Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-day Tourbillon

Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-day Tourbillon by Vacheron Constantin

 
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Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-day Tourbillon

The pure art of watchmaking in keeping with the new criteria
of the Hallmark of Geneva:
- The new Calibre 2260 developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin
- A 14-day power reserve
- An exceptional tourbillon in a round case
- The first Vacheron Constantin timepiece to be approved according to the new

Hallmark of Geneva criteria
An exceptional tourbillon and the absolute purity of a round, understated case housing a complication boasting unprecedented performances: the new Vacheron Constantin Calibre 2260
beating at the heart of the Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-day Tourbillon is simply unequalled.
Moreover, the latest newcomer to the Patrimony Traditionnelle line is the first Vacheron Constantin watch to be approved according to the new Hallmark of Geneva criteria.

All of which combines to make it a predestined collector’s item.

The pure art of watchmaking…
In offering a stunning new demonstration of the major horological complication represented by the tourbillon, the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin has opted for an impressive display of its skills and know-how. The highly technical content focusing on essentials – namely performance and aesthetic appeal – is clothed in a pure, understated exterior designed to highlight this combination.

The new Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-day Tourbillon is the ultimate embodiment of the watchmaking art – a status that is further accentuated by the fact that it meets the new Hallmark of Geneva requirements which are no longer confined to the movement alone, but also take account of the finished watch.

The architecture of this new Calibre 2260 features, comprising 231 components, two large bridges (instead of the three appearing on the previous Vacheron Constantin tourbillons).

The large surfaces thus available serve to highlight the lavish finish of this movement, including the Côtes de Genève that are thus given full scope for expression. Having two extra bridges serves to enhance the precision in terms of assembly, but represents an additional difficulty for the watchmaker who thus has less easy access to the movement.

The tourbillon carriage is inspired by the brand’s signature Maltese Cross and provides a splendid showcase for the exceptional level of finishing of each movement part, including a number of interior angles, all naturally hand-beveled. The rounding off of the tourbillon bar alone
takes over 11 hours of manual craftsmanship to achieve an optimal effect.

In addition to the tourbillon combined with small seconds at 6 o’clock, Vacheron Constantin Calibre 2260 also drives the slightly off-centred hour and minute functions, as well as a 14-day power-reserve display appearing on a 280° segment for improved readability. The 12 o’clock positioning of the
latter indicator on a silver-toned opaline dial, as well as the external minute circle, are inspired by several pocket-watches stemming from the rich heritage of Vacheron Constantin.

In keeping with the new Hallmark of Geneva criteria
This Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-day Tourbillon is the first Vacheron Constantin watch to be officially approved according to the new Hallmark of Geneva criteria.

Instated by the Grand Council of the Republic and Canton of Geneva in 1886, the Poinçon de Genève is a guarantee of origin, quality of craftsmanship, durability, and expertise. Now celebrating its 125th anniversary, the Hallmark of Geneva is undergoing a major transformation, particularly in order
to take account of the evolution in the techniques and materials used in the watch industry.

As of 2012, the certification no longer concerns the movement alone, but instead the watch as a whole. Component production as well as verification of the entire set of operations leading to the finished watch are now the object of a systematic and more demanding monitoring procedure conducted by independent State-sworn agents.

Once a movement has been officially approved in accordance with the Hallmark of Geneva requirements, periodic unannounced inspections will be made in the company in order to verify the compliance of production processes. The inspections will
in particular serve to check that the assembly, adjustment and casing-up are indeed performed in Geneva, as well as to evaluate the quality of the components produced and the assembled movements.

Rather than just the movement, the entire watch is now stamped with the Hallmark of Geneva.

All these elements testify the high quality of the timepieces whilst guaranteeing the independence of this certification.

 
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