We got the news today about Vacheron Constantin Maitre Cabinotier retrograde armillary tourbillon being released. This new time piece was inspired by the most “complicated watch ever made” reference 57260 which carries 57 complications. These functions are what makes the watch tick, keep precision time, and also display the functions of the watch (ie time, date, etc..).
Vacheron Constantin Maitre Cabinotier
The armillary tourbillon located at the 9 O’clock position is based off of Antide Janvier sphere designs from the late 1700’s. The tourbillon that houses the escapement eliminates the gravitational strain on the escapement limiting any possible timing variations.
Four Patents Pending
The Vacheron Contantine has applied for a number (4) of patents that are still pending for the 1990 caliber movement. The most notable would be the tourbillon as mentioned above. Another interesting thing about this particular movement is the materials that a few parts are made of. A combination of silicone and diamonds? Yes, that it correct. There is a silicone lever with a diamond coating that allows this watch to smoothly operate with the least amount of friction.
There are 45 jewels in total of the Vacheron Constantin Maitre Cabinotier that act as bearings for gears constantly on the go. Reducing friction once again for a smooth and precise time keeping. A number of these jewels are easily visible through the back case or watch face. We would deffinately put this watch into the “skeleton” class of watches as 80% of the watch face is made up of internal viewing of the movement.
Aesthetically, we are very pleased with the Vacheron Constantin Maitre Cabinotier. It is busy, but not as busy as we have seen other skeleton styled watches, and it is plenty big for such styling at 45.7mm in case (18K white gold) diameter. The sapphire case back and alligator strap really bring this watch together to showcase the hard work surrounding the Vacheron Constantin Maitre Cabinotier.