Vacheron Constatin's Malte collection has always carried an original inventiveness and elegance in form of a barrel shape dial. This series, well-loved for its sublime interpretation of fluid geometry, lights and shadows, welcomes two new additions to the family. The pink gold edition epitomizes a blend of distinguished presence and unspoken beauty. This fresh new offering showcases a fresh new interpretation of the impressive Malte Tourbillon Openworked mechanism, bearing the regal kiss of the prestige Hallmark of Geneva as displayed in a nobly signature aesthetic.

The barrel shaped tonneau is no foreigner to the Vacheron Constantin design. In fact, this form has long been used by the brand since 1912 and has become a visual heritage. The Malte collection has been interpreted through a wide range of sophisticated creations, all of them endowed with understated visuals, along with inner mechanisms that makes each timepiece worth the wait. These models star a curvy design, along with contemporary lines and straightforward display. This flavor has been redesigned in 2012, where the manufacture highlights the boldness of the Malte collection. Vacheron Constantine, the first to adopt such design a century earlier, prides in this unique silhouette despite the fact that rounder watches once dominated the market. The curved form in the middle molds the shape of the wrist, which simply characterizes the Malte series with deep originality.

It was in 2014 when Vacheron Constantin released Caliber 2790 SQ, a barrel shaped movement with a skeletonized feature, beating right in the heart of the Malte Tourbillon Openworked in a beautiful platinum case. This same edition is now being joined by a new model in an 18k 5N pink gold case.

Such a fine addition is a rare event in the fine watchmaking world. This new model shows off in a pink gold case which frames a hand-engraved, openworked barrel shaped tourbillon. There's a lovely play of light and shadows, as the manufacture used the Caliber 2790 SQ to reveal a novel component that plays with the geometrical shapes within the layers of the gears. The inspiration behind this was based on the subtle patterns made by a pyramid of Chiaroscuro. The result, a three-dimensional mosaic that is magnified by an imposing Maltese cross-shaped tourbillon.

It took about 540 hours of precise workmanship to create this timepiece, clad in 264 components, each furnished to a perfect polish to become the stars in a mechanical stage. The mechanism shows the hours, minutes, seconds and date displays as well as a power reserve indicator behind a sapphire dial embraced by a silver ring. The applied Roman numeral XII is in 18K 5N gold. Adding to its sense of luxury is an alligator leather strap in brown, clasped by a half Maltese cross buckle.