Vacheron Constantin has released a limited edition of its Traditionelle Day Date and Power Reserve model which will be sold exclusively in North America. The restricted issue consisted of 30 copies is made in a pink gold housing of subdued dimensions and it features a black dial with distinguished guilloche motifs. Vacheron Constantin Traditionelle Day Date and Power Reserve North America is named after its supported complications which enrich its automatic high-end caliber. The newcomer comes at the price of $45,000.
The main distinction between the new limited edition and the pieces from the serially produced version of the model is the new type of dial. Instead of a silvery-white face that is regularly used, the new edition which will be sold solely in the brand’s boutiques throughout North America has a specific black dial. The face in question is decorated with a charming motif that appears as it is a result of knitting.
This central pattern which was achieved with the use of a rose-turn engine that requires a lot of skill is combined with other details that make the face of the dial look truly distinguished. There are two round sub-dials for its calendar indications, both featuring two concentric circles in pink gold and a snailed motif in the center. Moreover, both of them have white painted inscriptions that are also seen on the minute track that encircles the face, as well as on the power reserve display that sits at the bottom of the dial. All of the complications sport steel pointers that are in contrast with three central hands (hour and minute hands are dauphine shaped) and indices in pink gold. In addition, indices and hands are faceted. The entire harmonious composition is completed with a satin-finished inner bezel.
As the name of the Traditionelle collection suggests, the newcomer which is intended to Vacheron Constantin aficionados from North America is classically styled. It has a modestly sized round housing made of 18 K 5N pink gold with a polished finish. The case is 39.5 mm wide and 10.65 mm thick. It includes a fixed bezel and a screwed-down rear section with a serrated edge that is typical for the pieces from the series. The case-back likewise features a transparent section in sapphire, the same material that was used for the crystal on the front. The golden housing with the knurled crown featuring the brand’s recognizable Maltese cross logo raised motif is water resistant to 30 meters.
Vacheron Constantin Traditionelle Day Date and Power Reserve North America bases its functioning on Caliber 2475. It is an in-house self-winding mechanical movement, based on Caliber 2450, the first ever proprietary automatic movement by the watchmaker which the Genevese brand released a decade ago. The caliber which equips the newcomer integrates 27 jewels in its construction and as much as 264 parts overall. Its diameter measures to 11 ½ lignes (26.2 mm), while the thickness is 5.7 mm.
The supported high frequency of the watch’s beating heart is 4 Hz and its power reserve which is displayed on the dial stores enough energy to keep it ticking for 40 hours. As it is customary for Vaceron Constantin, the caliber is additionally extensively finished with high-end decorations. These include circular graining on the base-plate, the Cotes de Geneve motif on the bridges that are additionally beveled and rhodium treated. There is also a captivating rotor made of 22 K gold that can be seen through the opening on the rear side of the case. Such high-end standard of finishing, as well as functioning is guaranteed with the prestigious Poincon de Geneve certification that is common for the brand’s calibers.
The watch with the reference number 85290/000R-B209 is coupled with a black strap made of alligator Mississippiensis leather. The attachment locks with an ardillon buckle made in 18K 5N pink gold to match the material of the watch’s housing. North American fans of the brand who are willing to spend $45,000 on the limited edition from the Traditionelle series should hurry up, since the limited edition piece is already available for sale.