In 1912, seeking to make a clean break with the rounded shapes of pocket watches and display a decidedly avant-garde spirit, Vacheron Constantin became one of the first watch manufacturers to offer barrel-shaped or ‘tonneau’ cases. This shape became iconic right from its first appearance, widely appealing to both men and women. Over the past century, it has come to be associated with the most prestigious horological complications, as notably interpreted in the Malte collection.

Three pink or white gold models assert their style through an understated approach focused firmly on essentials: reading off time as a daily companion and a night-time confidant. The pure, refined and supremely classic lines are imbued with a delightfully modern touch and radiate a particularly sensual aura when accentuated by sparkling diamonds.

The new Malte small models come in a curving 28.30 x 38.75 mm case making a perfect fit on the daintiest wrists and housing a mechanical hand-wound movement, Calibre 1400. Developed and crafted by Vacheron Contantin, the latter may be admired through a transparent tonneau-shaped case-back echoing the shape of the case. A strap in Mississipiensis alligator leather or satin prolongs the feminine appeal of this model right the way through to the diamond-set or non-set half Maltese Cross-shaped pin buckle.