The new faces Vacheron Constantin just added to the Traditionnelle line are six-strong, from the top of the line Calibre 2755 to the simplest, hand-wound time-only. All share an 18k pink gold case paired with a dark grey dial, a conventional but handsome look; previously the pink gold Traditionelle was paired only with a silver dial.
The line-up is led by the Traditionnelle Calibre 2755 (ref. 80172/000R-B406). One of the most complicated watches produced by Vacheron Constantin, it boasts a tourbillon, perpetual calendar and minute repeater, and is powered by a 602-component movement. Typical of a very complicated watch, it’s a large 44mm in diameter and 13.54mm high. It costs US$655,400 or S$1.02m.
The Traditionnelle 14-Day Tourbillon (ref. 89000/000R-B407)is self-explanatory, a 42mm tourbillon wristwatch that’s hand-wound with a two-week power reserve. Oddly it’s the only watch amongst the six that’s a limited edition – only ten will be made. The price tag is US$238,200 or S$371,100.
For those inclined towards more practical and affordable watches, the Traditionnelle Day-Date and Power Reserve (ref. 85290/000R-B405) fits the bill. The case is 39.5mm in diameter and equipped with the cal. 2475 SC, an in-house automatic movement with a 40-hour power reserve. This will retail for US$41,500 or S$65,600.
The slimmest watch of the range is the extra-thin automatic Traditionelle (ref.43075/000R-B404) powered by the cal. 1120. That’s the same movement found in the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Ultra-Thin and the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin.
The movement was originally developed by Jaeger-LeCoultre as the cal. 920 in 1967. Its longevity is due to its height – just 2.45mm high – reliability and sophisticated, full-rotor design that’s uncommon for such a thin calibre. Thanks to the movement dimensions the watch is an elegant 41mm wide and 7.26mm high. It’ll cost US$29,300 or S$46,300.
And then the final pair are the most basic. The first is the Traditionelle with a date function (ref. 87172/000R-B403), which has a 38mm case and the in-house cal. 2455 inside. This costs US$24,100 or S$38,100.
The Traditionelle with sub-seconds at six (ref. 82172/000R-B402) is hand-wound, powered by the cal. 4400 AS (which is the same calibre found inside the distinctive American 1921). Being the most affordable of the lot, it’s priced at US$18,900 or S$29,800.
The Traditionelle with grey dials will be available at Vacheron Constantin boutiques and retailers starting August 2017.
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