Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle 14-Day Tourbillon “Dragon” – SENATUS

Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

By Scott Campbell

In the finest expression of the art of Haute Horlogerie and a showcase of superlative craftsmanship, Vacheron Constantin’s latest Traditionnelle 14-Day Tourbillon “Dragon” is a breaktaking demonstration of the major horological complication represented by the tourbillon.

A meticulously hand-crafted 18K 5N pink gold dragon riding over the tourbillon movement at the 6 o’clock position and hand-engraved clouds on the dial, case, bezel and lugs, is a nod and affirmation to the imperial dragons’ authority and auspicious powers in Chinese mythology.

A Master Engraver finely chisels the three-dimensional dragon motif to life.

With a delicate accuracy up to the nearest tenth of a millimetre, each curve and depth, instills unique character into each model.

Inside, the legendary Calibre 2260 comprising of 231 components – a continuation of Vacheron Constantin’s long-established expertise in the field of tourbillon movements – is mechanically hand-wound with an exceptional 14-day power reserve.

Four barrels mounted in coupled pairs, all connected and all unwound simultaneously to guarantee a longer stability in time, as well as the longer reserve.

The tourbillon carriage is inspired by Vacheron Constantin’s signature Maltese Cross and provides a splendid showcase for the exceptional level of finishing of each movement part, including a number of interior angles, all naturally hand-bevelled.

For the watch connoisseur, more so for one with a mythic connection to the mystical creature, the Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle 14-Day Tourbillon “Dragon” represents a rare opportunity, with a limited edition of only 8, available in Asia Pacific stores of the 260 year old watch manufacture only.

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