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Malte Small Seconds

The Malte Collection by Vacheron Constantin, distinguished by its tonneau-shaped models, has always given pride of place to an array of horological complication, encompassing regulator, tourbillon, dual time-zone, moon-phase, power-reserve, chronograph, openworked movement versions. A showcase of the expertise cultivated within the Manufacture, it has been enriched over the years with models that are exceptional in terms of their technical nature as well as their particularly sophisticated architecture. The Malte collection is now welcoming an exceptionally understated model displaying the hours, minutes and small seconds, which for horological purists represents one of the most demanding stylistic exercises.

VACHERON CONSTANTIN - Malte Small SecondsAbove and beyond outward appearances and prejudices, creating a pure watch interpreted in its simplest possible expression is an extremely subtle exercise in seeking equilibrium and harmony. Timepieces that fulfil the essential role for which they were originally designed – meaning to tell the time and nothing else – are as complex to make as watches equipped with additional functions, precisely because, as the saying goes, the devil is in the details. Such is certainly the case for this model radiating a rare breed of elegance.

The Malte small seconds was born from this wish to offer a traditional timepiece featuring a simplicity equalled only by the refinement of its harmonious curves. It comes in an 18K pink gold case measuring 36.7 x 47.6 mm. The hour-markers and the 12 and 6 o’clock Roman numerals, also in pink gold, have been redesigned so as to smoothly follow the new curve that has been given to the tonneau-shaped case. The hour and minute hands, as well as the small seconds at 6 o’clock, are all driven by the Vacheron Constantin 4400 AS movement. Acknowledged for the care devoted to ensuring its reliability and for its exceptional level of finishing, it bears the Hallmark of Geneva, the symbol of horological expertise and excellence. The new Malte small seconds model is fitted with a strap in brown Mississippiensis alligator leather, complete with a Malte cross-shaped pink gold buckle.

The Malte small seconds also meets the new Hallmark of Geneva criteria. Instated in 1886 by the Grand Council of the Republic and Canton of Geneva, the Hallmark of Geneva is a guarantee of origin, of craftsmanship, of durability and of expertise. This unique quality label has just undergone a fundamental transformation, since the certification no longer concerns the calibre alone, but the timepiece as a whole. This new approach represents a major evolution of this independent certification that has enjoyed the longstanding support of Vacheron Constantin and which has just decided to respond more fully than ever before to the legitimate expectations of an ever more informed clientele.

Reference 82130/000R-9755
Malte Small Seconds
Stamped with the Hallmark of Geneva
Calibre 4400 – developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Energy Mechanical, manual-winding
Movement diameter 28.60 mm (12’’’1/2)
Movement thickness 2.80 mm
Jewelling 21
Number of parts 106
Frequency 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
Power reserve Approximately 65 hours
Indications Hours and minutes, small seconds at 6 o'clock
Case Platinum 950
36.70 x 47.61 mm
9.10 mm thick
Water resistance Tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 metres)
Dial Silvered sand-blasted
10 applied Bâton-shaped and 2 applied Roman numeral hour-markers in 18K 5N pink gold
Bracelet Brown Mississippiensis alligator, large square scales, hand-stiched, saddle-finish
Clasp 18K 5N pink gold buckle
Polished half Maltese Cross