SIHH 2017 – Vacheron Constantin unveils its first ever Vacheron Constantin Symphonia Grande Sonnerie replica wristwatch with the one-of-a-kind Les Cabinotiers Symphonia Grande Sonnerie 1860, a horological masterpiece boasting ingenious security devices, a smart strike-mode selector operated via the bezel and “phantom” quarters elimination.
Their creation requires utmost technical expertise as hundreds of components are required to interact simultaneously and strike time indications perfectly. All while while managing energy consumption. (For more information about alarm, hour-strike, repeater, musical and other chiming steel fake Vacheron Constantin Grande Sonnerie watches, read our technical perspective The Sound of Time here).
Vacheron Constantin has a long tradition of crafting striking watches, having already produced grande and petite sonnerie pocket watches. This one-of-a-kind Les Cabinotiers Symphonia Grande Sonnerie 1860 however is the brand’s first grande sonnerie wristwatch. This impressive horological masterpiece combines a grande and petite sonnerie with a minute repeater. Its innovative strike mode selector is integrated into the 30° rotating bezel with a pointer indicating PS (petite sonnerie), GS (grande sonnerie) and SIL (silence). The minute-repeater is activated by a coaxial push-piece built into the crown and engraved with a Maltese cross (Grande Sonnerie watches usually don’t feature the traditional repeater trigger, as the energy required is stored in a dedicated sonnerie barrel).
The grande sonnerie and petite sonnerie hold a special place in the world of Haute Horlogerie. There is only a handful of watchmakers capable of manufacturing such works of arts, often regarded as the ultimate horological complication. Both the grande and petite sonnerie strike the hours and quarters in passing, though only the grande sonnerie repeats the hours at every quarter. Usually, they feature a selector to silence the mechanism and are combined with a minute repeater to chime time on demand.
Both partners have put in common resources and know-how to give birth to two distinctive calibers, with different architecture and some technical choices, however sharing several similar features. Interestingly, the conception and development of the movement is the result of a joint work with Complitime.
The Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Symphonia Grande Sonnerie 1860 watch comes on a black hand-stitched alligator strap with alligator lining and is secured by a white gold folding buckle. It will be delivered with a resonator to enhance its sound.
It’s an impressive Vacheron Constantin copy watch that we present to you today (and one that we’ll be reviewing in greater detail once the SIHH over).