To celebrate the grand opening of its new Boutique in Moscow, located in the Berlin House, the Geneve Watchmaking House presents 4 limited editions Vacheron Constantin watches.
Rare, complex and exclusive are the adjectives that best describe the Traditionnelle Calibre 2253 Moscow Boutique watch. Issued in a one-only limited edition for the inauguration of the new Moscow Boutique. The equation of time is probably the most fascinating complication in this outstanding model.
Its purpose is to indicate the difference in minutes between the variable solar time shown by a sundial and the constant mean time of clocks and watches. In actual fact, solar time and mean time coincide just four times a year – on April 15th, June 14th, September 1st and December 24th. For the rest of the year, the difference between solar and mean time varies from minus 16 minutes to plus 16 minutes.
This exceptional creation also features another astronomical complication seldom found in watches – the times of sunrise and sunset throughout the year at a given locality. This extremely intricate complication serves to provide an accurate daily indication of these times for the city of Moscow.
The Traditionnelle Calibre 2253 Moscow Boutique model also bears the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva, which is an independent and sovereign guarantee of workmanship, origin, quality, precision, resilience and competence.
Vacheron Constantin presents a Patrimony equipped with a sophisticated complication: the perpetual calendar. Housing the legendary Calibre 1120 QP, an ultra-thin mechanical self- winding movement, the Patrimony perpetual calendar reveals the inherent elegance and finesse of Vacheron Constantin. This timepiece issued in a 30-piece limited edition.
The Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Moscow Boutique model is equipped with the legendary Calibre 1120 QP, acknowledged by connoisseurs as one of the most iconic perpetual calendar movements. This timepiece will be able to keep track of all the vagaries of the calendar and require no correction whatsoever until March 1st 2100. Since the movement must be mechanically adjusted to take account of calendar irregularities, this sophisticated function calls for considerable prowess in terms of miniaturisation. An indispensable prerequisite for integrating the calendar functions, this miniaturisation was pushed to the limit in order to create an ultra-thin perpetual calendar movement measuring a mere 4.05 mm thick.
The 41 mm-diameter 18K white gold case is water-resistant to 30 metres and fitted with a sapphire crystal back revealing Calibre 1120 QP. This timepiece is equipped with an alligator leather strap secured by an 18K white gold folding clasp.
The Patrimony retrograde day and date Moscow Boutique issued in a 20-piece limited edition.
At the heart of this timepiece forcefully proclaiming its pure, understated aesthetic, 283-part Calibre 2460R31R7 – a mechanical self-winding movement designed, developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin – drives the hours and minutes as well as date and day of the week functions. Beating at the rhythm of 28,800 vibrations per hour, Calibre 2460R31R7 features an over 40-hour power reserve.
ts 22-carat gold oscillating weight, with a décor inspired by the Maltese cross, runs by means of an innovative ceramic ball bearing system. In an ultimate touch of elegance and refinement, the Patrimony retrograde day and date Moscow Boutique model comes with a pair of 18-carat white gold and onyx cufflinks matching the Vacheron Constantin timepiece.
The new Traditionnelle timepiece issued in a 30-piece limited edition is distinguished by a finely hand-guilloché slate-grey dial. Its pure lines and harmonious proportions display its classic and timeless character, enhanced by a slender bezel, a knurled motif surrounding the screw-down case-back fitted with a sapphire crystal, 18K white gold applied hour-markers and dauphine hands.
At the heart of its case ticks the ultra-thin self-winding 1120 movement. Developed and produced in- house by Vacheron Constantin, it beats at a frequency of 2.75 Hz (19,800 vibrations/hour) and has an approximately 40-hour power reserve. Its finishing and construction are a testament to its finely crafted nature. Setting the perfect finishing touch to this model, Vacheron Constantin has equipped its new Traditionnelle Moscow Boutique Edition with a slate-grey Mississippiensis alligator strap secured by an 18K white gold pin buckle.
I personally would chose the Traditionnelle Calibre 2253 Moscow but no matter which one you prefer all of these limited editions Vacheron Constantin watches are beautifully handcrafted and for sure a sure bet from an investors perspective for the furture.