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Vacheron Con­stantin has added to its ‘Tra­di­tionelle’ range with two new mod­els that utilise the pu­rity and den­sity of the rare metal plat­inum. The pieces are part of the Col­lec­tion Ex­cel­lence Pla­tine and each fea­ture a case and crown in 950 plat­inum, and a dial with a sand­blasted fin­ish in­scribed with “PT950” be­tween 4 and 5 o’clock. The dark blue al­li­ga­tor leather straps are se­cured with a plat­inum fold­ing clasp and hand-sewn with a silk and 950 plat­inum thread – a feat pos­si­ble due to the mal­leabil­ity of the pre­cious metal, of which a sin­gle gram can be drawn out to form an almost two kilo­me­tre-long thread.

The pieces main­tain the brand’s un­der­stated style and are de­signed to ap­peal to the reg­u­lar long-dis­tance trav­eller. The Tra­di­tionelle Day-Date and Power Re­serve model fea­tures a me­chan­i­cal self-wind­ing move­ment de­vel­oped and pro­duced by Vacheron Con­stantin, the Cal­i­bre 2474, with its sig­na­ture bev­elled and rhodi­umed bridges and a cir­cu­lar-grained main­plate.

Its sta­ble­mate, the Tra­di­tion­nelle World Time watch, has a me­chan­i­cal self-wind­ing move­ment crafted by Vacheron Con­stantin, and is dis­tin­guished by its abil­ity to drive in­di­ca­tions cor­re­spond­ing to the world’s 37 time zones – in­clud­ing those off­set from Univer­sal Co­or­di­nated Time (UCT) by a half-hour or a quar­ter hour.

Both mod­els fea­ture the Tra­di­tionelle Col­lec­tion’s sig­na­ture flour­ishes: a slen­der bezel, a knurled mo­tif around the screw-down back fit­ted with a sap­phire crys­tal, facetted trapeze-shaped hour-mark­ers, ‘dauphine’ hands, a dial in var­i­ous tones and a case mid­dle with straight, clear-cut lines.

Each piece is pro­duced in an in­di­vid­u­ally num­bered se­ries never ex­ceed­ing 150.

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