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Les Cabinotiers Regulator perpetual calendar – Moonlight Jewellery Sapphire

  • A single-piece edition with a regulator-type display
  • A Manufacture-made movement, Calibre 2460 RQP
  • A perpetual calendar with precision moon phases
  • Artistic crafts highlighting the technical nature of the timepiece


Geneva, April 7th 2021 - Vacheron Constantin presents a single-piece edition Les Cabinotiers timepiece featuring a regulator-type display and perpetual calendar with precision moon phases, powered by in-house Calibre 2460 RQP. Set with precious stones on the bezel and the delicately guilloché dial, this model combines a technical display mode with an elegant reading of time. This new model, presented at Watches & Wonders 2021, is part of the theme of the Maison for 2021 : entitled Classic with a Twist, it highlights Vacheron Constantin’s creative energy, guided by an identity that celebrates a heritage and dares to deliver the unexpected.


Watches with a regulator-type display are reminiscent of the precision clocks developed for astronomers more than 200 years ago. This concept has been picked up in the creation of this single-piece edition Les Cabinotiers regulator perpetual calendar – Moonlight Jewellery Sapphire timepiece, whose astronomical references are accentuated by a perpetual calendar function with precision moon phases. These Haute Horlogerie complications are highlighted by the artisans of the Manufacture. To lend depth to the delicately hand-engraved guilloché dial, sparkling diamond and sapphire edging echoes the diamond-set bezel, in an alternation elegantly accentuating the various timekeeping and astronomical displays.


The precision of regulator-type watches
The single-piece edition Les Cabinotiers regulator perpetual calendar – Moonlight Jewellery Sapphire watch is immediately set apart by its regulator-type display. Powered by self-winding Calibre 2460 RQP, this timepiece offers a separate reading of the minutes with a central hand and the hours on a dial positioned at 12 o'clock.

This way of indicating time by non-coaxial markers dates back to the late 17th century. Through their observations of the sky and the path of heavenly bodies, astronomers soon realised the necessity of reliable and regular time measuring instruments. To meet this need, horologists developed regulating clocks, also known as master clocks, because they were used as reference timekeepers. The extreme precision of these clocks stemmed from bimetallic pendulums used to compensate for the effect of temperature variations. In addition, by offering a display of the hours and seconds on separate counters along with a central minutes hand, they enabled clear and accurate readings of the timekeeping indications.

This mechanical invention was not forgotten with the advent of pocket watches, followed by wristwatches, and was especially favoured for the originality and extreme legibility of its display. The Les Cabinotiers regulator perpetual calendar – Moonlight Jewellery Sapphire watch echoes this layout, further enhanced by a perpetual calendar with precision moon phases as a tribute to the astronomical origins of regulators. In place of the small seconds hand, the 6 o'clock counter thus serves to indicate the date and the moon phases.


Mastery of astronomical functions
Through countless ages, the moon served to mark the path of time, notably for the passage of months and the calculation of weeks. Based on these first astronomical observations, watchmakers soon realised the advantage of adding a moon-phase display to the dial of their timepieces. While poetically evoking planetary laws, they also testify to consummate technical mastery in their horological representation, through their integration within the global perspective of a perpetual calendar.

The mechanical difficulty inherent in moon phases is the duration of a lunar cycle – i.e. 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes, 2.8 seconds (29.5305881 days) – which must be regulated by movements based on a sexagesimal system. To achieve this, the most common solution consists of rounding off lunar cycles to 29.5 days, enabling the moon phases to be activated via a 59-tooth gear with two lunar cycles – a solution which results in an approximately one-day discrepancy every 32 months. More complex yet more accurate, the system based on a 135-tooth gear yields what is known as a precision astronomical moon phase display, whose drift amounts to only one day every 122 years and 46 days. It is precisely this device that has been integrated into the perpetual calendar of Calibre 2460 RQP with its 40-hour power reserve. Successfully keeping step with the vagaries of the Gregorian calendar and requiring no adjustment until 2100, this perpetual calendar is distinguished on this timepiece by the indication of the days and months through apertures on either side of the hours dial, which itself bears the leap-year indication at 4 o'clock. The date is displayed by a pointer and the moon phases appear on the subdial at 6 o’clock.


Artistic crafts and creativity
Perfectly illustrating the creative spirit of Vacheron Constantin, this single-piece edition has been preciously embellished by the gifted artist’s hands of artisans. On the dial swept over by white gold hands, the guilloché artist has created a delicate spiral pattern, enhanced by a row of 44 baguette-cut diamonds rimming the bezel. The silver-toned dial is also set with an edging of precious stones facing the minute track, a border composed of 36 baguette-cut diamonds, alternating with 10 sapphires positioned every five minutes. The spark of the sapphires is further accentuated by the two hours and moon-phase subdials, which adopt the same dark blue hue.

The noble distinction of this timepiece with its 42 mm 18K white gold case is perceptible even in the meticulous hand finishing adorning the movement. The watch's sapphire caseback reveals the delicate circular graining of the mainplate with bridges featuring the Côtes de Genève motif, as well as the subtle guilloché pattern on the 18K 5N gold oscillating weight. The Les Cabinotiers regulator perpetual calendar – Moonlight Jewellery Sapphire watch is fitted with a dark blue alligator leather strap, secured by an 18K gold pin buckle whose outline is inspired by the shape of a Maltese cross adorned with 12 baguette-cut diamonds.


“Le Temps Céleste”
Each year, the Les Cabinotiers department unveils a range of single-piece editions relating to a theme cherished by Vacheron Constantin. The year 2021 is dedicated to "Le Temps Céleste" (which means Celestial Time), with timepieces referring to the astronomical origins of time measurement.

From the dawn of civilisations, the cycle of days and seasons, the evolution of constellations in the night sky, the phases of the moon and eclipses have exerted an almost mystical fascination. Eager to unravel the mysteries of the universe, the first human beings found in mythological tales a cosmogony blending legends with poetry. At a very early stage, the first scientific minds attempted to decipher the rhythms of Nature and to organise them according to predictable patterns.

It was from these calculations, and with the appearance of writing, that the first calendars were born, before the Babylonian sexagesimal system gave meaning to the physical division of time into units of angle. Traditional watchmaking is a direct heir to this rigorous and scientific approach, expressed today on watches with depictions of the calendar, the sky chart, moon phases, tides and seasons, and even civil, solar and sidereal time with their differentials. Vacheron Constantin has nevertheless sought to endow these genuine observation instruments with all the charm of the founding myths through the subtlety of its craftsmanship, through its work in guilloché engraving and the engraving of symbolic motifs, or in the "stellar" glittering of gemset stones. This new Les Cabinotiers range is the expression of exceptional expertise in astronomical watches, dedicated to the poetry of time.


Vacheron Constantin and astronomical watches
Astronomical watches enjoy a rich and longstanding tradition within the Maison. The Vacheron Constantin archives reveal a first perpetual calendar in 1884, integrated into a double-sided yellow gold pocket watch, now part of the Maison’s private collection. This was the beginning of a mechanical "epic" that would singularly take shape at the turn of the century. In 1900, the Maison set up a workshop exclusively dedicated to the assembly of watches with complications, often incorporating astronomical functions. Orders flooded in for complicated and even very complicated watches. The perpetual calendar was then combined with other technical feats such as those enriching a 1905 pocket watch comprising a minute repeater, split-seconds chronograph and perpetual calendar with phases and age of the moon.

Delivered in 1929, the pocket watch made for King Fouad I of Egypt with chronograph, perpetual calendar, Grande and Petite Sonnerie and minute repeater functions is characteristic of this golden age. This exceptional watchmaking expertise, later applied to wristwatches, would be powerfully expressed in the Tour de l'Île with its 16 horological and astronomical complications, produced in 2005 to mark the 250th anniversary of the Maison. It features a sky chart, a complication that has become a speciality of Vacheron Constantin. Reference 57260, which has 57 complications, also features a sky chart, notably accompanied by sidereal time and a secular Hebrew calendar. In 2017, Vacheron Constantin once again innovated with Calibre 3600, powering displays of civil, solar and sidereal time, the latter synchronised with a mobile representation of constellations.


Les Cabinotiers: single-piece editions
In the Vacheron Constantin universe, Les Cabinotiers represents a department in its own right dedicated to the personalisation of Grand Complication models and single-piece editions. This tradition dates back to the 18th century, an age when master-watchmakers were called cabinotiers and worked in ateliers bathed in natural light, known as cabinets and located on the top floors of Geneva's buildings. In the hands of these learned artisans, open to the new ideas of the Enlightenment, exceptional timepieces were born, inspired by astronomy, mechanical engineering and the arts. This expertise, which constitutes the great Geneva watchmaking tradition, has been flowing through Vacheron Constantin’s veins since 1755.


Classic with a Twist
Vacheron Constantin’s creativity has always remained closely attuned to its time while evoking its memories. This byword for elegance, adopted by each watchmaker, artisan and designer throughout the years and centuries, celebrates heritage and dares to explore the unexpected. Poised at the intersection between technical virtuosity and aesthetic refinement, the enduring allure of Vacheron Constantin timepieces makes its way unscathed through passing eras. Because timelessness cannot be achieved merely by complying with the canons of traditional watchmaking, each creation is tinged with a touch of boldness revealed in the smallest details. Special displays, offset indications, specific chamfering of all components, hand-crafted finishing and the complexity of a mechanism are just a few examples of this expertise. The result is a very personal field of expression where technique and style converge in a subtle harmony between the conventional and the atypical.

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Sum-up

The single-piece edition Les Cabinotiers regulator perpetual calendar – Moonlight Jewellery Sapphire watch is distinguished by its regulator-type display. As early as the late 17th century, regulator clocks were used as reference timepieces in watchmaking workshops because of their precision and the legibility of their display, which is dissociated from the minutes by a central hand and the hours on a dial positioned at 12 o'clock. Powered by self-winding Calibre 2460 RQP automatic calibre, this watch is also equipped with a perpetual calendar. A complication which follows the vagaries of the Gregorian calendar without any need for correction before 2100 and is characterised on this model by the indication of the days and months in apertures on either side of the hours dial and the leap-year indication at 4 o'clock. The date is indicated by a pointer at 6 o'clock on a counter whose centre is devoted to the precision moon-phase display. A jewellery watch crafted by the expert hands of craftsmen, this piece is finely set on the bezel and the delicately guilloché dial.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Les Cabinotiers Regulator perpetual calendar – Moonlight Jewellery Sapphire

Reference 4007C/000G-B709

Calibre
2460 RQP
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical self-winding
31 mm diameter, 6.05 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 40h
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
237 components
27 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours and minutes
Perpetual calendar
Moon phases

Case
18K white gold, bezel set with 44 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 2.9 cts)
42 mm diameter, 11.80 mm thick

Dial
Silver-toned dial hand-guilloché with spiral motif, set with 36 baguette-cut diamonds (0.6 ct) and 10 sapphires (0.2 ct)
18K white gold hands

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

Clasp
18K white gold buckle set with 12 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 1.1 cts)

Presentation box
Les Cabinotiers model

Unique piece
Les Cabinotiers”, “Pièce unique”, “AC” hallmark engraved on caseback

Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater tourbillon sky chart Leo constellation Jewellery

  • A single-piece edition combining technical challenges with masterful craftsmanship to highlight the Leo constellation
  • Three major horological complications integrated within Calibre 2755 TMRCC: a tourbillon, a minute repeater and a rotating sky chart
  • A hand-engraved guilloché dial depicting the Leo constellation, whose stars are set with brilliant-cut diamonds.
  • An 18K white gold case set with 100 baguette-cut sapphires on the bezel, lugs and crown


Geneva, April 7th 2021 - Vacheron Constantin presents the Les Cabinotiers minute repeater tourbillon sky chart Leo constellation Jewellery watch, a single-piece edition adding an artistic dimension to the technical prowess of its Calibre 2755 TMRCC. The Manufacture's craftsmen, gemsetters and guilloché specialists have adorned an extraordinarily complex timepiece with a creative and original evocation of the Leo constellation. This new model, presented at Watches & Wonders 2021, is part of the theme of the Maison for 2021 : entitled Classic with a Twist, it highlights Vacheron Constantin’s creative energy, guided by an identity that celebrates a heritage and dares to deliver the unexpected.

Early astronomers’ observations led them to recognise animal forms in the configuration of the constellations, including that of a lion. Vacheron Constantin's artisan drew inspiration from this to highlight the astronomical complication of this single-piece edition Les Cabinotiers watch. Hand-guilloché and set with diamonds forming the Leo constellation, the noble creature stands majestically on the dial, framed by a case set with baguette-cut sapphires. This artistic and artisanal interpretation adds an artistic dimension to the technical prowess of Calibre 2755 TMRCC, which combines a tourbillon regulating device, a minute repeater in the grand tradition of the Maison’s striking watches, as well as a rotating sky chart. The watch flaunts its elegance in an 18K white gold case measuring 45 mm in diameter and barely 15.1 mm thick, fitted with a dark blue alligator strap secured by a gemset gold buckle.


Spotlight on artistic crafts
Already accentuated by the presence of a tourbillon, the complexity of the Les Cabinotiers minute repeater tourbillon sky chart Leo constellation Jewellery watch is further heightened by the mobile representation of the sky chart on the back of the watch. This vision of the constellations inspired the motif adorning the guilloché opaline dark blue dial, itself enhanced by the sparkling case adorned with 100 baguette-cut sapphires bezel-set on the lugs, crown and bezel.

The Leo constellation is staged to great effect on the dial. A masterpiece of hand guilloché craftsmanship created in the Vacheron Constantin workshops, the feline's silhouette is composed of a multitude of triangles bearing their own motifs. Since the rose engines operated by skilled artisans with an artist’s touch are designed to engrave decorative elements that are generally circular and geometric, it is easy to grasp the difficulties implied by depicting a lion in the form of a combination of polygons whose linear engravings provide striking depth effects. The stars composing the constellation are represented by brilliant-cut diamonds adorning the great cat’s tawny coat.


An exceptional movement, Calibre 2755 TMRCC
The 413-component Calibre 2755 TMRCC of the Les Cabinotiers minute repeater tourbillon sky chart Leo constellation Jewellery watch combines three horological complications in the technical, astronomical and musical categories.

This manual-winding movement with a 58-hour power reserve is equipped with a one-minute tourbillon bearing the small seconds hand. Invented at the beginning of the 19th century, this device – which incorporates the escapement as well as the balance-and-spring assembly within a mobile carriage – is designed to compensate for the effects of the Earth's gravity on the regulator's isochronism, thereby enhancing its precision. This tourbillon is distinguished by its carriage shaped like a Maltese cross – Vacheron Constantin’s signature emblem since 1880 – and featuring a bar on which the delicate finishing operations involving manual chamfering and polishing require a full 36 hours of work.

Displayed through the back of the watch on a concave dial designed to accentuate the depth effect, the sky chart offers a striking view of the Milky Way and the constellations that appear in real time, as if through a telescope. For the sake of accuracy, this sky chart performs a complete rotation in one sidereal day. Taking a fixed star in the sky as a reference point, the time required by the Earth to complete a full 360° rotation, or sidereal day, is exactly 23 h 56 min 4 s. Since the Earth rotates both within itself and around the Sun, it takes about four minutes less than on a calendar day to find its point of origin in relation to the given star. This sidereal time can be read off counter-clockwise on the 24-hour circle, graduated in 10-minute increments, opposite the current date appearing on a rotating disc with a five by five-day scale. This display is essential for correctly adjusting the sky chart moving beneath the sapphire crystal. The sapphire crystal also bears an off-centred ellipse serving to highlight the exact position of the constellations in the Northern hemisphere at the moment the watch is consulted.

The watch is also equipped with a minute repeater enabling the hours, quarters and minutes to be chimed on demand. To create this particularly complex striking mechanism, controlled by a slide-piece housed in the case middle, Vacheron Constantin's engineers and watchmakers were inspired by the work carried out on the 2005 La Tour de l'Île watch, and in particular its centripetal strike governor. This silent system makes it possible to perfectly regulate the duration of musical sequences in order to obtain a distinct and harmonious sound of the notes played for the hours, quarters and minutes by the hammers striking two circular gongs.


Celestial Time
Each year, the Les Cabinotiers department unveils a range of single-piece editions relating to a theme cherished by Vacheron Constantin. The year 2021 is dedicated to "Celestial Time", with timepieces referring to the astronomical origins of time measurement.

From the dawn of civilisations, the cycle of days and seasons, the evolution of constellations in the night sky, the phases of the moon and eclipses have exerted an almost mystical fascination. Eager to unravel the mysteries of the universe, the first human beings found in mythological tales a cosmogony blending legends with poetry. At a very early stage, the first scientific minds attempted to decipher the rhythms of Nature and to organise them according to predictable patterns.

It was from these calculations, and with the appearance of writing, that the first calendars were born, before the Babylonian sexagesimal system gave meaning to the physical division of time into units of angle. Traditional watchmaking is a direct heir to this rigorous and scientific approach, expressed today on watches with depictions of the calendar, the sky chart, moon phases, tides and seasons, and even civil, solar and sidereal time with their differentials. Vacheron Constantin has nevertheless sought to endow these genuine observation instruments with all the charm of the founding myths through the subtlety of its craftsmanship, through its work in uilloche engraving and the engraving of symbolic motifs, or in the “stellar” glittering of gemset stones. This new Les Cabinotiers range is the expression of exceptional expertise in astronomical watches, dedicated to the poetry of time.


Vacheron Constantin and astronomical watches
Astronomical watches enjoy a rich and longstanding tradition within the Maison. The Vacheron Constantin archives reveal a first perpetual calendar in 1884, integrated into a double-sided yellow gold pocket watch, now part of the Maison’s private collection. This was the beginning of a mechanical "epic" that would singularly take shape at the turn of the century. In 1900, the Maison set up a workshop exclusively dedicated to the assembly of watches with complications, often incorporating astronomical functions. Orders flooded in for complicated and even very complicated watches. The perpetual calendar was then combined with other technical feats such as those enriching a 1905 pocket watch comprising a minute repeater, split-seconds chronograph and perpetual calendar with phases and age of the moon.

Delivered in 1929, the pocket watch made for King Fouad I of Egypt with chronograph, perpetual calendar, Grande and Petite Sonnerie and minute repeater functions is characteristic of this golden age. This exceptional watchmaking expertise, later applied to wristwatches, would be powerfully expressed in the Tour de l'Île with its 16 horological and astronomical complications, produced in 2005 to mark the 250th anniversary of the Maison. It features a sky chart, a complication that has become a speciality of Vacheron Constantin. Reference 57260, which has 57 complications, also features a sky chart, notably accompanied by sidereal time and a secular Hebrew calendar. In 2017, Vacheron Constantin once again innovated with Calibre 3600, powering displays of civil, solar and sidereal time, the latter synchronised with a mobile representation of constellations.


Les Cabinotiers: single-piece editions
In the Vacheron Constantin universe, Les Cabinotiers represents a department in its own right dedicated to the personalisation of Grand Complication models and single-piece editions. This tradition dates back to the 18th century, an age when master-watchmakers were called “cabinotiers” and worked in ateliers bathed in natural light, known as cabinets and located on the top floors of Geneva's buildings. In the hands of these learned artisans, open to the new ideas of the Enlightenment, exceptional timepieces were born, inspired by astronomy, mechanical engineering and the arts. This expertise, which constitutes the great Geneva watchmaking tradition, has been flowing through Vacheron Constantin’s veins since 1755.


Classic with a Twist
Vacheron Constantin’s creativity has always remained closely attuned to its time while evoking its memories. This byword for elegance, adopted by each watchmaker, artisan and designer throughout the years and centuries, celebrates heritage and dares to explore the unexpected. Poised at the intersection between technical virtuosity and aesthetic refinement, the enduring allure of Vacheron Constantin timepieces makes its way unscathed through passing eras. Because timelessness cannot be achieved merely by complying with the canons of traditional watchmaking, each creation is tinged with a touch of boldness revealed in the smallest details. Special displays, offset indications, specific chamfering of all components, hand-crafted finishing and the complexity of a mechanism are just a few examples of this expertise. The result is a very personal field of expression where technique and style converge in a subtle harmony between the conventional and the atypical.

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Sum-up

Les Cabinotiers minute repeater tourbillon sky chart Leo constellation Jewellery watch combines a tourbillon regulator, a minute repeater in the grand tradition of the Maison’s striking watches and a rotating sky chart. This technical challenge is matched by the poetry of time expressed through artistic crafts. These take the form of the gemsetting on the 45 mm 18K white gold case, adorned with 100 baguette-cut sapphires bezel set on the lugs, crown and bezel. The tone-on-tone opaline blue dial offers a symbolic representation of the Leo constellation. A masterpiece of hand-engraved guilloché work created in the Vacheron Constantin workshops, the feline's silhouette is composed of a multitude of geometric shapes bearing their own motifs. The Leo constellation is highlighted by brilliant-cut diamonds adorning the great cat’s tawny coat.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Minute repeater tourbillon sky chart Leo constellation Jewellery

Reference 9737C/000G-005C

Calibre
2755 TMRCC
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical manual winding
33.90 mm (14¾’’’) diameter, 9.40 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 58h
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour)
413 components
38 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes
Small seconds at 6 o’clock on tourbillon carriage
Tourbillon
Minute repeater
Sky chart

Case
18K white gold, set with 60 baguette-cut sapphires on the bezel (approx. 3.8 cts), 24 baguette-cut sapphires on case sides (approx. 1.9 cts) and 16 baguette-cut sapphires on lugs (approx. 0.3 ct.)
45 mm diameter, 15.10 mm thick

Dials (front & back)
18K white gold, opaline dark blue dial, Leo constellation hand-guilloché
9 brilliant-cut diamonds as hour-markers (approx. 0.03 ct)
18k white gold hands

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

Clasp
18K white gold pin buckle set with 16 baguette-cut sapphires (approx. 1 ct)
18k white gold folding clasp set with 16 baguette-cut sapphires (approx. 1.10 cts)

Presentation box
Les Cabinotiers model

Unique piece
“Les Cabinotiers”, “Pièce unique”, “AC” hallmark engraved on caseback

Les Cabinotiers Armillary tourbillon perpetual calendar – Planetaria

  • A single-piece edition Les Cabinotiers timepiece with a retrograde jumping perpetual calendar regulated by a double-axis tourbillon and complemented by a three-dimensional representation of the two hemispheres designed to provide 24-hour and day/night indications.
  • A new Grand Complication movement, Calibre 1991, which took four years to develop


Geneva, April 7th 2021 – A highly technical single-piece edition, the Armillary tourbillon perpetual calendar – Planetaria watch stages sophisticated complications in a manner bearing a unique aesthetic signature. Equipped with a new Calibre 1991 in-house movement, this timepiece celebrates the astronomical function par excellence: the perpetual calendar with precision moon phases. With its retrograde date appearing along a right-hand arc on the dial, as well as its circular retrograde month and day indications framing depictions of the Earth’s two hemispheres providing day/night indications, this timepiece is also regulated by a double-axis tourbillon. This new model, presented at Watches & Wonders 2021, is part of the theme of the Maison for 2021 : entitled Classic with a Twist, it highlights Vacheron Constantin’s creative energy, guided by an identity that celebrates a heritage and dares to deliver the unexpected.


Calibre 1991, a new Grand Complication movement
Extraordinarily complex with its 745 components, mechanical manual-winding Calibre 1991 is the result of a four-year development process. It powers two rotating globes representing the Earth's hemispheres, regulated by a double-axis armillary tourbillon. It corresponds to an innovative interpretation of the perpetual calendar, the astronomical complication par excellence which "reads off" the specificities of the calendar without requiring any adjustments before 2100. Another distinctive feature lies in the retrograde displays of the perpetual calendar’s days, dates and months. Mounted on ball bearings to ensure smooth, linear operation, the date display follows a circular arc to the right of the hours and minutes dial. In keeping with the watch’s astronomical vocation, the centre of the timekeeping dial bearing hour-markers is dedicated to the moon phases. These appear according to their respective evolution in the two hemispheres, in perfect symmetry with the two rotating globes, and with a degree of precision requiring a mere one-day correction every 122 years.

The perpetual calendar functions continue with the leap year appearing through a 5 o’clock aperture, along with circular day and month indications at 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock based on a jumping retrograde pallet-type display system. In the centre of the two counters, the two globes representing the Northern and Southern hemispheres perform complete rotations in opposite directions on a graduated 24-hour scale around the rim. The shaded areas of the domed sapphire crystal used for the day/night indication have been positioned in such a way that the armillary tourbillon resembles a sun darting its rays across the surface of the Earth.

Making the super-thin (0.35 mm) sapphire crystal featuring the domes and extending over the retrograde date display required a great deal of ingenuity. A crown-integrated pusher enables simultaneous adjustment of the world-time function of the two globes.

In an additional challenge for the movement's designers, who are consistently concerned with achieving optimal balance and aesthetic appeal, they had to imagine and design a retrograde system for the day and month indications leaving sufficiently ample space to admire the beating of the bi-axial armillary tourbillon with its spherical balance-spring.


Nods to historical master-watchmakers
The complex mechanics of Calibre 1991 are perfectly epitomised in its armillary tourbillon, a technical challenge as well as a spectacular sight in itself. This movement regulating device endowed with a 60-hour power reserve benefited from the research conducted on the world’s most complicated timepiece, Reference 57260. This construction is positioned on the left side of the piece, beneath the sapphire crystal ‘bubble’. Forming a sphere in perpetual motion, the tourbillon was named "armillary" in reference to French watchmaker Antide Janvier, who towards the end of the 18th century invented a moving planetary sphere known as an armillary, and regarded as one of his most accomplished masterpieces.

Another technical feature of the mechanism of this piece is the cylindrical balance-spring coupled with the balance. Invented by Jacques-Frédéric Houriet in 1814, this variant devoid of terminal curves gives the tourbillon a perfectly concentric beat, thereby ensuring enhanced isochronism. In order to transmit to this balance-spring the impulses corresponding to a frequency of 18,000 vibrations per hour (2.5 Hz), Vacheron Constantin has developed an escapement consisting of a silicon escape-wheel and a lever with diamond pallets, materials reducing friction without any need for lubrication and thus increasing the precision of the mechanism.


Haute Horlogerie finishes
Every single detail of the finishes gracing this single-piece edition highlights this ingenious astronomical orchestration of time. Two galvanically treated titanium globes weighing barely 0.12 grams rotate gently on the finely grained dial. The 24-hour counters surrounding them are circular satin-finished with transfers, while the day, month and date indications are printed beneath the sapphire crystal. The timekeeping dial features Roman numerals in the form of polished gold appliques. These Haute Horlogerie finishes are beautifully framed by an 18K 5N pink gold case measuring 46 mm in diameter and fitted with an alligator leather strap.


“Le Temps Céleste”
Each year, the Les Cabinotiers department unveils a range of single-piece editions relating to a theme cherished by Vacheron Constantin. The year 2021 is dedicated to "Le Temps Céleste" (which means Celestial Time), with timepieces referring to the astronomical origins of time measurement.

From the dawn of civilisations, the cycle of days and seasons, the evolution of constellations in the night sky, the phases of the moon and eclipses have exerted an almost mystical fascination. Eager to unravel the mysteries of the universe, the first human beings found in mythological tales a cosmogony blending legends with poetry. At a very early stage, the first scientific minds attempted to decipher the rhythms of Nature and to organise them according to predictable patterns.

It was from these calculations, and with the appearance of writing, that the first calendars were born, before the Babylonian sexagesimal system gave meaning to the physical division of time into units of angle. Traditional watchmaking is a direct heir to this rigorous and scientific approach, expressed today on watches with depictions of the calendar, the sky chart, moon phases, tides and seasons, and even civil, solar and sidereal time with their differentials. Vacheron Constantin has nevertheless sought to endow these genuine observation instruments with all the charm of the founding myths through the subtlety of its craftsmanship, through its work in guilloché engraving and the engraving of symbolic motifs, or in the "stellar" glittering of gemset stones. This new Les Cabinotiers range is the expression of exceptional expertise in astronomical watches, dedicated to the poetry of time.


Vacheron Constantin and astronomical watches
Astronomical watches enjoy a rich and longstanding tradition within the Maison. The Vacheron Constantin archives reveal a first perpetual calendar in 1884, integrated into a double-sided yellow gold pocket watch, now part of the Maison’s private collection. This was the beginning of a mechanical "epic" that would singularly take shape at the turn of the century. In 1900, the Maison set up a workshop exclusively dedicated to the assembly of watches with complications, often incorporating astronomical functions. Orders flooded in for complicated and even very complicated watches. The perpetual calendar was then combined with other technical feats such as those enriching a 1905 pocket watch comprising a minute repeater, split-seconds chronograph and perpetual calendar with phases and age of the moon.

Delivered in 1929, the pocket watch made for King Fouad I of Egypt with chronograph, perpetual calendar, Grande and Petite Sonnerie and minute repeater functions is characteristic of this golden age. This exceptional watchmaking expertise, later applied to wristwatches, would be powerfully expressed in the Tour de l'Île with its 16 horological and astronomical complications, produced in 2005 to mark the 250th anniversary of the Maison. It features a a sky chart, a complication that has become a speciality of Vacheron Constantin. Reference 57260, which has 57 complications, also features a sky chart, notably accompanied by sidereal time and a secular Hebrew calendar. In 2017, Vacheron Constantin once again innovated with Calibre 3600, powering displays of civil, solar and sidereal time, the latter synchronised with a mobile representation of constellations.


Les Cabinotiers: single-piece editions
In the Vacheron Constantin universe, Les Cabinotiers represents a department in its own right dedicated to the personalisation of Grand Complication models and single-piece editions. This tradition dates back to the 18th century, an age when master-watchmakers were called cabinotiers and worked in ateliers bathed in natural light, known as cabinets and located on the top floors of Geneva's buildings. In the hands of these learned artisans, open to the new ideas of the Enlightenment, exceptional timepieces were born, inspired by astronomy, mechanical engineering and the arts. This expertise, which constitutes the great Geneva watchmaking tradition, has been flowing through Vacheron Constantin’s veins since 1755.


Classic with a Twist
Vacheron Constantin’s creativity has always remained closely attuned to its time while evoking its memories. This byword for elegance, adopted by each watchmaker, artisan and designer throughout the years and centuries, celebrates heritage and dares to explore the unexpected. Poised at the intersection between technical virtuosity and aesthetic refinement, the enduring allure of Vacheron Constantin timepieces makes its way unscathed through passing eras. Because timelessness cannot be achieved merely by complying with the canons of traditional watchmaking, each creation is tinged with a touch of boldness revealed in the smallest details. Special displays, offset indications, specific chamfering of all components, hand-crafted finishing and the complexity of a mechanism are just a few examples of this expertise. The result is a very personal field of expression where technique and style converge in a subtle harmony between the conventional and the atypical.

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Sum-up

The Les Cabinotiers Tourbillon armillary perpetual calendar - Planetaria watch demonstrates technical mastery of watches featuring extreme astronomic and aesthetic complexity, with the integration on the dial of rotating globes. Equipped with the new manual-winding Calibre 1991 stemming from four years of development, this single-piece edition features a completely original perpetual calendar with a retrograde display of dates, days and months. This timepiece also offers a rare three-dimensional representation of the Earth’s Northern and Southern hemispheres. The two titanium globes perform a full rotation in 24 hours, complete with a day/night indication. The regulation of the movement is based on the same concern for technicality expressed by a double-axis armillary tourbillon whose nested aluminium carriages move at a speed of 60 seconds per rotation. This timepiece is presented in an 18K 5N pink gold case measuring 46 mm in diameter, fitted with a dark brown alligator leather strap.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Les Cabinotiers Armillary tourbillon perpetual calendar – Planetaria

Reference
9820C/000R-B707

Calibre
1991
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical manual winding
35 mm diameter, 11.20 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 60h
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour)
745 components
94 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours and minutes
Double-axis armillary tourbillon
Perpetual calendar
Retrograde date, day and month
Moon phases in Northern and Southern hemispheres
Northern and Southern day/night and 24h indication

Case
18K 5N pink gold
46 mm diameter, 20.20 mm thick

Dials (front & back)
18K gold, opaline silvered dial
18k 5N pink gold hands

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

Clasp
18K 5N pink gold folding clasp

Presentation box
Les Cabinotiers model

Unique piece
 “Les Cabinotiers”, “Pièce unique”, “AC” hallmark engraved on caseback

Métiers d’Art Tribute to great explorers: a new window on the world and on history, opened by talented Master artisans

  • A series of three ten-piece limited editions, paying homage to the Portuguese sailors Bartolomeu Dias, Vasco da Gama and Pedro Álvares Cabral.
  • Miniature masterpieces, with Grand Feu enamel dials inspired by a map from the 1519 Miller Atlas, of which a reproduction is kept in the Portuguese Maritime Museum (Museu de Marinha – Lisbon).
  • The Manufacture 1120 AT movement powering an off-centre display of the hours and minutes, leaving ample space to express the Maison’s artistic crafts.


Geneva, April 7th 2021 – They evoke a time when the world had yet to be discovered. They retrace the famous epic journeys of the great 15th century explorers who braved the seas and oceans to discover distant horizons. Bartolomeu Dias, Vasco da Gama, Pedro Álvares Cabral: Vacheron Constantin celebrates their spirit of adventure through a new series of three ten-piece limited editions, the Métiers d'Art Tribute to great explorers. Crafted in Grand Feu enamel, each dial depicts selected portions of a 1519 map from the Miller Atlas. These three masterpieces of miniaturisation and expertise are driven by the Manufacture 1120 AT movement. These new models, presented at Watches & Wonders 2021, are part of the theme of the Maison for 2021 : entitled Classic with a Twist, it highlights Vacheron Constantin’s creative energy, guided by an identity that celebrates a heritage and dares to deliver the unexpected.


The spirit of travel, exploration and discovery of arts and cultures is an integral part of Vacheron Constantin's history. A history rooted in the origins of the Manufacture, in an age when François Constantin did not hesitate to travel the world to open new markets and to fly the banner of the Maison high and wide, wherever possible. This openness to the world still pervades the philosophy of the Manufacture, which symbolically celebrates the spirit of adventure through a new journey – on this occasion a voyage through time – in memory of the great 15th century Portuguese explorers.

With this third opus in the Métiers d'Art Tribute to great explorers collection, which completes two series presented in 2004 and 2008, Vacheron Constantin ventures into one of history’s most exhilarating chapters. In the wake of models dedicated to Magellan, Zheng Hé, Christopher Columbus and Marco Polo, which proved a great success with collectors, comes the turn of Bartolomeu Dias, Vasco da Gama and Pedro Álvares Cabral to be honoured through extraordinary miniature compositions enhanced by talented master artisans. They bear witness to the noble touch and impressive creativity of the enamellers whose mastery of Grand Feu enamel once again broadens the horizons of the Métiers d'Art collection. A rare skill extending an invitation to travel while firing the imagination.


Masterful miniature Grand Feu enamel expressions of patience and meticulous care
Inspired by a map from the 1519 Miller Atlas, of which a painted reproduction is kept in the Portuguese Maritime Museum (Museu de Marinha – Lisbon), each dial shows a part of the world and the maritime routes respectively taken by the three explorers. In order to replicate the finely nuanced colours and the extreme delicacy of the motifs, the Maison opted for the art of enamelling. The result is three dials in Grand Feu enamel, masterpieces of patience and precision that require a full month's work and 11 firings in the kiln at a temperature of between 800 and 900°C. These are all stages in which mastering fire proves crucial, since a few seconds too many can jeopardise several weeks of work.

The art of enamelling is a rare skill, a subtle blend of experience and sensitivity demonstrated in each move made by the artisan. Composed of crystal and metal oxides, enamels come in the form of small blocks of colour that the enameller first crushes into an extremely fine powder. The latter is then worked to create a substance similar to paint, which is applied in successive touches, enabling the enameller to represent motifs with incredible finesse and nuance. After coating the dial with the background colour, the enameller tackles the dial motifs, starting with the outlines of the continents, which are here enhanced with gold-coloured enamel powder. The decorative elements of this elegant composition – including the ships, fauna, flora and wind rose – are also produced using the delicate technique of miniature painting, thus serving to reproduce a host of details and subtly graded shades, obtained after numerous tests by the enameller. Each addition of colour requires another firing, since enamel is a mineral material that must be melted down in order to display its famous brilliance and intense depth.


Calibre 1120 AT with satellite hours
So as to give free rein to the enameller's expertise, the three Métiers d'Art Tribute to great explorers models are powered by in-house Calibre 1120 AT. This movement is distinguished first and foremost by its 5.45 mm thinness enabling the 41 mm-diameter 4N pink gold case to maintain a trim 11.68 mm overall thickness guaranteeing an elegant appearance on the wrist.

The mechanism is also distinguished by its singular construction and its original time display mode enabling the wearer to travel visually through the dial as the hours pass by. Concealed beneath the upper part of the dial, the hours wheel is equipped with three arms each bearing four hours numerals, driven in turn by a cam shaped like the Manufacture’s Maltese cross inspired emblem. This ingenious satellite module enables the hours to sweep across the dial from top to bottom, traversing the fixed minutes circle positioned along a 120° arc. The hours numerals thus travel through the dial and their position gives an indication of the minutes replacing a traditional hand-type display.

Revealed through the transparent caseback, the movement decorations – notably including the 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight adorned with a wind rose – are entirely worthy of its technical nature.


Métiers d’Art Tribute to great explorers –Bartolomeu Dias
If his crews had not convinced him to give up on continuing the journey beyond the southern tip of Africa, perhaps Bartolomeu Dias (1450 – 1500) would have been the first to reach the Indies. The illustrious Portuguese explorer made history in a different way, by discovering the Cape of Good Hope in 1488, paving the way for future expeditions. Bartolomeu Dias was also a member of the crew of Vasco da Gama, who led his fleet to Indies between 1497 and 1498.

The route taken by Bartolomeu Dias' ships in 1488 is represented by a red line on the Grand Feu enamel dial, enhanced by numerous incredibly refined details. With the help of a magnifying glass, a close look will reveal the silhouette of the men composing the explorer's crew on board the two ships sailing west of Africa; or the palette of shades used by the enameller to precisely reproduce the landscapes, fauna and flora as they are represented on the map of the Miller Atlas.


Métiers d’Art Tribute to great explorers – Vasco da Gama
The long journey that took him from Portugal to the coasts of India was one of the most important 15th century discoveries. The Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama (1469 –1524), who left his native country in 1497, was the first to travel from Europe and Asia by sea, following an epic and often hellish journey across the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. After circumnavigating the southern tip of Africa, his fleet of four ships sailed along the coast as far as Kenya before embarking on a crossing towards the Indies, which he reached in 1498.

The sea route taken by its crew is finely traced in red enamel on the dial, each detail of which is a very faithful reproduction of the map appearing in the Miller Atlas. The gaze will naturally be drawn to a ship from Vasco da Gama's fleet in the dial centre, sails billowing on a stormy sea; or to the circumference of the wind rose and the continents enhanced with gold-coloured enamel powder.


Métiers d’Art Tribute to great explorers – Pedro Álvares Cabral
It is to this Portuguese aristocrat and explorer that we owe the discovery of Brazil in 1500. Pedro Álvares Cabral (1467 - 1520) was commissioned by King Manuel I of Portugal to travel to the Indies to continue the work of Vasco da Gama, but he took a very different route from his contemporary. Rather than sailing along the African coast to the southern tip of Africa, the fleet led by Pedro Álvares Cabral headed west, until they discovered a new world, Brazil.

This route is depicted by a red enamel line standing out against a beige enamel background punctuated by extremely faithful representations of the elements present on the map of the Miller Atlas. In the centre of the dial, a ship from Pedro Álvares Cabral's fleet, sails buffeted by the wind, proudly cleaves the sea in an extraordinarily lifelike manner. The accuracy of the craftsmanship is also expressed in the shimmering feathers of the birds as well as in the depiction of human figures on the South American continent.


Classic with a Twist

Vacheron Constantin’s creativity has always remained closely attuned to its time while evoking its memories. This byword for elegance, adopted by each watchmaker, artisan and designer throughout the years and centuries, celebrates heritage and dares to explore the unexpected. Poised at the intersection between technical virtuosity and aesthetic refinement, the enduring allure of Vacheron Constantin timepieces makes its way unscathed through passing eras. Because timelessness cannot be achieved merely by complying with the canons of traditional watchmaking, each creation is tinged with a touch of boldness revealed in the smallest details. Special displays, offset indications, specific chamfering of all components, hand-crafted finishing and the complexity of a mechanism are just a few examples of this expertise. The result is a very personal field of expression where technique and style converge in a subtle harmony between the conventional and the atypical.

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Sum-up

Vacheron Constantin explores an exhilarating page of history with the Métiers d'Art Tribute to great explorers’ collection, available in a series of three ten-piece limited editions. In the wake of Magellan, Zheng Hé, Christopher Columbus and Marco Polo, to whom the Manufacture had already paid tribute in 2004 and 2008, comes the turn of Bartolomeu Dias, Vasco da Gama and Pedro Álvares Cabral to be honoured through extraordinary compositions enhanced by talented master artisans. To celebrate the discoveries made by these three 15th century Portuguese navigators, the Maison has opted for Grand Feu enamel and the technique of miniature painting. Masterpieces of patience and meticulous care, each of the three dials represents part of a map from the 1519 Miller Atlas, of which a reproduction is kept in Portuguese Maritime Museum (Museu de Marinha – Lisbon). These extraordinarily precise compositions are framed by a slim 18K 4N pink gold case measuring 41 mm in diameter. In order to provide abundant expressive scope for the enameller, these models beat to the rhythm of the 1120 AT self-winding movement, driving an off-centre time display thanks to a satellite hours module.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Métiers d’Art Tribute to great explorers

Reference
7500U/000R-B687: Bartolomeu Dias
7500U/000R-B688: Vasco da Gama
7500U/000R-B689: Pedro Álvares Cabral

Calibre
1120 AT
Developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
22K gold oscillating weight with tapisserie decor
32.80 mm (12 ½ ‘’’ diameter), 5.45 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
2.75 Hz (19,800 vibrations per hour)
205 components
36 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Dragging hours, minutes

Case
18K 4N pink gold
41mm diameter, 11.68 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial
18K gold, two-level dial, Grand Feu enamel
Enamelled hour-markers

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

Clasp
18K 4N pink gold folding clasp
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped
Limited series of ten timepieces per reference.
Models available exclusively through the Vacheron Constantin Boutiques.

Égérie self-winding diamond-pavé, a companion in precious moments

  • Two models in white or pink gold, entirely set with diamonds
  • Signature offset display and asymmetrical geometry inspired by Vacheron Constantin's heritage
  • A clever system of interchangeable straps for versatile elegance by day and night


Geneva, April 7th 2021 - At the crossroads between Haute Horlogerie and Haute Couture, the Égérie collection reveals a new facet of its personality with two new Égérie self-winding diamond-pavé models. Its chic and classic allure, tinged with a hint of playfulness, appears attired in a sparkling robe of light, while maintaining its signature asymmetrical displays. These new models, presented at Watches & Wonders 2021, are part of the theme of the Maison for 2021 : entitled Classic with a Twist, it highlights Vacheron Constantin’s creative energy, guided by an identity that celebrates a heritage and dares to deliver the unexpected.


Femininity has countless facets, and in the same way, the Égérie collection reveals its temperament through multiple variations inspired by the refined world of Haute Couture and by the aesthetic codes present since the early 19th century in the Haute Horlogerie watches gracing Vacheron Constantin's heritage. By turn a confidante in daily life and a companion for precious evenings, the Égérie collection draws its refinement from a skilfully orchestrated play of details that also assert its singularity. Sophisticated and firmly attuned to its era, it now flaunts its charms in a dainty diamond dress.


Luminous beauty
The Égérie self-winding diamond-pavé watch catches and reflects light from all angles. The secret of its beauty? A stunning setting of 303 diamonds accentuating the slender bezel, flanks, lugs and even inter-lugs of its 35mm-diameter case in 18K white gold or 18K 5N pink gold. The gold dial sparkles with the same brilliance. Adorned with 574 diamonds, it transforms the passing of time into a truly dazzling sight. The show begins with the offset date appearing in a diagonal formed by the Vacheron Constantin logo and the crown positioned between 1 and 2 o’clock, which is topped with a rose-cut diamond adding a daring touch of coquetry. This skilful composition of curves and interlaced circles is punctuated by 18K gold Arabic numerals scalloped like fine lace and swept over by slim gold hands.

By day or night, the Égérie self-winding diamond-pavé watch finds its natural place on the wrist of women who like to enjoy a variety of pleasures. A clever interchangeable strap enables the wearer to change the look of the watch as she wishes: satin or satin-effect alligator leather, night blue coloured for the white gold version; candied chestnut coloured for the pink gold model. Once chosen, the strap is simply and easily clipped to the case in a smooth tool-free move. The gold pin buckles mounted on each strap, set with 17 diamonds, sets the perfect finishing touch.

Behind the scenes
To mark off the time, the Égérie self-winding diamond-pavé watch beats to the rhythm of calibre 1088, a self-winding Manufacture movement with a 40-hour power reserve. The sapphire crystal on the caseback affords an admirable view of the Haute Horlogerie finishes: a hand-crafted Côtes de Genève motif and an opened 22K gold oscillating weight inspired by the shape of the Maltese cross.


Classic with a Twist
Vacheron Constantin’s creativity has always remained closely attuned to its time while evoking its memories. This byword for elegance, adopted by each watchmaker, artisan and designer throughout the years and centuries, celebrates heritage and dares to explore the unexpected. Poised at the intersection between technical virtuosity and aesthetic refinement, the enduring allure of Vacheron Constantin timepieces makes its way unscathed through passing eras. Because timelessness cannot be achieved merely by complying with the canons of traditional watchmaking, each creation is tinged with a touch of boldness revealed in the smallest details. Special displays, offset indications, specific chamfering of all components, hand-crafted finishing and the complexity of a mechanism are just a few examples of this expertise. The result is a very personal field of expression where technique and style converge in a subtle harmony between the conventional and the atypical.

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Sum-up

Doubly inspired by the world of Haute Couture and the aesthetic codes derived from Vacheron Constantin's heritage, the Égérie collection reveals a new facet of its personality. Both classic and daring, it is enhanced by two Égérie self-winding diamond-pavé models. Crafted in 18K white gold or 18K 5N pink gold and entirely set with 303 diamonds on the 35mm-diameter case and 574 diamonds on the dial, these new interpretations are an invitation to enjoy a variety of pleasures thanks to their tool-free interchangeable strap system. Delivered with two straps – in satin and alligator leather – they embrace the feminine wrist with precious elegance and accompany every moment to the rhythm of calibre 1088, a self-winding Manufacture-made movement.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Égérie self-winding

Reference
4606F/000G-B649
4606F/000R-B648

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

Indications
Hours, minutes, centre seconds
Date

Case
18K white gold /18K 5N pink gold
Set with 303 round-cut diamonds
35 mm diameter, 9.54 mm thick
Crown set with a rose-cut diamond
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial
18K gold set with 574 round-cut diamonds
18K white gold / 18K 5N pink gold ring set with diamonds
18K white gold / 18K 5N pink gold applied Arabic numerals and Index

Straps
Delivered with two interchangeable straps
Night blue/candied chestnut satin-effect Mississippiensis alligator leather strap and night blue/candied chestnut satin strap

Buckle
Delivered with two 18K white gold /18K 5N pink gold pin buckles (directly mounted on the straps), each set with 17 round-cut diamonds

Total diamond-setting
912 diamonds, for a total weight of approx. 4.10 carats (guaranteed minimum carats)

 

Overseas tourbillon dressed in pink gold

  • An all-pink gold version beautifully matching the blue lacquered dial and sunburst satin finish
  • An ultra-thin mechanical self-winding movement with a tourbillon: calibre 2160 with a peripheral rotor and 80-hour power reserve
  • Three interchangeable bracelet/straps


Geneva, April 7th 2021 – After a steel version in 2019, the Overseas tourbillon model now appears attired in 18K 5N pink gold. A tourbillon, a blue lacquered dial with a sunburst satin finish and an interchangeable bracelet/strap system accompany this material that is both refined and modern – two principles deeply cherished by the Maison. This new model, presented at Watches & Wonders 2021, is part of the theme of the Maison for 2021 : entitled Classic with a Twist, it highlights Vacheron Constantin’s creative energy, guided by an identity that celebrates a heritage and dares to deliver the unexpected.


This new pink gold version highlights more than 265 years of watchmaking tradition passed on from generation to generation within the workshops of the Manufacture. It testifies to the care devoted by the Maison to producing extremely complicated watches with unfailing care for technical detail and reliability – as exemplified in calibre 2160, an ultra-thin tourbillon movement measuring just 5.65 mm thick.

The spirit of travel
The 18K 5N pink gold Overseas tourbillon is driven by the spirit of travel, inherited from one of Vacheron Constantin’s founders. The Maison had its eye on far horizons right from the start, establishing a presence on four continents by the 19th century and nurturing its expansion by travelling to different parts of the world and making landmark encounters throughout its history. Building on the strength of this dynamic, the Manufacture constantly evolves its models in line with its customers' requirements, such as this new version of the Overseas tourbillon model embodying a modern lifestyle that is resolutely open to the world.

A sporty and elegant design
This new Overseas tourbillon timepiece exudes elegance in every situation. Its sleekly sophisticated design stems from the dynamic and harmonious lines of its 18K 5N pink gold case and its hexagonal bezel suggesting the shape of the Maltese cross. The precious 42.5 mm case frames an emblematic blue lacquered dial with a sunburst satin finish reflecting a resolutely urban spirit. In addition to its deep hue specifically developed for the collection, it is distinguished by the richness of its details: a sunburst finish accentuated by elegant light effects, 18K 5N pink gold hour-markers and hands, all beautifully matching the interchangeable bracelet/straps. The watch can be worn as desired with a 18K 5N pink gold bracelet or a strap in blue Mississippiensis alligator leather or blue rubber. The leather and rubber straps each come with an 18K 5N pink gold pin buckle. No tools are required for these smooth and easy swaps. This simple and reliable interchangeability concept developed by the Maison enables a true sense of controlled originality.

Calibre 2160
The quest for excellence driving the Maison’s watchmakers makes them clearly aware of the imperatives that a calibre must meet. Technical mastery and extreme precision are the common denominators of this timepiece, whose rotating tourbillon cancels out the effects of the Earth's gravity. Above and beyond the sophistication of this ultra-thin movement comprising 188 components housed within a 5.65 mm-thick space, the spirit of the collection is pragmatically expressed through a comfortable 80-hour power reserve and the useful presence of a small seconds on the tourbillon carriage.

Technical mastery is also evident in the calibre's finishes. In addition to the openworked tourbillon carriage, the latter features a bar whose delicate hand-chamfering requires nearly 12 hours of work on this component alone. On the caseback side, the 22K gold peripheral oscillating weight – adorned with motifs inspired by the Maltese cross – not only enhances the thickness of the movement, but also enables one to admire the beauty of the traditionally-finished components.


Classic with a Twist
Vacheron Constantin’s creativity has always remained closely attuned to its time while evoking its memories. This byword for elegance, adopted by each watchmaker, artisan and designer throughout the years and centuries, celebrates heritage and dares to explore the unexpected. Poised at the intersection between technical virtuosity and aesthetic refinement, the enduring allure of Vacheron Constantin timepieces makes its way unscathed through passing eras. Because timelessness cannot be achieved merely by complying with the canons of traditional watchmaking, each creation is tinged with a touch of boldness revealed in the smallest details. Special displays, offset indications, specific chamfering of all components, hand-crafted finishing and the complexity of a mechanism are just a few examples of this expertise. The result is a very personal field of expression where technique and style converge in a subtle harmony between the conventional and the atypical.

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Sum-up

Dedicated to travelers, the Overseas tourbillon model in its new 18K 5N pink gold case is perfectly in tune with the times. It embodies modernity and technical excellence with its ultra-thin calibre 2160 tourbillon movement, which cultivates attention to detail expressed through every aspect of its finishing. Its three easily interchangeable bracelet/straps – in pink gold, alligator leather and rubber – make this a watch suited to every occasion.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Overseas tourbillon

Reference 6000V/110R-B733

Calibre
2160
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding, peripheral rotor
31 mm (13½’’’) diameter, 5.65 mm thick
Approximately 80 hours of power reserve
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations per hour)
188 components
30 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes, small seconds on tourbillon carriage (coloured screw)
Tourbillon

Case
18K 5N pink gold
42.5 mm diameter, 10.39 mm thick
Soft iron casing ring ensuring anti-magnetic protection
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistant tested at a pressure of 5 bar (approx. 50 metres)

Dial
Translucent blue-lacquered, sunburst satin-finished base with velvet-finished flange
18K 5N pink gold hour-markers and hours & minutes hands highlighted with Super-LumiNova®

Bracelet
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

Additional straps
Blue Mississippiensis alligator leather with blue stitches
Blue rubber

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

Overseas perpetual calendar ultra-thin, Two new sporty-chic interpretations in white gold

  • An ultra-thin perpetual calendar, for the first time in white gold, in two versions: a skeleton version and another with a blue lacquered dial and sunburst satin finish
  • An incredibly slim case, just 8.1 mm thick
  • 3 interchangeable bracelet/straps


Geneva, April 7th 2021. Since its launch, the Overseas collection has displayed inspired design, technical qualities and a capacity for constant renewal. The two latest ultra-thin perpetual calendar iterations – a skeleton version and another with a blue dial – come in a new white gold case. They embody an art of diversity reflected in the three interchangeable bracelet/straps delivered with each watch. These new models, presented at Watches & Wonders 2021, are part of the theme of the Maison for 2021 : entitled Classic with a Twist, it highlights Vacheron Constantin’s creative energy, guided by an identity that celebrates a heritage and dares to deliver the unexpected.

The respective perpetual calendar movements of these two new editions are each framed by a 41.5 mm white gold case. The ultra-thin 4.05 mm 1120 QPSQ/1 skeleton movement is visible from the front, while Calibre 1120 QP/1 can be admired through the caseback of the solid-dial version. These timepieces demonstrate an equally admirable ability to adapt to the demands of modern life with their interchangeable bracelet/straps in white gold, blue alligator leather and blue rubber. The leather and rubber straps are each fitted with an 18K white gold pin buckle and an ingenious patented device enables tool-free changes in just seconds.


Overseas perpetual calendar ultra-thin skeleton
In 2016, the Overseas collection was reinvented with a view to exploring new horizons. A new aesthetic signature and new calibres were unveiled. One of the most recent embodiments of this approach was the perpetual calendar ultra-thin skeleton model introduced in 2020 in a pink gold version and rewarded with a prize by the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) that same year. Perfectly embodying the technical and aesthetic expertise of the Maison, this watch is now presented in a new white gold interpretation exclusively available from Vacheron Constantin boutiques.

The sapphire crystal of this version reveals a truly magnificent sight: all the components of Calibre 1120 QPSQ/1 have been hollowed out, finished and decorated in such a way as to accentuate the functional beauty of the mechanism. The NAC-coated oscillating weight with its 22K gold segment has also been openworked to highlight its stylised design inspired by the shape of the Maltese cross. The finishing work is meticulous: from the straight-graining of the surfaces (to lend a satin-brushed look to the chamfered straight lines) and the curves (to create light effects) to circular brushing, sunburst finishing, circular-graining and polishing (to vary the depth effects), every aspect bears the imprint of the artisans’ golden touch.

Skeleton-working calibres as complex as this perpetual calendar with its 276 components, while ensuring both legibility and reliability, is an integral part of the Maison’s expertise. The gaze is naturally drawn to the intricate inner workings of the movement, while also reading the time on the applied 18K white gold hour-markers as well as the day of the week, date and month indications on the dial counters. Whereas watches indicating the day of the week, date and month require constant adjustments in step with months of 28, 29 and 30 days, the Overseas perpetual calendar ultra-thin skeleton watch will not require the slightest intervention until the year 2100 – an ultimate user-friendly feature.


Overseas perpetual calendar ultra-thin
The Overseas perpetual calendar ultra-thin flaunts its technical complexity with all the inherent elegance and distinction of the collection. This model with its timeless design is instantly recognisable: a hexagonal bezel evoking the Maltese cross, a fluted crown, polished and satin-brushed finishes, a translucent lacquered dial with facetted and luminescent gold hour-markers and hands... This watch exudes a sense of total harmony wherever it may find itself.

Its blue lacquered dial with a sunburst satin finish features an aura of relaxed elegance, displaying the hours, minutes, perpetual calendar indications – meaning the day of the week, date, month and leap year by 48-month counter – and the moon phases. This timepiece is driven by the emblematic Calibre 1120 QP/1, an ultra-thin self-winding mechanical movement barely 4.05 mm thick, beating at a frequency of 2.75 Hz and endowed with an approximately 40-hour power reserve. Its perpetual calendar copes smoothly with calendar irregularities and will require no correction until 2100. Achieving such a performance with such a thin movement, comprising 276 components, called for authentic prowess in terms of both construction and miniaturisation. This calibre is also enhanced by multiple finishing operations hand-crafted in accordance with Haute Horlogerie traditions: Côtes de Genève striped motif, straight-graining, chamfering and circular-graining. In a touch representing the height of chic style, the caseback reveals a 22K gold oscillating weight adorned with a compass rose symbolising the spirit of travel and exploration.


Classic with a Twist
Vacheron Constantin’s creativity has always remained closely attuned to its time while evoking its memories. This byword for elegance, adopted by each watchmaker, artisan and designer throughout the years and centuries, celebrates heritage and dares to explore the unexpected. Poised at the intersection between technical virtuosity and aesthetic refinement, the enduring allure of Vacheron Constantin timepieces makes its way unscathed through passing eras. Because timelessness cannot be achieved merely by complying with the canons of traditional watchmaking, each creation is tinged with a touch of boldness revealed in the smallest details. Special displays, offset indications, specific chamfering of all components, hand-crafted finishing and the complexity of a mechanism are just a few examples of this expertise. The result is a very personal field of expression where technique and style converge in a subtle harmony between the conventional and the atypical.

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The Overseas collection welcomes two interpretation in white gold giving two new faces to the ultra-thin perpetual calendar. One features the extremely complex horological art of skeleton working, while the other is adorned with a deep blue dial. The result is two very different types of aesthetic appeal for supremely stylish and elegant timepieces. Greatly appreciated by collectors for its technical qualities and performance, the perpetual calendars these two watches are equipped with, cope smoothly with calendar irregularities and will require no correction until 2100. The prestigious Calibre 1120 QPSQ/1 powering the skeleton version appears through a sapphire dial on which the 18K white gold hour-markers are applied. The transparent caseback fitted on both versions also ensures a spectacular view of the sophisticated movement, the exceptional

finishing work and the oscillating weight. The three interchangeable bracelet/straps supplied with each watch cater to every taste.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Overseas perpetual calendar ultra-thin skeleton

Reference 4300V/120G-B946

Calibre
1120 QPSQ/1
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
22K openworked oscillating weight inspired by 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 white 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 white gold hour-markers and hours & minutes hands highlighted with Super-LumiNova®

Bracelet
18K white gold bracelet (half Maltese cross-shaped polished and satin-brushed links), secured by a 18K white gold triple-blade folding clasp with push-pieces and comfort-adjustment system

Additional straps
Blue Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with blue stitches
Blue rubber

Buckles
Each additional strap comes with a 18K white gold buckle

Model exclusively available from Vacheron Constantin boutiques.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Overseas perpetual calendar ultra-thin

Reference 4300V/120G-B945

Calibre
1120 QP/1
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
22K gold Overseas oscillating weight
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 white 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
Translucent blue-lacquered, sunburst satin-finished base with velvet-finished minute-track
18K white gold hour-markers and hours & minutes hands highlighted with Super-LumiNova®

Bracelet
18K white gold bracelet (half Maltese cross-shaped polished and satin-brushed links), secured by a 18K white gold triple-blade folding clasp with push-pieces and comfort-adjustment system

Additional straps
Blue Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with blue stitches
Blue rubber

Buckles
Each additional strap comes with an 18K white gold buckle

Historiques American 1921, 100 years of boldness and a playful twist

  • Vacheron Constantin is celebrating the 100th anniversary of a historic watch nicknamed the American 1921 produced primarily for the American market in a very limited number of pieces.
  • The unbridled creativity of the Roaring Twenties embodied in a cushioned case, an atypical diagonal display and an off-centre crown.
  • For vintage watch collectors and connoisseurs, a signature design expressed through three new variations: two white gold models and a 100-piece Collection Excellence Platine limited edition.
  • A manual-winding in-house movement, Calibre 4400 AS, with a 65-hour power reserve.
  • A watch that has become an icon, appreciated for its ‘classic with a twist’ look.


Geneva, April 7th 2021 – In 1921, Vacheron Constantin seized the powerful momentum of the Roaring Twenties to create a watch with an avant-garde design produced primarily for the American market. In 2021, the Maison is celebrating the anniversary of this icon, particularly appreciated by collectors and connoisseurs of Haute Horlogerie, with three new interpretations of the American 1921 model. A contemporary take on a legendary watch, honouring the visionary boldness of the Manufacture. These novelties presented at Watches & Wonders 2021, as well as the historical models epitomize the Maison’s ‘classic with a twist’ theme for 2021. They embody Vacheron Constantin’s creative energy, guided by an identity that celebrates heritage and dares to deliver the unexpected.


It is distinguished by its elegant and classic yet quirkily original appearance. More than just a watch, it is a symbol, an emblematic expression of Vacheron Constantin's creativity. Introduced exactly a century ago, the American 1921 model is one of the most outstanding landmarks in the heritage of the Manufacture, which celebrates its avant-garde spirit through three new variations dedicated to vintage watch collectors and connoisseurs. A cushion-type case, the diagonal display, the crown positioned between 1 and 2 o’clock are all visual twists testifying to an aesthetic that appeals as much by its offset design as its timeless nature. Three new versions of the American 1921 are presented to mark the 100th anniversary: two models in 18K white gold and a 100-piece limited edition from the Collection Excellence Platine, powered by the in-house manual-winding movement, Calibre 4400 AS. With its generous 28.50 mm diameter magnified by the transparency of the sapphire caseback, this calibre is offset from its usual axis, while its imposing barrel ensures an approximately 65-hour (three-day) power reserve.


A Roaring Twenties icon
The origin of the watch can be even traced back to 1919. At the time, the Maison experimented with numerous case shapes, always in small series. The wristwatch became then a genre in its own, which found its style notably in the shapes it adopted, especially the cushion one. Few pieces were manufactured in 1919. Two years later, Vacheron Constantin produced another small series for the USA, hence named American 1921, which defined the re-design of the current Historiques model.

Behind the unusual design of the 1920s creation lies the quintessence of the Roaring Twenties, which for nearly a decade brought a wind of renewal to the United States and Europe. Synonymous with artistic and cultural effervescence, the period was a time for boldness and overturning conventions. Economic growth was in full swing; a scantily clad Josephine Baker danced wearing a barely-there banana skirt; clubs and dance halls throbbed to the sound of Charleston dance music and jazz; the surrealists took centre stage on the art scene... In Vacheron Constantin's workshops, the powerful inventive surge of these years also gave rise to new perspectives. At a time when pocket watches were beginning to give way to wristwatches, the miniaturisation of watch movements paved the way for a burst of creativity. All kinds of fanciful touches were permissible on the wrist, as witnessed by the vintage 1921 model, a clever blend of sobriety and irreverence in a classic with a twist.


A sought-after watch
The American 1921 model stands out first and foremost in terms of design, with an elegantly understated cushion-shaped case defining its look. It is also distinguished by a stage-setting approach to the path of time. Unexpectedly offset by means of a 45-degree counter-clockwise rotation, the calibre enables a diagonal reading of time, while the crown is placed between 1 and 2 o’clock in the upper right-hand corner of the case. The result is a watch that is as strikingly original as it is appealing.

The initial versions produced were notably appreciated by driving enthusiasts who could thus read the time at a glance without having to take their hands from the steering wheel. The perfect gentleman driver's watch, it was also adopted by elegant and avant-garde circles. A look through the archives reveals that two such watches belonged to American writer and clergyman Samuel Parkes-Cadman. Renowned for his fight for racial equality and the struggle against anti-Semitism, the man was a pioneer at heart. He is notably known to have been one of the first to use radio to broadcast his sermons to several million listeners; and is thought to have opted for this watch because it allowed him to read the time easily and discreetly while preaching. One of the two timepieces he owned is now part of Vacheron Constantin's heritage collection. This extremely rare model served as direct inspiration for the three new timepieces presented in 2021.


Historiques American 1921 – white gold 40 mm
With its 18K white gold case, offset dial and crown boldly positioned between 1 and 2 o’clock, this American 1921 model reprises the aesthetic codes first outlined 100 years ago in the Vacheron Constantin workshops. The chic retro look of this watch for the vintage-loving dandy adorns the wrist with its generous 40 mm proportions framing a finely grained silver-toned dial. This extremely pared-down face bears Arabic numerals and a black-painted minutes track, along with slender 18K gold Breguet-type hands and a baton-type hand on the seconds counter – all three in black. This distinctive appearance is complemented by a brown calf leather strap crafted in the Milan-based workshops of Serapian, the Italian leather goods company founded in 1928.

Visible through the sapphire crystal caseback, the manual-winding Vacheron Constantin Calibre 4400 AS is offset from its usual axis. This reliable and accurate in-house movement, developed in 2008, drives the display of hours, minutes and small seconds while ensuring a comfortable 65-hour power reserve. It is graced with hand-crafted finishes reflecting the noblest Haute Horlogerie traditions.


Historiques American 1921 – white gold 36.5 mm
With its 36.5mm case, the American 1921 fits even the slimmest of wrists. Sculpted in 18K white gold, its slender silhouette frames a grained silver-toned dial with black-painted Arabic numerals and a snailed small seconds counter with slender black 18K gold open-tipped hours and minutes hands. Adding a retro touch in tune with the original design, the circumference of the dial is accentuated by a minutes track.

Beating off the hours, minutes and small seconds, the manual-winding Vacheron Constantin Calibre 4400 AS is also offset from its traditional axis and extended by a crown positioned at 1:30 am. In addition to a comfortable 65-hour autonomy, this in-house movement features hand-crafted decorations visible through the transparent caseback and typical of Haute Horlogerie timepieces such as this new American 1921 watch. The finishing touch is set by two dark brown or burgundy straps in patinated calf leather, crafted by Italian leather goods manufacturer Serapian.


Historiques American 1921 Collection Excellence Platine
Entirely sculpted in 950 platinum, the American 1921 Collection Excellence Platine comes in a 100-piece individually numbered limited edition available exclusively in Vacheron Constantin boutiques.

The well-proportioned 40 mm case in 950 platinum frames a 950 platinum dial with a sandblasted finish, punctuated by applied 18K white gold hour-markers and a minutes track reminiscent of traditional watch designs. Sandblasting the dial is a particularly sophisticated operation on an inalterable material such as platinum. The crown and buckle also feature the unique brilliance of this rare metal, while the platinum and silk thread stitching on the dark blue alligator strap constitutes a final refined detail.

Behind the scenes, watchmaking sophistication is the order of the day with a manual-winding Vacheron Constantin Calibre 4400 AS which, in addition to driving displays of the hours, minutes and small seconds, offers a comfortable 65-hour power reserve. Visible through the sapphire caseback, this movement reveals delicately hand-finished details representing the unmistakable signature of an Haute Horlogerie watch.


Classic with a Twist
Vacheron Constantin’s creativity has always remained closely attuned to its time while evoking its memories. This byword for elegance, adopted by each watchmaker, artisan and designer throughout the years and centuries, celebrates heritage and dares to explore the unexpected. Poised at the intersection between technical virtuosity and aesthetic refinement, the enduring allure of Vacheron Constantin timepieces makes its way unscathed through passing eras. Because timelessness cannot be achieved merely by complying with the canons of traditional watchmaking, each creation is tinged with a touch of boldness revealed in the smallest details. Special displays, offset indications, specific chamfering of all components, hand-crafted finishing and the complexity of a mechanism are just a few examples of this expertise. The result is a very personal field of expression where technique and style converge in a subtle harmony between the conventional and the atypical.

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With its cushion-shaped case, diagonal time display and crown positioned between 1 and 2 o’clock, the Historiques American 1921 model is one of the iconic watches in Vacheron Constantin's heritage. Produced for the American market between 1919 and 1921 as a very limited number of models, this avant-garde watch embodies the boldness and creativity characteristic of the Roaring Twenties. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of this legendary design, the Maison is reinterpreting this historic watch in three variations, powered by in-house manual-winding Calibre 4400 AS. Two white gold models in 40 mm and 36.5 mm diameters are complemented by straps in patinated calf leather, crafted in Milan by Italian leather goods company Serapian. A third model is part of the Collection Excellence Platine in a 100-piece individually numbered limited edition.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Historiques American 1921 – 40 mm

Reference 82035/000G-B735

Calibre
4400 AS
Developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin Mechanical, manual-winding
28.6 mm (12 ½ ‘’’) diameter, 2.8 mm thick
Approximately 65 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
127 components
21 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes
Small seconds

Case
18K white gold
40 mm diameter, 8.06 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 metres)

Dial
Grained silver-toned dial
Snailed small seconds counter
Black painted Arabic numerals and minutes track
18K gold blackened hours, minutes and seconds hands
Applied Maltese cross in polished 18K white gold

Strap
Dark brown calf leather with Serapian patina, calf leather inner shell, tone on tone stitching

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

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Historiques American 1921 – 36.5 mm

Reference 1100S/000G-B734

Calibre
4400 AS
Developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin Mechanical, manual-winding
28.6 mm (12 ½ ‘’’) diameter, 2.8 mm thick
Approximately 65 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
127 components
21 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes
Small seconds

Case
18K white gold
36.5 mm diameter, 7.41 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 metres)

Dial
Finely grained silver-toned dial
Snailed small seconds counter
Black painted Arabic numerals and minutes track
18K gold blackened hours, minutes and seconds hands
Applied Maltese cross in polished 18K white gold

Strap
Dark brown calf leather with Serapian patina, calf leather inner shell, tone on tone stitching
Delivered with a second burgundy calf leather strap

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

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Historiques American 1921 – Collection Excellence Platine

Reference 82035/000P-B748

Calibre
4400 AS
Developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin Mechanical, manual-winding
28.6 mm (12 ½ ‘’’) diameter, 2.8 mm thick
Approximately 65 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
127 components
21 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes
Small seconds

Case
950 platinum
40 mm diameter, 8.06 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 metres)

Dial
950 platinum, sand-blasted
“Pt950” hallmark at 3 o’clock
Sandblasted small seconds counter
18K white gold Arabic numerals, minutes track, hours and minutes hands
Blued steel small seconds hand
Applied Maltese cross in polished 18K white gold

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 buckle
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Limited edition of 100 individually numbered piecesAvailable exclusively from Vacheron Constantin boutiques.

Traditionnelle split-seconds chronograph ultra-thin - Collection Excellence Platine

  • A prestigious ultra-thin movement, in-house 3500 Calibre, for a rare complication
  • A watch made of 950 platinum right the way through to the strap stitching
  • An individually numbered 15-piece limited edition


Watches & Wonders, April 7th 2021 - Born of an intimate dialogue between aesthetic refinement and mechanical sophistication, the Traditionnelle collection is distinguished by a rich palette of watchmaking complications, enhanced this year by the in-house ultra-thin split-seconds chronograph movement. An avant-garde technical repertoire highlighted by eminently horological aesthetic codes, and timepieces honouring Geneva’s Haute Horlogerie traditions inherited from the 18th century. Mainly crafted from 950 platinum, this model produced in an individually numbered 15-piece limited series is powered by a self-winding calibre from a noble lineage. This new model, presented at Watches & Wonders 2021, is part of the theme of the Maison for 2021 : entitled Classic with a Twist, it highlights Vacheron Constantin’s creative energy, guided by an identity that celebrates a heritage and dares to deliver the unexpected.

Through its blend of elegant design and technical excellence, the Traditionnelle collection embodies the spirit of haute horlogerie cherished by Vacheron Constantin. Combining the refinement of its style, the prestige of platinum and the performance of in-house Calibre 3500, the new model Traditionnelle split-seconds chronograph ultra-thin Collection Excellence Platine immediately finds its natural place at the very pinnacle of this watch line.

Collection Excellence Platine
Highly appreciated by collectors, the Collection Excellence Platine is exclusively composed of limited editions crafted from 950 platinum: case, bezel, dial, crown and folding clasp are forged in this noble metal, right the way through to the alligator leather strap sewn using woven platinum and silk thread. The other elements of the watch, such as the 18K white gold hands and hour-markers, reflect the same refined universe.

While the 42.5 mm-diameter case ensures the watch radiates an assertive presence on the wrist, its pure lines and very sober dial lend it an aura of unmistakable distinction.


A prestigious calibre
To power this split-seconds chronograph, Vacheron Constantin has chosen Calibre 3500, a movement launched in 2015 to mark the 260th anniversary of the Manufacture. Comprising 473 elements and beating at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour (3 Hz), it has a 48-hour power reserve.

Its distinctive design makes this ultra-thin self-winding movement one of the thinnest for this type of complication (5.2 mm), enabling the watch to maintain a modest overall thickness of just 10.72 mm. The creation of an extremely thin non-spherical differential made it possible to retain the power-reserve indication without affecting the movement thickness.

This self-winding movement is also equipped with a 22K gold peripheral oscillating weight, adorned with motifs inspired by the Maltese cross. Mounted on ball bearings, this unusual construction provides a perfectly clear view of Caliber 3500, entirely hand decorated. This peripheral structure also serves to preserve its exceptional slimness.

This calibre pays tribute to the historic construction of Haute Horlogerie chronographs with its two column-wheels and its lateral clutch mechanism. This classic construction is further enriched by numerous technically advanced features, including the dragging-display 60-minute counter which reduces the loss of amplitude generally observed when the chronograph function is activated. When the chronograph function is stopped, this type of display also provides a more legible indication of the time.


Split-seconds chronograph
The use of a split-seconds chronograph is ideal for measuring two different times. When the crown is pressed, the centre sweep-seconds hand and the split-seconds hand began running while remaining superimposed. Activating the push-piece at 2 o'clock makes the split-seconds stop, while the sweep-seconds hand continues running. A first time can thus be memorised. Another press on the 2 o’clock push-piece enables the split-seconds hand to catch up with and once again place it itself over the seconds hand. The operation may be repeated as many times as necessary to ensure several successive timings during the same event.


Classic with a Twist
Vacheron Constantin’s creativity has always remained closely attuned to its time while evoking its memories. This byword for elegance, adopted by each watchmaker, artisan and designer throughout the years and centuries, celebrates heritage and dares to explore the unexpected. Poised at the intersection between technical virtuosity and aesthetic refinement, the enduring allure of Vacheron Constantin timepieces makes its way unscathed through passing eras. Because timelessness cannot be achieved merely by complying with the canons of traditional watchmaking, each creation is tinged with a touch of boldness revealed in the smallest details. Special displays, offset indications, specific chamfering of all components, hand-crafted finishing and the complexity of a mechanism are just a few examples of this expertise. The result is a very personal field of expression where technique and style converge in a subtle harmony between the conventional and the atypical.

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The Collection Excellence Platine concept welcomes a new model: the Traditionnelle split-seconds chronograph ultra-thin Collection Excellence Platine watch, produced in an individually numbered 15-piece limited edition. Mainly crafted from this prestigious material, it is fitted with a strap stitched with platinum and silk thread. Its 42.5 mm-diameter case with its elegantly understated design houses in-house self-winding 3500 calibre, developed to mark the 260th anniversary of Vacheron Constantin. A rare complication, the split-seconds chronograph function is controlled by a dedicated push-piece positioned at 2 o'clock.

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Technical data

Reference 5400T/000P-B637

Calibre
3500Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
Peripheral rotor in 22K
37.66 mm (16¾’’’) diameter, 5.2 mm thick
Approximately 48 hours of power reserve
3Hz (21,600 vibrations per hour)
473 components
47 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock
Monopusher split-second chronograph (with 60-minute counter at 3 o’clock)
Tachymetric scale
Power reserve at 6 o’clock

Case
950 platinum
42.5 mm diameter, 10.72 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
18K white gold applied hour-markers

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

Clasp
950 platinum folding clasp
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped
Limited edition of 15 individually numbered pieces
“N°XX/15” engraved on caseback
Available exclusively from Vacheron Constantin boutiques

Les Collectionneurs Tours North America

  • A representative selection of vintage 20th century Vacheron Constantin watches
  • Vacheron Constantin North American boutiques, Spring 2021
  • Models “hunted down” by Vacheron Constantin's experts, then restored and delivered with a certificate of authenticity and a two-year guarantee.

 

March 15th, New-York - Chosen with patience and talent by the Maison’s heritage department specialists, "Les Collectionneurs" is a curated collection of vintage watches from the 20th century. The collection continues to evolve over time and is offered for sale to brand aficionados at dedicated events organized in Vacheron Constantin boutiques around the world. A new and rare assortment will begin touring in the North American market Spring 2021, with the final destination being New York City, where the collection will live as the world’s first “Les Collectionneurs” permanent assortment in a boutique. All "Les Collectionneurs" models 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 related to its heritage. With over 260 years of watchmaking, 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 excellent insights 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 vintage watchmaking that now enjoys such an excellent reputation.

 

“Les Collectionneurs”
Vacheron Constantin "Les Collectionneurs" unites connoisseurs and aficionados of the Maison around a passion for vintage. The unique offering highlights the Manufacture’s considerable resources to gather and restore historical Vacheron Constantin pieces, subsequently offering them 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 organized around the world to unveil these pieces, they attract both seasoned collectors and younger generations eager to delve more deeply into watchmaking history.”


Watches ready for a new life
The Vacheron Constantin Heritage team oversees the process of locating vintage watches for the Les Collectionneurs collection with the objective of creating a representative range of timepieces from the twentieth century. Multiple channels are used in order to locate timepieces suitable for "Les Collectionneurs": auction houses, 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. The focus of the assortment remains pocket watches primarily from the years 1910 to 1930 and wristwatches prior to 1970 – with a preference for the period from 1940 to 1960. Once selected, watches are subjected to a dual appraisal. First, a historical evaluation is undertaken in order to authenticate the piece with reference to the Vacheron Constantin archives. Cases and movements are cross referenced with serial numbers from the last century and a half. Then a technical assessment is performed aimed at determining which interventions may be necessary, from simply cleaning the watch, to a more in-depth restoration – the objective being to preserve these timepieces in a state as close as possible to their origins. If necessary, timepieces are restored to working order using period components, of which Vacheron Constantin maintains a large stock, or else reproduced in the traditional methods 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 warranty offered for models within the Maison’s contemporary collections.


Models unveiled at dedicated events 
Vacheron Constantin organizes special events to tour "Les Collectionneurs" historical models in its boutiques. These are all special experiences that give connoisseurs an opportunity to discover current "Les Collectionneurs" offerings. Thanks to its extremely well documented archives, the Maison can retrace the history of these timepieces that have survived through the ages as testimony to its watchmaking expertise. Rare and unique for those who cherish them, these Vacheron Constantin Les Collectionneurs watches bear the patina of age with the performance of a modern timepiece.


Watch Highlight

18K Yellow Gold Chronograph Wristwatch (ref 11007) - 1929
This 18K yellow gold 36 mm-diameter men's watch is an extremely rare cushion-shaped monopusher chronograph. To the best of our knowledge fewer than 15 pieces were produced in yellow gold, all between 1929 and 1931. In 2015 this reference was revisited to celebrate the 260 years of the Maison with the creation of the Harmony collection. This timepiece was originally sold in Argentina in 1930.Manual-winding movement, time set by crown, flame blued steel hands, 36mm.

Platinum Open Face Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater Pocket Watch (ref 11757) – 1928
In the beginning of the twentieth century, platinum became appreciated for its strength and modernity. Thanks to its rarity and its physical qualities it became the most noble of the metals, praised by collectors as pure, rare and eternal. The price of a platinum watch is between 2 and 3 times more than the same timepiece in gold. This reference represents a highly complicated pocket watch made by Vacheron Constantin in the 1920's. It was originally sold in New York in 1929. Vacheron Constantin is known for producing ultra-thin chiming mechanisms since 1806. Manual-winding movement, time setting by crown, total thickness 5.7mm.

18K Yellow Gold Wristwatch (ref 12024) – 1945
Model 4178 is one of the two most successful chronograph models created by Vacheron Constantin. Its production began in the late 1930's and finished by the late 1970's. The reference is highly recognizable due to its fan-shaped lugs. This particular model features a rare telemeter scale in French. This piece was sold in 1945.Two-tone silvered dial, 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock, small seconds at 9 o'clock, external railroad minute track, telemetric scale.

 

 

Les Collectionneurs Singapore, 1st March – 31st March 2021

  • A representative selection of vintage watches covering the entire 20th century period. 
  • Singapore, 1st March – 31st March 2021, at Vacheron Constantin boutiques, ION Orchard & Marina Bay Sands
  • Models “hunted down” by Vacheron Constantin's experts, then restored and delivered with a certificate of authenticity and a two-year guarantee.


Singapore, March 2021 - 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 265 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 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
18K yellow gold ultra thin minute-repeater wristwatch - 1951
An exceptional grand complication, the Reference 4261 combines an impressive thinness and superb aesthetics. The minute repeater mechanism was the third type of complication to be miniaturised enough to fit into the space of a wristwatch after the calendar and the chronograph mechanism. developed around 1930. 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 repeater ever made. 
The Reference 4261 is the most probably the most sought-after Vacheron Constantin timepieces, from the collector's perspective. Less than 40 pieces were produced between 1944 and 1951 in yellow gold, pink gold and platinum, this watch is one of the last pieces produced. 
Manual-winding movement, stylized indexes, tear-drop lugs soldered to the middle, cabochon style crown, thickness of 5.25mm.


18K yellow gold worldtime pocket watch - 1949
In 1932, the Vacheron Constantin first World Time pocket watch displays the Cottiersystem capable of showing the times of the 24 time zones on the same dial, rotating with the movement. The Maison assigns model ref 3372 to this brand new watch. Watches indicating 24 time-zones were progressively named "Universal time", "international time" (i.e Vacheron Constantin archives) and then "World time" for most contemporary watches. 
In 1936 seeking to show that the complication was worth perfecting, Vacheron Constantin presented two new version of its international time model whose dial featured 31 international cities for reference 3650. In 1646, Vacheron Constantin assigned reference4414 to the worldtime model with a dial comprising 41 cities. 
Manual-winding movement, silvered dial made in three parts with fixed central disk satin-dinished, yellow gold indexes, trapezoidal shaped indexes at 3 and 9 o'clock, Arabic numerals at 6 and 12 o'clock, 8 star shaped indexes.


18K yellow gold squared shape wristwatch, 1967
Model 6440 is one of the models so-called Cioccolatone by the collectors due to its resemblance to a square chocolate piece. The model is one of the most sought-after vintage wristwatches from the 1950's and 1960's.
The calibre housed here is part of the fourth generation of automatic movements manufactured by Vacheron Constantin. A patented self-winding mechanism, with ruby-ball bearing and oscillating weight in 18K gold, able to wind the movement in both directions and stamped with by the Hallmark of Geneva. 
Self-winding movement, silvered sunray satined dial, dauphine-shaped hour and minute hands, hand-engraved pattern on dial.

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Schedule

VACHERON CONSTANTIN ION ORCHARD BOUTIQUE 
Date 1 - 17 MARCH 2021
Hours 10:00 AM - 9.30 PM Daily 
Address Vacheron Constantin ION Orchard Boutique
2 Orchard Turn #02-07 Singapore 238801

VACHERON CONSTANTIN MARINA BAY SANDS BOUTIQUE
Date 18 - 31 MARCH 2021
Hours 11:00AM - 10:00PM Daily 
Address Vacheron Constantin Marina Bay Sands boutique
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue #B2M-238 Singapore 018972

 

Exhibition "DIPTYQUES" A HISTORY OF COLLABORATIONS, Singapore, 1st March – 31st March 2021

  • Singapore, 1st March – 11th April 2021, at Vacheron Constantin boutiques, ION Orchard & Marina Bay Sands
  • Seventeen timepieces from the Vacheron Constantin private Heritage collection pay tribute to the encounters that have punctuated the history of the Maison

 

Singapore, March 1st 2021 - Seventeen timepieces from the Vacheron Constantin private Heritage collection pay tribute to the encounters that have punctuated the history of the Maison. They retrace the saga of these incredible collaborative endeavours resulting in technical and artistic breakthroughs that have in turn given life to exceptional horological creations and instruments, thereby writing significant chapters in the history of Fine Watchmaking. The exhibition "DIPTYQUES" A HISTORY OF COLLABORATIONS will take place at the Vacheron Constantin boutiques, in ION Orchard and Marina Bay Sands, from March 1st to March 31st, 2021.


« DIPTYQUES » A HISTORY OF COLLABORATIONS, is all about personalities bound by a sense of kinship, mutually enriching visions and complementary skills. People such as Jacques-Barthélémy Vacheron, a technically gifted watchmaker who was the grandson of the Maison’s founder; and astute businessman and intrepid traveller François Constantin, who combined their talents in 1819. This encounter, of which the bicentenary is being celebrated in 2019, gave rise to the signature of the Maison, a subtle balance between horological excellence and stylistic virtuosity, and to its motto: “Do better if possible, and that is always possible ”. Diptyques tells the story of how the ensuing encounters in turn contributed to ever greater advancements.

From Emile Plantamour to Albert Pellaton, from Raymond Moretti to Michel Butor, intellectual and manual intelligence lie at the heart of this extraordinary watchmaking epic, driven by a taste for challenges and passion. Human beings are both the architects and artisans of these large-scale projects. They embody this visionary, enlightened thought, as well as the expertise that is its logical extension. Hired by Vacheron Constantin in 1839 as a watchmaker specialising in mechanics and construction, Georges-Auguste Leschot invented the revolutionary pantograph, designed to standardise the production of watch movements and to enable industrial-scale component manufacture. In 1932, Louis Cottier developed the world time display indicating the time zones by means of an ingenious rotating disc device. Ferdinand Verger, a renowned jeweller with a knowledge of watchmaking, made a Fabergé egg for the tsar in 1880 comprising a Vacheron Constantin movement. His sons proved themselves worthy heirs by making watches with complications and richly decorated clocks until the 1930s. In 2010, Anita Porchet, an expert in the art of miniature enamelling, created a masterpiece for the Maison: a watch identically reproducing the ceiling of the Opéra Garnier as painted by Marc Chagall.Vacheron Constantin thereby highlights these numerous synergies. Each is a challenge, a bold move, a wild dream come true through the genius of these watchmakers and artisans. Each is a unique brick in the Haute Horlogerie edifice to which Vacheron Constantin contributes, as a trailblazing pioneer and inveterate builder.

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Watches highlight:

Reference 10823 – 1824
VACHERON & CONSTANTIN
18K yellow gold pocket watch, guilloché case, date indication, enamel dial 1824
Vacheron Constantin Heritage Private Collection

Reference 11178 – 1930
VACHERON CONSTANTIN & VERGER FRÈRES
18K white and yellow gold wristwatch with shutters, two sapphire-set crowns1930
Vacheron Constantin Heritage Private Collection

Reference 11289 – 1949
VACHERON CONSTANTIN & LOUIS COTTIER
18K yellow gold worldtime pocket watch, 24 time zones and 41 cities indication, silvered dial 1949H.
H. Prince H. Daoud of Egypt provenance
Vacheron Constantin Heritage Private Collection

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Schedule
VACHERON CONSTANTIN ION ORCHARD BOUTIQUE 
Date: 1 - 17 MARCH 2021
Hours: 10:00 AM - 9.30 PM Daily 
Address: Vacheron Constantin ION Orchard Boutique, 2 Orchard Turn #02-07 Singapore 238801

VACHERON CONSTANTIN MARINA BAY SANDS BOUTIQUE
Date: 18 - 31 MARCH 2021
Hours: 11:00AM - 10:00PM Daily 
Address: Vacheron Constantin Marina Bay Sands boutique

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue #B2M-238 Singapore 018972

 

 

 

Vacheron Constantin and Watchfinder Partner For a Tailor-Made Service

New York, February 2021 – Vacheron Constantin offers new trade-in service for boutique clients across the United States.

The world’s longest continuously operating watch manufacture will now offer a new way to purchase Vacheron Constantin timepieces from U.S. boutiques. In partnership with Watchfinder, the renowned retailer of certified pre-owned watches, clients can now take advantage of a trade-in service by selling the watches they already own in exchange for the timepiece of their dreams. Discover the easy-to-use and secure service now offered across Vacheron Constantin U.S. boutiques. 

In three easy steps, American clients will have the opportunity to use the complimentary Watchfinder trade-in service curated with ease and convenience in mind to acquire a new Vacheron Constantin timepiece in the Maison’s New York, Beverly Hills, South Coast Plaza, and Miami boutiques. First, clients will bring the watch or watches they hope to resell from their collection to a dedicated Vacheron Constantin boutique. On-site, a knowledgeable Sales Associate will provide a pre-valuation, support clients through the exchange process, and assist in the selection of a new Vacheron Constantin timepiece. Upon pre-valuation acceptance, the Sales Associate will arrange for the condition & authenticity of each of the client’s existing watches to be appraised, with appraisal turnaround times ranging from one day to one week. Last, the agreed trade-in value will then be redeemed towards the purchase of a new Vacheron Constantin timepiece.

In addition to in-person boutique service, customer advisors are available over the phone to guide clients in their choices, arrange a valuation consultation, or facilitate a comfortable and easy purchasing journey through our concierge at 1-877-701-1755.

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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MR PORTER produces unmatched digital and printed content across its shoppable online magazine, The Journal, and its bi-monthly newspaper, The MR PORTER Post. In 2019, MR PORTER founded MR PORTER Health In Mind, a content and fundraising initiative in partnership with Movember, developed to raise awareness around men’s mental and physical health.

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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