Following the success and great accomplishment of the most complicated watch ever made, Vacheron Constantin took inspiration to manufacture a super watch for its three watchmakers, who were at the same time working to highlight some of its complications separately.The NEW Maître Cabinotier Retrograde Armillary Tourbillon is the first born of this project. It’s a remake of two of the Ref. 57260’s complications, the double retrograde indications and the armillary tourbillon, in a contemporary guise.
The retrograde function governs the hours and minutes while the tourbillon revolves on two axes and has a spherical balance-spring. The movement coated with NAC (a special metal alloy) is also revealed through lateral windows in its case. This timepiece forms part of the select Maître Cabinotier collection, which showcases Vacheron Constantin’s horological achievements, customised work and overall excellence. The case is constructed out of 18kt white gold, measures 45.7mm x 20mm. All crystals are sapphire and it is water resistant to 30 meters.
The movement is the Swiss manual-wind Vacheron Constantin in-house caliber 1990 with 45 jewels, 18,000 vph and a power reserve of 65 hours. Functions are: instantaneous retrograde hours instantaneous retrograde minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock on tourbillon carriage, 2-axis armillary tourbillon. Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece.
The Dials showcase hours/minutes dial: silver-colored, sun satin-finished, 18kt white gold applied hour-markers, painted minute-track. Seconds dial: silver-colored, sun satin-finished, painted minute track. The hands are titanium.
It comes on a black, hand-stitched, saddle-finished, large square scales Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with alligator leather inner shell,. It has an 18kt white gold triple-blade folding clasp.
This is quite the example of innovation, pushing the limits and respecting the tradition of haute horology in one timepiece. I look forward to the other models that will be released in the future!