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Fiftysix day-date petrol blue dial: A MR PORTER exclusive

  • A 30-piece limited and numbered edition available exclusively on MR PORTER
  • A retro-contemporary style reinforced by a petrol blue dial and a sepia brown calfskin strap
  • A manufacture mechanical self-winding day, date and power-reserve calibre

 

Geneva, 16 December 2020 - The Fiftysix collection is expanding with a 30-piece limited edition available exclusively on MR PORTER, the global online retail destination for men’s style. The 40 mm-diameter stainless steel case frames a petrol blue dial specially developed for the collection and a sepia brown calfskin strap.

In 2018, Vacheron Constantin embarked on a partnership with London's legendary Abbey Road Studios bringing together their shared values of Excellence and Craftmanship. The iconic Studio Two was chosen as the setting in which to unveil the Fiftysix collection, which has since been interpreted in several variations inspired by the Maison’s first water-resistant self-winding watch created in 1956. Its distinctive features: lugs shaped like a section of Vacheron Constantin’s Maltese cross symbol; a box-type sapphire crystal; a classic case measuring 40 mm in diameter; and a sophisticated sector-type dial.


In 2020, Vacheron Constantin is expanding the Fiftysix collection with a new interpretation, for which the stage has once again been set at Abbey Road Studios to mark its exclusive launch on the MR PORTER platform.


Petrol blue and sepia brown calfskin
Issued in a 30-piece numbered limited edition, the Fiftysix day-date watch is the epitome of casual elegance. Radiating a resolutely urban spirit, its stainless steel case – with a 40 mm diameter ensuring a perfect fit on any wrist – frames a petrol blue dial. In addition to its deep colour specifically developed for the collection, the sector-type dial is distinguished by the richness of its details. Three different finishes – opaline, sunburst and snailed, from the centre to the rim – ensure an extremely legible watch face accentuated by elegant light effects. Arabic numerals, hour-markers and gold hour-minute hands punctuate the dial of this timepiece, whose personality is enhanced by a matt-textured sepia brown calfskin strap with stainless steel folding clasp.

Beneath the case beats self-winding Calibre 2475 SC/2, equipped with a stop-seconds device and driving indications of the day of the week at 9 o'clock, the date at 3 o'clock as well as the 40-hour power reserve at 6 o'clock. Through the caseback, a few subtle details further enhance the elegance of the watch thanks to the openworked 22-carat gold oscillating weight whose design is inspired by the shape of the Maltese cross, and affords a chance to admire the Côtes de Genève pattern adorning the mainplate. This weight also benefits from a rotation system equipped with ceramic ballbearings, thereby dispensing with any need for lubrication and guaranteeing the movement’s longevity.

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Summary
Launched in 2018 at Abbey Road Studios, the Fiftysix collection welcomes a new 30-piece numbered limited edition available exclusively on MR PORTER. A model imbued with a resolutely urban spirit and stylishly featuring a 40 mm stainless steel case, a petrol blue dial and a sepia brown calfskin strap. Behind the scenes, accuracy is the order of the day thanks to the 2475 SC/2 self-winding calibre driving day of the week, date and 40-hour power reserve indications.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Reference
4400E/000A-B943

Calibre
2475 SC/2
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
26.2 mm (11¼’’’) diameter, 5.7 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
264 components
27 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva

Indications
Hours, minutes, central seconds
Day of the week and date
Power-reserve indicator

Case
Stainless steel
40 mm diameter, 11.6 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistant tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 metres)

Dial
Petrol blue, opaline center, sunburst exterior, snailed counters
18K white gold Arabic numerals
18K white gold hour-markers highlighted by a blue luminescent material

Strap
Brown calfskin leather with calfskin lining and beige stitching

Clasp
Stainless steel folding clasp
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Limited and numbered edition of 30 pieces
Only available on MR PORTER

Celebrating the new collection Égérie, Vacheron Constantin exhibits two centuries of feminine creations in Tokyo

Vacheron Constantin Ginza Boutique
December 15th - December 29th, 2020

 

  • The creative universe of Vacheron Constantin has been graced with feminine interpretations since the turn of the 18th century.
  • To illustrate this legacy faithfully mirroring various artistic currents, Vacheron Constantin presents in Tokyo a selection of 10 feminine models from its private collection.
  • This exclusive exhibition in the Vacheron Constantin Ginza boutique in Tokyo pays tribute to the encounter of the worlds of Haute Horlogerie and Haute Couture and celebrates the feminine collection Egérie launched in February 2020.


Tokyo, Nov 2020 – The new Vacheron Constantin collection Égérie is born from the encounter and the shared values of the worlds of Haute Horlogerie and Haute Couture. An exclusive pop-up store exhibiting a selection of timepieces from the Maison’s private collection at Ginza boutique wrapped in Egerie atmosphere in Tokyo, highlights this powerful connection and the creativity cultivated by the Manufacture for more than two centuries.


Haute Couture and Haute Horlogerie demonstrate a powerful connection. Since the mid-20th century, Haute Couture Maisons have been governed by a set of rules that codify their activities, from the making of garments in the atelier to fashion shows. This uncompromisingly rigorous discipline naturally stimulates the imagination of these Maisons forming a whole world of style, luxury and quality. In the same way, Vacheron Constantin and Haute Horlogerie adhere to a number of precepts that ensure their timepieces stem from a blend of artistry and knowledge. Vacheron Constantin shares with Haute Couture a concern for irreproachable quality dedicated to creativity and an approach to artisanal work characteristic of the artistic crafts. Finally, one cannot evoke this closeness without mentioning the feminine universe, the privileged field of expression of Haute Couture and the embodiment of Vacheron Constantin's artistic sensitivity for over two centuries.

Feminine Haute Horlogerie

Women became interested in watchmaking at a very early stage of history, often in order to enhance their adornments with objects that were sometimes unusual but generally conceived as authentic jewellery. The practical aspects of these items were nonetheless not neglected, as evidenced by the many striking or calendar watches made for women. Moreover, women were the first to wear timepieces on their wrist, long before wristwatches became widespread in the first half of the 20th century. Vacheron Constantin has left its horological mark on all these periods, from the first ladies’ pocket watches made at the turn of the 18th century to elegant contemporary creations. Like the Haute Couture finery with which they are a perfect fit, they all evoke dreams and passion.


The Vacheron Constantin Heritage: a living and inspiring treasure

The Vacheron Constantin Heritage collections, comprising more than 1,300 pieces, bear witness to this formidable creative impetus in the field of ladies’ watches. With a first historical reference dating back to 1815, a yellow gold pocket watch featuring a caseband finely engraved with a floral motif enhanced with garnets, the Maison provided early demonstrations of the special attention it devoted to women. Whether functional or ceremonial timepieces, jewellery or sports watches, Vacheron Constantin's feminine creations have always been able to capture artistic trends and adapt them to the clothing trends of the moment, to women's changing social status, to their desires as well as their wildest whims. Since the 1800s, they have continuously influenced the Maison’s most accomplished creations.

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Two centuries of creativity in one exhibition

To illustrate these two centuries of watchmaking in the feminine mode, Vacheron Constantin has selected a few pieces from its Heritage collections. In the manner of a great couturier who designs clothes for special events, the Maison has chosen these timepieces to be associated with an outfit worn at a gala, tea time, lunch or cocktail party, while not forgetting the accessory watch, an indispensable object for people of good taste.


Gala – Entirely gemset ladies’ gold and platinum watch, silver tapisserie-style dial – 1918
At the beginning of the 20th century, when opulent Art Nouveau shapes remained as appealing as ever, the wristwatches that were beginning to assert themselves on women's wrists provided a special means of expression as jewellery telling the time. Especially so when it came to evening watches such as this Vacheron Constantin gold and platinum model that is entirely arrayed in precious stones – from the bezel adorned with brilliant-cut bead-set diamonds to the bracelet richly decorated with antique-cut bezel-set diamonds. This gala watch with its understated design delicately asserts its softly scrolling patterns thanks to the expert hands of the gemsetter.


Gala – Ladies’ diamond-set and engraved tonneau-shaped ladies’ wristwatch - 1929
In the 1920s, Vacheron Constantin embraced the aesthetic codes of the Art Deco movement. Watch silhouettes took liberties with cases that were oval or rectangular, square or barrel-shaped, as on this 1929 timepiece with pivoting lugs for greater comfort on the wrist. Creativity was also expressed through an incursion into the intricacies of jewellery arcana, while platinum made a remarkable appearance due to its properties proving ideal for watch decoration. The Haute Joaillerie special-shaped ‘form’ watch in platinum was to assert itself as a Vacheron Constantin aesthetic signature.


Tea Time – Ladies’ yellow gold and champlevé enamel pendant watch - 1834
Before attaching their watches to their wrist, women were happy to wear them as a pendant, as in this model with its delicate polychrome champlevé enamel work featuring an inspired floral motif on the cover. The caseband is adorned with engraved flowers and leaves, while the silver dial bears a guilloché pattern with a tapestry pattern. This timepiece bears witness to the feminine tastes of the period for extremely ornate jewellery watches, requiring the kind of consummate mastery of artistic crafts consistently cultivated by Vacheron Constantin.


Tea Time – Yellow gold and enamel ladies’ brooch watch, set with diamonds and featuring pounced ornament engraving and raised appliques – 1901
At the turn of the century, ladies' watches were still widely regarded as ceremonial pieces, precious jewels whose ornamentation called on the expertise of skilled artisans that Vacheron Constantin had always encouraged and cultivated. This 1901 timepiece offers a magnificent illustration of this artistry with its gemset brooch adorned with enamelled flowers. The yellow gold case features the pounced ornament engraving technique, a delicate and irreversible operation consisting in removing material to sculpt the metal by creating a relief effect. The finishing is entrusted to the enamelling specialist for the floral decoration, itself enhanced by bead-set diamonds.


Luncheon – Platinum ladies’ brooch watch, set with diamonds and rubies, suspended from a diamond-set chain– 1925
With its typical Art Deco geometrical shapes, enhanced by exceptional gemsetting work, this ladies' platinum brooch watch is a model of its kind. Undeniably precious with its diamonds and rubies arranged in perfect symmetry, yet delightfully uncomplicated, it also represents a horological masterpiece due to the extremely small dimensions of its calibre. Perfectly suited to the watchmaking elegance and delicacy of finely gemset models, the 7''' calibre (2.15 x 6.5 mm) represents a genuine technical feat.


Luncheon – Ladies’ engraved yellow gold ‘secret’ watch, curved-link bracelet - 1946
From the 1940s onwards, the geometric lines of the Art Deco period gave way to more voluptuous, more exuberant shapes, reflecting the spirit of freedom pervading this period. Conceived as jewels that tell the time, ‘secret’ watches were particularly popular at this juncture, and Vacheron Constantin excelled in giving them substance. Such is the case of this yellow gold timepiece engraved with a textured motif on the bracelet featuring wide curved links. The watch thus took on additional volume and the case was seamlessly integrated into the bracelet thanks to scrupulous work on the lug design.


Cocktail – Ladies’ yellow gold “belt” watch set with diamonds and rubies – 1953
The 1950s saw the dawn of the post-war boom years, an era of openness and prosperity that witnessed the emergence of artistic ventures into daring shapes, unexpected touches and playfully non-conformist approaches. The ladies' watch became a territory of creative expression providing scope for a variety of shapes and skilfully mixed genres. A yellow gold mesh bracelet, a ‘wrist belt’ featuring a buckle adorned with brilliant-cut bead-set rubies and diamonds, ‘secret’ watches hidden beneath decorative covers... This watch radiating an extremely elegant style carries an unmistakable hint of extravagance.


Cocktail – Ladies’ octagonal white gold wristwatch, lapis lazuli dial and woven mesh bracelet - 1972
The wild 1970s proved a formidable breeding ground for the creativity of Vacheron Constantin, more than ever inspired by special-shaped watches. It was also a decade of boldness, including through dials made of hard stones such as the lapis lazuli adorning this 1972 octagonal watch featuring a facetted glass secured by prongs, like a huge diamond. The deep blue dial colour contrasts with the white gold of the case, flowing into a polish mesh bracelet with perfectly integrated lugs.


Accessory – Engraved yellow gold ‘surprise’ pocket watch - 1928
The Roaring Twenties kindled the desire to explore new horizons. Transatlantic liners were a dream come true, as were exotic destinations. Travel watches thus became continuously worn objects enabling people to be able to check the time at any moment in an entirely private manner. Women were won over by these ‘surprise’ watches that Vacheron Constantin made with them in mind, based on Art Deco inspiration giving free rein to artistic crafts: gemsetting, guilloché, enamelling as well as engraved geometrical motifs, as seen on this 1928 yellow gold model.


Accessory - "Surprise" watch in white gold set with 18 cabochon-cut rubies, 1929
In the 1920s, Vacheron Constantin embraced the codes of Art Deco. Watch shapes became increasingly varied, ranging from the pure and rigorous lines of cases that were now oval or rectangular, square or sculpted in asymmetrical shapes, generally set with stones of two different colours. Creativity was effervescent. The jewellery watches were complemented by more discreet models meetings the needs of women who wanted to be able to read the time in all circumstances, on a daily basis or for glamorous evenings. Vacheron Constantin thus continued to produce a few pocket watches, as illustrated by its 1929 "surprise" watch in white gold set with 18 cabochon-cut rubies.

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Schedule

Vacheron Constantin Ginza Boutique
Tue 15 Dec - Tue 29 Dec, 2020
Weekdays 13:00-20:00、Sat/Sun/Holidays 12:00-20:00

Ginza boutique 2nd Floor
7-8-8 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo Tel: 03-3569-1755
0120-63-1755

Business days and hours may change depending on circumstances.

Vacheron Constantin opens its first boutique in Germany in Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurt am Main, December 2020 - Vacheron Constantin, the world's oldest Haute Horlogerie Manufacturer with more than 265 years of continuous history opens its first boutique in Germany at Kaiserstraße 1, Frankfurt am Main.


This newly opened exclusive boutique, located in the heart of Germany on one of the most historic streets of Frankfurt am Main, invites watch connoisseurs and collectors to discover the artistry, craftmanship and heritage of excellence that make up the world of Vacheron Constantin.

In the spirit of Belle Haute Horlogerie this new boutique offers a warm welcome to watch enthusiasts. The refined interior incorporates modern elegance and the Maison’s design concept. Demonstrating Vacheron Constantin's limitless technical and aesthetic creativity, customers are welcome to discover a variety of timepieces and calibers, from simple models to high complications, as well as exclusive editions.

Already in 1847, the first Vacheron Constantin watches were sold to German clients. Ever since, the Maison has enjoyed a thriving bond with the country.

“We have been looking forward to opening the very first boutique in Germany and are delighted to welcome watch enthusiasts and connoisseurs to enter Vacheron Constantin’s world of great watchmaking and tradition. This new boutique exemplifies the Maison’s constant pursuit of excellence and never-ending precision. It is the perfect opportunity to further strengthen the long-lasting relationship of our Maison with German clients”, says Mr. Christian Gasplmayr, Managing Director of Vacheron Constantin Europe, Middle East and Africa.

In celebration of the new boutique opening two unique pieces from the Les Cabinotiers workshop will exclusively be showcased in the month of December:

Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater perpetual calendar - A perfect combination from the “La Musique du Temps” assortment as a tribute to musical arts and comprehensive mastery of ultra-thin movements.

Les Cabinotiers Symphonia Grande Sonnerie 1860 - First grande sonnerie wristwatch and an extremely rare occurrence in the sphere of Haute Horlogerie.


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BOUTIQUE ADDRESS Vacheron Constantin

Kaiserstraße 1, 60311 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69 138820

Vacheron Constantin and sports watches: An exhibition in Taipei from December 7th, 2020 to January 3rd, 2021

  • Vacheron Constantin presents an exhibition devoted to the world of its sports watches and the precision instruments that preceded them.
  • The exhibition will take place at the Taipei 101 boutique and Taipei 101 Prestige Club during December.
  • From the 1930s onwards, the Maison developed landmark chronographs for scientists and sportsmen and women. 
  • In 1977, Vacheron Constantin celebrated its 222nd anniversary with the "222", a symbol of the sporting elegance that would inspire the Overseas collection 20 years later.


Taipei, November 2020 - Renowned for its mastery of the horological grand complications, Vacheron Constantin has also distinguished itself in the field of chronometry and precision instruments. This expertise has made the Maison’s timepieces – and particularly its chronographs – firm favourites among scientists, explorers and athletes alike. In 1977, Vacheron Constantin celebrated its 222nd anniversary wi th a new watch that would firmly establish presence in the world of sports watches: the "222", whose sleek elegance inspired the Overseas collection. The Taipei exhibition offers a reflection of this epic saga.


Sports watches are both instrument featuring impeccable precision timekeeping and models capable of withstanding the challenges of an active lifestyle. For Vacheron Constantin, this duality has always been expressed through timepieces in which technical imperatives are matched by superbly elegant aesthetics. Known from the time of its founding for its mastery of the most sophisticated watchmaking complications, the Maison distinguished itself at an early stage by developing timepieces perfectly suited to the requirements of scientists and explorers. These pocket watches, produced from the 1850s to the beginning of the 20th century, were greatly appreciated for their reliability and precision. Honoured by numerous prizes awarded in chronometry competitions, they were naturally of interest to various military corps as accurate and extremely robust time-measuring instruments. 


The advent of the wristwatch at the beginning of the 20th century enabled Vacheron Constantin to demonstrate its technical know-how in the production of chronographs, which were to become benchmarks in sporting circles. Over the decades, these timepieces dedicated to short-time measurements have consistently proved capable of adapting to the demands of contemporary life – in which sport and travel occupy an ever-growing place – while losing nothing of their inherent elegance. Witness the Turnograph Reference 6782 model from the 1950s, which is widely regarded as the first sports watch from a prestigious watchmaker.


The “222” watch
From the 1970s onwards, watchmaking underwent a phase of profound transformation, not only due to the new quartz movements, but also in response to customers’ aspirations towards a more audacious and almost irreverent approach to watchmaking in this decade of emancipation. Sturdy watches, crafted in stainless steel with an integrated bracelet and highly legible dial, created a whole new segment of sporty chic products corresponding to the lifestyles of this era. In 1977, the year of its 222nd anniversary, Vacheron Constantin presented its own interpretation of this new trend: the "222” watch born from the imagination of the youthful designer Jörg Hysek. Classic in its terms of its “motorisation” – since it was equipped with an ultra-thin self-winding movement – it nonetheless broke all the rules with its slender yet robust silhouette, enhanced by a finely notched bezel and integrated bracelet. Considered the first emblematic sports model from the Maison, the 222 subsequently inspired another watch destined for greatness. In 1996, Overseas came to embody the Manufacture’s take on the world of sports. This line dedicated to travel and discovery embodies the pioneering spirit of Vacheron Constantin.


Exhibited watches
To illustrate this tradition of precision watches and sports models produced by Vacheron Constantin since the 1940s, the Maison has drawn on its rich heritage of some 1,300 timepieces to select those particularly representative of different periods and trends. These watches now exhibited in Taipei testify to technical expertise serving the cause of elegance.


Pocket chronometer in 18K yellow gold, silver-toned dial with small seconds and power-reserve indicator –1947
The development of timepieces for professionals combining precision and technical sophistication reflects the pioneering spirit of Vacheron Constantin. In order to meet the requirements of scientists, explorers, sportsmen and astronomical observatories, the Maison has been offering reliable and accurate pocket watches since the 19th century, earning it numerous distinctions in chronometry competitions. This 1947 manual-winding gold model with small seconds and power-reserve indication is a perfect illustration of this know-how.


Pulsimeter chronograph Reference 4072 in gold and steel, silver-toned dial with small seconds and30- minute chronograph counter –1944
Thanks to the miniaturisation of movements at the beginning of the 20th century, chronographs became wristworn instruments. For Vacheron Constantin, this was an opportunity to demonstrate its technical mastery through the development of high-performance calibres that were unanimously acclaimed within the sporting and scientific communities. Among the brand's especially acclaimed chronographs, Reference 4072 was to enjoy a remarkable longevity. Initially launched during the 1930s in a single-pusher version, it wound up its career in the early 1970s with two pushers, as exemplified in this two-tone model from 1944.


“222" stainless steel watch with integrated bracelet, black dial and date –1978
To celebrate its 222nd anniversary in 1977, Vacheron Constantin presented the "222", a steel timepiece with an integrated bracelet, featuring an edgy profile and meticulous attention to detail, including the Maltese cross stamped on the caseband. Powered by ultra-thin manual-winding Calibre 44018, the watch was graced with a pure and elegant profile created by youthful designer Jörg Hysek. Produced until 1985 in various sizes and –- including this original 37 mm steel "Jumbo" version –this model is regarded as the first iconic sports watch from Vacheron Constantin.


Phidias GMT World Time watch in gold and stainless steel, white dial with central seconds and date, diamond hour-markers –1995
At the end of the 1980s, four years after the "222" was discontinued, Vacheron Constantin decided to return to the segment of sporty and elegant watches with "Phidias", a model designed by Dino Modolo. Very much in keeping with the style of that decade, this watch with its integrated two-tone curving bracelet has a profile that is more elegant than sporty. Nevertheless, the "Phidias" collection was thoughtfully built so as to integrate various complications, such as the world time function appearing on this model via the rotating bezel engraved with cities representing the different time zones. A timepiece entirely in tune with the prevailing democratisation of air travel.


Overseas steel self-winding chronograph watch, silver-toned dial with 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph counters, small seconds and date –1999
The Overseas watch, also designed by Dino Modolo, is a direct descendant of the "222". In this respect, 1996 – when the model was presented – was a pivotal year for Vacheron Constantin, which thereby asserted its presence in the world of sporty and elegant watches. The year proved all the more important in that this watch – marking the start of a brand-new collection – enjoyed immediate success. Inspired by the notion of travel, the Overseas was first presented in three sizes with self-winding calibres, before appearing in various interpretations, including this stainless steel chronograph model epitomising its immediately recognisable blend of sport, elegance and classicism.


Overseas II self-winding watch in stainless steel and titanium, anthracite dial with central seconds and date –2010
The success of the first Overseas watches is confirmed by their longevity and the second generation of the model was indeed only introduced in 2004. On this occasion, its design underwent a notable evolution in order to make the watch sportier and more daring, particularly in terms of the integrated bracelet whose links are inspired by the Maltese cross, the emblem of Vacheron Constantin. The size was also adapted to the standards of the 2000s, with the new Overseas watch adopting a 42 mm diameter, both for the chronograph and for the simple model presented here in a 2010 stainless steel and titanium version.

 

Vacheron Constantin announces its first boutique in Portugal

Lisbon, 26th October, 2020 - Vacheron Constantin, the world’s oldest watch Manufacture in continuous production for over 265 years, announces the opening of its first boutique in Lisbon, Portugal by December 2020.

The boutique will be located on prestigious Av. Da Liberdade in downtown Lisbon, Portugal. This prime location is recognized as one of Lisbon’s most desirable luxury retail addresses. The boutique will carry the Maison’s entire range of timepieces, as well as exclusive models. It will feature the new Vacheron Constantin boutique design concept, which focuses on private bespoke appointments whilst also creating a warm and welcoming space for watch enthusiasts and collectors alike. 

"We are delighted to announce the opening of the first Vacheron Constantin Boutique in Portugal”, says Matthieu Ferry, General Manager Vacheron Constantin Iberia, France and Belux. “With this new location we seek to offer our clients the best space for exclusive services and share our Maison’s commitment to Belle Haute Horlogerie.” 

Founded in 1755, Vacheron Constantin is built upon a legacy of innovation and a constant quest for excellence. Each Vacheron Constantin timepiece is crafted in Geneva, Switzerland with care and passion by the finest watchmakers and craftsmen.

“Les Collectionneurs” Tokyo and Osaka, 7th December – 31st December 2020

  • A representative selection of vintage watches covering the entire 20th century
  • Tokyo and Osaka, 7th December – 31st December, at Vacheron Constantin boutiques
  • Models “hunted down” by Vacheron Constantin's experts, then restored and delivered with a certificate of authenticity and a two-year guarantee.

     

Chosen with patience and talent by the Maison’s heritage department specialists, vintage watches covering the entire 20th century are now part of the aptly named “Les Collectionneurs” collection. The latter continues to evolve over time and is regularly offered for sale to brand aficionados at dedicated events organised in Vacheron Constantin boutiques around the world. “Les Collectionneurs” models all come with a certificate of authenticity and a two-year guarantee – an offer unmatched in the watchmaking world.


When vintage is second nature
The notion of vintage is second nature to Vacheron Constantin. It is expressed through a strong attachment to everything relating to its heritage. In more than 260 years of existence, the Maison has accumulated a unique set of archives in the field of time measurement. Engaged in uninterrupted production since its origins, the Manufacture is also able to take care of – and restore if necessary – any watch from its workshops, whatever its age. A closer look at its archives and its private collection of more than 1,500 timepieces offers an excellent insight into this historical depth and the means used to nurture it. From the watchmakers and craftsmen of its restoration workshop to the historians of the Style & Heritage team, the experts at Vacheron Constantin possess all the necessary skills to best serve this vintage watchmaking that now enjoys such an excellent reputation.


“Les Collectionneurs”
Vacheron Constantin quickly felt the need to unite connoisseurs and aficionados of the Maison around this same passion, leading to the creation of “Les Collectionneurs”: an approach consisting in using the Manufacture’s considerable resources to gather and restore a series of historical Vacheron Constantin pieces, subsequently offered for sale at dedicated events in Vacheron Constantin boutiques around the world.
"Les Collectionneurs” represents another facet of Vacheron Constantin," comments Christian Selmoni, Style & Heritage Director. “The collection perpetuates this precious link between past and present, enabling our clientele of connoisseurs and collectors to acquire restored vintage pieces directly through the Maison, which is a real guarantee. As for the events organised around the world to unveil these pieces, they attract both seasoned collectors and young generations eager to delve more deeply into watchmaking history.”


Watches ready for a new life
The Vacheron Constantin Heritage team works to bring together these vintage watches, whether pocket or wristwatches. The objective is to create a representative range of timepieces offered by Vacheron Constantin over the years. All kinds of channels are used in order to locate them: auction rooms, personal contacts with private individuals – bearing in mind that an expert eye is decisive in the choice of these timepieces, be they simple or striking models, calendars or chronographs...
Pocket watches mainly covering the years 1910 to 1930 and wristwatches prior to 1970 – with a preference for the period from 1940 to 1960 – are then subjected to a dual appraisal. First of all, a historical evaluation is undertaken in order to authenticate the piece with reference to the in-house archives, which have been listing cases and movements by serial number for a century and a half. Then comes the technical assessment aimed at determining which interventions may be necessary, from simply cleaning the watch to its restoration – the objective being to preserve these timepieces in a state as close as possible to that of their origins. If necessary, they are restored to working order using period components, of which Vacheron Constantin maintains a large stock, or else reproduced the old-fashioned way and in identical form within the Manufacture. Once the process is complete, each timepiece is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and a two-year guarantee, the latter being the same as that delivered with all models within the Maison’s standard collections.


Models unveiled at dedicated events 
Throughout the year, Vacheron Constantin organises special events or exhibitions of historical models from its private collection in its boutiques. These are all special experiences that give connoisseurs an opportunity to discover this “Les Collectionneurs” collection; and Vacheron Constantin's experts a chance to share the history related to the "experience" of these models. Thanks to its extremely well documented archives, the Maison can retrace the destiny of these timepieces that have survived through the ages as testimony to their time and to its watchmaking expertise. Rare and doubtless unique for those who cherish them, these Vacheron Constantin watches bearing the patina of age as a badge of honour are thus ready for a new life.


Watches highlight

Platinum open-face ultra-thin minute-repeater pocket watch – 1928
At the beginning of the 20th century, Platinum has become appreciated for its modern aspect, its resistance and its workability which facilitates the case manufacturing. Thanks to its rarity and its physical qualities it becomes the most noble material. The metal of excellence for collectors, it is said to be Pure (over 95%), rare (much rarer than gold ) and eternal (it does not oxidize with time). During the Art Deco period, Vacheron Constantin combined it with rock crystal, coloured stones and open-worked movements to make remarkable pocket watches. Vacheron Constantin is considered as a specialist in Manufacturing ultra-thin chiming mechanism since 1806. (first mention in the archive) This piece was sold in New York in 1929. Silvered dial, black enamelled Arabic numerals, small seconds at 6 o’clock, external “railroad” minute-circle. Manual-winding. 46mm diameter, 5.7 mm thick. 
 

18K pink gold complete calendar wristwatch – model 4240 - 1947
The reference 4240 has been chosen to be re-designed by the Maison in 2017 within the "Historiques" collection. Launched in 1942, reference 4240 became quickly an emblematic model of the Maison thanks to its recognizable "triple godrons" case design and its "claw-shape" lugs. This 35mm case manual winding model has two-tone silvered dial, day and month indication between 12 o'clock and the center in French, date indication in an external circle with red Arabic numerals, small seconds at 6 o'clock. Two similar references were sold at auction in 2019 and was sold in Tanger in 1947 according to the record.


18K rose gold chronograph wristwatch - model 4072 - 1946
Model 4072 is one of the 2 most successful chronograph models by Vacheron Constantin (the other one being model 4178). Its production started in the late 1930's and finished in the early 1970's. During its production, the reference 7072 housed three different chronograph calibers: 295; V492 and V434. Research shows us that reference 4072 housing cal. 492 was made in very few examples, less than 100 pieces were made in pink gold. This 35mm manual winding watch has white enamel dial, 2 Arabic numeral and 8 indexes in gold, 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock, small seconds at 9 o'clock, external minute-track.This piece was sold in Geneva in 1947.

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Vacheron Constantin Ginza Boutique:

Date: Sat 7 Dec - Sun 13 Dec, 2020
Hours:
Weekdays 13:00 - 20:00
Sat/Sun/Holidays 12:00 - 20:00
Address: Ginza boutique 2nd Floor
7-8-8 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo Tel: 03-3569-1755
Contact: 0120-63-1755


Vacheron Constantin Shinjuku Isetan Boutique:
Date: Wed 16 Dec – Sun 20 Dec, 2020
Hours: 10:00 – 20:00 (may vary according to Isetan store hours)
Address: Shinjuku Isetan Main Building 5th Floor
3-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Tel: 03-3352-1111
Contact: 0120-63-1755


Vacheron Constantin Daimaru Shinsaibashi Boutique
Date: Wed 23 Dec – Thu 31 Dec, 2020
Hours: 10:00 – 20:00 (may vary according to Daimaru store hours)
Address: Daimaru Shinsaibashi boutique Main Building 6th Floor
1-7-1 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Tel: 06-6271-1231
Contact: 0120-63-1755

※Business days and hours may change depending on circumstances.

Les Collectionneurs, Geneva & Zürich - November 2020

  • "Les Collectionneurs" in Geneva and Zürich, November 2020
  • A representative selection of vintage watches covering the entire 20th century
  • Models “hunted down” by Vacheron Constantin's experts, then restored and delivered with a certificate of authenticity and a two-year guarantee.

 

Geneva, November 2020 - Chosen with patience and talent by the Maison’s heritage department specialists, vintage watches covering the entire 20th century are now part of the aptly named "Les Collectionneurs" collection. The latter continues to evolve over time and is regularly offered for sale to brand aficionados at dedicated events organised in Vacheron Constantin boutiques around the world. "Les Collectionneurs" models all come with a certificate of authenticity and a two-year guarantee – an offer unmatched in the watchmaking world.


When vintage is second nature
The notion of vintage is second nature to Vacheron Constantin. It is expressed through a strong attachment to everything relating to its heritage. In more than 260 years of existence, the Maison has accumulated a unique set of archives in the field of time measurement. Engaged in uninterrupted production since its origins, the Manufacture is also able to take care of – and restore if necessary – any watch from its workshops, whatever its age. A closer look at its archives and its private collection of more than 1,500 timepieces offers an excellent insight into this historical depth and the means used to nurture it. From the watchmakers and craftsmen of its restoration workshop to the historians of the Style & Heritage team, the experts at Vacheron Constantin possess all the necessary skills to best serve this vintage watchmaking that now enjoys such an excellent reputation.

"Les Collectionneurs"
Vacheron Constantin quickly felt the need to unite connoisseurs and aficionados of the Maisonaround this same passion, leading to the creation of "Les Collectionneurs": an approach consisting inusing the Manufacture’s considerable resources to gather and restore a series of historical Vacheron Constantin pieces, subsequently offered for sale at dedicated events in Vacheron Constantinboutiques around the world.

"Les Collectionneurs" represents another facet of Vacheron Constantin," comments Christian Selmoni, Style & Heritage Director. “The collection perpetuates this precious link between past and present, enabling our clientele of connoisseurs and collectors to acquire restored vintage pieces directly through the Maison, which is a real guarantee. As for the events organised around the world to unveil these pieces, they attract both seasoned collectors and young generations eager to delve more deeply into watchmaking history.”


Watches ready for a new life
The Vacheron Constantin Heritage team works to bring together these vintage watches, whether pocket or wristwatches. The objective is to create a representative range of timepieces offered by Vacheron Constantin over the years. All kinds of channels are used in order to locate them: auction rooms, personal contacts with private individuals – bearing in mind that an expert eye is decisive in the choice of these timepieces, be they simple or striking models, calendars or chronographs...
Pocket watches mainly covering the years 1910 to 1930 and wristwatches prior to 1970 – with a preference for the period from 1940 to 1960 – are then subjected to a dual appraisal. First of all, a historical evaluation is undertaken in order to authenticate the piece with reference to the in-house archives, which have been listing cases and movements by serial number for a century and a half. Then comes the technical assessment aimed at determining which interventions may be necessary, from simply cleaning the watch to its restoration – the objective being to preserve these timepieces in a state as close as possible to that of their origins. If necessary, they are restored to working order using period components, of which Vacheron Constantin maintains a large stock, or else reproduced the old-fashioned way and in identical form within the Manufacture. Once the process is complete, each timepiece is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and a two-year guarantee, the latter being the same as that delivered with all models within the Maison’s standard collections.


Les Collectionneurs, Vacheron Constantin Geneva & Zürich
Ten exclusive "Les Collectionneurs" vintage timepieces will be available for sale in our boutiques in Switzerland. The pieces from this collection will be available for purchase, come with a 2 year warranty as well as a digital certification of authentication with Blockchain technology. 


Watches Highlight

Triple Calendar Wristwatch, model 4240
Year 1945
Reference 12117 
18K yellow gold complete calendar wristwatch. Two-tone silvered dial, 5 Arabic numerals and 6 cabochon indexes in gold, day and month indication under 12 o'clock in English, date indicated by an external circle in red Arabic numerals, small seconds at 6 o'clock, external minute-circle.The reference 4240 has been chosen to be re-designed by the Maison in 2017 within the “Historiques” collection.Launched in 1942, Reference 4240 became quickly an emblematic model of the Maison thanks to its recognizable “triple godrons” case design and its “claw-shape” lugs.


Ultra-thin minute Repeater Wristwach, model 4261
Year 1950
Reference 10958
The model 4261 was the first ultra-thin minute repeater produced by Vacheron Constantin. When it was launched in 1943 it was considered as one of the thinnest minute repeaters ever made with less than 3.2mm thinness and less than 40 pieces were produced between 1944-1951, in yellow gold, pink gold and platinum.

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Vacheron Constantin Switzerland 
Place de Longemalle 1 
1204 Geneva

 

Traditionnelle Tourbillon: Under the favourable auspices of the Qilin

  • Haute Horlogerie and artistic crafts unite in an 18-piece numbered limited edition.

  • A hand-guilloché dial gold dial adorned with two Qilin, symbols of wisdom, prosperity and peace, created using the pounced ornament technique.

  • An 18K 5N pink gold case entirely engraved by hand.

  • An exceptional tourbillon manual-winding movement with a 14-day power reserve, Calibre 2260.


Geneva, 30 November 2020 - Its appearance is an auspicious omen, its depiction a pledge of peace and prosperity. Heralding good news as well as conveying both wisdom and bliss, the Qilin deploys its fantastic powers at the heart of the Traditionnelle Tourbillon. Under the favourable auspices of this fabled creature reproduced on two appliques engraved using the ramolayé pounced ornament technique, Vacheron Constantin brings to life a masterpiece of sophistication skilfully combining Haute Horlogerie and artistic crafts.


The Traditionnelle collection is distinguished by an avant-garde technical repertoire served by eminently classical codes inherited from 18th century Geneva Haute Horlogerie. At the confluence of aesthetic creativity and high mechanical complication, the Traditionnelle Tourbillon reveals a new facet of its personality through the prism of artistic crafts. Stemming from a blend of patience and meticulous workmanship, the expertise of Vacheron Constantin's engraving craftsmen is powerfully expressed here. The result is a masterful staging of the path of time, under the benevolent gaze of two Qilin, noble fantasy creatures from Asian mythology.

This Traditionnelle Tourbillon timepiece is issued in an 18-piece numbered limited edition, exclusively available in Vacheron Constantin boutiques.


Fine line and pounced ornament engraving carve the face of time
Emerging from the hand-guilloché gold dial and finished with a black galvanic treatment, two gold appliques represent the fabled Qilin figure with extraordinary finesse. These genuine miniature sculptures are created by dint of extremely precise work using the ramolayé pounced ornament technique. The latter consists of pushing back the material by cutting into, scraping or softening it in order to give volume to a two-dimensional drawing. To achieve this, artisans use their own individual methods and self-made tools – small stones, brushes, paper or files – serving as an exact extension of their hand.

This irreversible work is a delicate, skilful blend of softness and strength, revealing an infinite world of details on a gold surface no more than 0.4 mm thick. Rhythmically punctuated by raised and hollowed areas, flat and curved surfaces, matt and polished finishes, the coat and scaly skin of the Qilins is revealed in a strikingly realistic manner, accentuated by a subtle play on light and shade.

The fine line engraving technique adorning the stepped sides of the case (emphasised by a fluted caseback), the slim bezel and the curved lugs, sets the scene for a lucky-charm cloud motif. This pattern contributes to enriching the aesthetic appeal of this elegant watch, embracing the wrist with a black alligator leather strap.


The Qilin, a highly symbolic creature
The Qilin belongs to the pantheon of figures populating Asian mythology, and it only appears during periods of peace and prosperity. In the Chinese tradition, this fantastic creature reigns over furry animals, just as the Phoenix reigns over feathered animals, the Dragon over animals with scales and the Turtle over those with a shell. Often depicted as a duo – Qi meaning the male and Lin, the female – its appearance betokens a happy omen. The mythical creature is a combination of different animals, and every part of it is a symbol of auspices and beauty in the ancient society. For example, a body of the deer stands for power, the skin of fish stands for affluence, a tail of the ox stands for devotion, etc. Qilin’s benevolence and gentleness are among its greatest virtues. So much so that it does not move across any living creature, including plants, for fear of damaging it, generally preferring to travel on water or clouds.

For this reason, the two Qilin engraved on the dial of the Traditionnelle Tourbillon appear on a bed of lucky clouds, a traditional motif adorning ancient Asian artefacts. As a final detail, the two Qilin respectively stand one of their hooves on one traditional Chinese item. The Qi (male) on the globe, a symbol of authority and prosperity; and Lin (female) on an ingot, a harbinger of good fortune.


Calibre 2260, an exceptional tourbillon
To bring this timepiece to life, Vacheron Constantin has chosen its in-house mechanical manual-winding Calibre 2260. Designed to compensate for the adverse effects of the Earth's gravity on the movement, the tourbillon is considered to be one of the most sophisticated mechanisms in the realm of Haute Horlogerie.

On the dial of this model, it is majestically revealed at 6 o'clock in its openworked mobile carriage shaped like a Maltese cross, topped by an entirely hand-chamfered bar. This ingenious construction conceals two sets of series-coupled barrels measuring a total 2.20 metres in length and endowing the movement with an exceptional two-week power reserve. For the sake of balance and harmony, the latter is indicated along the same axis as the tourbillon, on a 280° sector. The show continues through the case-back enabling one to admire the meticulous finishing of the movement adorned with a “Côtes de Genève” motif.

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Summary

Vacheron Constantin unveils a masterpiece of technical and aesthetic refinement embodying the perfect blend of Haute Horlogerie and artistic crafts. The hand-engraved guilloché dial and 18K 5N pink gold case of the Traditionnelle Tourbillon timepiece are further enhanced by the talent of the Maison's engraving artisans. Their sure, deft touch is illustrated by the use of pounced ornament and fine line engraving techniques to depict the Qilin, a fabled animal symbolising wisdom, peace and prosperity. Beating steadily behind the scenes is the in-house mechanical manual-winding tourbillon Calibre 2260 with its exceptional two-week power reserve. A world of details and sophistication converging this highly symbolic watch exclusively available from Vacheron Constantin boutiques in an 18-piece numbered limited edition.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Reference
89000/000R-B645

Calibre
2260
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, manual-winding
29.1 mm (12¾’’’) diameter, 6.8 mm thick
Approximately 336 hours of power reserve (14 days)
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour)
231 components
31 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes
Small seconds on tourbillon carriage
Tourbillon
Power-reserve indicator

Case
18K 5N pink gold
42 mm diameter, 12.22 mm thick
Hand-engraved bezel, case-band and lug sides
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial
Hand-guilloché, black galvanic treatment
Hand-engraved 22K 5N pink gold applied Qilin

Strap
Black Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales

Clasp
18K 5N pink gold folding clasp
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Limited Edition of 18 pieces, individually numbered.
Only available in Vacheron Constantin Boutiques.

A bespoke, one-of-a-kind Les Cabinotiers watch up for auction at the Louvre Museum.

A Masterpiece on your wrist

A bespoke, one-of-a-kind Les Cabinotiers watch up for auction at the Louvre Museum

“Bid for the Louvre”, auction from December 1st to 15th 2020


 

  • A Les Cabinotiers timepiece donated to the Louvre Museum, partner of Vacheron Constantin, as part of the "Bid for the Louvre" online auction.

  • A bespoke one-of-a-kind model, whose dial will reproduce in miniature enamel or grisaille enamel an artwork kept in the Louvre Museum and chosen by its buyer.

  • An unforgettable experience encompassing Paris and Geneva, meeting the curators of the Louvre and the artisans of Vacheron Constantin to create this exceptional watch.

  • A unique offer, part of a larger and joint effort from leading luxury Maisons and contemporary artists to support the solidarity projects of Le Louvre. 100% of the sale proceeds will be donated.


Geneva, November 27th 2020 - A partner of the Louvre Museum since 2019, Vacheron Constantin is auctioning a Les Cabinotiers watch at the "Bid For the Louvre" sale organised online from December 1st to 15th by the Louvre Museum and Christie's, with the support of Drouot. More than a watch, this model represents a unique opportunity for its buyer to enjoy an unforgettable experience poised at the intersection of art and craftsmanship, between Paris and Geneva.


Vacheron Constantin is pleased to be supporting the Louvre Museum in the "Bid for the Louvre" auction from December 1st to 15th 2020 exclusively on the Christie's website, from which the entire proceeds will be donated to the museum's solidarity projects. Vacheron Constantin's Les Cabinotiers watch is the only horological lot among the unique and exclusive pieces put up for auction. This participation was a natural choice for the Manufacture, testifying to its profound attachment to art and culture as well as its concern for safeguarding and passing on heritage in all its forms.


We are proud to be taking part, along other artists and Maisons, in this exceptional auction organized by the Louvre and Christie's in support of the Museum's solidarity projects. Our ongoing commitment to art and the transmission of savoir-faire – which has been expressed alongside the Louvre since the announcement of our partnership a year ago – takes on even greater significance within a global context that is troubled and challenging in more ways than one. Putting up for auction a Les Cabinotiers timepiece based on a masterpiece, a one-of-a-kind model personalized in accordance with the acquirer’s wishes, symbolizes the identity of our Maison and its mission to promote the sharing of culture and emotions”, says Louis Ferla, Vacheron Constantin CEO.


The acquirer of this exceptional piece will have the opportunity to personalise it through full participation in its creation, along with experts and master craftsmen of Vacheron Constantin and Le Louvre. In addition to the dial, which will reproduce an artwork from the Louvre Museum, they will be able to choose the case material – platinum or pink or white gold – to have an engraving made on the officer-type case-back; and to opt for a strap from among the many possibilities of materials and colors. This timepiece will be powered by in-house Calibre 2460 SC, crafted according to the demanding standards of Vacheron Constantin and Haute Horlogerie in terms of both reliability and finishing.


A work of art on the dial
The adventure for the successful bidder will begin in Paris, during a private visit to the Louvre led by its best expert, in order to select with him/her the masterpiece that will be reproduced in enamel on the dial, from among the paintings and sculptures conserved in the Museum. According to the choice made and the client’s preference, the Vacheron Constantin Master enameller will use the miniature enamel or grisaille enamel technique.

The delicate skill involved in miniature enamel – in its version known as the "Geneva technique" dating from the 18th century – is reserved for the most experienced artisans mastering both pigments and fire. One of the main challenges consists in composing a colour palette compliant with the original shades of the work, while remaining keenly aware that the multiple firings in the kiln at over 800°C are liable to alter its colour and brilliance.

Grisaille enamel is a craft that appeared in the 16th century and consists of superimposing touches of a rare white enamel – called Limoges white –on a layer of dark enamel coating the gold dial base. Each layer of enamel is then fired in a kiln, while scrupulously respecting pre-defined firing times to the nearest second.


Multiple personalisation options
Closely involved throughout the creative process, the acquirer of this unique Les Cabinotiers watch will be able to choose from several personalisation options during a private visit to the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin in Geneva, where he/she will meet the creative talents of the design studio, the master watchmakers, as well as enamellers and engravers working on his/her watch.

A platinum, pink gold or white gold case, engraving on the case and officer case-back, a choice of strap – material, colour, stitching and marking – are just some of the many possibilities available to personalise this exceptional timepiece powered by the Manufacture 2460 SC self-winding calibre.

The transparent case-back will reveal a 22-carat gold oscillating weight openworked in the shape of a Maltese cross, the symbol of Vacheron Constantin, as well as hand finishing, bevelling, circular-graining and polishing – all performed with the greatest respect for watchmaking expertise.

At the close of this exclusive experience, the purchaser will receive their watch, accompanied by two certificates of authenticity: one from Vacheron Constantin; and another from Le Louvre Museum certifying the reproduction of the artwork.

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Sum-up

As a partner of the Louvre Museum, Vacheron Constantin is taking part in the "Bid for the Louvre" online auction organised from December 1st to 15th 2020 on  www.christies.com by donating a bespoke one-of-a-kind Les Cabinotiers timepiece. More than a watch, it represents a unique opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable experience in both Paris and Geneva, poised at the intersection between art and craftsmanship. In Paris, during a private visit to the Louvre, the purchaser will have the opportunity to choose a work of art preserved in the museum which will be reproduced on the dial using the miniature painting or grisaille enamel technique. In Geneva, an exclusive visit to the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin will provide an opportunity to choose the personalisation options for this exceptional watch, the sale of which will serve to support the solidarity projects of the Louvre Museum. This unique offer is part of a larger and joint effort from leading luxury Maisons and contemporary artists to support the solidarity projects of Le Louvre. 100% of the sale proceeds will be donated.

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Techical data

Calibre
2460 SC
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical self-winding movement
26.20 mm (11¼’’’) diameter, 3.60 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 40 hours
4 Hz (28’800 vibrations/hour)
182 components
27 rubies
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes and central seconds

Case
Platinum or 18K 5N pink gold or 18K white gold
Officer-style hinged case back, personalized engraving at client’s choice 40 mm diameter, 9.42 mm thick

Dial
Miniature enamel or grisaille enamel depending on chosen artwork
18K 5N pink gold or 18K white gold hands

Strap
Mississippiensis alligator leather strap or calfskin leather, personalized stitching and color

Clasp
18K 5N pink gold or 18K white gold pin buckle

Presentation box
Les Cabinotiers model

Unique piece.
Certificate of Authenticity for the reproduction of the masterpiece issued by Le Louvre. 
Certificate of Guarantee issued by Vacheron Constantin.
Poinçon de Genève Certificate.

Client-First Service Expansion to the United States

  • Vacheron Constantin meets client expectations in the United States with the launch of customer advisor supported phone sales, beginning November 2020. This comes after successful launches in Europe, Japan and China.
     
  • Vacheron Constantin U.S. boutiques begin financing options for eligible clients interested in paying at their own pace.

 

Geneva, November 2020 – Vacheron Constantin begins remote sales service and financing in the United States.

The world’s longest continuously operating watch manufacture will now offer phone sales service to United States clients beginning November 2020. American clients will now have the opportunity to select and purchase their timepiece of choice from those styles currently available on Vacheron Constantin's website, www.vacheron-constantin.com. In a centralized effort, timepieces on the Maison’s website are available for sale over the phone, with a specific tab indicating the number to call to place orders.

Service-first customer advisors are now available to guide clients in their choices, answer questions, and facilitate a comfortable and easy purchasing journey. Once the phone order has been confirmed, clients can choose to pick up at a nearby boutique, or receive a personalized package, with complimentary shipping and turnaround times ranging between one and four days, depending on the location in the United States.

Ever-focused on providing clients the services they deserve, Vacheron Constantin simultaneously announces the first consumer financing options for clients across the United States. Eligible customers will now have the opportunity to purchase a timepiece in Vacheron Constantin’s New York, Beverly Hills, South Coast Plaza, or Miami boutiques, and finance a portion, or all, of their timepiece with simple monthly payments over a period of time ranging from 6 weeks to 48 months.

“We know our loyal customers return to Vacheron Constantin not only for finely crafted timepieces but also for superior service. Our concierge team and boutique sales associates are at the heart of our organization, ensuring the highest level of service for customers, now over the phone or in-person. The role of our U.S. concierge team and flexibility of our boutique associates has never been more important. We’re therefore delighted to be introducing new ways to purchase a Vacheron Constantin timepiece”, says Leslie Kobrin, Vacheron Constantin Americas President.

Égérie self-winding, entirely attired in gold. Enter the world of “Haute Manufacture”.

  • A flowing pink gold bracelet with a mesh-type effect ensuring a perfect ‘second skin’ fit on the wrist.
  • A 35 mm pink gold case daintily rimmed with diamonds.
  • An offset date indication displayed on a tapestry-patterned dial resembling a pleated fabric.


Geneva, 19 November 2020 - Vacheron Constantin's watchmaking muse appears in a stunning new variation gracing the wrist with a supple new bracelet in 18K 5N pink gold. Thus attired, this self-winding Égérie model – an ideal companion for both daytime and evening wear – exudes a seductively precious allure.


A bracelet as smooth as a second skin

The Vacheron Constantin ladies’ collection revealed at the beginning of the year has continued to flourish with a new variation of the Égérie self-winding model. Boldly contemporary and delightfully classic, it now pairs its exquisite curves with an 18K 5N pink gold bracelet. Delightfully supple and soft as a second skin, feeling like leather on skin, its links the feminine wrist with infinite elegance, making one almost forget it is even there. Draped entirely in gold, this watch presents a seductive composition, capturing the spirit of the times and perfectly suited to all outfits and every occasion, ranging from super-casual to ultra-formal.


A very stylish look

Inspired by the world of haute couture and the aesthetic sophistication inherited from Vacheron Constantin's heritage, the Égérie self-winding watch celebrates the collection's unique style. Flowing seamlessly into a new 18K 5N pink gold bracelet, its case is a dainty 35 mm 18K 5N pink gold pebble rimmed with 58 diamonds. Its silvered opaline dial features a “pleats” pattern created using the time-honoured tapestry technique. Using a machine dating from 1904 and resembling a pantograph, it is finely engraved thanks to the expertly applied touch of the guillocheur, revealing a subtle play of textures and depth evoking a precious fabric. It is against this backdrop that time performs its fascinating choreography, punctuated by leaf-type hands sweeping across gracefully scripted numerals recalling finely scalloped lace embroidery. Setting a final distinctive touch, the beautifully rounded diamond-set date display is offset along a diagonal line running between Vacheron Constantin's signature and the crown, perkily adorned with a moonstone. This asymmetry enhances the personality of this extremely chic watch with an audacious contemporary twist.

Through its sapphire caseback, the Égérie self-winding model reveals the hand-crafted Côtes de Genève fine watchmaking finishes and delicately openworked oscillating weight – inspired by the shape of the Maltese Cross – equipping the Manufacture self-winding 1088 calibre.

Ten of these watches will be available exclusively on Net-à-Porter as of November 19th2020, one month before the models arrive in Vacheron Constantin points of sale.

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Summary

Vacheron Constantin is enriching its Égérie women's collection unveiled at the beginning of 2020. Graced with a slender 35 mm 18K 5N pink gold case set with 58 diamonds, the Égérie self-winding model enhances the wrist with a softly flowing 18K 5N pink gold bracelet featuring a mesh-type effect that makes it feel like a second skin. Thus entirely draped in gold, this watch picks up the collection’s key aesthetic and technical identity codes: a silvered opaline dial with a pleated pattern developed after several months of testing and achieved using the time-honoured tapestry technique; an offset date; as well as a Manufacture self-winding movement.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Reference
4605F/110R-B496

Calibre
1088
Manufacture calibre
Mechanical, self-winding
20.80 mm (9’’’) diameter, 3.83 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
144 components
26 jewels

Indications
Hours, minutes, central seconds
Date

Case
18K 5N pink gold
35 mm diameter, 9.32 mm thick
Bezel set with 58 round-cut diamonds
Crown set with a moonstone
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial
Silvered opaline, “pleats” pattern created using a tapestry technique
18K 5N pink gold ring set with 34 round-cut diamonds
Circular “pearl” minute track
18K 5N pink gold applied Arabic numerals and index

Straps/Buckles
18K 5N bracelet with triple-blade folding clasp with push-pieces

Total diamond-setting
92 round-cut diamonds, for a total weight of approx. 0.97 carats

 

Overseas perpetual calendar ultra-thin skeleton wins the “Calendar and Astronomy” prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2020

Geneva, November 12th 2020 – The Overseas perpetual calendar ultra-thin skeleton was awarded the  “Calendar and Astronomy” prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) 2020. This timepiece is the perfect illustration of Vacheron Constantin’s technical and aesthetic know-how: it stands out for its contemporary design as well as for the complexity and sophistication of its ultra-thin openworked movement which also houses a perpetual calendar.

“Above all this award recognizes the talent of all our colleagues, our partners and our suppliers. This award belongs to all of them. I also would like to recognize all the other Maisons who are constantly challenging us and pushing us to elevate our game. Thank you for preserving the Swiss know how and our community! In this particular context I salute their resilience and their passion. These values are essential for all of us to be innovative and to remains relevant”, said Louis Ferla, CEO of Vacheron Constantin, during the GPHG evening.

Available in an 18K 5N all-gold version, the Overseas Skeleton Perpetual Calendar watch combines the refinement of precious metal with the technicality of its ultra-thin openworked complication movement, Calibre 1120 QPSQ, in a 41.5 mm-diameter case. Skeletonisation, which consists of finely openworking a mechanical movement by hollowing out its components yet without compromising their reliability, is an extremely complex undertaking: a quest for transparency coupled with highly sophisticated skills mastered by very few watchmaking artisans. Today, Vacheron Constantin is one of the rare Manufactures capable of openworking calibres as complex as perpetual calendars and ultra-thin movements. All components of the 1120 QPSQ calibre have been hollowed out, finished and decorated, so as to exalt the functional beauty of the mechanism.

Greatly appreciated by collectors for its technical qualities and its performance (no adjustment will be required before March 1st 2100, neither for the day, date and month indications, nor for the moon phases), this entirely openworked ultra-thin NAC-treated anthracite grey mechanism is visible through a transparent sapphire dial bearing applied 18K 5N pink gold hour-markers. The transparent caseback also stages a fascinating watchmaking show starring the gear trains and the NAC-treated oscillating weight with its segment in 22K gold, which is also openworked for the first time in the Overseas collection so as to highlight its stylised design shaped like a Maltese cross.

A selection of photos from the GPGH evening will be available on the Vacheron Constantin Press Lounge on November 18th.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Overseas perpetual calendar ultra-thin skeleton

Reference 4300V/120R-B547

Calibre
1120 QPSQ/1
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
22K openworked oscillating weight in the shape of a Maltese cross
NAC treatment
29.6 mm (12½’’’) diameter, 4.05 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
2.75 Hz (19,800 vibrations per hour)
276 components
36 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours and minutes
Perpetual calendar (date, day of the week, month, leap year)
Moon phases

Case
18K 5N pink gold
41.5 mm diameter, 8.1 mm thick
Soft iron casing ring ensuring anti-magnetic protection
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 5 bar (approx. 50 metres)

Dial
Sapphire
18K 5N pink gold hour-markers and hours & minutes hands highlighted with white luminescent material

Bracelet/Straps
18K 5N pink gold bracelet (half Maltese cross-shaped polished and satin-brushed links), secured by a 18K 5N pink gold triple-blade folding clasp with push-pieces and comfort-adjustment system
Delivered with a second strap blue Mississippiensis alligator leather featuring a blue nubuck lining, with a micro-perforated effect, hand-stitched
Delivered with a third strap in blue rubber

Clasp
Each additional strap comes with an 18K 5N pink gold buckle

Vacheron Constantin Presents the Digital Certification of Authenticity at 3rd CIIE

  • Under the “Métiers d’Art and Innovation” theme of Richemont, Vacheron Constantin makes its debut at the 3rd China International Import Expo (CIIE). 
  • This year at CIIE, Vacheron Constantin is pleased to introduce the digital certification of authenticity using Blockchain technology. 
  • Initially reserved for its vintage watches from Les Collectionneurs collection, all Vacheron Constantin timepieces will be delivered by the end of 2021 with a blockchain-based digital passport, secured by the Arianee technology.
  • The Hour Club, the new site exclusively reserved for Vacheron Constantin customers, will also serve as a digital authentication platform for the Maison’s watches.

 

Geneva, November 6th, 2020 - Vacheron Constantin, a branch of Richemont, unveiled its booth at Richemont Pavilion themed “Métiers d’Art and Innovation” in the 3rd China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, making its debut on the opening day of the international event. The Maison continues to pave the way for the luxury industry, combining the latest technology with a legacy of excellence to offer clients a digital certification of their watches supported by Blockchain technology. At CIIE, visitors can experience this unique blend of luxury and innovation through a preview of the exclusive The Hour Club platform, dedicated to Vacheron Constantin clients.


In 2019, Vacheron Constantin was among the first watchmakers to integrate Blockchain technology as part of an innovative service to clients and an increasingly environmentally friendly approach to certification involving less paper. The watches in Les Collectionneurs collection are thus accompanied by a digital certificate of authenticity that is perfectly forgery-proof. The success of the first test phase has prompted the Maison to extend this certification to all its timepieces. Vacheron Constantin customers will also be able to register and authenticate their timepieces throughout their lifetime via their very own dedicated platform: The Hour Club.

“Ever at the service of clients, Vacheron Constantin has always evolved with the times to meet client expectations. As one of the first watchmakers to ever pilot a digital certificate based upon Blockchain technology, in May 2019, the next step for our Maison is to extend the digital certification to all of our collections. We are happy to foster the creation of an open innovation ecosystem around blockchain for luxury”, says Louis Ferla, Vacheron Constantin CEO. “Vacheron Constantin is glad to present the innovative application at CIIE, a world-class stage in China. We have always been evolving with the times, as ever at the service of its clients. Digital identities will transform the way one owns valuable assets, enabling owners to track the product lifecycle, share or prove ownership, and benefit from tailored services attached to each timepiece. On top of proof of ownership, our clients will benefit from Blockchain’s ability to store all information about a timepiece, including technical information, user guides, certifications, and product history. Our clients will benefit from a new galaxy of services, such as seamless resell on Watchfinder and online repair requests”.

Blockchain technology is a solution to the fight against counterfeiting. This database system based on encryption-secured information avoids the need for paper-based authentication, which is easily subject to forgery. It thus makes it possible to create a digital certificate of authenticity that is resistant to any attempt at counterfeiting and which follows the watch throughout its lifespan, even as it changes owners. The unique certificate is attributed to the unique product, securing the data relating to the ownership, value, nature and authenticity of each timepiece.

“We are delighted to enable Vacheron Constantin with the capacity to issue and distribute digital identities based on the blockchain technology. We hope to contribute to make the ownership of a Vacheron Constantin timepiece even more exceptional, traceable and transparent, while opening the possibility for new services and seamless traceability”, adds Pierre-Nicolas Hurstel, co-founder and CEO of Arianee.

In order to offer its clients the best possible guarantees, Vacheron Constantin decided to test this new certification in 2019. Vacheron Constantin conducted an initial test phase with Les Collectionneurs, a line of vintage watches, specifically chosen by the heritage specialists of the Maison for restoration and sold to connoisseurs at dedicated events. In addition to the paper certificate, these timepieces now come with a digital certificate guaranteeing their authenticity in a lasting, immutable and transparent manner. Following this extremely conclusive first test, Vacheron Constantin has decided to extend this new certification to all its timepieces and represents Richemont in the Arianee Consortium, as part of a strategy to foster open innovation in protocols and consortiums built around the technology. From the end of 2021, all Vacheron Constantin watches will benefit from a digital certificate secured by the Arianee protocol integrated with this highly secure information storage and transmission system.

In addition to the Blockchain certification extension, Vacheron Constantin announces the launch of The Hour Club, an exclusive digital client platform. Through The Hour Club, Connoisseurs and owners of Vacheron Constantin watches will be able to discover a world of experiences with content developed specifically for them, including invitations to events held by the Maison. The platform will also serve as a medium for the traceability and authentication of timepieces. The Hour Club will be a watchmaking universe in its own right. With the new Blockchain digital certification, customers will take control over the quality, authenticity and traceability of their watch and its environment.

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About Arianee 
Founded in 2017, Arianee is an independent, non-profit consortium whose mission is to implement a global standard for the digital certification of luxury goods. The Arianee protocol makes it possible to associate each luxury product with its own unique, unforgeable digital identity. This digital “identity card” opens up a secure, permanent, and anonymous communication channel between brands, products, and owners. Powered by blockchain technology, this solution is open-source and decentralized. Arianee proposes the first SaaS platform, backed by the first mobile solutions that allow brands a comprehensive use of Arianee’s protocol.

 

Vacheron Constantin ‘One Of Not Many Mentorship Program’ in the Middle East

  • Vacheron Constantin launches the “One of not many Mentorship Program” in the United ArabEmirates, in collaboration with Zayed University
  • A new educational initiative aiming at empowering young women.
  • Six inspiring Emirati women to guide six senior undergraduates through a six-month journey ofobservation, exploration and experimentation
  • A collaboration between Vacheron Constantin and the Emirati couture Maison, Mauzan, whichdesigned 7 unique abayas inspired by the Maison’s Égerie collection.

Dubai, 20th October 2020 - Vacheron Constantin introduces the ‘One of not many MentorshipProgram’, a new educational initiative in collaboration with Zayed University aiming at empoweringyoung Emirati women.

For more than 265 years, the creative universe of Vacheron Constantin has been graced with feminineinterpretations whilst capturing the spirit of its times. The Maison has always devoted great importance tomeeting and exceeding women's expectations as reflected through its rich heritage of feminine timepieces.More recently, the Maison launched a collection fully dedicated to women. Born from the conjunction betweenthe two worlds of Haute Horlogerie and Haute Couture, Égerie reflects today’s modern woman: inspiring,independent and charismatic. The Égerie moon phase jewellery, its latest addition entirely bedecked indiamonds, take place at the highest level of craftmanship and femininity, with a 37mm white gold case, a dial anda bracelet studded with 1,344 brilliant-cut diamonds.

As part of its feminine journey, Vacheron Constantin proudly reveals the ‘One of not many Mentorship Program’in the Middle East, an initiative created to inspire and empower young women. The program beautifullymirrors the spirit of the Maison, faithfully perpetuating a proud heritage of know-how, passion, creativity andcraftsmanship.

Her Excellency Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth, President of Zayed Universitycommented “One of Not Many Mentorship Program is an illustration of the dedication of Emirati women towardsthe development of their country. For a country to see substantial impact in any industry, the UAE has rooteditself in empowering its women through countless approaches - we are firm believers that women are a corepillar of our society. The program is a one of a kind learning opportunity for our students to work closely withbrilliant female leaders in the UAE. I’m certain that this experience will be an extraordinary one for them, as theywill get to learn directly from the source and they will be able at the end of the program to be more empoweredto make decisions, identify goals and establish a sense of direction for their own careers and ambitions.”

She added: “I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the creators of this initiative - Tea Before Noon,Vacheron Constantin and Richemont group for collaborating towards their commitment to empowering women.I would like also to express my appreciation for the 6 mentors who will be dedicating their time and effort toenrich the experience of our students and upgrade their academic journey for this year with counsels andinstructions”.

Six Inspiring Female Mentors

The ‘One of Not Many Mentorship Program’ is launched in collaboration with the prestigious ZayedUniversity and Hala Al Gergawi, Founder and CEO of the local luxury consultancy, Tea Before Noon.

The program will give a unique opportunity to six ambitious senior undergraduate students to be mentoredby six inspiring and successful Emirati women. Aligned with the United Arab Emirates government’s visionand mission, the program aims to empower the role of youth in the community and encourage women tocontinue pursuing their dreams to attain their ultimate goals.

The six mentors to take part in this one-of-a-kind educational program are: Rafia Helal Bin Drai, Founderand Fashion Designer of Mauzan, Hala Al Gergawi, Founder and CEO of Tea Before Noon, Latifa Al Gurg,Fashion designer and Founder of Twisted Roots, Alia Al Shamsi, Author and Artist, Salama Al Shamsi,Founder of Salama’s restaurant and Noora Shawqi, Jewelry Designer and Founder of Noora Shawqi.

“We have always been surrounded by leading Arab women and now, we are honoured to be collaboratingwith them through the ‘One of Not Many Mentorship Program’ with the prestigious Zayed University.Alia, Hala, Latifa, Noora, Rafia and Salama are such talented and inspiring women, each paving the way forthe younger generations. We are very excited to witness them guide their selected students through theprogram, encouraging them and making a difference to their promising professional journey” commentsAlexander Schmiedt, Regional Brand Director at Vacheron Constantin.

Bridging together the worlds of Haute Couture and Haute Horlogerie with its feminine collection Égérie,Vacheron Constantin has collaborated with the talented Emirati couture designer and founder of Mauzan,Rafia Helal Bin Drai. Rafia is not only a mentor taking part of the ‘One of Not Many Mentorship Program’,but also she will design a capsule collection of 7 unique abayas inspired by the recently revealed Égériecollection timepieces, reflecting high craftsmanship, passion, creativity and concern for details. Known tobe a true local couturier and empowering women through beautiful designs, Rafia’s passion and creativityresonated with the Maison.

The Mentorship Experience

The mentorship journey will begin on November 2020 with a 3-week recruitment period. Based on theircareer aspirations, students will have the chance to apply through the Zayed University website to beguided by the mentor of their choice in the hope of being selected amongst the six final students.

The six duos will embark on a journey that will provide regular one-to-one sessions with their mentor,allowing them to observe, explore and experiment in a professional environment. Together, the mentorsand the students will set the goal for this Mentorship Program to offer a tailored plan for each student inaccordance with their objectives and helping them achieve their own professional destiny. Throughoutthe six months, the mentors will generously share their own experiences, career advice, and guide thementee to discover the reality of their own field. The end of this unique program will also lead to a potentialopportunity whereby any of the six selected students would take part of another enriching learningexperience during an internship with Vacheron Constantin.

 

Vacheron Constantin certifies its entire range of watches using Blockchain technology

  • In 2019, Vacheron Constantin introduced digital certification of authenticity using Blockchain technology.
  • Initially reserved for its vintage watches from Les Collectionneurs collection, all Vacheron Constantin timepieces will be delivered by the end of 2021 with a blockchain-based digital passport, secured by the Arianee technology.
  • The Hour Club, the new site exclusively reserved for Vacheron Constantin customers, will also serve as a digital authentication platform for the Maison’s watches.
     

Geneva, November 5th, 2020 - In 2019, Vacheron Constantin was among the first watchmakers to integrate Blockchain technology as part of an innovative service to clients and an increasingly environmentally friendly approach to certification involving less paper. The watches in Les Collectionneurs collection are thus accompanied by a digital certificate of authenticity that is perfectly forgery-proof. The success of the first test phase has prompted the Maison to extend this certification to all its timepieces. Vacheron Constantin customers will also be able to register and authenticate their timepieces throughout their lifetime via their very own dedicated platform: The Hour Club.

“Ever at the service of clients, Vacheron Constantin has always evolved with the times to meet client expectations. As one of the first watchmakers to ever pilot a digital certificate based upon Blockchain technology, in May 2019, the next step for our Maison is to extend the digital certification to all of our collections. We are happy to foster the creation of an open innovation ecosystem around blockchain for luxury”, says Louis Ferla, Vacheron Constantin CEO. “Digital identities will transform the way one owns valuable assets, enabling owners to track the product lifecycle, share or prove ownership, and benefit from tailored services attached to each timepiece. On top of proof of ownership, our clients will benefit from Blockchain’s ability to store all information about a timepiece, including technical information, user guides, certifications, and product history. Our clients will benefit from a new galaxy of services, such as seamless resell on Watchfinder and online repair requests”.

Blockchain technology is a solution to the fight against counterfeiting. This database system based on encryption-secured information avoids the need for paper-based authentication, which is easily subject to forgery. It thus makes it possible to create a digital certificate of authenticity that is resistant to any attempt at counterfeiting and which follows the watch throughout its lifespan, even as it changes owners. The unique certificate is attributed to the unique product, securing the data relating to the ownership, value, nature and authenticity of each timepiece.

We are delighted to enable Vacheron Constantin with the capacity to issue and distribute digital identities based on the blockchain technology. We hope to contribute to make the ownership of a Vacheron Constantin timepiece even more exceptional, traceable and transparent, while opening the possibility for new services and seamless traceability”, adds Pierre-Nicolas Hurstel, co-founder and CEO of Arianee.

In order to offer its clients the best possible guarantees, Vacheron Constantin decided to test this new certification in 2019. Vacheron Constantin conducted an initial test phase with Les Collectionneurs, a line of vintage watches, specifically chosen by the heritage specialists of the Maison for restoration and sold to connoisseurs at dedicated events. In addition to the paper certificate, these timepieces now come with a digital certificate guaranteeing their authenticity in a lasting, immutable and transparent manner. Following this extremely conclusive first test, Vacheron Constantin has decided to extend this new certification to all its timepieces and represents Richemont in the Arianee Consortium, as part of a strategy to foster open innovation in protocols and consortiums built around the technology. From the end of 2021, all Vacheron Constantin watches will benefit from a digital certificate secured by the Arianee protocol integrated with this highly secure information storage and transmission system.

In addition to the Blockchain certification extension, Vacheron Constantin announces the launch of The Hour Club, an exclusive digital client platform. Through The Hour Club, Connoisseurs and owners of Vacheron Constantin watches will be able to discover a world of experiences with content developed specifically for them, including invitations to events held by the Maison. The platform will also serve as a medium for the traceability and authentication of timepieces. The Hour Club will be a watchmaking universe in its own right. With the new Blockchain digital certification, customers will take control over the quality, authenticity and traceability of their watch and its environment.

About Arianee

Founded in 2017, Arianee is an independent, non-profit consortium whose mission is to implement a global standard for the digital certification of luxury goods. The Arianee protocol makes it possible to associate each luxury product with its own unique, unforgeable digital identity. This digital “identity card” opens up a secure, permanent, and anonymous communication channel between brands, products, and owners. Powered by blockchain technology, this solution is open-source and decentralized. Arianee proposes the first SaaS platform, backed by the first mobile solutions that allow brands a comprehensive use of Arianee’s protocol.

Métiers d’Art The legend of the Chinese zodiac - Year of the ox

Vacheron Constantin is pursuing its dialogue with collectors and passionate devotees of Haute Horlogerie by enriching its Métiers d’Art The legend of the Chinese zodiac with the sign of the ox. Symbolizing perseverance, loyalty and patience, it will take over from the rat at the Chinese New Year on February 12th 2021. Two new creations, realised in twelve models each, combine the technical excellence of Caliber 2460 G4 with the beauty of artistic crafts.

 

Paper-cutting, at the crossroads between Eastern and Western cultures

China, a nation with which Vacheron Constantin has been cultivating special ties since 1845, first introduce the paper-cutting technique known as Jianzhi, a popular art echoed in Swiss culture through its famous Scherenschnitt paper-cutting. This artistic approach, highlighted in the Métiers d’Art The legend of the Chinese zodiac, has been given a fresh interpretation thanks to the expertise of the master engravers and enamellers.


Allied artistic crafts

The vegetal motifs appearing on the dial and based on classic Chinese iconography are etched directly in the metal. The pattern remains semi-embedded and stands out from its gold base by a subtle stage-setting of variously accentuating reliefs creating a depth effect. This makes the vegetation appear to be floating over the dial.

Then comes the stage of Grand Feu enamelling, an ancestral technique that remains the preserve of a very few particularly skilled artisans. By applying the enamel in successive layers, the enamel specialist enhances the intensity of the blue or bronze-toned dial. Achieving the necessary mastery of colour and of reactions to firing at temperatures between 800 and 900 degrees Celsius calls for an expertise that can only be acquired over long years of experience. The animal, made of platinum or pink gold, is hand engraved and delicately applied to the dial centre.


A movement that leaves plenty of space for artistic expression

Calibre 2460 G4 makes it possible to create a distinctive and ideal stage-setting for the decorative arts, by giving the central dial motif a starring role. The hands-free time display is achieved through four apertures showing the hours, minutes, days and dates. These indications – the first two of the dragging variety and the last two of the jumping type – proudly embody the longstanding savoir-faire of the Maison in designing and developing original displays. Clearly visible through the sapphire crystal back of the platinum or pink gold case, the 22-carat oscillating weight features a decor inspired by the Maltese cross emblem. All movement components are indeed finely finished in accordance with the criteria of the Hallmark of Geneva, a quality label of which Vacheron Constantin is the most faithful representative.

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TECHNICAL DATA

References
86073/000P-B647
86073/000R-B646

Calibre
2460 G4
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
31 mm (11¼’’’) diameter, 6.05 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour)
237 components
27 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces

Indications
Hours, minutes, day of the week and date in apertures

Case
Platinum/18K 5N pink gold
40 mm diameter, 12.72 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3bar (approx.30 meters)

Dial
18K gold, hand-engraved, Grand Feu enamelled
Hand-engraved platinum/18K 5N pink gold ox

Strap
Dark blue/brown Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales

Clasp
Platinum/18K 5N pink gold folding clasp
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Accessories
Delivered with a corrector pen
Limited series of 12 pieces per reference.

Pieces only available through the Vacheron Constantin Boutiques.

 

The Institute for Digital Archaeology (IDA) and Vacheron Constantin celebrate time

  • Vacheron Constantin joins the Oxford-based Institute for Digital Archaeology (IDA) for a major exhibition on time and time-keeping entitled “The Heartbeat of the City: 500 Years of Personal Time”. 
  • A selection of watches from the Maison’s private collection will be presented.
  • Founded in 2012, the IDA aims to place the power of digital technologies at the service of traditional archaeological techniques


Geneva, October 2020 – from October 26th to December 14th 2020, Oxford’s History of Science (United Kingdom) museum will be hosting the exhibition on time and time-keeping created by the Institute for Digital Archaeology (IDA): “The Heartbeat of the City: 500 Years of Personal Time”. For this major event celebrating 1,000 years of mechanical horology and 500 years of Swiss watchmaking, the Maison Vacheron Constantin is making available a selection of historical timepieces from its private collection. This travelling exhibition will kick off with a first stop in New York in spring 2021.

 

The Institute for Digital Archaeology (IDA) is due to open its exhibition on time and time-keeping on October 26th 2020 at the History of Science Museum in Oxford. Vacheron Constantin, in collaboration with IDA experts, is presenting a selection of 12 models from its heritage collection. These include one of the very first chiming pocket watches from the Maison, a quarter-repeater dating from 1816, and an extremely rare distinctively shaped watch for the visually impaired, made in 1964.

“The history of timekeeping is punctuated by inventions and discoveries that make it one of the most amazing human adventures," said Louis Ferla, CEO Vacheron Constantin. “Our Maison and its 265 years of history have fully participated in this adventure thanks to the genius of our watchmaking ancestors, whose excellence is one of our key motivations to excel. This exhibition, in which we are particularly proud to be taking part, is a recognition of watchmaking’s true stature in society.”

As IDA founder Roger Michel explained: “Without methods for measuring and tracking time, we lose the ability to appreciate its passage. Simply put, unless measured, time loses its meaning. A clock or calendar, therefore, is not just a device for measuring time, it is an expression of the human conception of time.”

The IDA suggests exploring the intimate ties between the notion of time and the ingenuity devoted to its measurement through successive eras. The exhibition stages a variety of artefacts steeped in history and emotion, some of them testifying to epoch-making events. Alongside a retrospective of the historical timepieces on display is a monumental kinetic sculpture depicting one of the most cunning mechanical devices ever produced, the lever watch escapement. The programme also includes a series of lectures, a retrospective of historical timepieces including Vacheron Constantin watches, along with virtual reality experiments reflecting IDA's mission to place digital technologies in the service of history. Unveiled at the Oxford’s History of Science Museum, the exhibition will then travel the world, making a first stop in New York in spring 2021.


Watches exhibited

Pink gold pocket watch, musical quarter-repeater, guilloché gold dial – 1816
The history of musical mechanisms built into timepieces gives the dates 1796 for the invention of the comb made of steel elastic prongs, and 1811 for the first mention of musical repetition. This 1816 pocket watch, equipped with a musical quarter-repeater mechanism, thus represents one of the very first models of this type of timepiece. It bears the signature Vacheron Chossat & Cie – a reference to Charles-François Chossat, a Geneva steel merchant who was a partner of Jacques-Barthélemy Vacheron for several years before the latter’s alliance with François Constantin in 1819. This meticulously crafted watch features a pink gold case and dial, a guilloché engraved dial bearing enamelled cartouches for the hours.

Silver and red gold pomander-shaped ladies' chain-bracelet wristwatch – 1885
This Vacheron Constantin chain-bracelet watch made for Boucheron in 1885 illustrates the creativity surrounding the creation of feminine timepieces at a time when women's watches were regarded as jewellery and accessories, as opposed to the rigorous nature of men's pocket watches. Shaped like a pomander – a small perfume bottle – adorned with a watch mechanism, this delicately engraved silver model with gold inlays features a finely openworked dial and a cut-out clasp enhanced with a monogram.

Yellow gold “oeil-de-boeuf” hunter-type watch, minute repeater chronograph, enamel dial with 30-minute and small seconds counters – 1900
At the beginning of the 20th century, Vacheron Constantin was a renowned Manufacture particularly appreciated by artists, business magnates and royal families. Among them was Prince Napoleon (1864-1932), grandson of Jérôme Bonaparte, placed an order for this "oeil-de-boeuf" pocket watch, thus known because of the distinctively rounded opening in the hinged protective cover serving to read the time indications. This watch is a single-pusher minute repeater chronograph with a crown positioned at 3 o'clock to facilitate handling of the chronograph functions.

Steel aviator's watch, enamel dial – 1903
The history of wristwatches often refers to watches worn by aviation pioneers and meeting their need for particularly prominent time indications. Vacheron Constantin played an important part in this evolution, particularly with this model of steel wristwatch with an extremely long leather strap serving to attach it to the thigh. As a result, this model with a white enamel dial bearing a generously sized small seconds hand for the sake of legibility features laterally positioned lugs and a 12 o’clock crown. 

Yellow gold pocket watch, cloisonné enamel case-back in Art Nouveau style, silver dial – 1905
At the Milan International Exhibition in 1906, Vacheron Constantin presented a collection of highly elegant watches that won it the Jury's Grand Prize. The collection included this yellow gold pocket watch. The caseback of the timepiece is adorned with a remarkable Art Nouveau-style thistle motif in cloisonné enamel, while the two-tone silvered dial displays a meticulously hand-crafted guilloché pattern in the centre. This watch is a perfect illustration of the Artistic Crafts models created by Vacheron Constantin at that time.

Rectangular yellow gold shutter wristwatch – 1929 
The history of the Manufacture in its ongoing aesthetic quest is punctuated by various landmark collaborations, including with Verger Frères, a Parisian jeweller founded in 1872 with whom the Maison maintained close relations for several decades. Vacheron Constantin created models entirely in tune with the spirit of the times, such as this distinctively shaped yellow gold watch protected by narrow slats opening like Venetian blinds. A slide-bolt positioned at 6 o'clock served to activate the shutters and reveal the finely brushed dial with its applied gold Arabic numerals.

Yellow gold ultra-thin men's wristwatch with minute repeater, silvered dial – 1943
Striking watches occupy a special place among horological complications. For more than two centuries, these complex mechanisms were given pride of place by the Maison, whose archives reveal a first mention of a striking watch in 1806. These miniaturised masterpieces represented a real challenge with the advent of the wristwatch – as magnificently epitomised in this extremely refined yellow gold minute repeater model with its two-tone silvered dial, radiating a rare elegance due to its extreme slimness enhanced by drop-shaped lugs.

Yellow gold World Time pocket watch, silver dial with day/night and 24-hour indication – 1949
Thanks to its collaboration with Louis Cottier, whose father was the inventor of the "World Time" system still in force today, Vacheron Constantin was the first Manufacture to integrate the World Time complication into its timepieces as early as 1932. This gold pocket watch from 1949 is a magnificent example of this function, with its silver dial bearing a two-tone rotating outer disc for the 24-hour indication and the city disc with 41 locations. This new complication kept step with the developments taking place in the fields of transport and communication.

Square pink gold wristwatch for the visually impaired, gold-plated dial – 1964
This extremely rare timepiece – despite being produced in the second half of the 20th century – illustrates the variety of fields of expression explored by Vacheron Constantin over its 265-year history. With this square pink gold watch, featuring a gold-plated dial with raised applied hour-markers, the Maison developed a timepiece model specifically intended for the visually impaired. A pusher on the case middle releases the bezel and crystal, which pivot on a hinge to release the gold-plated dial enabling tactile reading of the time indications.

Yellow gold pocket watch, caseback adornded with an enamel miniature reproducing The Smoker by Adriaen Brouwer – 1964
Enamel miniature painting is an art for which Geneva became famous from the 17th century onwards. This tradition has been perpetuated through the ages to the present day, in particular with the artist Carlo Poluzzi (1899-1778), miniaturist and enamel painter, whose work was much appreciated by the great watch manufacturers. One of his magnificent creations can be admired on the caseback of this yellow gold pocket watch reproducing The Smoker, a work painted in 1637 by Flemish artist Adriaen Brouwer.

Bi-retrograde platinum "Mercator" wristwatches with champlevé enamel dial – 2001
An art form with a longstanding tradition in Geneva, enamelling has always been a speciality of Vacheron Constantin, associated with prestigious models such as this platinum timepiece dedicated to Mercator (1512-1594). The illustrious Flemish mathematician and geographer was the first to design flat-plane map projections. To honour the cartographer, the dial of this watch features a champlevé enamel depiction of the map of Europe taken from his drawings, with two hand-shaped compasses providing a retrograde indication of the minutes and hours.

Platinum Traditionnelle Calibre 2755 wristwatch with tourbillon, minute repeater and perpetual calendar, slate grey dial – 2010
This watch is a masterpiece among horological Grand Complications. Its 44 mm platinum case combines three major Haute Horlogerie complications: a tourbillon, a perpetual calendar and a minute repeater with a centripetal striking regulator ensuring a smooth and noiseless musical sequence. Designed and developed within the Manufacture, Calibre 2755 and its 602 components took three years to develop.

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Summary
Vacheron Constantin is joining the Institute for Digital Archaeology in presenting a major exhibition on time and time-keeping: “The Heartbeat of the City: 500 Years of Personal Time”. First unveiled at Oxford’s History of Science Museum from October 26th to December 14th 2020, it will travel to locations around the world, notably including New York in spring 2021. To retrace 1,000 years of mechanical horology, 500 years of Swiss watchmaking and the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s Nobel Prize, Vacheron Constantin joins the IDA in presenting a dozen models from its heritage collection. Among them are one of the Maison’s very first chiming pocket watches, a quarter-repeater dating from 1816, and an extremely rare square watch for the visually impaired, made in 1964.

Heures Créatives Heure Romantique: An intimate conversation between the art of jewellery-making and horological expertise

  • A watch nurtured by Vacheron Constantin’s heritage and its more than 200 years of creative commitment to women.

  • The chic black mother-of-pearl dial adorns the silhouette of this Art Nouveau-inspired timepiece.

  • A creation powered by a mechanical manual-winding movement, Calibre 1055: a dazzling dialogue between the art of jewellery-making and the art of horology.


Geneva – September 25th 2020 – Exclusive, dainty and timeless, a new variation of the Heure Romantique model graced with a black mother-of-pearl dial rounds out the Heures Créatives collection unveiled in 2015. A sensitive ode to the rich feminine heritage of the Maison, a symbol of inventiveness and style.

The Heure Romantique model immediately fires the imagination, conjuring up images of the refined and inventive women who embraced the Art Nouveau style almost a century ago. Graceful volutes, flowing curves and arabesques inspired by nature nurtured Vacheron Constantin's artistic creativity. Within the workshops Manufacture, femininity reigned supreme, in all its audacity, lightness and delicacy, inspiring artisans to craft extraordinary horological wonders. Delicately engraved pocket watches, precious pendant watches and richly decorated wristwatches testify to an abundant offering dedicated to women, particularly in the 1920s and 1930s.

The Maison revisited this rich heritage in 2015 by inaugurating the Heures Créatives collection, composed at the time of a watch trilogy inspired by landmark historical models ranging from the Belle Époque to the 1970s. Today, Vacheron Constantin presents a new variation on the Heure Romantique model, a precious watch imbued with a timeless elegance enhanced by a dial adorned with black mother-of-pearl.


Aesthetic refinement and technical ingenuity
Inspired by a 1916 timepiece emblematic of the Art Nouveau style, the Heure Romantique model was born from an intimate dialogue between the art of jewellery-making and horological virtuosity. Femininity is emphasised in every detail of this exceptionally elegant timepiece. Its case takes the form of a dainty 18K white gold flower whose curves are set with 104 diamonds on two levels. This refined craftsmanship is further accentuated by the airy leaf-type lug design. To underline this harmonious composition, the crown is topped with a diamond and the circumference of the case is studded with finely engraved small beads.

Setting a magnificent stage for the passing of time, the dial is made of shimmering black mother-of-pearl, thereby adding an extremely chic touch to this new Heure Romantique which is particularly in its element at gala events, clasped to the wrist with a black satin strap. A second black alligator leather strap accompanies this model exclusively available from Vacheron Constantin boutiques.

To mark off the hours and minutes, the Heure Romantique model houses manual-winding Calibre 1055, whose extreme slenderness provides space for Vacheron Constantin to unleash its creativity. This movement with its 115 components and 21 jewels beats at a rate of 21,600 v.p.h. and has approximately 40-hour power reserve. With a tiny diameter of barely 15.70 mm (6¾’’’), the mechanism fits seamlessly into the delightfully petite and distinctively shaped Heure Romantique case.

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Summary

Nurtured by Vacheron Constantin's rich heritage of feminine watches, the Heures Créatives collection is welcoming a new variation of the Heure Romantique model. Set with 123 dazzling diamonds, the dainty flower-shaped 18K white gold case frames an elegant black mother-of-pearl dial. This precious aesthetic is arrayed in stunning finery to create an exclusive timepiece inspired by a 1916 watch emblematic of the Belle Époque. Powered by a slender mechanical manual-winding movement, Calibre 1055, this marvel of watchmaking and jewellery flows into an elegant black satin strap. Available exclusively in Vacheron Constantin boutiques, it also comes with an additional strap in black alligator leather.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Reference 37640/000G-B659

Calibre
1055
Mechanical, manual-winding
15.7 mm (6¾’’’) diameter, 2.1 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
3Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
115 components
21 jewels

Indications
Hours, minutes

Case
18K white gold
26.5 x 36.2 mm, 7.4 mm thick
Diamond-set bezel, case and lugs (104 round-cut diamonds)
Diamond-set crown (1 round-cut diamond)
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial
Black mother-of-pearl
Transferred Roman numerals

Straps/clasp
Black satin
Diamond-set 18K white gold folding clasp (18 round-cut diamonds)
Delivered with a second strap in black Mississippiensis alligator

Total diamond-setting
123 round-cut diamonds, for a total weight of approx. 2.60 carats

Only available in Vacheron Constantin Boutiques

Overseas self-winding, the epitome of sporty elegance, now fully dressed in pink gold

  • Overseas, a tribute to exploration and the perfect outdoor companion.

  • A versatile and elegant timepiece delivered with three interchangeable bracelet/straps (pink gold, blue alligator, blue rubber) for an optimal comfort.

  • A self-winding Manufacture movement, Calibre 5100, equipped with an oscillating weight adorned a wind rose, a symbol of travel and discovery.


Watches & Wonders Shanghai, 09th September 2020 – Its looks are chic, its temperament sporty. A symbol of escapism and exploration, the 41 mm Overseas self-winding model, unveiled at the Watches & Wonders Shanghai 2020 exhibition, combines for the first time its sleek silhouette sculpted in pink gold with a blue Overseas dial.

The Overseas collection, immediately recognisable by its hexagonal bezel evoking the Maltese cross, continues to explore new aesthetic horizons. Following in the wake of the Overseas perpetual calendar ultra-thin model in pink gold and blue dial launched for Watches & Wonders 2020, the sportiest collection from the Maison is interpreted in a self-winding three-hand version that is as precious as it is sophisticated. Its most striking asset lies in the all-gold theme running from case to bracelet and stylishly enhanced by the iconic Overseas blue.


Sleek and functional style
The visual journey begins on the dial, whose intense blue colour accentuates the sporty character of the watch. Its pure surface reveals a world of details, hovering between vibrant and shimmering light effects. The sunburst satin-brushed centre makes a pleasing contrast with the circular satin-finished flange and velvet-finish minute circle. This subtle translucent blue-lacquered composition is punctuated by gold hour-markers and hands coated in white luminescent material. A date appearing discreetly at 3 o'clock completes the picture. This elegant and functional style makes a perfect match with the pink gold of the 41 mm case, flowing into a bracelet featuring likewise pink gold links inspired by the Maltese cross.


Interchangeable bracelet/straps
Because an active life involves countless surprises, the Overseas self-winding adapts to every situation by adopting an attitude of versatile elegance. Depending on the occasion, it easily swaps out its gold bracelet for a blue rubber or alligator leather strap thanks to the Overseas line’s signature interchangeability system. The Overseas dual time and pink gold chronograph models can thus be fitted with the new gold bracelet introduced on this model and available in Vacheron Constantin boutiques and points of sale.


The accuracy of a self-winding movement
The Overseas self-winding watch relies on the Manufacture 5100 calibre and its comfortable 60-hour power reserve. In addition to its accuracy and reliability, it is graced with refined decorations revealed through the sapphire crystal case-back. A 22K gold oscillating weight adorned with a wind rose rotates on the baseplate graced with a Côtes de Genève motif. A potent symbol, like an invitation to journey…

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Summary

For the first time, the 41mm Overseas self-winding watch teams a pink gold case and bracelet with a blue Overseas dial. An elegant combination delivered with three interchangeable bracelet/straps (pink gold, blue alligator leather, blue rubber).


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TECHNICAL DATA

Reference
4500V/110R-B705

Caliber
5100
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
22K gold Overseas oscillating weight
30.6 mm (13¼’’’) diameter, 4.7 mm thick
Approximately 60 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour)
172 components
37 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes and central seconds
Date

Case
18K 5N pink gold
41 mm diameter, 11 mm thick
Soft iron casing ring ensuring anti-magnetic protection
Screwed-down crown
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 15 bar (approx. 150 meters)

Dial
Translucent blue lacquered, circular satin-finished flange
18K 5N pink gold hour-markers and hours & minutes hands highlighted with white luminescent material

Bracelet/Straps
18K 5N pink gold bracelet (half Maltese cross-shaped polished and satin-brushed links), secured by a 18K 5N pink gold triple-blade folding clasp with push-pieces and comfort-adjustment system
Delivered with a second strap in blue Mississippiensis alligator leather, featuring a blue nubuck lining with a micro-perforated effect, hand-stitched, large square scales
Delivered with a third strap in blue rubber

Buckle
Each additional strap comes with an 18K 5N pink gold buckle

Vacheron Constantin makes the debut of a 100-piece China limited edition: Malte manual-winding

  • A numbered and engraved 100-piece limited edition dedicated to mainland China.

  • A light blue mother-of-pearl dial framed by a pink gold tonneau-shaped case

  • A manual-winding in-house movement, Calibre 1400 AS, a symbol of watchmaking excellence.


[September 1st, 2020] Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Vacheron Constantin chose its Tmall Flagship Boutique as the platform to debut the Malte manual-winding watch in pink gold with a light blue mother-of-pearl dial, a superbly slender and elegant 100-piece special China edition.When night gives way to day, the sky takes on a graceful azure shade as the dawn heralds endless possibilities. Vacheron Constantin has chosen this elegant hue to adorn the mother-of-pearl dial of the Malte manual-winding watch unveiled at the opening of the Vacheron Constantin boutique on Tmall. A light blue colour dedicated to women who experience each morning as a discovery, offering momentum towards new horizons.


A refined aesthetic
Femininity and sophistication reign supreme on this watch, featuring a tonneau shape that has been one of the signature tokens of Vacheron Constantin's creative heritage since 1912. For this special edition of 100 numbered and engraved watches, the finely cambered case adopts the shimmering warmth of 18K 5N pink gold. This refined case beautifully frames the azure colour of its slightly domed dial, punctuated by slender hands and applied hour-markers in pink gold. A discreet small seconds hand and 18K 5N pink gold applied Roman numerals at 12 and 6 o'clock complete the picture. The Malte manual-winding watch hugs the curves of even the slimmest wrist with its matching light blue alligator strap.


A manual-winding calibre
The charisma of the Malte manual-winding model is also expressed behind the scenes. Through the sapphire crystal caseback, women with a love of horological sophistication will appreciate the classic yet sophisticated aesthetics of Calibre 1400 AS, with its numerous signature polished coins rentrants (interior angles) meticulously crafted by the highly skilled artisans of the Manufacture. Entirely developed and produced in-house by Vacheron Constantin, this manual-winding 1400 AS movement with its diminutive 20.65 mm diameter is to be found in dainty and often feminine creations from the Maison. Endowed with a 40-hour power reserve, it sets a steady and accurate cadence for the essential hour, minute and small seconds indications.

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Summary
Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Vacheron Constantin is unveiling a special ladies’ timepiece in a numbered and engraved 100-piece China limited edition on its Tmall Flagship Boutique: the new Malte manual-winding watch in pink gold with a light blue mother-of-pearl dial and matching light blue alligator strap. To check out the extra offers, please visit: Vacheron Constantin Tmall Flagship Boutique.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Reference
81015/000R-B903

Calibre
1400 AS
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin Mechanical, manual-winding
20.65 mm (9’’’) diameter, 2.6 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour)
98 components
20 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock

Case
18K 5N pink gold
28.4 x 38.7 mm, 7.72 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial
Light blue mother-of-pearl
10 applied baton-shaped hour-markers and 2 applied Roman numerals in 18K 5N pink gold

Strap
Light blue Mississippiensis alligator leather strap, stitched-tip, square scales

Buckle
18K 5N pink gold buckle
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Limited edition of 100 pieces, individually numbered.
Available on Vacheron Constantin EC platforms and offline boutiques in China mainland.

Vacheron Constantin Presents “One of Not Many” Pop-up Boutique with A New Visual Display in Plaza 66

2 July 2020, Shanghai – Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Vacheron Constantin presents from 2 to 31 July 2020, a “One of Not Many” Pop-up Boutique with a new visual display at Plaza 66, the high-end shopping  landmark in Shanghai, a further demonstration of the exceptional universe of the Maison and the spirit of One of Not Many. Featuring a blend of elegance, modernity and creativity, the pop-up boutique especially displays novelties and remarkable high complication timepieces from Égérie, Overseas, Fiftysix®, Patrimony and Traditionnelle collections, all of them vividly showcasing the exquisite world of Haute Horlogerie.

Inspired by the design elements of Égérie collection, the window design of the “One of Not Many” Pop-up Boutique is an integration of pleats (in reference to the ones used in Haute Couture but also to the Égérie collection watch dial) with an elegant red background. This design not only embodies the brand’s aesthetic refinement, but also demonstrates the sophisticated style of Haute Couture, presenting the masterpieces of the brand from a all-new perspective. 
“We are delighted to welcome connoisseurs and watch lovers to our “One of Not Many” Pop-up Boutique to closely appreciate the technical excellence and the refined aesthetics of Vacheron Constantin.” said Mr. Frank BRAILLARD, Managing Director of Vacheron Constantin China. 

Vacheron Constantin “One of Not Many” Pop-up Boutique Plaza 66
From 2 to 31 July 2020
Venue: Plaza 66, 1266 West Nanjing Road, Shanghai, China
Time: 10:00 – 21 :30

Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières: the Tokyo model joins the collection

  • An innovative artistic craft making its first watchmaking appearance in a dialogue with Grand Feu enamelling
  • Aerial views of the world’s most beautiful cities


The Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières collection is an invitation to embark upon a nocturnal journey above cities bubbling with creativity. On dials draped with an enamelled base in deep shades, a wide variety of powders creates a bird’s-eye view miniature tableau of these sprawling urban expanses. Traditional Grand Feu champlevé enamelling mingles with hand-applied precious powder, an art never yet used in Haute Horlogerie. The striking and realistic beauty of these timepieces opens up whole new artistic and creative horizons, where traditional skills are constantly nurtured by fresh influences. 


The Maison has dreamed up a sparkling encounter between two exceptional arts: Grand Feu champlevé enamelling, a skill passed on for almost three centuries by the Vacheron Constantin artisans; and hand-applied precious powder, a technique mastered by Japanese guest artist Yoko Imai. This unique technique has been used on a watch dial to which particles of gold, pearl, platinum and diamond powder are meticulously distilled one by one, endowing the enamel with exceptional radiance. The bright dots of light, placed with the greatest precision, compose a portrait of these broad and majestic urban landscapes. The light effects play across these strikingly realistic roads, rivers and famous landmarks. The Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières watches beat to the rhythm of a mechanical Manufacture movement graced with refined finishing, in accordance with traditional Haute Horlogerie techniques. After the first models dedicated to the nocturnal magic of Geneva, Paris, New York, Beijing, this night-flight across time continues over another metropolis: Tokyo.


An enduring vocation for artistic crafts

The Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières collection perpetuates the age-old Vacheron Constantin tradition of artistic crafts. In 1755, the very first known watch by the founder of the Maison, Jean-Marc Vacheron, already featured delicate engraved arabesque motifs. Ever since, for almost three centuries, gemsetters, enamellers, guillocheurs and engravers have been cultivating and passing on these forms of expertise that have become extremely rare. Today as yesterday, over the years and in step with successive creations, their dexterity has given life to masterpieces of the watchmaking art. These decorative skills have acquired the habit of echoing each other, combining their techniques with art and creativity on watch dials, and often adopting the spirit of lesser known and surprising arts such as illumination, Japanese lacquer, glyptics or gemstone cloisonné effects. In keeping with this tradition, the Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières collection enables Vacheron Constantin to explore new, contemporary and innovative expressive territory for artistic crafts.


Aerial perspective

Vacheron Constantin has depicted major cities – notably renowned for their artistic influence – through their nocturnal panorama. Individually applying precious powder particles naturally implies extreme dexterity, and doing so on the surface of a watch involves the additional constraint of defining an ideal altitude for each city so as to convey realistically the emotional impact of its urban outlines. The miniature tableaus that Yoko Imai has composed faithfully reproduce the real ‘light cartography’ of the cities, with their various sorts of light, such as variously animated districts and even traffic density! This incredibly meticulous work on the map of each city called for several weeks of research and trials on various base materials.


Grand Feu enamelling

For each of the dials, the Vacheron Constantin Master enameller first examined the possibilities afforded by champlevé in order to highlight the shapes of the streets, gardens and stretches of water. After hollowing out the gold dial by hand according to the chosen outlines, he then applied successive layers of translucent coloured enamels. Between each coating, the dial is fired at the extremely high temperature of 850°C. These crucial and delicate stages, masterfully guided by intuition and governed by stringent discipline acquired over time, enable the powdered glass mixed with colouring oxides to be melted, transformed and then vitrified by cooling – with the inevitable risk that the dial may crack or flaws may form. In the Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières collection, the master enameller has taken up the additional challenge of composing subtly translucent and dark shades in order to reproduce the singular night-time atmosphere.

 

Luminous rain

Vacheron Constantin invited the Japanese artist Yoko Imai to associate her art with that of the enamelling artisan. Trained by the great Japanese masters, she has developed her own artistic technique: calligraphy-inspired painting on canvas, inspired by precious powder. For Vacheron Constantin, she has adapted this process to the enamel of a watch dial, while creating a fascinating chiaroscuro effect. To ensure a faithful transcription of the city lights, her deft hands are guided by absolute mastery, unwavering concentration and a special sensitivity requiring a particular form of concentration and sensitivity.

The technique of applying precious powders borrows a fundamental principle from the art of calligraphy: the quest for balance and purity. Using a thin stylus, the powder particles are individually affixed using a technique that remains a jealously guarded secret. The luminous magic of the completed tableau depends on this extremely rigorous approach: each fragment is perfectly positionned in its rightful place and there is no room for anything random or superfluous.

Each of the powder specks is thus chosen according to its size and its shimmer, then worked on from several angles and with various types of light, so as to ensure enhanced radiance and realism. First of all, tiny gold grains form the luminous backdrop. Then diamond and platinum powder are successively applied to create shiny and dark effects, punctuated by pearl spangles. Their varying brightness makes it possible adjust the direction and size of the luminescent areas, in order to infuse the dial with life and warmth. On the enamel base, between the raised gold ridges, tens of thousands of spangles shine in the light. The particles of precious powder, all of varying shades and degree of luminosity, interact both amongst themselves and with the dark shades of the Grand Feu enamelled background. The radiance of the composition is more intense in the dial centre and gradually softens towards the outer edges of the dial.Hand-crafted during more than three months and born from a mingling of artistic crafts, each dial is truly unique.

 

The lights of Geneva, Paris, New York, Beijing and Tokyo

The flyover begins with Geneva, the cradle of technical and precious watchmaking, renowned for having nurtured the art of miniature painting on enamel. Vacheron Constantin was born in the heart of the town, in the St-Gervais district, where the cabinotiers had their workshops. 

Then comes Paris, the “City of Light” par excellence, a favourite among artists, philosophers and writers, known the world over for the inimitable elegance of its style. The aerial view of the capital retraces the life of iconic landmarks such as the Place de l’Étoile and the Champs-Elysées, the Seine, as well as the Eiffel Tower famed for its light effects, viewed from above and engraved in gold.

The journey continues with New York, the city that never sleeps, a symbol of dreams and effervescence, where everything is possible. Reproducing it stretches the technique of applying precious powders to its absolute limits, with the highest vantage point that could possibly be depicted. Sprinkled across the Grand Feu enamel, tens of thousands of precious dots animate the luminous outlines of Manhattan Island with Central Park, the Hudson River and Brooklyn.

Then the twinkling magic of Beijing appears on the horizon. The shimmering glow of the Imperial City viewed from above carries a hint of its manifold splendours testifying to a proud history. The more intense halos of certain monuments, landmarks and particularly animated streets surround the vast Forbidden City, which remains less brightly lit and more mysterious. The Meridian Gate, the Gate of Heavenly Peace and Tian’anmen Square can be distinguished on this meticulous cartography composed of enamel and precious powders.

Finally, the lights of Tokyo make their stage entrance, lending precious sparkling accents to the translucent Grand Feu enamel dial base, featuring a darker shade for the city and a bluish hue for Tokyo Bay. Specks of gold highlight symbolic locations: the Ginza luxury shopping district, the iconic Tokyo Tower, the Kasumiga-seki and Nagatcho political centre, the Rainbow Bridge, as well as the super-trendy Roppongi hotspot. This vibrant nocturnal cartography expresses the harmonious energy characterising the capital of Japan. Water and earth, technology and history: striking contrasts rub shoulders and mingle to create a perfectly balanced alchemist’s blend.


Horological excellence

The timepieces of the Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières collection are certified by the Hallmark of Geneva, a sure token of precision and reliability issued by an entirely neutral and independent body. Manufacture Vacheron Constantin mechanical self-winding Caliber 2460 SC drives a display of the hours, minutes and seconds. Visible through the transparent case-back, the 22 carats gold oscillating weight features a finely executed decoration inspired by the Maltese cross, the Vacheron Constantin signature emblem. Each of the components, whether visible or hidden, is adorned with finishes crafted in accordance with the finest watchmaking skills exemplified by bevelling, circular-graining and polishing. The movement is protected by a precious white gold case.The Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières collection is a horological and artistic creation in keeping with the purest Vacheron Constantin traditions. Its striking dials, like authentic miniature tableaus, offer an original view of fascinating cities and of the watchmaking art itself, perpetually inspired and constantly reinvented.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières

References
86222/000G-B101 – Geneva
86222/000G-B104 – Paris
86222/000G-B105 – New York
86222/000G-B107 – Beijing
86222/000G-B106 – Tokyo

Calibre
2460 SC
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
26.2 mm (11¼’’’) diameter, 3.6 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour)
182 components
27 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces

Indications
Hours, minutes and center seconds

Case
18K white gold
40 mm diameter, 8.9 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial
18K gold dial with Grand Feu champlevé & translucent enamel and powder of precious stones (diamonds, pearl) & precious metal (gold, platinum) filled by hand

Strap
Black Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator inner shell, large square scales

Buckle
18K white gold buckle
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

The name of the city is engraved on the back of the timepiece.
Only available in Vacheron Constantin Boutiques.

Yiqing Yin, A new talent joins the “One of not many” communication campaign

May 26th, 2020 - Vacheron Constantin is delighted to unveil its latest talent to join the “One of not many” communication campaign. Yiqinq Yin, a youthful prodigy in the world of Haute Couture, is joining the roster of talents who have chosen to collaborate with the Maison. She will epitomise the Égérie collection, dedicated to women and launched by the Manufacture in February 2020.


Born in Beijing in 1985, Yiqing Yin has been traveling the world since her childhood. At the age of four, she left China for Australia and France. A graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and armed with her innovative vision of Couture, Yiqing Yin sees garments as both a second skin and a supple, floaty envelope. Exploring the dynamic potential of pleats, she imagines vibrant structures that are never static but instead all about volumes in motion, and experiments with the way garments fall in a quest for smoothly flowing lines. She thus designs loose shapes with staggering structures. She admits her attraction to "an intuitive method of creation, a sensory wandering and a search for voluntary accidents".

Acknowledged and respected within the select circle of Haute Couture connoisseurs, her universe naturally chimed with that of Vacheron Constantin. Yiqing Yin shares with the watchmakers and artisans of the Maison a concern for detail and a desire for discovery. Ties were thus woven between Haute Couture and Haute Horlogerie, two worlds where craftsmanship, expertise and rarity would be nothing without passion and creativity, a vocation that is constantly being challenged and reinvented in step with successive creations. The Égérie collection symbolises this encounter through the pleated dial and the off-centre aesthetic of its design.

The “One of not many” campaign presented in 2018 showcases talents whose personality and work express the constant quest for excellence, openness to the world and the spirit of innovation and creation characterising Vacheron Constantin. Singular, visionary and passionate, they are recognised experts in their own field, thereby also reflecting the concept of connoisseurs.


About Yiqing Yin

A graduate of ENSAD (École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris), Yiqing Yin was awarded the Grand Prix de la Création de la Ville de Paris in 2009. Following the Hyères International Fashion Festival in 2010, her dreamy creations were staged in the windows of the Ministry of Culture, at the Chaillot National Theatre and then at the prestigious Joyce Gallery. In June 2011, she won the ANDAM (Association Nationale pour le Développement des Arts de la Mode/ANDAM Fashion Award Paris) and held her first runway showing during the Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week. That same year, Yiqing Yin was one of eight young “designers to watch” selected by the French edition of Vogue. In 2013, Maison Léonard appointed the young designer to head its ready-to-wear collections. Yiqing Yin also works with prestigious brands such as Cartier, Guerlain, Hermès, Swarovski and Lancôme.

Since 2012, Maison Yiqing Yin has been officially included in the Fédération Française de la Couture official calendar as a guest member. In December 2015, the Fédération Française de la Mode rewarded her work through the attribution of the Haute Couture appellation.

As a complete artist, Yiqing Yin also explores other artistic worlds. In 2013, at the invitation of the Venice Biennale, she created the artwork In-Between. For her Blooming Ashes collection, she combined fabric with light in the Stellar dress, in collaboration with sculptor Bastien Carré. She has also worked in the world of dance by designing the stage costumes of the étoile ballet dancers Dorothée Gilbert and Mathieu Ganio for Tristan and Iseult, directed by Giorgio Mancini.

Yiqing Yin has been regularly invited to participate in art exhibitions around the world for several years. The exhibition titled "A world of Feathers" staged at the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm; the "Haute Dentelle" exhibition at the Cité de la Dentelle in Calais; as well as the "Animalia Fashion" exhibition at Palazzo Pitti in Florence, are just some of the many events where she presents the major pieces of her Haute Couture collections. She was also a guest of honour, exhibitor, lecturer and member of the jury at the Arts of Fashion Foundation Symposium held in the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco in December 2019. Finally, she is delighted to be working on a film project that will be released in the course of 2020.

Patrimony moon phase retrograde date - Collection Excellence Platine

  • Three years after its launch, the Patrimony moon phase retrograde date is joining the Collection Excellence Platine.
  • Powered by the Manufacture 2460 R31L movement, this elegant model displays the hours and minutes, the date with a retrograde hand and a precision moon phase.
  • To ensure user-friendliness, all settings are performed via the crown.


May 2020 – The elegantly understated Patrimony moon phase retrograde date model is joining the Collection Excellence Platine concept. Launched in 2006, it offers collectors exceptional watches in 950 platinum limited editions. Case, crown, dial, buckle are crafted from this noble metal, while even the alligator leather strap is hand-stitched with platinum and silk threads.


The Patrimony moon phase retrograde date model, presented in 2017 in white and pink gold versions, is one of Vacheron Constantin's signature watches. Its understated elegance and the originality of its display embody the Maison’s identity at first glance. Three years after its launch, this timepiece with its pleasing proportions is enriching the Collection Excellence Platine concept with a 50-piece limited boutique edition.

Entirely faithful to the spirit of the Patrimony collection, drawing inspiration from the watches created by the Maison in the 1950s, this timepiece bears witness to the minimalist aesthetic approach with a concern for detail aimed at achieving perfectly balanced lines. The timelessly elegant 42.5 mm round case houses the self-winding Manufacture 2460 R31L calibre with its precision moon phase and retrograde pointer-type date display. For optimal user-friendliness, all function settings are performed via the crown.


Limited edition

With its “Collection Excellence Platine” concept launched in 2006, Vacheron Constantin produces exceptional watches for collectors. Ranging from the simplest to the most complicated, all are offered in limited editions at a rate of one or two models per year. As its name suggests, their distinctive feature is 950 platinum, the watches being crafted in this noble metal from case to dial including the buckle while even the midnight blue alligator leather strap is hand-stitched with platinum and silk threads.

The secret signature on sand-blasted dial of the Patrimony moon phase retrograde date watch is the inscription "Pt 950" between 4 and 5 o'clock. The moon-phase disc, which can be admired through an aperture at 6 o'clock, is also in platinum with a polished surface on the stars and a grained texture for the moon circles imitating the visible irregularities of the lunar surface. The dial is slightly convex around its circumference and punctuated by applied 18-carat white gold hour-markers, appearing at intervals around a likewise white gold “pearl” minute-track. The baton-type hands are made of the same metal, blued for the date pointer for enhanced readability.


Precision moon phase and retrograde date

This timepiece is powered by the Manufacture self-winding 2460 R31L calibre with a 40-hour power reserve. The transparent sapphire caseback provides a chance to admire this 275-part movement, notably the circular-grained surface of its mainplate and its openworked 22-carat gold oscillating weight inspired by Vacheron Constantin’s Maltese cross emblem.

The moon phases are displayed through an aperture at 6 o'clock, graduated from 0 to 29½, serving to count off the number of days elapsed since the last new moon. This horological complication, known as the age of the moon, corresponds to the actual cycle of this heavenly body, which rotates around the Earth in exactly 29 days, 12 hours and 45 minutes. The precision moon phases mechanism requires a one-day correction only once every 122 years.

The second complication – a retrograde date indication by means of the central hand – occupies the upper part of the dial. To ensure user friendliness, all operations are performed via the crown: winding, date correction, moon-phase adjustment and time-setting.

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SUMMARY

With its “Collection Excellence Platine” concept launched in 2006, Vacheron Constantin produces exceptional watches for collectors, all in limited editions. As its name suggests, 950 platinum is the signature feature of this assortment crafted from this noble metal, from case to dial and buckle, while even the midnight blue alligator leather strap is hand-stitched with platinum and silk threads. This year, the elegant Patrimony moon phase retrograde date watch presented for the first time in 2017 will be the centrepiece of this exceptional collection. Its timelessly elegance 42.5 mm round case houses the self-winding Manufacture 2460 R31L calibre with a precision moon phase, a mechanism requiring a one-day correction only once every 122 years, along with a retrograde pointer-type date display. For enhanced user friendliness, all function settings are performed via the crown.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Reference 4010U/000P-B545

Caliber
2460 R31L
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
27.2 mm (11½’’’) diameter, 5.4 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour)
275 components
27 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes
Retrograde date
Precision moon phase, age of the moon

Case
950 platinum
42.5 mm diameter, 9.7 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial
950 platinum, sand-blasted
“Pt950” hallmark between 4 and 5 o’clock
Convex external zone
950 platinum moon disc
18K white gold applied hour-markers and 18K circular “pearl” minute-track

Strap
Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator inner shell, hand-stitched with platinum 950 and silk, saddle-finish, large square scales

Buckle
950 platinum folding clasp
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Limited edition of 50 individually numbered pieces
Available exclusively from Vacheron Constantin boutiques.

Traditionnelle tourbillon chronograph

  • An exceptional model stemming from the Vacheron Constantin Grandes Complications workshops, combining a monopusher chronograph with a tourbillon.
  • The elegance of a classically styled watch meets the temperament of a chronograph.
  • A tourbillon mechanism accentuated by a new carriage configuration.
  • A chronograph recalling its origins, yet flaunting its vanguard performance credentials.


April 2020 - Vacheron Constantin unites two horological complications within the Traditionnelle collection. Considered an emblem of Haute Horlogerie, the tourbillon now takes on a stronger personality and more dynamic aura, combined with a monopusher chronograph function.

A modern expression of Geneva's grand watchmaking tradition, the new Traditionnelle tourbillon chronograph combines the precision of a monopusher chronograph with the sophistication of the tourbillon, a complication single-handedly symbolising the nobility of Haute Horlogerie. Through its ties with centuries of watchmaking culture and its dynamic character, this timepiece pays tribute to mechanical complexity while respecting the Maison’s distinctive aesthetic codes and inherent elegance. “Etagé” case and lugs, a fluted case-back, a railway-type minute track, dauphine-type hours and minutes hands: the aesthetic codes of the Traditionnelle collection are all clearly present and the model Traditionnelle tourbillon chronograph showcases technical refinement conveyed through eminently horological characteristics.


Short-time measurement and rotating carriage: tradition is strongly present

Designed to compensate for the effects of the Earth's gravity on watch mechanisms, the tourbillon is considered an iconic chorological complication. Often appearing on the lower part of the dial, as if to underline its role in supporting the optimal functioning of the watch, the tourbillon of the new Traditionnelle Tourbillon chronograph takes pride of place at 12 o'clock, where it draws all eyes.

In order to offer a perfect view of its fascinating ballet, the Manufacture's developers have devised a novel movement mode for its carriage. Instead of being driven by the pinion of the fourth wheel, the tourbillon carriage is set in motion by an intermediate wheel of the running seconds display. This configuration enables an extremely wide opening onto the upper plate, thereby offering an even more spectacular view of the tourbillon.

The model also features a power-reserve indication at 6 o’clock and a 45-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock. The chronograph function monopusher inserted into the winding crown accentuates the technical side of the watch. It features a dynamic activation system (known as "all-or-nothing") which prevents the chronograph mechanism from engaging when insufficient pressure is exerted on the pusher. It also revives the spirit of the original pocket chronographs before the mechanism migrated to the wrist: these models had only one pusher, often housed in the crown, which successively handled the start, stop and reset functions.

While the chronograph thereby recalls its origins, it also flaunts its vanguard performance credentials through the use of the “friction” technique for the lateral clutch mechanism combined with a column wheel, thus ensuring smooth activation of the function and preserving it from excessive wear over the long term. This technique also reduces potential stuttering of the chronograph hand when it is activated.

Finally, the 45-minute counter with dragging display serves to reduce the loss of amplitude generally noted when the chronograph function is activated. When the latter is stopped, this type of display also serves to provide a more accurate time indication.


Manufacture Calibre 3200

To power this timepiece, Vacheron Constantin has chosen a mechanism that is an integral part of its history, the 3200 calibre presented on the occasion of the Manufacture's 260th anniversary. A technical masterpiece combining 292 components assembled by the most expert hands, this manual-winding tourbillon chronograph movement is distinguished by its 2.5 Hz frequency, which makes its steady beating visually easy to follow.

The care devoted to decorative details is a sure sign that this model does indeed belong to the world of classic watchmaking: the aesthetic of the tourbillon carriage is inspired by the Maltese cross, its bar is entirely hand-finished and the finishes of the movement itself call upon the noblest horological traditions (chamfering, circular-graining, Côtes de Genève).

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Summary

The new Traditionnelle tourbillon chronograph sets the stage for a tourbillon placed at 12 o'clock and a monopusher chronograph, which pay tribute to the history of Haute Horlogerie and reflect Vacheron Constantin's technical mastery in the crafting of Grandes Complications. As with all creations from the Maison, particular attention is lavished on the decorations and hand-finishing, whether the tourbillon carriage or the components of the in-house 3200 calibre.

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Technical data:

Reference
5100T/000R-B623

Calibre
3200
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, manual-winding
32.8 mm (14¼’’’) diameter, 6.7 mm thick
Approximately 65 hours of power reserve
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour)
292 components
39 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes
Small seconds on tourbillon carriage
Tourbillon at 12h
Monopusher chronograph (45-minute counter at 3 o’clock)
Power reserve at 6h
Tachymeter scale

Case
18K 5N pink gold
42.5 mm diameter, 11.7 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial
Silvered opaline
18K 5N pink gold hour-markers
Black screw for the second indication on the tourbillon carriage

Strap
Dark brown Mississippiensis alligator leather, saddle-finish, large square scales

Clasp
18K 5N pink gold folding clasp
Polished half Maltese cross-shape

World price: 180'000 € / 197'000 USD