Revisiting The Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph (2016 Edition)

The unique form of the Harmony Chronograph, as found in Three On Three.

The Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph, 2016 edition.

The just contrast between the two models is an absolutely corrective one – the to some degree light blue numbers on the Anniversary release (so we’ll call the dispatch model from 2015) have been supplanted with anthracite shaded numbers. The impact is to cause the watch to appear to be somewhat more calm, which is possibly more proper to a chronograph with a pulsometric scale; this is a specialist’s complication, all things considered, planned to make it simpler to decide the quantity of heartbeat thumps each moment (and obviously, the pulse in pulsates each moment, which would be advised to be equivalent to the beat, except if the patient is more anatomically unordinary than they appear).

The scale says “graduated for 30 throbs,” so what you do is put your fingers on the patient’s spiral conduit, start the chronograph, begin checking beat beats, and stop the chronograph when you hit 30 heartbeat pulsates. The number the middle chronograph seconds hand focuses to is the quantity of beats each moment. For instance, 30 throbs in 15 seconds is a resting pulse of 120 beats for every minute. It takes a little math, however it’s really straightforward and effective.

The wonderfully molded hands and unmistakably stamped pulsometer scale make this a simple watch to use for its proposed purpose.

What has not changed in the smallest is the development, Vacheron Constantin’s type 3300. A fast invigorate on its essential qualities: this is a hand-wound, monopusher, section wheel chronograph, with focus chronograph seconds and a 45-minute aggregator in a sub-register on the correct side of the dial. Little seconds are at nine o’clock, and there is a subtle force hold marker down at six o’clock. The general force hold is around 65 hours. The equilibrium beats at 21,600 vph and the development (and watch in general) conveys the Geneva Hallmark. The type is on the large side, at 14.5 lignes, which is about 32.80mm – somewhat over the pretty much exemplary wristwatch development breadth of 30mm, however not exactly in pocket-watch territory.

Inside is Vacheron’s type 3300, which has a few unordinary specialized features.

This is a customary section wheel chronograph, yet for certain advancements under the hood.

There a few focuses I’d prefer to address about the development. In the first place, dissimilar to the 260-piece restricted release we saw at SIHH 2015, this form of the development has no etching on the equilibrium rooster (which is gold in the commemoration model). Another fascinating point has to do with the framework for initiating the chronograph. Commonly, in a sidelong grasp chronograph like this one, you have the potential for a slight hop of the middle chronograph seconds hand when the chronograph is locked in, as the teeth may strike each other tip-to-tip as the exchange wheel draws in with the chronograph seconds wheel at the focal point of the development. In the type 3300, the driving wheel (extreme left, above) is on the rotate of the fourth wheel, which turns once per minute; this driving wheel drives the exchange wheel, which is mounted on a rotating switch. At the point when you start the chronograph, the tip of the switch taking the exchange wheel falls away one of the columns on the section wheel, which permits the exchange wheel to drop into commitment with the chronograph seconds wheel. That is the place where that little skip of the chronograph seconds hand could happen.

It’s a long way from the apocalypse, yet it is a little digit of imprecision in a machine dedicated to precision, and it’s this little bounce that a vertical grip chronograph dodges. Presently on the off chance that you take a gander at the exchange wheel above however, you’ll see that there’s another wheel straightforwardly under it, with Maltese-cross formed spokes. This wheel is the one that really draws in the teeth of the chronograph community seconds wheel. Our conjecture is that there is a grating coupling between the upper and lower move wheels – Vacheron alludes to a “erosion framework” in its press material that should wipe out the bounce of the chronograph seconds hand – and that the lower gear drops into position when you begin pushing the beginning/stop/reset button, yet doesn’t start to turn until after the teeth are locked in; this would surely kill the hopping chronograph seconds hand.

Movement finish is actually what you’d expect: consistently excellent.

There is likewise an “win big or bust” framework incorporated into the chronograph component, which keeps the system from being somewhat drawn in without really beginning to run. The aftereffect of this is that the chronograph pusher feel is not normal for some other chronograph I’ve utilized – there is an underlying, rather delicate detent to push through when you initially push down the beginning catch, and afterward a second, to some degree stiffer one as you push through commitment of the win or bust instrument and the erosion framework kicks in. It takes a touch of becoming accustomed to, however in the creation model we took a gander at for this story, the somewhat unnecessary notchiness we noted in our Three On Three story appears to have been streamlined a piece. It’s an update that for all the customary components of type 3300, it’s as yet an advanced, in fact forward-looking chronograph movement.

The little changes to the Harmony Chronograph’s dial give it a more calm look overall.

As with most pad cased watch, it wears somewhat more modest than you’d might suspect from the numbers.

Between the somewhat more calm dial, marginally more calm development, and marginally smoother chronograph activity, this feels to me like in excess of a marginally unique watch. Understanding the specialized highlights of the development and what they mean for pusher feel has a major effect too. 

It’s as yet a major watch – its fundamental disadvantage comparative with a portion of its competition, as we noted in our Three On Three story – at 42mm x 52mm, and 12.81mm thick. It’s as simple as that. In any case, the enormous size at any rate guarantees that perusing the pulsometric scale is simple. This was a promptly intriguing option in contrast to other hand-twisted, in-house chronographs from the second it was dispatched and with the new dial treatment, and a superior comprehension of how and why it feels the manner in which it does in activity, it appears to me a more reasonable option as well.

The new Harmony Chronograph is certifiably not a restricted release (like its archetype) and it’s valued at $65,800. You can discover more subtleties at  vacheron-constantin.com.