SIHH 2015 – Vacheron Constantin Harmony Ultra-Thin Grande Complication Chronograph Caliber 3500 – Hands-on with exclusive live photos

Recently, we brought you Vacheron Constantin’s fundamental oddity, a completely new assortment named Harmony , conspicuous by its vintage components, its pad formed case and its genuinely engaging look. We knew uniquely from seeing the press photographs and the detail sheets that these watches were exceptionally intriguing and in fact progressed. It’s time for us presently to affirm these sentiments subsequent to having worn one of them – and not the most ...

SIHH 2015 – Vacheron Constantin Harmony Ultra-Thin Grande Complication Chronograph Caliber 3500 – Hands-on with exclusive live photos

Recently, we brought you Vacheron Constantin’s fundamental oddity, a completely new assortment named Harmony , conspicuous by its vintage components, its pad formed case and its genuinely engaging look. We knew uniquely from seeing the press photographs and the detail sheets that these watches were exceptionally intriguing and in fact progressed. It’s time for us presently to affirm these sentiments subsequent to having worn one of them – and not the most exceedingly awful – as we are currently going hands-on with the most complicated watch of the assortment, the Vacheron Constantin Harmony Ultra-Thin Grande Complication Chronograph Caliber 3500.

With all due regard because of Vacheron Constantin and its skilled assembling, it can not be viewed as the most profitable of the brands. It is a moderate, conventional watchmaker with an assortment of exceptionally limited, attentive watches. In any case, the nature of these watches is unmistakably truly outstanding of Switzerland, with incredibly decent finishings and noteworthy complications. So when such a ‘Maison’ comes out with a totally new assortment, it’s consistently a defining moment. A long way from the Patrimony or Overseas assortments, the new Harmony assortment brings another plan, new subtleties and basically, new developments. Why these curiosities? To commend the brand’s 260th commemoration. Let’s see now at the collection’s leader, the Vacheron Constantin Harmony Ultra-Thin Grande Complication Chronograph Caliber 3500.

What we are discussing here is a truly complicated watch. The rundown of the highlights is impressive:

  • Single-pusher chronograph
  • Split-second chronograph
  • Ultra-Thin movement
  • Peripheral rotor
  • Hallmark of Geneva (Poinçon de Genève)
  • Hand-finishing

Alongside its new pad formed case and its vintage components (hands and scales on the dial), what best characterizes the Vacheron Constantin Harmony Ultra-Thin Grande Complication Chronograph is its standout development. To start with, it unites the best executions of a chronograph – a solitary pusher instrument AND a split-second. A solitary pusher implies that rather than the two press catches (typically situated at 2 and 4), the development of this VC just has one pusher to begin, stop and reset the circumstance capacities. It implies a considerably more complicated arrangement of switches to incite the section haggle outfits that compose the chronograph capacities. At that point, the Vacheron Constantin Harmony Ultra-Thin Grande Complication Chronograph likewise comes with a Split-Second instrument (or rattrapante in French). It is made of 2 second hands, one over the other. In typical conditions, those two hands are moving together in equal. In any case, a brief moment chronograph permits to time timespans – for instance to time laps, as the fundamental hand proceeds with its excursion while different hands is halted to show the lap time. By pressing the catch in the crown you can stop this auxiliary hand and start it once more. It will instantly ‘catch up’ (rattraper in French) with the other one and proceed with its excursion in parallel.

All of these components are noticeable through the caseback. We can appreciate two section wheels – one for the chronograph and one for the brief instant instrument, connected to the slowing mechanism in the actual center of the development. Both segment wheels are carefully enhanced with the Malte Cross, Vacheron Constantin’s logo. Finishings are amazingly decent, with straight graining on the switches, sloped points on the scaffolds and switches and roundabout graining on the fundamental plate. All parts are sumptuously executed, as needed by the Hallmark of Geneva.

Another intriguing element is oneself winding instrument. Typically, the rotor pivots over the development and accordingly, adds some extra-thickness and, all the more critically, somewhat shrouds the view on the movement’s excellence. Vacheron Constantin decided to go for an advanced and uncommon arrangement, a fringe rotor, like the  Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Thin Automatic 5377  or the  Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph . It permits the development to be extremely thin (5.20mm, which is amazing thinking about the typical thickness of a brief moment chronograph) and to have a complete view on the development. It in this way has the comfort of a programmed development, along with the magnificence and thinness of a manual calibre.

The Vacheron Constantin Harmony Ultra-Thin Grande Complication Chronograph Caliber 3500 isn’t particularly small, with a case sized at 42mm x 52 mm. Average to pad formed watches, it looks very large on the wrist because of the nonstop line between the casebands and the hauls. It is likewise not the lightest watch, as it is made of (a ton of) 950 platinum. You can very feel weight of the watch however the shape assists with adjusting it and to keep a decent comfort. What is truly obvious is the thickness of the watch, with just 8.40mm. It truly assists with keeping it careful and sensible, regardless of whether the development and the complications are a long way from being sensible (and we imply that in the best way.)

The Vacheron Constantin Harmony Ultra-Thin Grande Complication Chronograph is likewise extremely unbiased and circumspect, with its case in white metal, its white dial, the blue hands and the blue gator lash. It could be an extremely complicated watch, anyway it isn’t “showy” in any capacity. It could without much of a stretch be viewed as a traditional chronograph. It is just when turning it around and taking a gander at the magnificent development that you comprehend that you’re managing something outstanding. Bravo Vacheron Constantin, c’est magnifique!