2020 predictions: is it time for a new updated Vacheron Constantin Malte collection?

2020 predictions: is it time for a new updated Vacheron Constantin Malte collection? 

It was back in 2017 that Vacheron Constantin released its last Malte collection models. Three years later, we wonder if their new 2020 releases will feature an addition to the series? 

While we don’t have a word on that from the Maison yet, we figure this would be a nice opportunity to re-visit the last 2017 additions. 

The Context

The Malte collection was first introduced by the brand in 1912, and then re-vamped in 2012. It has since remained known for its Art-Deco charm that is a result of the emblematic curves of the tonneau (barrel) shaped case. Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces, the 2017 versions were no different.

The watches were released in two variations

Malte Tourbillon 

The reference 30130/000R-B289 features the calibre 2795 which is a manual-winding mechanical movement developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin. The movement is best known for incorporating the Maltese cross-shaped tourbillon carriage displaying an exceptional level of finishing which is visible at 6’o clock. The movement comprises of 169 components, 27 jewels, beats at the low frequency of 2.5Hz (18’000 A/h) — helping in admiring the movement — and is encased inside a 38 x 48.2mm size and 12.7mm thick 18K 5N pink gold case. The slate-coloured watch face shows the functions of hours, minutes and small seconds at 6’o clock on tourbillon carriage, obviously along with the tourbillon. The watch offers a decent 45-hour power reserve and an okay water resistance of 30m (3 ATM). The 27.4 x 29.3mm sized and 6.1mm thick movement can be admired through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback.

Vacheron Constantin Malte
Malte Tourbillon 30130/000R-9754 | Courtesy ©Vacheron Constantin. All rights reserved.

The Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon is the only Hallmark of Geneva certified tonneau-shaped tourbillon model. The watch is visually striking and elegant to the max. The slate-coloured dial is brilliantly framed by the pink gold case. The fine sand-blasted appearance of the dial plays magic in natural lighting. The painted minute-track and the 11 applied baton-shaped hour-markers and 1 applied Roman numeral in 18K 5N pink gold provide for great legibility. And the slightly off-centred positioning of the hours and minutes hands adds a quirky whimsical character to the dial. To complete the look, the watch comes on a hand-stitched, saddle finished black Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator inner shell and large square scales. Complimenting the elegant look of the strap is the polished, half Maltese cross-shaped 18K 5N pink gold folding clasp.

Malte Small Second

The reference 81015/000R-B282 features the calibre 1400 AS which is a manual-winding mechanical movement developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin. The movement comprises of 98 components, 20 jewels, beats at the frequency of 4Hz (28’800 A/h) and is encased inside a 28.4 x 38.7mm size and 7.72mm thick 18K 5N pink gold case. The white watch face shows the functions of hours, minutes and small seconds at 6’o clock. The watch offers an okay 40-hour power reserve and water resistance of 30m (3 ATM). The 20.65mm diameter and 2.6mm thick movement can be admired through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback.

Vacheron Constantin Malte
Malte small model 81015/000R-B282 | Courtesy ©Vacheron Constantin. All rights reserved.

This ladies version is sleek and pretty. It’s got the charm of a matured dress watch that flirts with the youthfulness of a daily wear watch. The white mother-of-pearl dial is not only brilliantly framed by the pink gold case but also acts as a beautiful backdrop to the 10 applied baton-shaped hour-markers and 2 applied Roman numerals in 18K 5N pink gold that appear to float on the dial. To complete the look, the watch comes on a stitched-tip fuchsia-coloured Mississippiensis alligator shiny leather strap with square scales. Complimenting the elegant look of the strap is the polished half Maltese cross-shaped 18K 5N pink gold buckle.

Watch Ya Gonna Do About It

There are certain dress watches that stand out from the crowd. Elegant and imposing, they are destined to put their stamp on the horological world. The Vacheron Constantin Malte collection bears the burden of being a supreme example of fine watchmaking with ease.

The question now is, will Vacheron Constantin be adding to its existing Malte collection this year?

To find out more about the Vacheron Constantin Malte and other watches, visit their website here.

Vacheron Constantin Malte
Malte small model 81015-000R-B282 | Courtesy ©Vacheron Constantin. All rights reserved.