Born of the expertise nurtured by the master-watchmakers of the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin, this unique creation features a characteristic display of the hours and minutes, inspired by the regulator clocks that first appeared in the 17th century. Also called “master clocks”, these high-precision timekeeping instruments served as a point of reference in the watchmaking workshops and astronomical observatories of the time.
With the Maître Cabinotier Perpetual Calendar Regulator model, Vacheron Constantin reinterprets this characteristic layout in an exquisitely refined contemporary spirit. The gold dial adorned with an opaline brown finish and a hand-guilloché motif provides a dissociated reading of time, swept over by slender leaf-type hands, “clous de Paris” hour-markers and Roman numerals. The fine guilloché pattern calls for finishing work that is up to four times longer to perform and more demanding than on traditional dials. Complementing the regulator-type display of the hours and minutes, the perpetual calendar and the moon phases appear on a snailed counter at 6 o’clock, while the pink gold moon and silver dust stars are sprinkled across this gently spiralling finish. The pink gold-rimmed day of the week and month apertures appear on either side of the offset hours counter at 12 o’clock. This distinctively designed dial frames a 42 mm-diameter pink gold case that is water-resistant to 30 metres and topped by a concave bezel that accentuates the overall impression of slenderness.
Combining sophisticated technical content, contemporary design and delicate touches of artistic craftsmanship, the Maître Cabinotier Perpetual Calendar Regulator houses an exceptional mechanical heart. The new Caliber 2460 RQP was specially designed and developed by the master- watchmakers of the Manufacture in order to provide a regulator-type display of the hours and minutes. Its inherent originality is enriched by one of the most prestigious horological complications: the perpetual calendar, indicating the day of the week, the month, the date, leap years and moon phases. Comprising 334 carefully decorated components, this exclusive ‘motor’ beats at the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and ensures a 40-hour power reserve.