Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Flattest Skeletonised, Hand-Decorated Manual-Winding Movement in all the World and for a very Good Cause.

  • The Watch: Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Watch
  • The Cause: Action Innocence - a European non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of children on the Internet. Action innocence manages various websites which educates children on how to protect themselves in the vast open landscape of cyberspace.

For the tenth anniversary of Action Innocence Vacheron Constantin, founded in 1755, has crafted an intricate one-of-a-kind Patrimony Traditionelle skeleton watch which will be auctioned during a June 18th gala dinner in Geneva. The money raised will be donated to the ongoing cause of Action Innocence.

The slender skeletonised bridges are hand carved white gold with an "ottoman" decor to compliment the theme of the evening. At the 9 'o'clock position on the side of the case-middle, the words "Action Innocence" are engraved from white gold. The pierced mainspring barrel bares Vacheron Constantin's iconic symbol - The Maltese Cross encircled with the engraved words "Vacheron Constantin Geneve" The white gold dauphine hands point to a clearly defined minute track with subtle white gold hour markers.

Clearly the skelotinized dial is a show of remarkable expertise and incredible design, which enables the admirer to view the flattest (only 1.64mm) manual winding caliber Vacheron Constantin Calibre 1003 in the world. An unbroken record set in 1955. This slender movement includes 18 jewels, 31 hour power reserve, as well as a screw adjusted balance beating at 18,000 vibrations per hour. The movement is emblazoned with the Seal of Geneva - a Seal which I blogged about in quite a bit of detail. The Seal of Geneva is nothing to turn ones nose up to, it is quite a big deal. The Watch has adhered to 12 of The Seal of Geneva's absolute quality criteria originally outlined by the Canton of Geneva in 1886. (Click here to discover more about the Geneva Seal)

The plum crocodile strap with a white gold buckle completes the watch in a spectacular display of watch craftsmanship.

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