Pre-SIHH 2017: Vacheron Constantin introduces the Traditionnelle Minute Repeater Tourbillon

251-year old Vacheron Constantin is the first out the door with a preview of what it will be showing at SIHH 2017. The brand has just unveiled its stunning new Traditionnelle Minute Repeater Tourbillon, a high complication piece driven by the hand-wound in-house Calibre 2755 TMR.

You get two dial color options with the platinum reference - the slate-gray would be our choice.

You get two dial color options with the platinum reference – the slate-gray would be our choice.

The watch is destined to be a boutique exclusive, and will be offered in either pink-gold or platinum. With the platinum reference you have two dial choices – slate-grey or silver-toned (ref. 6500T/000P-9949 and 6500T/000P-B100), whereas if you opt for the pink-gold (ref. 6500T/000R-B324), you only have the silver-toned option.

Both the platinum and rose-gold references will have large 44mm cases but, if you consider the complications, are remarkably thin measuring just 12.2mm thick (or should we say thin?). Besides the choice of dial colors, the layout and overall look of the dial remains unchanged – you get a clean, open dial that boasts a unique guilloché pattern that is applied by hand.

The pink-gold reference is less expensive but is still far from inexpensive.

The pink-gold reference is less expensive but is still far from inexpensive.

Vacheron reserves this guilloché pattern for boutique exclusive watches, it is rarely seen on complicated watches such as this. The dial also has applied hour indexes, there’s an off-centre minute track and there’s an aperture at the six o’clock position that shows off the 60-second tourbillon. The timepiece’s minute repeater complication can chime hours, quarters and minutes, and can be activated by what looks like a sliding-activator at the nine o’clock position.

The Calibre 2755 TMR found in the Traditionnelle Minute Repeater Tourbillon has been blessed with the Geneva Seal, and is comprised of no less than 471 components. The calibre beats at a very traditional 2.5Hz, and is actually a variation of the calibre found in Vacheron Constantin’s Patrimony Grand Complication watches. In this form it offers just a 60-second tourbillon and minute repeater, and will no doubt be immaculately finished.

This is the top of the Calibre 2755 TMR - you'll never see it in the wild because this is the side hidden under the dial.

This is the top of the Calibre 2755 TMR – you’ll never see it in the wild because this is the side hidden under the dial.

Regional pricing has yet to be announced but international pricing pegs the platinum reference at US $553,000 (pink-gold), while the platinum is obviously dearer at $616,000. Given the tight market conditions for watches, we applaud Vacheron Constantin’s choice for forging ahead with high-end timepieces such as these.

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