The Phoenix and the Dragon come alive over Vacheron Constantin hand-guilloché dial.
Traditionnelle tourbillon: Artistic crafts paying tribute to Chinese mythology.
Western horology meets Eastern mythology in Vacheron Constantin’s latest Traditionnelle tourbillon release. Three limited edition models effortlessly combine fine watchmaking and ancient artistry through the depiction of the Phoenix and the Dragon. Sculpted in pink gold appliques, they come alive over a hand-guilloché dial in black, deep blue and silver variations.
The Phoenix and Dragon are the two most prestigious symbols of power and wisdom in Chinese mythology. The harmonic dance of these two legendary animals on this luxury timepiece aspires to bring their owner peace and prosperity.
The Chinese legend of the Phoenix and the Dragon is graphically enacted on the dial of this new limited edition Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Tourbillon watch.
To honour the Chinese legend of the Phoenix and the Dragon, Vacheron Constantin presents three numbered limited-edition Traditionelle Tourbillon watches. The two fabulous animals are depicted in a traditional manner, beautifully choreographed in their dance around the pearl. Legendary creatures from Chinese mythology, the Phoenix and the Dragon symbolise strength and grace: a perfect complementarity that procures peace and happiness.
On the dial of the three models, the Phoenix and the Dragon come to life in the form of pink gold appliques sculpted on a hand-guilloché dial. The galvanic dial treatment in black, deep blue and silver tones distinguishes the three versions of the model, each issued in a 16-piece limited edition.
The 41 mm-diameter case in 750/1000 5N pink gold is engraved with cloud-like volutes on the bezel and lugs, which form a bas-relief motif on the case middle. In-house self-winding Calibre 2160 with tourbillon was chosen to enliven this mythological scene. Measuring just 5.65 mm thick thanks to its peripheral rotor ensuring an 80-hour power reserve, this ultra-thin movement with 188 components has made it possible to offer an elegant case with a sapphire back providing a view of the finishing details.
Operating at rate of 18,000 vibrations per hour (2.5 Hz) and positioned at 6 o’clock, the tourbillon – whose carriage bears the small seconds indication by means of a blackened screw – enlivens this ‘carnival of the animals’. It can also be admired through the sapphire caseback without being concealed by the oscillating weight. The movement construction incorporates a peripheral rotor winding the barrel to ensure a comfortable 80-hour power reserve. The choice of the peripheral rotor also contributes to the slenderness of Calibre 2160 which, despite the presence of the tourbillon, is barely 5.65 mm thick.
This ultra-thin movement with its 188 components has made it possible to offer an 18K pink gold case with a total thickness of 11.21 mm and a 41 mm diameter that is suitable for all wrists. The finishing of Calibre 2160 offers the same high level of quality as the embellishment of the dial. The bar of the tourbillon carriage is entirely hand-bevelled, as are the movement components. The mainplate is circular-grained on the dial side, while the bridges are adorned with Côtes de Genève on the back. Paired with a black, deep blue or brown alligator leather strap, depending on the model, secured a folding clasp and available in a limited boutique edition of 16 timepieces for each dial colour, this watch embodies a perfect symbiosis of artistic crafts and fine watchmaking.
Reference: 6040T/000R-B959 / 6040T/000R-B960 / 6040T/000R-B961.
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding, peripheral rotor
31 mm (13½’’’) diameter, 5.65 mm thick
Approximately 80 hours of power reserve
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations per hour)
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece
Hours, minutes, small seconds on tourbillon carriage (coloured screw)
18K 5N pink gold
41 mm diameter, 11.21 mm thick
Hand-engraved bezel and lug sides
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)
18K gold hand-guilloché, silver-toned / deep blue / black galvanic treatmen
Hand-engraved 18K pink gold applied phoenix and dragon
Brown/deep blue/black Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
18K 5N pink gold folding clasp
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped
Limited Editions of 16 individually numbered timepieces.