Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar: Let’s Chime

08.06.2019

A slender dressy classics with an ultra-thin movement featuring two most sophisticated horological complications.


Under the hood of the 42 mm case sits the manual-winding calibre 1731 QP with no less than 438 components, some of them no thicker than a hair’s breadth. Beating at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour (3 Hz) and endowed with a 65-hour power reserve, it drives the full set of hours, minutes, day, date, month, leap-year indication, moon phase and minute repeater functions. A strike governor serving to control the cadence of the hammers in striking the gongs is perfectly silent in this watch. The shape of the case made of white or pink gold is pure and delicate. The gleam of the precious polished metal beautifully frames the deep color of the midnight blue or brown dial, depending on the version. 


The day (at 9 o’clock), date (at 3) and month (at 12) indications are displayed in a legible manner, and thereby leave plenty of space for the gold Moon slowly moving among the stars. The round aperture with the leap year indicator is hiding at 1 o’clock. Hour-markers and all the hands are made of gold as well. Transparent caseback allows to admire the work of the movement and there are inscriptions “Les Cabinotiers”, “Pièce unique”, “AC” hallmark engraved on caseback ring. Dark blue or dark brown alligator strap is equipped with polished gold folding clasp featuring a half Maltese cross. The piece is complemented by a winding-box made of Makassar ebony wood.