Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Ultimate Harmony

This to me is the ultimate Harmony Chronograph - the Tourbillon Chronograph from the manufacture Vacheron Constantin.

When Vacheron launched the Harmony range at SIHH 2015, they knew the highlight was the Harmony Tourbillon Chronograph. Two complications into one timepiece - the tourbillon and the monopusher chronograph.
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Encased in platinum and limited to 26 pieces worldwide, the Tourbillon Chronograph is a "must-have" for all collectors. It comes in the category of "dream watch" in my humble opinion. The watch is encased on a 42mm by 52mm platinum case.
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As with the other Harmony chronographs, the Tourbillon Chronograph has a power reserve indicator at six o'clock and the tourbillon situated at the twelve. A rather large tourbillon considering that it covers half the dial. And the beauty is the using of the Maltese Cross in the tourbillon cage.
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The chronograph counter is at the three o'clock and it displays the 45 minutes chronograph counter.
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The tourbillon is particularly well finished but it is the size the amazes me. It covers half the dial!
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A close up of the tourbillon. Spectacular is how I will describe it. And did you notice one of the screws on the tourbillon Maltese Cross is blue while the other three are not? Well if you guessed it was to differentiate the "seconds" then you are right. After all, the tourbillon rotates one revolution in 60 seconds.
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The tourbillon is particularly well finished.
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And now for the movement. The in-house developed calibre 3200 comprises 292 parts. The manual winding movement has a power reserve of about 65 hours.
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The manual winding calibre features the Maltese Cross on the column wheel. You should know that by now. And the finishing on the calibre is top notch. The calibre 3200 is is 32.8mm in diameter and only 6.7mm thick. The bridge is engraved with the 260th Anniversary pattern
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The timepiece is very attractive and a hefty piece too. I held it in my hands and it weighs a ton!
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A rather handsome piece from Vacheron. But I suspect it is way beyond my budget. Limited to 26 pieces worldwide, the reference 5100S is only available in the Boutiques and comes with the Geneva Seal. A dream watch indeed! Read more about the Harmony Chronograph and the Harmony Ultra-Thin Grande Complication Chronograph in my other posts.