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The Collection Excellence Platine by Vacheron Constantin welcomes two new models, both with pure, understated dials. Designed, developed and produced by the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture, the two calibres powering the Traditionnelle Day-Date and Power Reserve and Traditionnelle World Time watches consolidate the brand’s range of useful complications.


In developing this exclusive line of timepieces, Vacheron Constantin wished to highlight the distinctive qualities of platinum. The material was first used by the Geneva-based Manufacture in 1820 and has since been featured in a number of its creations. 95% pure as against 75% for 18-carat gold, platinum is sourced from an extremely limited number of deposits worldwide. Its purity and its rarity make it the ultimate material for the most exclusive timepieces. Its density and its weight explain its resistance that is far higher than that of other metals. The imperishable, high-performance properties of platinum render it synonymous with durability and ensure its enduring appeal among an elite circle of connoisseurs and collectors.


Through its elite identity codes, the Collection Excellence Platine by Vacheron Constantin pays tribute to the most prestigious of all metals. In addition to a case and crown in 950 platinum, each model belonging to this collection features a dial with a sandblasted finish bearing the discreet inscription “PT950” between 4 and 5 o’clock. Secured by a 950 platinum folding clasp, the strap in dark blue alligator leather is graced with a saddle-stitched finish, hand-sewn with silk and 950 platinum thread lending an ultimate touch of perfection.





Traditionnelle Day-Date and Power Reserve Collection Excellence Platine

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The Traditionnelle Day-Date and Power Reserve model features a 39.5 mm-diameter case and crown in 950 platinum. The uncluttered 950 platinum dial displays a finely grained sandblasted finish, discreetly bearing the inscription “Pt 950” between 4 and 5 o’clock. The face provides a central display of the hours, minutes and seconds, as well as providing pointer-type indications of the power reserve, the date and the day of the week. The watch comes on a strap in dark blue hand sewn Mississippiensis alligator leather complete with silk and 950 platinum thread. This combination is made possible by the remarkable malleability of this precious metal, of which a single gram can be drawn out to form an almost two kilometre-long thread. The folding clasp is also made of 950 platinum.


The watch is powered by a Calibre 2475, a mechanical self-winding movement developed and produced by Vacheron Constantin finished with Côtes de Genève, bevelled and rhodiumed bridges and a circular-grained mainplate. The watch and movement bear the Hallmark of Geneva, an independent certification of origin, of craftsmanship, of durability and of expertise.


Traditionnelle World Time Collection Excellence Platine

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The Traditionnelle World Time watch features a complication inextricably bound up with the history of the Geneva-based Manufacture, since it was in 1932 that Vacheron Constantin first made a timepiece equipped with a world time mechanism enabling simultaneous reading of the time in 31 cities of the world. Since then it has consistently perfected this useful and ingenious mechanism. This mechanical self-winding movement developed and crafted in-house is distinguished by its ability to drive indications corresponding to the world’s 37 time zones – including those offset from Universal Coordinated Time (UCT) by a half-hour or a quarter hour – complete with a day/night display via a central globe, as well as by its simplified crown adjustment of all indications. A patent for this exclusive association has been duly filed by the Manufacture.

The display consists of three parts: a sapphire dial with day/night shading as well as an engraved and inked 24-hour indication; a 950 platinum dial with a “Lambert projector” type map; and a metal chapter ring. All indications are easily adjusted via the crown, thereby considerably simplifying the use of this highly technical watch.

Each model is produced in an individually numbered series never exceeding 150. These latest additions to this collection are no exception to the rule, since only 100 of each will be released. As with other models in the collection the case, crown, dial and buckle are in 950 platinum.

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