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For its 260th an­niver­sary, Vacheron Con­stantin re­turned to purist horology, un­veil­ing the first seven limited-edi­tion mod­els of a new col­lec­tion named Har­mony, de­signed to ac­com­mo­date medium com­pli­ca­tion and grande com­pli­ca­tion move­ments. It in­cor­po­rates a unique cush­ion shape, a de­sign in­spired by one of the brand’s first wrist­watch chrono­graphs from 1928 and four orig­i­nal cal­i­bres mainly fo­cused on mono-pusher chrono­graphs en­tirely de­signed, de­vel­oped and pro­duced in­ter­nally – each stem­ming from seven years of re­search and de­vel­op­ment – thereby im­pres­sively an­swer­ing the ques­tion over the ab­sence of a true in-house man­u­fac­tured chrono­graph move­ment and in­stantly pro­pel­ling Vacheron Con­stantin to the ranks of some of the best chrono­graph man­u­fac­tur­ers. It cer­tainly sig­nals fur­ther chrono­graph watches to come from the brand. In a 10-piece limited and num­bered edi­tion, the flag­ship model of the se­ries is the Har­mony Ul­tra-Thin Grande Com­pli­ca­tion Chrono­graph, the world’s thinnest mono-pusher split-sec­onds chrono­graph, with its new su­per-slim 459-part Cal­i­bre 3500 with 51-hour power re­serve mea­sur­ing just 5.2mm thick. For the first time in the his­tory of Vacheron Con­stantin, the self-wind­ing move­ment is equipped with a pe­riph­eral os­cil­lat­ing weight to pro­vide a clear view of the hand-dec­o­ra­tions and to pre­serve the ex­cep­tional slim­ness. Housed in a 42mm x 52mm plat­inum case that in­cor­po­rates a three­d­i­men­sional “shape-in-shape” ap­proach com­bin­ing a curv­ing case, a square waisted case mid­dle and a cir­cu­lar bezel, the opa­line sil­ver-toned dial dis­plays hours, min­utes, small sec­onds at nine o’clock, 60-minute chrono­graph in­di­ca­tion at three o’clock and power re­serve en­cir­cled by a red tacho­me­t­ric scale. To sig­nal that it is one of the seven inau­gu­ral time­pieces of the Har­mony col­lec­tion, the pe­riph­eral ro­tor bears the ded­i­cated scrolling mo­tif es­pe­cially cre­ated for the oc­ca­sion. This “fleurisanne en­grav­ing” echoes the arabesques adorn­ing the bal­ance-cock of the Mai­son’s old­est pocket watch from 1755 by Jean-Marc Con­stantin. YJMD

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