmonious dial in silvered gold, striking a perfect balance between technical and traditional watchmaking. It is adorned with five different finishes, all of them involving highly skilled craftsmanship. The inner zone features a silvered, finely hand-guilloché “Clous de Paris” or hobnail motif. The outer zone is decorated with a vertical satin-brushed finish, also silvered. The minute circle, the power-reserve display as well as the inscriptions Vacheron Constantin Genève and Swiss Made are all transferred, while the seconds subdial at 6 o’clock is circular satin-brushed. And finally, the minute-circle and power-reserve zones are screen-printed in white.
The moon-phase display embodies a clever blend of technology and expertise, composed of a disc with a galvanised base and a moon face in 18-carat white gold or pink gold depending on the model. The extremely broad dial ensuring user-friendly readability is punctuated by nine hour-markers, two Roman numerals and a Maltese cross, all in 18-carat white or pink gold, depending on the version.
The watch houses a new manual-winding 1410 calibre – a movement entirely developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin, with the Hallmark of Geneva. In addition to hour and minute hand and 40 hour power reserve, the Calibre 1410 drives a precision moon-phase display which will not require any setting for more than 100 years.
One element I am not such a fan of is use of both Roman numerals and Arabic numerals (one or the other!), but the dial does look pretty amazing with all the different finishes utilized in it.
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