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Fiftysix® TourbillonDate: 07.11.2018


·         First major horological complication in the Fiftysix® collection

·         Ultra-thin self-winding movement

·         Peripheral oscillating weight enabling an even slimmer construction and providing a view of the movement

·         Tourbillon carriage shaped like the Maltese cross, emblem of the Maison

In January 2018, Vacheron Constantin unveiled its Fiftysix® collection in the form of three new models (Self-winding, Day-Date and Complete Calendar), representing the first notes of a new musical score. The cadence is now picking up with a new reference: Fiftysix® Tourbillon.

Its September 11th 2018 launch at London’s famous Abbey Road Studios is an opportunity for the Maison to announce an exclusive partnership with this legendary location in music history, where English song-artist Benjamin Clementine, one of the faces of the Maison’s new advertising campaign, is giving a private concert to mark this occasion.


Crescendo appassionato – Fiftysix® Tourbillon

Beautifully slender at less than 6 mm thick and equipped with a 22-carat gold peripheral rotor, the calibre of this model may be observed through a transparent caseback revealing all the beauty of the mechanism with its refined ornamentation. The tourbillon alone called for over a dozen hours of chamfering and other hand-crafted finishing operations. Like a metronome, its 2.5 Hz frequency provides a chance to follow its steady beat, framed by a 41 mm-diameter case. On the two-tone opaline-sunburst dial, decoration plays an equally exceptional tune.

The most prestigious composition in the collection to date, the Fiftysix® Tourbillon will be available exclusively from Vacheron Constantin boutiques as of April 2019.


The tempo of the Fiftysix® collection

The style of the Fiftysix® is a direct tribute to a watch created in 1956: reference 6073. The distinctive design of this iconic model embodies the creativity of the Maison during the 1950s – a period representing the golden age of watchmaking refinement, as well as the heyday of musical creativity. Round, slim and effortlessly elegant, reference 6073 is distinguished by its four lugs each representing a branch of the Maltese cross.

With its classic dial, daring case and avant-garde technical characteristics (it was at the time one of the first watches from the Manufacture to be equipped with a self-winding movement and a water-resistant case), this 1956 watch wove ties between respect for tradition and a taste for innovation. Ties deeply cherished by Vacheron Constantin and now expressed in the Fiftysix® collection picking up several features of the original model: lugs respectively forming one portion of the Maltese cross, a box-type crystal, as well as
self-winding movements.

 

TECHNICAL DATA

FIFTYSIX® Tourbillon


References                                      6000E/000R-B488

                                                               Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece    


Indications                                      Hours, minutes

                                                         Tourbillon

                                                        

Case                                                 18K 5N pink gold

                                                         41 mm diameter, 10.9 mm thick

                                                         Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

                                                         Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)


Dial                                                  Silvered opaline

                                                         18K 5N pink gold Arabic numerals   

                                                         18K 5N pink gold hour-markers highlighted by a blue

                                                         luminescent material                                                        

Calibre                                             2160

                                                         Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin Mechanical, self-winding, 22K gold peripheral rotor 

                                                         31 mm (13½’’’) diameter, 5.65 mm thick  

                                                         Approximately 80 hours of power reserve

                                                         2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour) 

                                                         188 components

                                                         30 jewels

                                      

Strap                                                Brown Mississippiensis alligator leather with calf inner shell and tone-on-tone stitching, square scales

 


Clasp                                                18K 5N pink gold folding clasp
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

 

Available exclusively from Vacheron Constantin boutiques.

 
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