A grand classic among the Vacheron Constantin watch collections, the Traditionnelle line revels in testifying to its undeniable affinities with artistic crafts. After having launched a 38 mm-diameter version in 2013, the Manufacture showcases once again a multitude of artistic feats with a daintily feminine 33 mm-diameter version, Traditionnelle Small Model, entirely paved with several hundred round-cut diamonds. Beneath the sparkling elegance of the snow-set dial beats hand-wound Calibre 1400 bearing the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva.
In a spectacular display of working with light, the gem-setter has opted to alternate between two different gem-setting techniques to play on various sparkling and shining effects according to the surfaces to be lit up. The bezel and sides of the 18-carat white gold case are paved with 196 grain-set diamonds, while 394 diamonds shimmer intensely on the dial thanks to the magic of the snow setting. The subtly random reflections of this clever gem-setting contribute to a glowing visual effect achieved by juxtaposing precious stones of varying sizes so as to entirely cover the underlying gold surface.
Perfectly moulding the rounded curves of the case, the 608 precious stones completely carpet the watch, while a 0.06-carat round-cut diamond appears like a punctuation mark on the fluted winding crown. A night blue Mississippiensis alligator leather strap creates a striking contrast that further enhances the luminous beauty of the diamonds. It is adorned with an 18-carat white gold pin buckle set with 17 round-cut diamonds.
The impressive mastery of the gem-setter is matched by that of the watchmaker. The sapphire crystal caseback reveals hand-wound Calibre 1400. Developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin in keeping with the finest Haute Horlogerie traditions, it meets the demands laid down by the famous Hallmark of Geneva that applies to the finished watch. This movement beats at a frequency of 4Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour) and ensures a 40-hour power reserve. Its finishing as well as its design testify to superlative craftsmanship: not only do the main smooth surfaces of the movement bear a traditional Côtes de Genève motif, but their sharp edges are also finely chamfered before being hand-polished, as are the flat-head screws.
Traditionnelle Small Model
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
20.65 mm (9’’’) diameter, 2.6 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
Diamond-set 18K white gold (197 round-cut diamonds)
33 mm diameter, 7.7 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)
Diamond-set 18K white gold (394 round-cut diamonds)
18K white gold applied hour-markers
Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather, stitched-tip, square scales
18K white gold buckle
Diamond-set half Maltese cross-shaped (17 round-cut diamonds)
608 round-cut diamonds, for a total weight of approx. 3.3 carats