Creating a remarkable combination of classic tradition and modern technology, the Vacheron Constantin Openworked Patrimony Traditionelle 14-Day Tourbillon unveiled at the SIHH 2014 captures the attention of collectors and timepiece afficianados. The art of openworking started back in the early part of the 19th century and this timepiece is such an amazing example of the artistic craft, showcasing the engraving and skelentonization.
The breathtaking beauty of these timepieces has to be seen to truly be appreciated. Capturing dramatic three-dimensional effects that double thanks to the 2260 SQ architecture developed by the brand, and the Gothic inspiration in the design features impressive depth complimented by components that feature some exquisite destructured lines. The tourbillon was born around the same time as openworking, but the brand has truly mastered these craftsmanship skills to bring these timepieces to life.
The combination of the tourbillon with this impressive power reserve required very intriciate construction. The Vacheron Constantin Openworked Patrimony Traditionelle 14-Day Tourbillon is created with no less than four barrels that are stacked in pairs at the upper part of the movement, allowing for more room in the lower part. The brand was able to create this design by structuring the Calibre 2260 SQP in layers and in doing so manufactured a depth effect that was then enhanced through the engraved motif, one that was designed specifically to show off the three-dimensional effect.
The operworking craft was developed to feature the design, to really bring aesthetics to the forefront of the product, but also is very complex when developing a timepiece calibre. Because of the very intricate detail that is required to balance openworking and functionality the timeframe from conception to initial manufacturing is over two months, and hours of hand crafting that begins with drawing and design to the actual engraving. Every step requires enduring patience and extreme craftsmanship.
Certainly the brand history is masterful in this craft, dating back to it’s founding 260 years ago, and carrying on tradition with this latest Vacheron Constantin Openworked Patrimony Traditionelle 14-Day Tourbillon. The manual hand work required for these designs is so intense and for this movement additional hours are required not only for the chamfering and drawing, but also for the engraving. These talents represent excellence for the brand, and also respect for each of the timepieces that reflect the passion these artists place on each piece.
These timepieces are dreams for collectors as quality and precise works, but also as works of art, to be cherished and admired around the globe. The honor of wearing one of these timepieces certainly brings prestige to the owner, and style to the wrist.