The renowned Swiss watchmaker Vacheron Constantin has just updated its collection with a new version of the Traditionnelle world time. First introduced in 2011, the world time is the first wrist watch able to tell the time in all 37 time zones. The timepiece was refreshed in 2015, featuring the same case and complication but, instead of a painted dial, featured a gold-engraved world map. Unlike previous versions, the 2017 model features a hand-painted enamel dial. The new 2017 Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle world time is made as a limited collection of only 10 pieces and is available exclusively through the brand’s global network of boutiques. The Geneva based watchmaker is yet to reveal the pricing.
With its beautiful hand‐enamelled gold world map, the new Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle world time represents a powerful expression of one of watchmaking’s most demanding fine traditions. Crafted in grisaille enamel and opaque enamel, the blue dial showcases the watchmaker’s rich horological expertise, gathered through traditional decorative arts preserved throughout the centuries.
Depicted in subtle shades of blue, the continents and seas are results of an exceptional craftsmanship. The seas, represented in opaque blue enamel, highlight every detail of the lands they surround. The continents, on the other hand, are portrayed with the grisaille enamel technique. Featuring very rare and fine powder combined with oils, the white paint is applied to the dark enamel in small touches and painstakingly drawn out using delicate brushes and needles. This particular material is very difficult to work with and requires great experience and utmost precision in balancing the firing times. Opaque enamel also asks for exceptional care and can tolerate almost no flaws, since the light directly hits even the smallest bump or rough patch, instead of being absorbed by the transparent nature of a traditional enamel.
The new Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle world time s housed inside a 42.5mm platinum 950 case. Water resistant to 30 meters, the watch has a transparent sapphire crystal caseback. The back of the watch is also engraved with the “limited edition” and “X/10″. Underneath the front sapphire glass is a beautiful blue enamel dial comprising of three overlapping discs: Gold disc with enamelled map and cities names, 24‐hour disc with day/night indication, and External ring with painted minute‐track.
Powering the Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle world time is the Calibre 2460 WT. Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin, this 225‐part self-winding movement beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and enables a power reserve of approximately 40 hours. The movement can be seen through the display back, featuring a 22‐carat gold oscillating weight. The Calibre 2460 WT enables simultaneous reading of 37 world time zones – including those offset by a half‐hour or quarter‐hour. All of the movement’s functions are easily controlled via the crown. The Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle world time comes equipped with a stylish dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with alligator leather inner shell and large square scales. The hand-stitched strap is secured with a platinum triple folding clasp.