Vacheron Constantin presented to the world the Malte Small Seconds at SIHH earlier this year, confirming its place at the head of the proverbial watchmaking table. As far as tonneau shaped watches go, this new release from Vacheron is simply sublime.
The Vacheron Constantin Malte Small Seconds in its entirety looks carefully planned, yet effortless all at once as there aren’t any major bells and whistles accompanying this piece. The same can’t be said for its counterpart, the Malte Tourbillon Open-Worked however. The two watches sat side by side looking like night and day, each having their strengths highlighted by their apparent contrast.
Today’s focus is on the Malte Small Seconds. This timepiece as said before assumes a tonneau shape. This is not in itself unique as there are whole brands that have made every single watch in that shape (Franck Muller, and Dubey & Schaldenbrand spring to mind). However, there is a certain angular look to the watch, which isn’t something you see every day.
The case is crafted from 18kt white gold and it offers dimensions of 36.7mm across and 47.61mm top to bottom. Fitted to this model is a black alligator mississippiensis leather strap secured by a half Maltese cross clasp. This model comes with an exhibition sapphire crystal case back with which the movement can be admired.
The movement used to power the Malte Small Seconds is a hand wound caliber 4400 AS, which boasts a total power reserve of 65 hours when fully wound. This watch from the Malte collection features the Hallmark of Geneva assuring the public that the quality of this timepiece has not been compromised. This 127 part movement is fitted with 21 jewels, and vibrates at 28,800 alternations per hour.
The dial is made from sandblasted silver and it features a small seconds register at the 6 position. Indicating the time are hands and hour markers crafted from white gold. The markers at the 12 and 6 are rendered in Roman numerals adding to the sophistication of this timepiece. All in all, the Malte Small Seconds from Vacheron Constantin is constructed and finished beautifully for one very simple and totally refined timepiece.