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.