Vacheron Constantin is a veritable pioneer in horological issues and commenced producing issues quickly after its basis in 1755. The custom of piling complication upon complication is alive and kicking at this time. Designed to have a good time its 260th anniversary in 2015, Vacheron launched ref. 57260, probably the most sophisticated pocket watch ever with a staggering 57 issues adopted by the Break up-Seconds Chronograph Tempo wristwatch in 2020 with 24 issues. For horophiles with deep pockets, Vacheron has a devoted division referred to as Les Cabinotiers, the place extremely sophisticated watches are made on demand. It’s the last word bespoke, made-to-measure expertise for watch lovers the place “even the wildest goals” are translated into technical and inventive realities. The most recent masterpiece to emerge from Vacheron’s specialised workshop is the Grande Complication Bacchus, a singular piece with two dials and 16 issues. Lavishly embellished with hand-engraved vine leaves and ripe ruby grapes, the watch marries astronomical and calendar issues with a minute repeater and tourbillon.
Inventive case by Les Cabinotiers
This extraordinary watch is housed in an 18k 5N pink gold case measuring 47mm throughout with a peak of 19.10mm. Devoted to the mythological Roman god of wine, the Bacchus marries the abilities of grasp engravers and gem-setters to create this richly hand-decorated case with motifs taken from the winery. The 2 bezels (back and front) and lugs are hand-engraved with stylised vine leaves, whereas the caseband reveals a luxurious bas-relief engraving of lifelike vine leaves set towards a chased background. Including a flourish of color are the plump miniature grape branches confected with 113 cabochon-cut rubies in numerous sizes.
The Bacchus timepieces is among the most advanced watches produced by the Maison and options 16 issues powered by the manual-winding calibre 2755 GC16 with a tourbillon regulator. Lower into the champagne-coloured dial, the entrance dial reveals the big aperture for the one-minute tourbillon with its Maltese cross cage and railway observe for the small seconds on the perimeter. The three sub-dials within the higher half of the dial point out the perpetual calendar capabilities (day, month, date) that won’t want an adjustment till 2100. The intercalary year is indicated in a small aperture within the counter displaying the torque of the minute repeater between 1 and a pair of o’clock. The facility reserve akin to the placing mechanism depends on a serpentine hand contained in the day of the week counter. There are additionally astronomical capabilities on the entrance dial with an equation of time positioned between 10 and 11 o’clock, and dawn and sundown occasions (adjusted to a reference metropolis) are displayed on the underside of the dial. Dawn is represented on the left with a observe operating from 5-8 and sundown on the fitting from 17-20.
The reverse aspect is dedicated to sidereal time indications. Picked out in a wine purple color, the rotating disc depicts the Northern hemisphere night time sky and its corresponding constellations. The celestial disc performs an entire rotation in line with sidereal time with the time displayed on the periphery, reverse the date. The date is learn by a big central hand shifting over the mounted outer flange with its scale graduated in five-day increments. This lengthy hand additionally signifies the signal of the zodiac, the season and the 4 dates akin to the solstices and equinoxes; the shorter central hand reveals the age of the Moon or the variety of days which have elapsed for the reason that final full Moon.
Calibre 2755 GC16
Utilizing the 2005 Tour de l’Île as a reference, at its time probably the most sophisticated wristwatch on the earth, Vacheron’s skilled Les Cabinotiers watchmakers created the manual-winding calibre 2755 GC16 to energy the 16 issues of the Bacchus. Along with the calendar and astronomical issues, the Bacchus has a minute repeater chiming the hours, quarters and minutes on demand. To eradicate pointless noise and forestall put on and tear, the striker is supplied with a centripetal flying strike regulator. Comprised of 839 elements and measuring 33.90mm in diameter and 12.15mm thick, the motion delivers a 58-hour energy reserve, a substantial quantity of power given the baffling variety of issues. Evidently, the finishings all through are superlative, and the timepiece bears the Hallmark of Geneva.
Delivered inside a particular Status field with a corrector pen, magnifying glass and winding field, the Vacheron Constatin Les Cabinotiers Grande Complication Bacchus comes on a darkish brown alligator strap with a pink gold folding clasp engraved with vine leaves and the signature half Maltese cross. The Les Cabinotiers Grande Complication Bacchus is a singular piece. Value accessible solely upon request.
For extra data, please go to Vacheron-Constantin.com.