In 2006 Vacheron Constantin created the Collection Excellence Platine, a selection of outstanding timepieces issued in limited series. This year the Malte Tourbillon, introduced in pink gold in 2012, joins this collection.
The axis of the hour and minute hands is not vertically centered but slightly offset to allow the positioning of the large tourbillon at 6 o'clock. The tourbillon also bears the seconds hand.
The tourbillon carriage, inspired by the brand’s signature Maltese cross emblem, provides a showcase for the exceptional level of finishing of the 169-part mechanical hand-wound Calibre 2795 movement.
Rounding off the tourbillon bar alone required 12 hours of hand craftsmanship in order to meet the finishing criteria established by Vacheron Constantin. This technique, referred to in French as berçage, consists of filing the tips of the arms with perfect regularity so as to give them a conical and semi-cylindrical shape, while respecting the limits of the centre and the heels. To finalise the operation, the artisans smooth it down using stones, buffs, wooden pegs and special pastes in order to achieve a perfectly polished effect.
The Malte Tourbillon Collection Excellence Platine comes with a curving 38 mm x 48.24 mm case in 950 platinum.
The dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather strap features a saddle-stitched finish and it is secured by a 950 platinum folding clasp.
This model is released in a 50-piece individually numbered edition.