Vacheron Constantin pares down
the design of its Malte Collection
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the tonneau-shaped watch
- In 1912, Vacheron Constantin presents its first form watch
- In 2012, to celebrate this 100th anniversary, Vacheron Constantin revisits the tonneau shape of its Malte collection
- Four new models are presented, three of them approved in accordance with the new Hallmark of Geneva criteria
- Launch of a new mechanical hand-wound Tourbillon movement, Calibre 2795, bearing the Hallmark of Geneva
In 1912, eager to make a clean break with the rounded shape of its pocket-watches, and impelled by an avant-garde spirit entirely in keeping with an era of progress, Vacheron Constantin became one of the first watch manufacturers to adopt tonneau or barrel-shaped cases. Right from its appearance, it became an emblematic shape that would be associated over the century with the most prestigious horological complications, interpreted in particular through the Malte collection, first introduced in 2000.
The celebration of this century of history now provides the Manufacture with an opportunity to redesign its Malte collection and to enrich it with four new models featuring pure, refined lines – four variations that are perfectly classic in terms of their spirit, yet eminently contemporary when it comes to their style.
The new Malte Tourbillon, Malte small seconds and Malte Lady are complemented by an anniversary watch issued in a 100-piece limited series and symbolising this century of existence. The few new launches have been designed and crafted to accentuate the fact that the form watch continues to hold a place of its own – one of exclusivity, originality and sophistication – within Fine Watchmaking and to pursue its time-honoured vocation at Vacheron Constantin.
This approach to the specific design codes of the Malte collection – which will pave the way for a complete range of interpretations over the coming years – is naturally accompanied by a reflection on mechanical horology and watchmaking craftsmanship. With this in mind, the Vacheron Constantin engineers and movement design engineers have developed a new tonneau-shaped movement moulding the shape of the case. Calibre 2795, entirely developed and crafted in-house, beats at the heart of the Malte tourbillon model and displays the brand’s proven mastery of the world of horological complications.
Moreover, the Malte Tourbillon, Malte small seconds and Malte 100th Anniversary Edition are all officially approved as meeting the new criteria of the Hallmark of Geneva – an independent certification of origin as well as a label honouring the technical and aesthetic mastery of Fine Watchmaking expertise.
With this new Malte collection, Vacheron Constantin is paying tribute to a century filled with a wealth of tonneau-shaped creations, and celebrates its fundamental values based on classicism, elegance and technical mastery.