Platinum is a material that holds a very special place in the realm of prestige watchmaking which is why, back in 2006, Vacheron Constantin released a collection of timepieces dedicated to ‘Platinum’, named Collection Excellence Platine. The rare monochrome silver / grey look of the watches in the collection, addressed the requirements of what collectors with conservative leanings were looking for. The collection now welcomes a new version of the famous Traditionnelle manual-winding; an all-platinum simple, understated 75 piece limited edition timepiece.
With the exception of the hour-markers and hands crafted from white gold, the entire watch including the case, dial, crown and strap buckle – is made of 950 platinum. Adding an ultimate touch of refinement, the stitching of the dark blue alligator leather strap is created from interwoven platinum and silk thread.
The platinum dial is perfect in its simplicity. Its sandblasted finish creates a matt, grained look on the surface. The small seconds sub-dial at six o’clock, slim applied hour-markers and railway-type minute track, ensure a remarkable visual balance. A “Pt950” inscription between 4 and 5 o’clock discreetly indicates that this model belongs to the Collection Excellence Platine.
Besides the visual elements, the mechanism powering this timepiece is also a reflection of the manufacturer’s expertise and innovation in the craft of watchmaking. Inside the 38 mm case beats a movement that also honours the Fine Watchmaking tradition in terms of both precision and reliability. Displaying its remarkable hand-finished details through a transparent sapphire crystal caseback, the in-house manual-winding 4400 AS calibre is endowed with a 65-hour power reserve.
CALIBRE 4400 AS: Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin, Mechanical, manual-winding 28.6 mm (121⁄2’’’), diameter, 2.8 mm thick, Approximately 65 hours of power reserve, 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour), 127 components, 21 jewels, Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece
INDICATIONS: Hours, minutes, small seconds
CASE: 950 platinum, 38 mm diameter, 7.77 mm thick, Transparent sapphire crystal caseback, Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx.30 metres)
DIAL: 950 platinum, sand-blasted, “Pt950” hallmark between 4 and 5 o’clock, 18K white gold applied hour-markers and Maltese cross
STRAP: Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched with 950 platinum and silk, saddle-finish, large square scales
BUCKLE 950 platinum buckle, Polished half Maltese cross-shaped
Limited edition of 75 individually numbered pieces, “N°X/75” engraved on caseback