This Mécaniques Gravées watch has a 39 mm case in 950 Platinum. It is 8.5 mm thick. Sapphire crystals on both the front and back allow a clear view of the engraving work. On the dial, white-gold hands point to the slate gray external ring that bears a transferred minutes track.
The watch is water resistant to 30 meters. It comes on a dark blue alligator strap with hand stitching and a saddle finish, and a buckle in platinum that makes use of the Vacheron Constantin Maltese cross shape. The watch bears the Geneva Seal.
For the tourbillon version of the Mécaniques Gravées, see the following page.
The other new Métiers d’Art model also employs a familiar manufacture movement. Caliber 2260 has previously been found in Vacheron’s Patrimony Traditionnelle Tourbillon 14 Days. True to that model’s name, the 2260 has a 336-hour power reserve. It beats at 18,000 vph and is manually wound. It has 231 components, including 31 jewels.
The tourbillon version of the Mécaniques Gravées tells the hours and minutes with its white-gold hands. The tourbillon cage, at 6 o’clock, also shows the seconds. At 12 o’clock is a power-reserve indicator, which sweeps through a 280-degree arc. Its scale has gradations to mark each 12-hour period in the course of the 14 days between full wind and the depletion of its four mainspring barrels.
The dial has a sapphire crystal with special frosted zones encircling the tourbillon and power-reserve indicator. These zones make the scales for the indicator and for the small seconds more easily readable.
Like its sister, the tourbillon Mécaniques Gravées is cased in 950 platinum. The watch is 41 mm in diameter and 12.35 mm thick. Through the caseback you can see the two large bridges, both fully engraved with the acanthus pattern.
The tourbillon Mécaniques Gravées – officially known as Ref. 6000A/000P-B026 – is hallmarked with the Geneva Seal. It too comes on a dark blue alligator strap with a platinum buckle.
Both of the Mécaniques Gravées are sold exclusively through Vacheron boutiques. For the greater enjoyment of their hand-engraved designs, each watch comes with a magnifying glass.