Platinum is frequently seen as the lord of materials – or possibly the best metal you can envision for a watch. With this in mind, Vacheron Constantin made an assortment devoted to this valuable metal in 2006 called “Collection Excellence Platine”. Only composed of restricted version pieces, every one of them share an exceptional monochromatic plan illuminated by blue accents. This assortment today gets another part, a flimsy, limited dress watch named the Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Manual-Winding Excellence Platine.
The Collection Excellence Platine isn’t new at Vacheron Constantin yet the thing is astonishing is the means by which predictable this scope of watches has been throughout the long term. A more critical gander at a large portion of them – for example, the Day-Date & Power Reserve model , the Patrimony Hand-Wound or the Traditionnelle Complete Calendar – uncovers some common qualities shared by all the watches. Here, platinum isn’t just utilized for the case yet for practically all the outer pieces of the watches, which show a careful yet uncommon monochrome silver look with contrasting blue accents.
One of the vital components of the Collection Excellence Platine has consistently been its massive utilization of platinum. While you can easily anticipate cases, crowns and clasps to be made of this metal, you’ll see that it is additionally utilized for dials and the strap stitchings. Cowhide lash and development rejected, practically all the habillage of the watches comprised in this assortment are made of platinum. What’s more, the new Traditionnelle Manual-Winding Excellence Platine is no exception.
For this new part in the assortment, Vacheron Constantin picked one of its generally tactful and most rich pieces, the hand-wound Traditionnelle, likewise in a platinum variant, despite the fact that with a dim dark dial. This watch is a dressy piece, with its 38mm width and a slight 7.70mm profile. The case, with precise shapes, is suggestive of the classic Traditionnelle collection.
As said, platinum is key in this assortment and the case, the crown, the clasp and even the string used to join the lash are made of platinum (a blend of 950 platinum and silk for the string). In any case, that’s not all, even the dial is a strong plate of 950 platinum, which has been done with a sand-blasting cycle, bringing about a matte, grained surface. The hours and minutes hands, as well as the applied lists, are white gold while the little seconds hand is blued steel. Generally, a tone-on-tone watch which plays with textures.
Inside the case is the notable type 4400 AS, an in-house development, affirmed by the Hallmark of Geneva that is found in various VC watches – Historiques 1921 , Triple Calendar 1942 and 1948 or Patrimony . It is a flimsy (2.80mm), hand-twisted development with a comfortable 65h power hold and excellent, yet discreet decoration. It is noticeable through the sapphire caseback.
The Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Manual-Winding Excellence Platine will be carefully restricted to 75 pieces and valued at EUR 35,600. More subtleties at www.vacheron-constantin.com .