100th anniversary of the tonneau-shaped watch at Vacheron Constantin

Vacheron Constantin celebrates 100 years of tonneau-shaped watch with a new Malte collection


The world’s oldest watch manufacturer in continuous operation since 1755 and founder of the spirit of technical and precious Haute Horlogerie, Vacheron Constantin has been making horological history for over 250 years.

In 1912, the first tonneau-shaped watch appeared at Vacheron Constantin, and has since become an iconic model in its collections.

In 2012 Vacheron Constantin decided to redesign its Malte collection and to enrich it with four new models, celebrating classicism, elegance and technical mastery: MALTE TOURBILLON, MALTE SMALL SECONDS, MALTE LADY, MALTE 100TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION. It is also an ideal opportunity to present a new form movement for the Malte Tourbillon, the 2795 caliber, developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin and bearing the Hallmark of Geneva (Poinçon de Genève).

The new Malte collection celebrating 100 years of the tonneau shape at Vacheron Constantin, simply could not ignore the most iconic of all horological complications: the tourbillon. A perfect embodiment of the expertise of the master- watchmakers of the Manufacture, the tourbillon serves to compensate for the effects of gravity on timepieces.

The Malte Tourbillon timepiece – the largest in the collection – has a curving 18K pink gold case measuring 38 x 48.2 mm and is fitted with a brown Mississippiensis alligator leather strap complete with Maltese cross-shaped rose gold folding clasp.