Vacheron’s new vacheron constantin harmony tourbillon chronograph replica watch utilizes the same 42 mm cushion-shaped case as the other pieces of the Harmony collection. From a design perspective, it is difficult to successfully evoke a 1920’s motif in a 21st-century watch, but the manufacture has done a good job in this respect.
Vacheron Constantin’s Harmony line drew praise after revealing the thinnest self-winding split-seconds mono-pusher chronograph a month ago. vacheron constantin harmony replica it drew more praise with its mono-pusher doctor’s chronograph, which employed similar technical innovation on a more reserved scale. All together, this collection of new calibers took seven years of research and development, and you can bet that a decent chunk of that went to coupling the improved chronograph with an improved tourbillon.
On the dial, Vacheron has captured a particular old-school legibility in a contemporary way. The silvered-opaline dial with thickly-painted blue Arabic numerals and a red minute-track produces ample contrast.
Why no tachymeter bezel or pulsation scale? The reason may very well be because Vacheron already used them in the Rattrapante and Monopusher models – but that decision is a wise design choice. The addition of a tourbillon to this chronograph is less jarring because the other timekeeping indications are so restrained.
The tourbillon at 12 o’clock reminds us of one of the most important components of this watch: Calibre 3200, the movement beating inside. The reason that the tourbillon seems broader and more visible is because Vacheron developed the carriage to be driven by an intermediate wheel on the running seconds display instead of a pinion on the seconds wheel.
Additionally, the oscillating frequency runs slower than the norm at 2.5 Hz (18,000 vph). All of these technical choices allow for a wide opening on the upper plate and dial, offering an expansive view of the tourbillon throughout its airy ballet.
Moreover, Calibre 3200 employs the same novel technology and 65-hour power reserve as its two counterparts in the Harmony collection. It has a lateral coupling clutch with reduced friction that prevents lag. Additionally a “dragging” 45-minute chronograph function is configured to prevent motion in the gears and cams without sufficient pressure applied to the pusher (call it preventative maintenance).
Technical merits aside, Calibre 3200 is masterfully finished, not only with Côtes de Genève, dressage, and beveling, but also with a gold bridge that is hand-engraved with Fleurisanne Arabesque. And check out that Maltese Cross-shaped column-wheel screw!
The Harmony collection overall is a showstopper and the new vacheron constantin replica watches is no exception. This model will be limited to 26 pieces in 950 platinum, each individually numbered, with a list price of $314,600.