Vacheron Constantin launches new ultra-thin model
September 2011: Vacheron Constantin has launched a new model in the Collection Excellence Platine – which was introduced in 2006. This new haute horlogerie classic is available in a 42 mm diameter, issued in limited edition of 150.
Governed by the spirit of excellence that is usual to Vacheron Constantin, this gleaming ‘jewel box’ houses the remarkable Calibre 1120 - an ultra-thin self-winding movement with an excellent reputation - that is entirely developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin and also carries the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva.
The 42 mm-diameter case is fitted with a transparent back to display the timeless design. Loyal to the design codes of the Collection Excllence Platine, this new Patrimony Contemporaine self-winding features a pure dial in finely grained sandblasted 950 platinum, discreetly bearing the inscription “PT950” between 4 and 5 o’clock. The slightly cambered outer zone is enhanced by a beaded minute circle and applied hour-markers in 18K gold. In addition to the case and crown naturally crafted in 950 platinum, the hands are also made from this precious metal. In fact, the watch is secured by a 950 platinum pin buckle on a dark blue alligator leather strap which is hand saddle-stitched with silk and 950 platinum threads!
While 18K gold is composed of only 75% precious metal, platinum is 95% pure. Far rarer than gold, it comes from just a few deposits scattered around the world, and mainly in South Africa. Its density and weight are far greater than other metals, meaning it is a far more durable material. Since it is not affected by oxidation, the metal does not age over the years.