Monday, May 11, 2015

Vacheron Unveils the Harmony

During the SIHH 2015, Vacheron Constantin unveils a series of 7 limited edition timepieces aptly named the Harmony. And this to celebrate 260 years of uninterrupted watch manufacturing. And the chronograph range is a winner for me. Today, I feature first of the three chronographs - the Harmony Chronograph.

The Harmony Chronograph is a manual winding monopusher chronograph in rose gold and limited to 260 pieces worldwide. Stunning is how I would describe the timepiece - well balanced and well... in Harmony!
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Unlike other chronographs the start, stop and reset button is a single pusher at the same position and integrated into the crown. The dial features a pulsometric scale.
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A close up of the crown showing the Maltese Cross.
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The blued hands of the chronograph seconds and the gold minute and hour hands are very well finished. The chronograph hands are in blue and the time display with the golden hands. At the six o'clock is the power reserve indicator.
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Now to the beauty of the timepiece - the movement side. Notice the Maltese Cross in the movement?
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The beauty in the manual winding chronograph is that you see the full movement and the finishing unlike a chronograph with an automatic movement where the rotor covers half the movement.
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The finishing on the movement is top notch as one would expect from the house of Vacheron and the hand engraved balance cock in the calibre 3300 is a testament to how special this piece is. This engraving is only available in all the pieces celebrating the 260th anniversary. The in-house developed calibre 3300 comes with 252 parts and has a power reserve of more than 60 hours.
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The cushion shaped case is 42mm by 52mm and only 12.8mm thick.
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The reference 5300S comes with the Geneva Seal and a special 260th Anniversary presentation box. The Harmony Chronograph is a very special piece - I cannot recall another cushion shaped chronograph in recent history that I believe will evoke so much emotion.

P.S. the Harmony cushion shaped case is not new to VC. In fact, the "original" cushioned shaped monopusher chronograph was first unveiled in 1928 and true to its roots, Vacheron Constantin is relaunching this collection with some updated numerals to give it a more modern touch.