Vacheron Constantin unveils Maitre Cabinotier retrograde armillary tourbillon watch
May 31, 2016: Swiss watch manufacturer Vacheron Constantin has unveiled the Maître Cabinotier retrograde armillary tourbillon model.
The Maître Cabinotier retrograde armillary tourbillon is a remake of the double retrograde indications and the armillary tourbillon. The retrograde function governs the hours and minutes while the tourbillon revolves on two axes and has a spherical balance-spring. This movement, coated with NAC (a special metal alloy) is also revealed through lateral windows in its case.
Its styling opens the structure of the calibre 1990 movement to view. This manually wound movement is housed in a 45.7mm case in white gold. Four patent applications have been filed for this unique model. The hands flick back to zero at a quick speed since lightweight and resistant materials such as titanium are used in the hands. The tourbillon carriage, made of an aluminum alloy, incorporates Vacheron Constantin’s Maltese Cross emblem, which forms up every 15 seconds as the tourbillon rotates.
On the dial side, the movement displays sharply cut bridges tempered by a sunburst satin finish and Geneva stripes. The back is finished with Geneva stripes. On the right, the retrograde minutes and hours hands form a semicircle over a sunburst satin finish punctuated by applied white-gold hour markers and a black minutes scale. The tourbillon carriage carries the seconds pointer around a scale on a silvered disc. The Poinçon de Genève hallmark is also engraved on the dial side above the inscription “Armillary Tourbillon”.
The Maître Cabinotier retrograde armillary tourbillon is available at select boutiques around the world.