Such an honour was further recognition of the ancestral savoir-faire, innovative tradition and pursuit of excellence passionately cultivated over 250 years by all Vacheron Constantin’s employees. The awards are divided into five different categories, for which two votes are cast: one by the jury comprising independent members from the industrial sector, the other by the public.
Vacheron Constantin’s Malte Tourbillon Regulator, which was presented in 2008, comes in two versions, platinum 950 or 18K 5N pink gold. It houses a tonneau-shaped 1790R Tourbillon Regulator movement (18,000 vibrations/hour) designed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin. Its 18K gold dial features five alternate kinds of finishing – snailed, guilloched, opaline, vertical satin-finishing and circular satin-finishing – for improved legibility of the time display, which comprises hours, minutes on a regulator display, and a small seconds arranged around the tourbillon cage. Its 39.90 by 49.90 mm case has a transparent sapphire crystal back displaying the exceptional finishing of the movement to full advantage. The power reserve is approximately 40 hours, and water-resistance has been tested to a pressure of 3 Bar, equivalent to around 30 metres. The watch comes on a square-scaled, hand-stitched navy blue or dark-brown alligator leather strap with a folding clasp with a polished half-Maltese cross.