Les Cabinotiers Regulator perpetual calendar jewellery
Source Credit: Content and images from Vacheron Constantin Media. Read the original article - http://presslounge.vacheron-constantin.com/les-cabinotiers-regulator-perpetual-calendar-jewellery/http://content.presspage.com/uploads/1999/500_vac-les-cabinotiers-regulator-pc-jewellery-867690.jpg?10000
- Regulator-type watch with separate hour and minute displays
- Perpetual calendar with moon phases, powered by the exclusive 2460 RQP calibre
- White gold jewellery model adorned with a hand-guilloché plum-coloured dial.
Directly inspired by the precision clocks used for setting timepieces from the 17th century onwards, this regulator-type watch is equipped with a perpetual calendar, a useful complication perfectly in tune with the “functional” spirit of this one-of-a-kind creation. The sparkling diamonds set on the bezel and the delicate guilloché pattern on its plum-coloured dial lend as subtle radiance to the intuitive reading of this watch.
Precision and legibility
This reference to the masterpieces of the cabinotiers is no coincidence. With its separate displays of the minutes by a central hand and the hours on a dial positioned at 12 o’clock, this timepiece directly refers to the regulator clocks in use from the late 17th century onward for setting watches. Also known as “master clocks”, these high-precision timekeeping instruments were used as a reference in watchmaking workshops and astronomical observatories at the time. With this one-of-a-kind model, Vacheron Constantin is perpetuating the tradition of the master watchmakers of bygone years who required reliable and perfectly legible time measurement in their daily work. Nonetheless, this “intelligent interaction” between time indications would not in itself have been a sufficiently accomplished exercise without adding one of the most important complications of mechanical horology. With its perpetual calendar, a mechanism requiring no correction until 2100, this regulator-type watch becomes an exceptional timepiece whose functionality asserts itself with all the characteristic elegance of Vacheron Constantin. The plum-coloured dial, delicately hand-guilloché with a sunray wavy pattern, is exquisitely framed by a corolla of 62 brilliant-cut diamonds (1.40 cts) set on the bezel.
A finely crafted movement
To drive the regulator-type functions of this 42mm-diameter white gold watch and its perpetual calendar indications, Vacheron Constantin has chosen the self-winding 2460 RQP calibre. In keeping with the spirit of historical regulator clocks, the layout of the displays is based on a concern for visual balance. Week and month apertures delicately rimmed in white gold are thus positioned on either side of the hours subdial. The leap-year cycle appears through a discreet opening in the hours dial, symmetrically aligned with the pointer-type date display at 6 o’clock. Powered by 334 carefully decorated components, the exclusive ‘engine’ of this regulator-type model water-resistant to 30 metres beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and is endowed with an approximately 40-hour power reserve.
The distinction of this timepiece is reflected in a Mississippiensis alligator leather strap whose plum-coloured hue echoes that of dial. Hand-sewn and featuring large square scales, it is secured by a pin buckle shaped like a Maltese cross and adorned with 11 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.78 cts).
Les Cabinotiers: one-of-a-kind creations
In the Vacheron Constantin universe, Les Cabinotiers represents a department in its own right dedicated to the personalisation of pieces and unique creations. This tradition dates back to the 18th century, a time when master watchmakers were called cabinotiers and worked in ateliers bathed in natural light, known as cabinets and located on the top floors of Geneva’s buildings. In the hands of these learned artisans, open to the new ideas of the Enlightenment, exceptional timepieces were born, inspired by astronomy, mechanical engineering and the arts. This expertise, which constitutes the great Geneva watchmaking tradition, has been flowing through Vacheron Constantin’s veins since 1755.
Directly inspired by the precision clocks used for setting timepieces from the late 17th century onwards, this regulator-type watch with its separate hour and minute displays is equipped with a perpetual calendar, a useful complication entirely in tune with the functional spirit of this one-of-a-kind creation. To drive the “regulator” functions of this 42mm diameter white gold watch and the calendar indications, Vacheron Constantin has chosen the self-winding 2460 RQP calibre. A perfectly readable watch, this Les Cabinotiers Regulator perpetual calendar Jewellery watch exudes elegance with its delicately hand-guilloché plum-coloured dial featuring a sunray wavy pattern and enhanced by the brilliance of the 62 brilliant-cut diamonds (1.40 cts) set on the bezel. The tone-on-tone alligator leather strap, secured by a gemset pin buckle, adds to the distinction of this watch that asserts the uniqueness of its display.
Les Cabinotiers Regulator perpetual calendar jewellery
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
27.50 mm diameter, 5.84 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 40 hours
4 Hz (28,000 vibrations/hour)
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece
Off-centred hours and minutes
Perpetual Calendar (day, date, months and leap year)
18K white gold
Bezel set with 62 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total weight of approximately 1.40 carats
42 mm diameter, 11.80 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
18K gold, hand-guilloché plum-coloured dial with sunray wavy decor
18K white gold moon
Plum-coloured Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
18K white gold pin-buckle set with 11 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total weight of approximately 0.78 carat
Half Maltese cross-shaped
Presentation box & accessory
Les Cabinotiers model
“Pièce unique” and « Les Cabinotiers » engraved on the back of the timepiece
Source Credit: Content and images from Vacheron Constantin Media. Read the original article - http://presslounge.vacheron-constantin.com/les-cabinotiers-regulator-perpetual-calendar-jewellery/