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“One of Not Many” Pop-up Store in China World Mall, Beijing

(December 23, 2019, Beijing) – Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Vacheron Constantin presents “One of Not Many” Pop-up Store at China World Mall Beijing from 23 December, 2019 to late March, 2020, a further demonstration of the exceptional universe of the Maison and the spirit of One of Not Many. Mirroring the Overseas Collection travel spirit, the pop-up store vividly showcases the uniqueness of Vacheron Constantin with a blend of elegance, modernity and lifestyle refinement.


Embodying a modern lifestyle resolutely open to the world at large, the “One of Not Many” Pop-up Store features the travel spirit of the Overseas collection. Inspired by the American explorer-photographer Cory Richards, the window design of the boutique is an integration of the camera lens with a picture of Mount Everest he took during his last Everest adventure in 2019, showcasing the beauty of the Earth and Nature. Vacheron Constantin and Cory Richards share the same quest for innovation, along with an audacious desire to push limits. A selection of scenic photographic works from the Maison’s collaborative photographers and photography enthusiasts lead guests into an immersive traveler’s world.

“We are delighted to welcome connoisseurs and watch lovers to our “One of Not Many” Pop-up Store and flagship boutique to closely appreciate the technical excellence and the refined aesthetics of Vacheron Constantin.” said Mr. Frank BRAILLARD, Managing Director of Vacheron Constantin China.


Vacheron Constantin “One of Not Many” Pop-up Store China World Mall
Time: 10: 00 – 21: 30, 23 December, 2019 to Late March, 2020
Venue: L1, South Zone, China World Mall, No.1 Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue, Beijing 100004, China

Vacheron Constantin Flagship Boutique China World Mall
SL2033, L2, South Zone, China World Mall, No.1 Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue, Beijing 100004, China
Direct Line: +86 10 6505 6893
Hotline: +86 400 623 1289

 

Patrimony self-winding - Minimalist elegance in a midnight blue gown

Patrimony self-winding

Minimalist elegance in a midnight blue gown

 

  • The timeless chic of a new sunburst satin-finish blue dial

  • Two models with a feminine silhouette: an understated 36 mm pink gold version and a sparkling 36.5 mm diamond-set pink gold version

  • A self-winding calibre with a 22 carats gold openworked oscillating weight, inspired by the Maltese cross

 

Available in two 36 mm and 36.5 mm feminine versions, the Patrimony self-winding watch adopts a new sunburst satin-finish blue dial making a perfect match with the pink gold of its case. A chic and timeless signature, pared down or set with diamonds. Simply quintessential!

The pure, perfectly rounded shape of its silhouette is refined, subtle and delicate. Its appearance is understated, distinguished and aesthetically pleasing. Since 2004, the Patrimony line embodied timeless watchmaking, triking a perfect balance between classicism and modernity. Presented in 36 mm and 36.5 mm diameters, the new self-winding Patrimony models now grace women’s wrists with the splendid gleam of their midnight blue dial, specially created for this iconic line by Vacheron Constantin. Accentuated by pink gold in a pared-down version or rimmed with diamonds in a glowing pink gold interpretation, the Patrimony self-winding watch asserts the absolute elegance of its deep blue dial as a matter of course. This minimalism, designed for day and night, is paired with a dark blue alligator leather strap and a self-winding movement featuring a 22 carats gold openworked oscillating weight inspired by the Maltese cross.

Patrimony self-winding – Simply quintessential!

The Patrimony self-winding model is the ideal watch for women who cultivate their appearance with impeccable taste. Self-assured and precise by nature, their character is revealed on the wrist in a fine 36 mm pink gold case framing a midnight blue dial. Creating shimmering reflections and light effects achieved by the sunburst satin finish, this mysterious shade is discreetly punctuated by slender hour-markers, a “pearl” minute-track slightly recessed into the dial surface and a date display at 6 o'clock. This marvel of sobriety and elegance is swept over by slender pink gold hours and minutes hands. In addition, each passing moment is marked off by the large central seconds hand that is delicately curved to follow the dainty outline of the dial. Behind the scenes, the tempo is set by the mechanical self-winding 2450 Q6/2 calibre. Its ethereal 22 carats gold oscillating weight is inspired by the Maltese cross. The watch embraces the wrist with a slim and apparently seamless strap made of dark blue alligator leather matching the dial colour.

Patrimony self-winding gem-set – Sleek lines lit up with diamonds

The Patrimony self-winding gem-set interpretation attires its sleek lines in flamboyant apparel: the sparkling silhouette of its 36.5 mm pink gold case; the entrancing beauty of 68 round-cut diamonds carefully aligned on the bezel; and the ultimate touch of a diamond-set crown with a diamond. A precious spark that gives even greater intensity to the midnight blue shimmer of the sunburst satin-finish dial, whose extremely understated, subtly curved surface is punctuated by a “pearl” minute-track delicately carved into the material. Sleek hour-markers, a date window at 6 o'clock, slender pink gold hours and minutes hands complemented by a slim seconds hand, delicately curved to follow the dainty outline of the dial. The magic also weaves its spell inside the case, through the intricate workings of the self-winding 2450 Q6/2 movement adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif and equipped with a 22 carats gold openworked oscillating weight inspired by the Maltese cross. Precision and preciousness are the watchwords while that define this timeless watch that gently embraces the wrist with its apparently seamless midnight blue alligator leather strap.

Summary

Sculpted in pink gold in two 36 mm and 36.5 mm diameters, the feminine lines of the Patrimony self-winding adopt a midnight blue dial. Pared down or set with diamonds, Vacheron Constantin's iconic watch expresses its timeless elegance with unfailing precision. Setting the tempo behind the scenes is the 2450 Q6/2 calibre adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif and equipped with a gold openworked oscillating weight inspired by the Maltese cross. The epitome of horological refinement for these two minimalist watches that embrace the wrist with their apparently seamless dark blue leather strap matching the dial colour.

Les Cabinotiers Armillary Tourbillon

  • A one-of-a-kind model in the grand watchmaking tradition
  • Two original complications inherited from the Reference 57260 watch
  • Four patent registered for the armillary tourbillon and retrograde displays
  • Contemporary design enhanced by a titanium case.


In the wake of the Reference 57260 watch and its 57 complications presented in 2015, this one-of-a-kind timepiece highlights two of its emblematic functions: the bi-axial armillary tourbillon with spherical balance-spring and the instant retrograde display of the time indications. This exceptional horological structure is housed in a titanium case, an ultra-light material that reveals the full depth of this model in a resolutely contemporary style. Four patents have been registered for the high-precision manual-winding 1990 calibre powering this watch.


The Reference 57260 watch, the most complicated timepiece in the world with its 57 complications, presented for the 260th anniversary of Vacheron Constantin in 2015, served as an authentic laboratory for the watchmakers of the Les Cabinotiers department. The research conducted throughout the eight years required to create and fine-tune this unique timepiece has enabled the development of original watchmaking techniques and solutions applicable to subsequent timepieces from the Manufacture. The Les Cabinotiers Armillary Tourbillon watch is the first to have benefited from these findings. Exuding a perfectly contemporary spirit, it reinterprets two complications introduced with Reference 57260: the instant double retrograde time indication and the bi-axial armillary tourbillon with spherical balance-spring.


An exceptional in-house calibre

The 1990 calibre, a mechanical manual-winding movement, drives the instant double retrograde hours and minutes function. On the right side of the watch, the large and small hands sweep over the semi-circle of the dial, with a strikingly fast return to zero once the 60 minutes and 12 hours have been reached. Such a display requires particular attention to its accuracy as well as to the strength of the materials used for a mechanism that is subjected to considerable strain. To provide the best possible view of its subtle details, the slate opaline dial is limited to a single chapter ring punctuated by Arabic numerals for the minutes and Roman numerals for the hours. This particular configuration of the time indications gives full scope to the armillary tourbillon bearing the small seconds, majestically displayed on the left side of the watch.

Positioned beneath a bubble formed by the sapphire crystal, this structure consists of two nested carriages moving on two different axes at a speed of 60 seconds per rotation. Forming a sphere in perpetual motion, this tourbillon was named "armillary" in reference to the French watchmaker Antide Janvier, who in the 18th century created a spectacular astronomical clock bearing an armillary sphere. Other features of this exceptional mechanism include its silicon escapement and cylindrical balance-spring. Invented by Jacques-Frédéric Houriet in 1814, the cylindrical balance-spring, which has no terminal curve, gives the tourbillon a perfectly concentric beat, thereby guaranteeing improved isochronism. As for the escapement developed by Vacheron Constantin, it has a silicon wheel and lever with diamond pallets. These ultra-light high-tech materials, which guarantee durability and longevity, contribute to the remarkable precision of this timepiece, whose performance considerably exceeds the requirements of the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). Four patents have been filed for the retrograde system, escapement and tourbillon of this 1990 calibre.


Contemporary design

These references to the great master watchmakers of the past are nonetheless expressed through perfectly contemporary watchmaking architecture in this Les Cabinotiers Armillary Tourbillon featuring extremely meticulous finishes. The 1990 calibre draws the gaze with its deep anthracite colour obtained by NAC (N-acetylcysteine) treatment applied by electrolysis. On the dial side, the calibre features a bold construction with clean-edged bridges and a "Clous de Paris" hobnail finish that perfectly highlights the aerial ballet of the tourbillon. The same finish appears on the sandblasted caseback. The hand bevelling of the components – a subtle operation requiring no less than 130 hours of work on this movement to enhance the play of light across the components – is displayed to its best advantage by the titanium case. This lightweight material that is twice as resistant as steel gives a sleek touch to this watch paired with a black alligator leather strap secured by pin buckle that flauts its watchmaking technique like a work of kinetic art.


Les Cabinotiers: one-of-a-kind creations

In the Vacheron Constantin universe, Les Cabinotiers represents a department in its own right dedicated to the personalisation of pieces and unique creations. This tradition dates back to the 18th century, a time 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.

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Résumé


The Reference 57260 watch, the most complicated timepiece in the world with its 57 complications presented for the 260th anniversary of Vacheron Constantin in 2015, has served as an authentic laboratory for the watchmakers of the Cabinotiers workshop. The one-of-a-kind Les Cabinotiers Armillary Tourbillon model benefits from these developments. In a perfectly contemporary spirit, it reinterprets two complications presented with Reference 57260: namely an instant double retrograde display and a bi-axial armillary tourbillon. On the right side of the watch, the large and small hands move over the semi-circle of the dial, with a strikingly fast return to zero once the 60 minutes and 12 hours have been reached. This particular configuration of the time indications gives full scope to the bi-axial armillary tourbillon with its silicon escapement and cylindrical balance-spring, majestically displayed on the left of the watch. Positioned beneath a bubble formed by the sapphire crystal, this structure consists of two nested carriages moving on two different axes at a speed of 60 seconds per rotation. Four patents have been registered for the retrograde system, escapement and tourbillon of the manual-winding movement (calibre 1990) driving this one-of-a-kind timepiece. This exceptional watchmaking architecture is housed in a titanium case, an ultra-light material that reveals the full depth of this model in a daringly modern style.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Les Cabinotiers Armillary Tourbillon

Reference 91990/000T-B633

Calibre
1990
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical manual-winding
35.50 mm diameter, 10 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 65 hours
2.5 Hz (18’000 vibrations/hour)
299 components
45 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Retrograde hours and minutes
Armillary tourbillon

Case
Grade 5 titanium
45 mm diameter, 20.10 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
Slate-grey opaline dial

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

Clasp
Titanium Grade 5 pin buckle
Satin-finished half Maltese cross-shaped

Presentation box & accessory
Les Cabinotiers model

Unique timepiece
« Pièce unique » and « Les Cabinotiers » engraved on the back of the timepiece

Les Cabinotiers Openworked tourbillon High Jewellery

  • Artistic and watchmaking skills within the same one-of-a-kind model
  • Technical prowess of the 2260 calibre with tourbillon and 14-day power reserve
  • Skeletonised and engraved components, gemset case and dial


Vacheron Constantin offers a sparkling interpretation of its 2260 SQ calibre. The movement components are pared down to the bare minimum and meticulously engraved. Their ingenious positioning leaves ample space to admire the tourbillon and the 14-day power-reserve indicator at 12 o'clock. This technical feat is framed by diamonds set on the white gold case and on the chapter ring punctuated by 12 sapphire hour-markers.


Ingenious construction

With this one-of-a-kind Les Cabinotiers – Tourbillon Openworked High Jewellery model, Vacheron Constantin has created an exceptional watch whose appeal stems from a blend of technical prowess and artistic crafts which are given pride of place. A true mechanical composition, the watch impresses first and foremost through the intricate arabesques of its manual-winding 2260 calibre, pared down by means of a skilful skeletonisation process. The aim here is to remove as much material as possible from the movement components, and in particular from the bridges, in order to ensure optimal lightness, yet without ever threatening its reliability and functionality. Each of the 231 components is then hand-finished and in some cases engraved, in order to give more depth to the calibre.

Mainly located in the upper part of the case, the going train of the calibre leaves an almost entirely unobstructed view of the tourbillon, majestically positioned at 6 o'clock. With its carriage shaped like the Vacheron Constantin Maltese cross emblem, this mobile part of the movement appears to be floating on air and exudes a powerful fascination. Ingenious in more ways than one, this construction serves to conceal the four barrels – mounted in coupled pairs and together measuring a total of 22 metres long – which provide the movement with a formidable two-week power reserve. The latter is indicated on a 280° sector, appearing at 12 o’clock along the same axis as the tourbillon and thereby contributing to the aesthetic equilibrium of the model.


Top-flight gemsetting

These mechanical feats are matched by the exquisite gemsetting adorning this High Jewellery model. 46 mm diameter 18K white gold case is admirably set with 238 baguette-cut diamonds on the bezel, lugs and crown. The chapter ring positioned around the dial periphery also consists of a row of 48 baguette-cut diamonds, punctuated by 12 blue sapphire hour-markers. The shade of the sapphires echoes the alligator leather strap, of which the pin buckle and folding clasp are each set with 12 baguette-cut diamonds. Embodying a subtle balance between aesthetics and technicality, this Les Cabinotiers – Openworked Tourbillon High Jewellery watch flaunts a resolutely flamboyant style.


Les Cabinotiers: one-of-a-kind creations

In the Vacheron Constantin universe, Les Cabinotiers represents a department in its own right dedicated to the personalisation of pieces and unique creations. This tradition dates back to the 18th century, a time 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.

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Summary

Les Cabinotiers – Openworked Tourbillon High Jewellery

With this one-of-a-kind Les Cabinotiers – Openworked Tourbillon High Jewellery model, Vacheron Constantin has created an exceptional watch whose seductive power stems both from technical prowess and the artistic crafts deployed. A true mechanical composition, the watch impresses first and foremost through the intricate arabesques of its 2260 calibre pared down to essentials by skilful skeletonization – a technique that highlights the tourbillon and its Maltese cross-shaped carriage that appears to be floating on air. This manual-winding movement has a 14-day power reserve with an indicator at 12 o'clock, a technical feat achieved thanks to the presence of four barrels mounted in coupled pairs. The expertise demonstrated by the engraver in decorating the components, as well as by the gemsetter in adorning the dial and case with 330 baguette-cut diamonds and 12 sapphires, transform this watch embodying the grand tradition of mechanical watchmaking into a veritable work of art.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Les Cabinotiers Openworked tourbillon High Jewellery

Reference 89667/000G-B607

Caliber
2260 SQ
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical manual-winding
29.10 mm diameter, 6.80 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 336 hours
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour)
231 components
31 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes
Tourbillon with 14 days power reserve

Case
18K white gold
46 mm diameter, 11.80 mm thick
Case set with 238 baguette-cut diamonds for a total weight of 8.60 carats
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Crown set with 20 baguette-cut diamonds for a total weight of 0.20 carat

Dial
Silvered opaline set with 48 baguette-cut diamonds for a total weight of 0.50 carat
12 hour markers for a total weight of 0.30 carat

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

Clasp
Delivered with two buckles
18k white gold folding clasp set with 12 baguette-cut diamonds for a total weight of 0.80 carat
18K white gold buckle set with 12 baguette-cut diamonds for a total weight of 1.10 carats
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Presentation box & accessory
Les Cabinotiers model

Unique timepiece
« Pièce unique » and « Les Cabinotiers » engraved on the back of the timepiece

Les Cabinotiers Regulator perpetual calendar jewellery

  • Regulator-type watch with separate hour and minute displays
  • Perpetual calendar with moon phases, powered by the exclusive 2460 RQP calibre
  • White gold jewellery model adorned with a hand-guilloché plum-coloured dial.


Directly inspired by the precision clocks used for setting timepieces from the 17th century onwards, this regulator-type watch is equipped with a perpetual calendar, a useful complication perfectly in tune with the "functional" spirit of this one-of-a-kind creation. The sparkling diamonds set on the bezel and the delicate guilloché pattern on its plum-coloured dial lend as subtle radiance to the intuitive reading of this watch.


Precision and legibility

This reference to the masterpieces of the cabinotiers is no coincidence. With its separate displays of the minutes by a central hand and the hours on a dial positioned at 12 o'clock, this timepiece directly refers to the regulator clocks in use from the late 17th century onward for setting watches. Also known as "master clocks", these high-precision timekeeping instruments were used as a reference in watchmaking workshops and astronomical observatories at the time. With this one-of-a-kind model, Vacheron Constantin is perpetuating the tradition of the master watchmakers of bygone years who required reliable and perfectly legible time measurement in their daily work. Nonetheless, this “intelligent interaction” between time indications would not in itself have been a sufficiently accomplished exercise without adding one of the most important complications of mechanical horology. With its perpetual calendar, a mechanism requiring no correction until 2100, this regulator-type watch becomes an exceptional timepiece whose functionality asserts itself with all the characteristic elegance of Vacheron Constantin. The plum-coloured dial, delicately hand-guilloché with a sunray wavy pattern, is exquisitely framed by a corolla of 62 brilliant-cut diamonds (1.40 cts) set on the bezel.


A finely crafted movement

To drive the regulator-type functions of this 42mm-diameter white gold watch and its perpetual calendar indications, Vacheron Constantin has chosen the self-winding 2460 RQP calibre. In keeping with the spirit of historical regulator clocks, the layout of the displays is based on a concern for visual balance. Week and month apertures delicately rimmed in white gold are thus positioned on either side of the hours subdial. The leap-year cycle appears through a discreet opening in the hours dial, symmetrically aligned with the pointer-type date display at 6 o'clock. Powered by 334 carefully decorated components, the exclusive ‘engine’ of this regulator-type model water-resistant to 30 metres beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and is endowed with an approximately 40-hour power reserve.

The distinction of this timepiece is reflected in a Mississippiensis alligator leather strap whose plum-coloured hue echoes that of dial. Hand-sewn and featuring large square scales, it is secured by a pin buckle shaped like a Maltese cross and adorned with 11 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.78 cts).


Les Cabinotiers: one-of-a-kind creations

In the Vacheron Constantin universe, Les Cabinotiers represents a department in its own right dedicated to the personalisation of pieces and unique creations. This tradition dates back to the 18th century, a time 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.

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Short version

Directly inspired by the precision clocks used for setting timepieces from the late 17th century onwards, this regulator-type watch with its separate hour and minute displays is equipped with a perpetual calendar, a useful complication entirely in tune with the functional spirit of this one-of-a-kind creation. To drive the “regulator” functions of this 42mm diameter white gold watch and the calendar indications, Vacheron Constantin has chosen the self-winding 2460 RQP calibre. A perfectly readable watch, this Les Cabinotiers Regulator perpetual calendar Jewellery watch exudes elegance with its delicately hand-guilloché plum-coloured dial featuring a sunray wavy pattern and enhanced by the brilliance of the 62 brilliant-cut diamonds (1.40 cts) set on the bezel. The tone-on-tone alligator leather strap, secured by a gemset pin buckle, adds to the distinction of this watch that asserts the uniqueness of its display.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Les Cabinotiers Regulator perpetual calendar jewellery

Reference 4005C/000G-B552

Calibre
2460 RQP
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical self-winding
27.50 mm diameter, 5.84 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 40 hours
4 Hz (28,000 vibrations/hour)
334 components
27 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Off-centred hours and minutes
Perpetual Calendar (day, date, months and leap year)
Moon phases

Case
18K white gold
Bezel set with 62 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total weight of approximately 1.40 carats
42 mm diameter, 11.80 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
18K gold, hand-guilloché plum-coloured dial with sunray wavy decor
18K white gold moon

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

Buckle
18K white gold pin-buckle set with 11 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total weight of approximately 0.78 carat
Half Maltese cross-shaped

Presentation box & accessory
Les Cabinotiers model

Unique timepiece
“Pièce unique” and « Les Cabinotiers » engraved on the back of the timepiece

Les Cabinotiers Cloisonné enamel « The Caravel » 1950

  • A one-of-a-kind model inspired by a 1950 watch, reference 4308
  • A cloisonné enamel dial, crafted by the Atelier Anita Porchet
  • An enamelling technique exclusively practiced by experienced artisans


A poetic depiction of a ship borne by the waves, Les CabinotiersLa Caravelle 1950 is a one of-a-kind creation featuring a cloisonné enamel dial crafted by the Atelier Anita Porchet. This masterpiece of miniaturisation is framed by a 39 mm 4N pink gold case, equipped with the Manufacture 4400 movement. The model is inspired by a 1950 watch belonging to the Vacheron Constantin heritage.


With this one-of-a-kind Les Cabinotiers – La Caravelle 1950 model, Vacheron Constantin sails off from the mainland on the ship of the great historical explorers. It was indeed aboard caravels, the first medieval ocean-going vessels, that Bartolomeu Dias arrived at the Cape of Good Hope in 1487 and that Christopher Columbus discovered America five years later. Here, however, the adventure takes a more artistic twist with the creation of an enamelled dial evoking the epic voyages of these intrepid sailors. In crafting it, the artisans of the Atelier Anita Porchet, which has become a benchmark in the profession, were able to draw inspiration from a rare and precious watch belonging to the Vacheron Constantin heritage and dating from 1950 (reference. 4308).


An ancestral technique

Just as on the original model, the technique employed is that of cloisonné enamel, a skill that originated in ancient Egypt and spread far and wide thanks to Byzantine goldsmithing. It consists in defining the contours of the pattern to be created by means of thin metal strips or gold wires fixed on the surface to be enamelled. The alveoli thus formed are filled with the enamel powder which is then vitrified by successive firings. The richer the colour palette in terms of different colours, the more enamel applications and firings are required – with the ever-present risk that a new trial by fire might damage the work already done. Finally, the enamelled plate is smoothed or polished to reveal the gold "partitions" and the final design.


A nautical nod

On this model, the rich hues of the dial are further enhanced by the brilliance of the gold baton-type hands sweeping over the applied gold Roman numerals and round hour markers. As a final nod to this age of maritime feats, a gold paillon (spangle) appearing on the enamelled surface depicts Polaris, the pole star or North Star formerly used by sailors together with their sextants for the all-important calculation of positions at sea. And to keep the caravel sailing in due style, the model is equipped with the manual-winding Manufacture 4400 calibre powering the hours and minutes hands, operating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. Extremely thin at just 2.80 mm, it is housed in a 39 mm case in 4N pink gold.

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Summary

With this one-of-a-kind Les Cabinotiers – La Caravelle 1950 model, Vacheron Constantin sails off from the mainland on the ship of the great historical explorers. Here, however, the adventure takes a more artistic twist with the creation of an enamelled dial evoking the epic voyages of these intrepid sailors. In crafting it, the artisans of the Atelier Anita Porchet were able to draw inspiration from reference 4308, a rare and precious watch belonging to the Vacheron Constantin heritage and dating from 1950. Just as on the original model, the technique employed is that of cloisonné enamel, a skill that originated in ancient Egypt. As a final nod to this age of maritime feats, a gold paillon (spangle) appearing on the enamelled surface depicts Polaris, the pole star or North Star formerly used by sailors along with their sextants for the all-important calculation of positions at sea. And to keep the caravel sailing in due style, the model is equipped with the manual-winding Manufacture 4400 calibre powering the hours and minutes hands, operating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. Extremely thin at just 2.80 mm, it is housed in a 39 mm case in 4N pink gold.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Les Cabinotiers Cloisonné enamel « The Caravel » 1950

Reference 1110C/000R-B612

Caliber
4400
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical manual-winding
28.60 mm (121/2’’) diameter, 2.80 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 65 hours
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
127 components
21 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes

Case
18K 4N pink gold
39 mm diameter, 10.40 mm thick

Dial
Or 18K, cloisonné enamel representing a Caravel
4 Roman numerals and 8 dots in 18k gold

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

Clasp
18K 4N pink gold buckle
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Presentation box & accessory
Les Cabinotiers model

Unique timepiece
« Pièce unique » and « Les Cabinotiers » engraved on the back of the timepiece.

 

“La Musique du Temps” - Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater ultra-thin – A romantic note

  • “La Musique du Temps”: an assortment of one-of-a-kind creations crafted within the Les Cabinotiers department as a tribute to the musical arts.
  • As partners of the Maison, Abbey Road Studios have recorded an original sonic print delivered as a unique certificate for each of these models.

The unique Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater ultra-thin - A romantic note is powered by the 1731 calibre, an ultra-thin movement featuring carefully studied acoustics. Its classic style exuding a very refined look, embellished with Arabic numerals appearing in an original font on a Grand Feu enamel dial, makes this 41 mm-diameter timepiece a timepiece for connoisseurs: only the minute repeater slide piece hints at its true nature as a complicated watch.


The history of the 1731 calibre

The main characteristic of the 1731 calibre (thus named in a nod to Jean-Marc Vacheron's birth year) is its extreme thinness for a minute repeater movement. At just 3.90 mm, it is only slightly thicker than its predecessor – the 1755 calibre dating from 1992 – because of its impressive 65-hour power reserve. It took four years to solve this most complex equation: to create a minute repeater movement, combining slimness, a pure sound, pleasing aesthetics, reliability and robustness. Moreover, the technical feats are not confined to the challenge of extreme thinness, since the 1731 calibre is equipped with one of the most ingenious devices developed in 2007 for the 2755 movement – another member of this exclusive family of minute repeater calibres – a flying strike governor that is entirely silent, unlike conventional lever-type governors, and is tasked with regulating the rate at which hammers strike the gongs.

Acoustics, the real raison d'être of a minute repeater, was the focus of attention. To ensure the sound is crystal clear and perfectly harmonious, several different technical choices had to be made. The gongs are thus not only connected to the case middle so as to amplify the sound, but also superimposed, rather than aligned side by side. The two pink gold cases are designed to form a single entity with the movement, in a composition that incorporates such subtle parameters as the circulation of air between the mechanism and the case in order to ensure optimal note propagation. The case has also been seamlessly constructed so that the elements can interact metal to metal and thus increase the amplitude of the sound.


Disconcerting classicism

Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater ultra-thin - A romantic touch is presented with an 18K 5N pink gold case measuring 41 mm in diameter and just 8.5 mm thick. This one-of-a-kind model features a dial crafted in Grand Feu enamel, one of the most demanding enamelling techniques, of which the "eggshell" colour blends perfectly with the aesthetics of the model. Exuding an aura of unmistakable classicism, inspired by reference 4261 – an extremely understated Vacheron Constantin minute repeater watch dating from 1941 – this model is spiced up with an original font used for the railroad and the leaning Arabic[CS(1] black enamelled numerals. Slim hollow-tipped hands complete the "romantic" appearance of this piece, which is fitted with a brown alligator leather strap. Only the presence of slide piece on the left side of the case hints at the complexity of a minute repeater housed in this watch with its pure design. A watch for connoisseurs.


Les Cabinotiers: one-of-a-kind creations

In the Vacheron Constantin universe, Les Cabinotiers represents a department in its own right dedicated to the personalisation of pieces and unique creations. This tradition dates back to the 18th century, a time 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.


Vacheron Constantin and chiming watches

Chiming watches occupy a special place among horological complications. For more than two centuries, these complex mechanisms have been highlighted by Vacheron Constantin. Today, Les Cabinotiers department has chosen to pay tribute to them through one-of-a-kind creations on the theme "La Musique du temps”.

Born from the need to tell the time in the dark in an age when people had to rely on candlelight, "audible" watches have taken various forms: repeaters (indicating the hours and sometimes the quarters and minutes on request), sonnerie (striking) watches (indicating the hours and quarters in passing) and alarms (which can be programmed to ring at specific times). While each of these complications has its own distinctive characteristics, they all combine an integrated and complex mechanism with the finely crafted nature of musical instruments in terms of their resonance, acoustics and harmonics. Featuring watch cases equipped with complex movements as their only means of musical expression, these creations represent a magnificent feat of miniaturisation.

At Vacheron Constantin, the first mention of a chiming watch dates back to 1806: a gold pocket watch with minute repeater registered by the founder’s grandson Jacques-Barthélemy, in the very first production register kept in the company's archives. Ever since, sonnerie or repeater watches have been an integral part of the Manufacture’s proud heritage, steadily enriched over the decades.


A sonic print certified by Abbey Road Studios

Sound and music have always played a role in the Maison’s partnerships, the latest of which is with Abbey Road Studios, a name closely associated with iconic artists such as The Beatles, Adele and Oasis. In collaboration with the studios, Vacheron Constantin launched its Fiftysix® collection, backed by the "One of not Many" campaign. The partnership also has a role to play for "La Musique du Temps®", as Vacheron Constantin entrusts Abbey Road Studios with recording the unique sound of each model.

"Above and beyond extremely similar values, Abbey Road Studios and Vacheron Constantin work closely together on creative collaborations involving both content creation and sharing expertise. Entrusting the production of the sound prints of our pieces to an internationally recognised expert in the recording world is an integral part of our collaborative endeavours," explains Laurent Perves, CMO Vacheron Constantin. For the first time, the repeater watches from the “La Musique du Temps®” range have a unique sound imprint, recorded and certified by Abbey Road Studios. "The opportunity to capture the sonic identity of these incredible timepieces is a privilege," explains Jeremy Huffelmann, Head of Partnerships at Abbey Road Studios. “These recordings perfectly encapsulate the shared values of craftsmanship, expertise and excellence that define our collaboration, whilst forever preserving the personality of these singular timepieces.

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Summary

This one-of-a-kind model is equipped with the ultra-thin 1731 minute repeater calibre measuring just 3.90 mm thick. It took four years to solve this complex equation of creating a striking movement combining slimness, a pure sound, pleasing aesthetics, reliability and precision. Various technical choices were made to ensure a clear and harmonious sound. The case is designed to form a single entity with the movement, in a composition that incorporates such subtle parameters as the circulation of air between the mechanism and the case in order to ensure optimal note propagation. The watch is presented with an 18K 5N pink gold case measuring 41 mm in diameter and 8.5 mm thick. It features a dial crafted in Grand Feu enamel, one of the most demanding enamelling techniques, of which the "eggshell" colour blends perfectly with the aesthetics of the model. This resolutely classic model is spiced up with an original font used for railroad and the leaning Arabic[CS(2] black enamelled numerals. Hollow-tipped hands complete the "romantic" appearance of this piece, which is fitted with a brown alligator leather strap. Only the presence of slide piece on the left side of the case hints at the complexity of a minute repeater housed in this watch with its pure design. A watch for connoisseurs.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater ultra-thin – A romantic note

Reference 6630C/000R-B664

Caliber
1731
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical manual-winding
32.80 mm diameter, 3.90 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 65 hours
3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
265 components
36 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes,
Minute repeater (hours, quarters and minutes on demand)

Case
18K 5N pink gold
41 mm diameter, 8.50 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
18K gold, enamelled Grand Feu « coquille d’œuf »
12 Arabic numerals enamelled in black

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

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

Presentation box & accessory
Les Cabinotiers model

Unique timepiece
« Pièce unique » and « Les Cabinotiers » engraved on the back of the timepiece

“La Musique du Temps®” - Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater perpetual calendar - A perfect combination

 

  • “La Musique du Temps®”: an assortment of one-of-a-kind creations crafted within the Les Cabinotiers department as a tribute to the musical arts.
  • As partners of the Maison, Abbey Road Studios have recorded an original sonic print delivered as a unique certificate for each of these models.


With their elegant and refined design, these two Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater perpetual calendar - A perfect combination watches are the latest in a long line of exceptional achievements by the Manufacture. The purity of their design stems notably from a consummate and comprehensive mastery of ultra-thin movements.


A worthy descendant of historical fine watchmaking calibres

The Les Cabinotiers minute repeater perpetual calendar - A perfect combination models are equipped with a revisited movement, the 1731 QP calibre, which combines a minute repeater and perpetual calendar at the heart of an extremely slim white or pink gold case. For the watchmakers of the Maison, the challenge was to associate two of the most sophisticated complications within a movement measuring just 5.70 mm thick, while ensuring precision, reliability and user friendliness.

No fewer than 438 components, some measuring about a hair’s breadth, compose a true watchmaking alchemy within a mechanical manual-winding movement beating at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour (3 Hz) and driving the following functions – hours, minutes, day, date, month, leap-year indication, moon phase and minute repeater – while maintaining a 65-hour power reserve.

These new timepieces are the latest in a line of watches that have left an indelible imprint on their respective eras. In 1992, Vacheron Constantin presented reference 30020, an exceptional model repeating the hours, quarters and minutes while also endowed with a perpetual calendar. In 2013, the Maison launched the famous 1731 calibre, named in tribute to Jean-Marc Vacheron's birth year: an extremely slim manual-winding minute repeater movement inspired by historical calibres.


Discreet complexity

The two Les Cabinotiers minute repeater perpetual calendar repeater timepieces combine a vision of complex watchmaking with an aesthetic pairing pure design with undeniable elegance. The calendar indications follow a classic layout with the indications of days, dates and month, positioned at the top of the dial adorned with a sunray guilloché motif. This perfectly legible display leaves all the space required for the golden dance of the moon standing out against a star-studded background. The leap year is discreetly indicated through an aperture, while the equally unobtrusive minute circle marks off the passing of time without disturbing the intuitive calendar reading. In the same spirit, the slender 42 mm case exudes an unassuming yet refined aura. Only the control system for the minute repeater function, on the left side, reflects the true complexity of these two pieces and testifies to their ability to sound the tempo on gongs. A degree of sophistication confirmed by a simple glance through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback offering admirable views of the mechanical subtleties of this watch that chimes the time.


Les Cabinotiers: one-of-a-kind creations

In the Vacheron Constantin universe, Les Cabinotiers represents a department in its own right dedicated to the personalisation of pieces and unique creations. This tradition dates back to the 18th century, a time 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.


Vacheron Constantin and chiming watches

Chiming watches occupy a special place among horological complications. For more than two centuries, these complex mechanisms have been highlighted by Vacheron Constantin. Today, Les Cabinotiers department has chosen to pay tribute to them through one-of-a-kind creations on the theme "La Musique du temps®".

Born from the need to tell the time in the dark in an age when people had to rely on candlelight, "audible" watches have taken various forms: repeaters (indicating the hours and sometimes the quarters and minutes on request), sonnerie (striking) watches (indicating the hours and quarters in passing) and alarms (which can be programmed to ring at specific times). While each of these complications has its own distinctive characteristics, they all combine an integrated and complex mechanism with the finely crafted nature of musical instruments in terms of their resonance, acoustics and harmonics. Featuring watch cases equipped with complex movements as their only means of musical expression, these creations represent a magnificent feat of miniaturisation.

At Vacheron Constantin, the first mention of a chiming watch dates back to 1806: a gold pocket watch with minute repeater registered by the founder’s grandson Jacques-Barthélemy, in the very first production register kept in the company's archives. Ever since, sonnerie or repeater watches have been an integral part of the Manufacture’s proud heritage, steadily enriched over the decades.


A sonic print certified by Abbey Road Studios

Sound and music have always played a role in the Maison’s partnerships, the latest of which is with Abbey Road Studios, a name closely associated with iconic artists such as The Beatles, Adele and Oasis. In collaboration with the studios, Vacheron Constantin launched its Fiftysix® collection, backed by the "One of not Many" campaign. The partnership also has a role to play for "La Musique du Temps®", as Vacheron Constantin entrusts Abbey Road Studios with recording the unique sound of each model.

"Above and beyond extremely similar values, Abbey Road Studios and Vacheron Constantin work closely together on creative collaborations involving both content creation and sharing expertise. Entrusting the production of the sound prints of our pieces to an internationally recognised expert in the recording world is an integral part of our collaborative endeavours," explains Laurent Perves, CMO Vacheron Constantin. For the first time, the repeater watches from the “La Musique du Temps®” range have a unique sound imprint, recorded and certified by Abbey Road Studios. "The opportunity to capture the sonic identity of these incredible timepieces is a privilege," explains Jeremy Huffelmann, Head of Partnerships at Abbey Road Studios. “These recordings perfectly encapsulate the shared values of craftsmanship, expertise and excellence that define our collaboration, whilst forever preserving the personality of these singular timepieces.”

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Sum-up

Beating at the heart of the unique Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater perpetual calendar - A perfect combination models is Vacheron Constantin’s 1731 QP calibre. In reference to Jean-Marc Constantin's birth year, this now iconic minute repeater movement renowned for its extreme slenderness is inspired by the Maison’s historical achievements. The difficulty here lay in adding a perpetual calendar to the 1731 calibre while maintaining a total thickness of just 5.70 mm, as well as ensuring precision, reliability and user friendliness. The calendar indications are arranged in a classically elegant manner, positioned at the top of the sunray guilloché dial so as to leave the necessary space for the golden moon set against a starry sky background. The control system for the minute repeater function on the left side of the 42 mm diameter case hints at the true complexity involved in crafting these models.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater perpetual calendar - A perfect combination

Reference 6610C/000G-B629

Calibre
1731 QP
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical manual-winding
32.80 mm (14 ¼) diameter, 5.70 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 65 hours
3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
438 components
36 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes,
Perpetual Calendar (day of the week, date, months and leap year)
Moon phases
Minute repeater

Case
18K white gold
42 mm diameter, 10.44 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
18K gold, hand-guilloché silvered sunray
18K white gold applied hours-makers

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

Clasp
18K white gold folding clasp
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Presentation box & accessory
Les Cabinotiers model
Abbey Road Studios Certificate
Unique timepiece

“Pièce unique”, “Les Cabinotiers” and “AC” hallmark engraved on the back of the timepiece

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TECHNICAL DATA

Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater perpetual calendar - A perfect combination

Reference 6610C/000R-B630

Calibre
1731 QP
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical manual-winding
32.80 mm (14 ¼) diameter, 5.70 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 65 hours
3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
438components
36 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

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

Case
18K 5N pink gold
42 mm diameter, 10.44 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
18K gold, hand-guilloché silvered sunray
18K 5N pink gold applied hours-makers

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

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

Presentation box & accessory
Les Cabinotiers model
Abbey Road Studios Certificate

Unique timepiece
“Pièce unique”, “Les Cabinotiers” and “AC” hallmark engraved on the back of the timepiece

 

“La Musique du Temps®” - Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater ultra-thin - The dance of gemstones

  • “La Musique du Temps®”: an assortment of one-of-a-kind creations crafted within the Les Cabinotiers department as a tribute to the musical arts.
  • As partners of the Maison, Abbey Road Studios have recorded an original sonic print delivered as a unique certificate for each of these models.


The unique Les Cabinotiers ultra-thin minute repeater models, featuring 41 and 39 mm diameters, beat to the rhythm set by the 1731 calibre, an ultra-thin movement with meticulously developed acoustics. Their pure, refined style is accentuated by Grand Feu enamel dials adorned with precious stone hour-markers. The small model is also graced with a row of brilliant-cut diamonds on its lugs and bezel.


The history of the 1731 calibre

The main characteristic of the 1731 calibre (thus named in a nod to Jean-Marc Vacheron's birth year) is its extreme thinness for a minute repeater movement. At just 3.90 mm, it is only slightly thicker than its predecessor – the 1755 calibre dating from 1992 – because of its impressive 65-hour power reserve. It took four years to solve this most complex equation: to create a minute repeater movement, combining slimness, a pure sound, pleasing aesthetics, reliability and robustness. Moreover, the technical feats are not confined to the challenge of extreme thinness, since the 1731 calibre is equipped with one of the most ingenious devices developed in 2007 for the 2755 movement – another member of this exclusive family of minute repeater calibres – a flying strike governor that is entirely silent, unlike conventional lever-type governors, and is tasked with regulating the rate at which hammers strike the gongs.

Acoustics, the real raison d'être of a minute repeater, was the focus of attention. To ensure the sound is crystal clear and perfectly harmonious, several different technical choices had to be made. The gongs are thus not only connected to the case middle so as to amplify the sound, but also superimposed, rather than aligned side by side. The two pink gold cases are designed to form a single entity with the movement, in a composition that incorporates such subtle parameters as the circulation of air between the mechanism and the case in order to ensure optimal note propagation. The case has also been seamlessly constructed so that the elements can interact metal to metal and thus increase the amplitude of the sound.


A pair of aesthetes

Both Cabinotiers Minute repeater ultra-thin - The dance of stones models are presented in 18K 5N pink gold cases, respectively measuring 41 mm and 39 mm in diameter. The latter is the first ladies' minute repeater model offered by the Maison in this size. Its bezel is adorned with brilliant-cut diamonds, which also sparkle on the lugs, as well as on the crown set with a cabochon. Both versions feature a Grand Feu enamel dial, one of the most demanding enamelling techniques, whose eggshell white colour makes a perfect match with the classicism of the models. The 18-carat gold dauphine-type hands complete this aesthetic harmony, punctuated by hour-markers in ruby.


Les Cabinotiers: one-of-a-kind creations

In the Vacheron Constantin universe, Les Cabinotiers represents a department in its own right dedicated to the personalisation of pieces and unique creations. This tradition dates back to the 18th century, a time 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.


Vacheron Constantin and chiming watches

Chiming watches occupy a special place among horological complications. For more than two centuries, these complex mechanisms have been highlighted by Vacheron Constantin. Today, Les Cabinotiers department has chosen to pay tribute to them through one-of-a-kind creations on the theme "La Musique du temps®".

Born from the need to tell the time in the dark in an age when people had to rely on candlelight, "audible" watches have taken various forms: repeaters (indicating the hours and sometimes the quarters and minutes on request), sonnerie (striking) watches (indicating the hours and quarters in passing) and alarms (which can be programmed to ring at specific times). While each of these complications has its own distinctive characteristics, they all combine an integrated and complex mechanism with the finely crafted nature of musical instruments in terms of their resonance, acoustics and harmonics. Featuring watch cases equipped with complex movements as their only means of musical expression, these creations represent a magnificent feat of miniaturisation.

At Vacheron Constantin, the first mention of a chiming watch dates back to 1806: a gold pocket watch with minute repeater registered by the founder’s grandson Jacques-Barthélemy, in the very first production register kept in the company's archives. Ever since, sonnerie or repeater watches have been an integral part of the Manufacture’s proud heritage, steadily enriched over the decades.


A sonic print certified by Abbey Road Studios

Sound and music have always played a role in the Maison’s partnerships, the latest of which is with Abbey Road Studios, a name closely associated with iconic artists such as The Beatles, Adele and Oasis. In collaboration with the studios, Vacheron Constantin launched its Fiftysix® collection, backed by the "One of not Many" campaign. The partnership also has a role to play for "La Musique du Temps®", as Vacheron Constantin entrusts Abbey Road Studios with recording the unique sound of each model.

"Above and beyond extremely similar values, Abbey Road Studios and Vacheron Constantin work closely together on creative collaborations involving both content creation and sharing expertise. Entrusting the production of the sound prints of our pieces to an internationally recognised expert in the recording world is an integral part of our collaborative endeavours," explains Laurent Perves, CMO Vacheron Constantin. For the first time, the repeater watches from the “La Musique du Temps®” range have a unique sound imprint, recorded and certified by Abbey Road Studios. "The opportunity to capture the sonic identity of these incredible timepieces is a privilege," explains Jeremy Huffelmann, Head of Partnerships at Abbey Road Studios. “These recordings perfectly encapsulate the shared values of craftsmanship, expertise and excellence that define our collaboration, whilst forever preserving the personality of these singular timepieces.

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Sum-up

These two unique pieces, which are characterised in particular by ruby hour-markers, are equipped with the ultra-thin 1731 minute repeater calibre measuring just 3.90 mm thick. It took four years to solve this complex equation of creating a striking movement combining slimness, a pure sound, pleasing aesthetics, reliability and precision. Various technical choices were made to ensure a clear and harmonious sound. The cases are designed to form a single entity with the movement, in a composition that incorporates such subtle parameters as the circulation of air between the mechanism and the case in order to ensure optimal note propagation. Both Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater ultra-thin - The dance of stones models are presented in 18K 5N pink gold cases, respectively measuring 41 mm and 39 mm in diameter. The latter is the first ladies' minute repeater watch offered by the Maison in this size. Its bezel is adorned with brilliant-cut diamonds, which also sparkle on the lugs and the crown set with a cabochon.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater ultra-thin - The dance of gemstones

Reference 6630C/000R-B662

Calibre
1731
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin mechanical manual-winding
32.80 mm (14 ¼) diameter, 3.90 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 65 hours
3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
265 components
36 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes
Minute repeater (hours, quarters and minutes on request)

Case
18K 5N pink gold
41 mm diameter, 8.52 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
18K gold, eggshell white Grand Feu enamel
12 applied hours-markers in rubies totalling 0.42 carats

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

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

Presentation box & accessory
Les Cabinotiers model
Abbey Road Studios Certificate
Unique timepiece
“Pièce unique” and “Les Cabinotiers” engraved on the back of the timepiece

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TECHNICAL DATA

Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater ultra-thin - The dance of gemstones

Reference 6605C/000R-B661

Calibre
1731
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin mechanical manual-winding
32.80 mm (14 ¼) diameter, 3.90 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 65 hours
3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
265 components
36 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes,
Minute repeater (hours, quarters and minutes on request)

Case
18K 5N pink gold
39 mm diameter, 8.53 mm thick
Bezel set with 102 round-cut diamonds for a total weight of 1.90 carats
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
18K gold, eggshell white Grand Feu enamel
12 applied hours-markers in sapphires for a total weight of 0.42 carats

Strap
Red Mississippiensis alligator leather, large square scales

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

Presentation box & accessory
Les Cabinotiers model
Abbey Road Studios Certificate

Unique timepiece
“Pièce unique” and “Les Cabinotiers” engraved on the back of the timepiece

 

“La Musique du Temps®” - Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater tourbillon sky chart - A celestial note

  • “La Musique du Temps®": an assortment of one-of-a-kind models created by Les Cabinotiers department as a tribute to the musical arts.
  • As partners of the Maison, Abbey Road Studios have recorded an original sonic print issued as a unique certificate for each of these pieces.

 

While the primary function of watches serving as temporal points of reference has already challenged watchmakers, that of helping to determine spatial bearings is another daunting venture. Especially when these two functions are combined within the same chiming watch. By integrating in a single watch a tourbillon regulator aimed at enhancing tradition; a minute repeater embodying the noble lineage of the Maison’s chiming watches; and a rotating map of the celestial vault to highlight the cosmology of the universe, Vacheron Constantin offers a watch of rare complexity: the unique piece Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater tourbillon sky chart – A celestial note. Its elegance is accentuated by the slenderness of the calibre housed in an 18K 5N pink gold case measuring 45 mm in diameter and only 15.1 mm thick.


Mechanical maestria

The elegant and complex watchmaking characterising the approach adopted by the Les Cabinotiers department has already given rise to models such as Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600 – a combined display of civil, solar and sidereal time with perpetual calendar - and Les Cabinotiers Symphonia Grande Sonnerie 1860 - the Manufacture's first grande sonnerie wristwatch

Following on from these two one-of-a-kind creations unveiled in 2017, the 413-part Calibre 2755 TMRCC drives Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater tourbillon sky chart – A celestial note. Derived from the 2755 calibre, a Vacheron Constantin signature movement reserved for particularly complex models, this manual-winding version with a 58-hour power reserve is equipped with a one-minute tourbillon bearing the small seconds hand, standing out against the blue dial with its guilloché sunray finish.

Displayed on 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 all their brilliance, as if through a telescope. Governed by a concern for accuracy, this celestial table performs a complete rotation in 23 hours and 56 minutes corresponding to the sidereal time which is displayed on the periphery, accompanied by the indication of the day, month and cardinal points. In keeping with horological requirements, an ellipse drawn on the sapphire crystal highlights the exact position of the constellations at the moment the watch is viewed.
A minute repeater completes this device serving to chime the time on demand.

To create this particularly complex chiming mechanism, controlled by a sliding bolt on the case middle, Vacheron Constantin's engineers and master watchmakers were inspired by the work carried out on the 2005 La Tour de l'île® anniversary watch, and in particular its strike governor. This system enables the duration of the musical sequences to be perfectly timed so as to achieve a distinct and harmonious sound of the notes playing the hours, quarters and minutes by hammers striking two circular gongs. This model is thus equipped with a perfectly silent centripetal flywheel strike governor that avoids any undue wear on the mechanism.


Les Cabinotiers: one-of-a-kind creations

In the Vacheron Constantin universe, Les Cabinotiers represents a department in its own right dedicated to the personalisation of pieces and unique creations. This tradition dates back to the 18th century, a time 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.


Vacheron Constantin and chiming watches

Chiming watches occupy a special place among horological complications. For more than two centuries, these complex mechanisms have been highlighted by Vacheron Constantin. Today, Les Cabinotiers department has chosen to pay tribute to them through one-of-a-kind creations on the theme "La Musique du temps®".

Born from the need to tell the time in the dark in an age when people had to rely on candlelight, "audible" watches have taken various forms: repeaters (indicating the hours and sometimes the quarters and minutes on request), sonnerie (striking) watches (indicating the hours and quarters in passing) and alarms (which can be programmed to ring at specific times). While each of these complications has its own distinctive characteristics, they all combine an integrated and complex mechanism with the finely crafted nature of musical instruments in terms of their resonance, acoustics and harmonics. Featuring watch cases equipped with complex movements as their only means of musical expression, these creations represent a magnificent feat of miniaturisation.

At Vacheron Constantin, the first mention of a chiming watch dates back to 1806: a gold pocket watch with minute repeater registered by the founder’s grandson Jacques-Barthélemy, in the very first production register kept in the company's archives. Ever since, sonnerie or repeater watches have been an integral part of the Manufacture’s proud heritage, steadily enriched over the decades.


A sonic print certified by Abbey Road Studios

Sound and music have always played a role in the Maison’s partnerships, the latest of which is with Abbey Road Studios, a name closely associated with iconic artists such as The Beatles, Adele and Oasis. In collaboration with the studios, Vacheron Constantin launched its Fiftysix® collection, backed by the "One of not Many" campaign. The partnership also has a role to play for "La Musique du Temps®", as Vacheron Constantin entrusts Abbey Road Studios with recording the unique sound of each model.

"Above and beyond extremely similar values, Abbey Road Studios and Vacheron Constantin work closely together on creative collaborations involving both content creation and sharing expertise. Entrusting the production of the sound prints of our pieces to an internationally recognised expert in the recording world is an integral part of our collaborative endeavours," explains Laurent Perves, CMO Vacheron Constantin. For the first time, the repeater watches from the “La Musique du Temps®” range have a unique sound imprint, recorded and certified by Abbey Road Studios. "The opportunity to capture the sonic identity of these incredible timepieces is a privilege," explains Jeremy Huffelmann, Head of Partnerships at Abbey Road Studios. “These recordings perfectly encapsulate the shared values of craftsmanship, expertise and excellence that define our collaboration, whilst forever preserving the personality of these singular timepieces.” 

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Sum-up

Embodying an extremely original combination within the world of horological complications, the Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater tourbillon sky chart – A celestial note watch combines several forms of watchmaking expertise. Incorporating a tourbillon regulator, a minute repeater reflecting the noble tradition of Vacheron Constantin chiming watches and a rotating map of the celestial vault, this one-of-a-kind double-sided model features a rare degree of complexity. At the heart of its 18K 5N gold case measuring 45 mm in diameter and just 15.1 mm thick beats Calibre 2755 TMRCC. This 413-part manual-winding movement operates at the rate of 18,000 vibrations/hour, a frequency typical of traditional watchmaking, while enjoying a 58-hour power reserve. The timekeeping indications are displayed on the front, including small seconds on the tourbillon carriage adorned with a Maltese Cross, while the back of the watch provides a striking view of the Milky Way and the constellations performing a complete rotation in 23 hour and 56 minutes, corresponding to sidereal time. The sliding bolt housed in the case middle suggests the presence of a minute repeater.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater tourbillon sky chart - A celestial note

Reference 9730C/000R-B493

Calibre
2755 TMRCC
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin mechanical manual-winding
33.90 mm (14 ¾) diameter, 9.40 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 58 hours
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour)
413 components
38 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes
Small second at 6 o’clock on tourbillon carriage
Minute repeater
Tourbillon
Sidereal time, months and sky chart on the back of the watch

Case
18K 5N pink gold
45 mm diameter, 15.10 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
18K gold hand-guilloché sunray-finished blue
18K white gold applied hours-makers

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

Clasp
18K white gold folding clasp
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Presentation box & accessory
Les Cabinotiers model
Delivered with a corrector pen and a 18K 5 N pink gold buckle
Abbey Road Studios Certificate

Unique timepiece “Les Cabinotiers” and “Pièce unique” engraved on caseback

 

“La Musique du Temps®” - Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater tourbillon – Four seasons

« La Musique du Temps®": an assortment of one-of-a-kind models created within the Les Cabinotiers department as a tribute to the musical arts.

  • As partners of the Maison, Abbey Road Studios have recorded an original sonic print issued as a unique certificate for each of these pieces.

Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater tourbillon – Four seasons are four new one-of-a-kind creations conveying the rich tones of the crafts cultivated within the Maison. Masterpieces of engraving and enamelling, they are an invitation to admire dials graced with striking naturalistic symbolism. To set the tempo for these four watches, Vacheron Constantin chose its 2755 TMR calibre, combining the precision of a tourbillon regulator with a minute repeater featuring the Manufacture's latest developments.


Heirs to chiming watches

In 1941, Vacheron Constantin combined technical prowess with aesthetic perfection by introducing its ultra-thin minute repeater wristwatch. This mechanism, which strikes the hours, quarters and minutes on demand using two gongs, is presented in an ultra-thin gold model radiating the characteristic elegance of Vacheron Constantin watches. With the four one-of-a-kind Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater tourbillon – Four seasons models, the Manufacture perpetuates the tradition of chiming watches by drawing inspiration from this emblematic 1940s timepiece.

Each of the watches is equipped with the 2755 TMR calibre, which regulates the striking mechanism by means of a one-minute tourbillon with a rotating carriage serving to neutralise the effects of the Earth's gravity. The manual-winding movement, with a 58-hour power reserve discreetly indicated on the back, beats at a rate of 2.5Hz (18,000 a/h), a low frequency typical of traditional watchmaking. With its 471 components, the 2755 TMR calibre incorporates a silent centripetal flywheel strike governor, guaranteeing the excellence of the minute repeater.


Naturalist artworks

Depicting the undulations of a carp swimming in a decor graced with seasonal colours, the dials are to artistic crafts what the minute repeater is to mechanical horology: a demonstration of exceptional expertise. Masterpieces of miniaturisation, these watch faces are engraved using the bas-relief technique to highlight the richness of the scenography. No less than 60 hours per dial are required to engrave the material with a burin in order to create a depth effect based on differences in height of up to 1.35 mm. The enameller then takes over with a palette of 12 colours applied using the champlevé technique, which involves embedded the enamel in the cavities created by the engraver. Around 15 firings are then necessary to achieve the desired colours by applying successive layers. These high-risk operations must be carried out with the greatest care to prevent multiple firings from cracking or dulling the enamel.


Les Cabinotiers: one-of-a-kind creations

In the Vacheron Constantin universe, Les Cabinotiers represents a department in its own right dedicated to the personalisation of pieces and unique creations. This tradition dates back to the 18th century, a time 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.

Chiming watches occupy a special place among horological complications. For more than two centuries, these complex mechanisms have been highlighted by Vacheron Constantin. Today, Les Cabinotiers department has chosen to pay tribute to them through one-of-a-kind creations on the theme "La Musique du temps".

Born from the need to tell the time in the dark in an age when people had to rely on candlelight, "audible" watches have taken various forms: repeaters (indicating the hours and sometimes the quarters and minutes on request), sonnerie (striking) watches (indicating the hours and quarters in passing) and alarms (which can be programmed to ring at specific times). While each of these complications has its own distinctive characteristics, they all combine an integrated and complex mechanism with the finely crafted nature of musical instruments in terms of their resonance, acoustics and harmonics. Featuring watch cases equipped with complex movements as their only means of musical expression, these creations represent a magnificent feat of miniaturisation.

At Vacheron Constantin, the first mention of a chiming watch dates back to 1806: a gold pocket watch with minute repeater registered by the founder’s grandson Jacques-Barthélemy, in the very first production register kept in the company's archives. Ever since, sonnerie or repeater watches have been an integral part of the Manufacture’s proud heritage, steadily enriched over the decades.


A sonic print certified by Abbey Road Studios

Sound and music have always played a role in the Maison’s partnerships, the latest of which is with Abbey Road Studios, a name closely associated with iconic artists such as The Beatles, Adele and Oasis. In collaboration with the studios, Vacheron Constantin launched its Fiftysix® collection, backed by the "One of not Many" campaign. The partnership also has a role to play for "La Musique du Temps®", as Vacheron Constantin entrusts Abbey Road Studios with recording the unique sound of each model.

"Above and beyond extremely similar values, Abbey Road Studios and Vacheron Constantin work closely together on creative collaborations involving both content creation and sharing expertise. Entrusting the production of the sound prints of our pieces to an internationally recognised expert in the recording world is an integral part of our collaborative endeavours," explains Laurent Perves, CMO Vacheron Constantin. For the first time, the repeater watches from the “La Musique du Temps®” range have a unique sound imprint, recorded and certified by Abbey Road Studios. "The opportunity to capture the sonic identity of these incredible timepieces is a privilege," explains Jeremy Huffelmann, Head of Partnerships at Abbey Road Studios. “These recordings perfectly encapsulate the shared values of craftsmanship, expertise and excellence that define our collaboration, whilst forever preserving the personality of these singular timepieces.”

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Sum-up

Vacheron Constantin’s Les Cabinotiers department has drawn inspiration from the Manufacture's very first minute repeater wristwatch, an ultra-thin timepiece introduced in 1941. Watchmaking excellence continues today at the heart of Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater tourbillon – Four seasons equipped with the 2755 TMR calibre. This movement regulates the mechanism chiming the hours, quarters and minutes on demand by means of a one-minute tourbillon with a rotating carriage serving to neutralise the effects of Earth’s gravity. Each dial represents a masterpiece of miniaturisation on which the colours of the seasons are first engraved by hand using the bas-relief technique to highlight the richness of the scenography. Using the champlevé enamelling technique, the dozen or so colours are applied in successive layers and fixed by as many firings in the kiln. The result is four unique dials for four exceptional watches.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater tourbillon - Four seasons summer

Reference 6520C-000J-B602

Calibre
2755 TMR
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
33.90 mm (14 ¾) diameter, 6.1 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 58 hours
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour)
471 components
40 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes, small seconds on tourbillon carriage
Minute repeater (hours, quarts and minutes on request)
Tourbillon

Case
18K 3N yellow gold
44 mm diameter, 13.5 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
18K gold, combination of handcrafts engraving and champlevé enamelling representing the “summer season”

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

Clasp
18K 3N yellow gold folding clasp
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Presentation box & accessory
Les Cabinotiers model
Delivered with a second 18K 3N yellow gold buckle
Abbey Road Studios Certificate
Unique timepiece

“Pièce unique” and “Les Cabinotiers” engraved on the back of the timepiece

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TECHNICAL DATA

Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater tourbillon - Four seasons spring

Reference 6520C-000R-B604

Calibre
2755 TMR
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
33.90 mm (14 ¾) diameter, 6.1 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 58 hours
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour)
471 components
40 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes, small seconds on tourbillon carriage
Minute repeater (hours, quarts and minutes on request)
Tourbillon

Case
18K 5N pink gold
44 mm diameter, 13.5 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
18K gold, combination of handcrafts engraving and champlevé enamelling representing the “spring season”

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

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

Presentation box & accessory
Les Cabinotiers model
Delivered with a second 18K 5N pink gold buckle
Abbey Road Studio Certificate
Unique timepiece
“Pièce unique” and “Les Cabinotiers” engraved on the back of the timepiece

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TECHNICAL DATA

Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater tourbillon - Four seasons autumn

Reference 6520C-000G-B605

Caliber
2755 TMR
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
33.90 mm (14 ¾) diameter, 6.1 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 58 hours
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour)
471 components
40 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes, small seconds on tourbillon carriage
Minute repeater (hours, quarts and minutes on request)
Tourbillon

Case
18K white gold
44 mm diameter, 13.5 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
18K gold, combination of handcrafts with engraving and champlevé enamelling representing the “autumn season”

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

Clasp
18K white gold folding clasp
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Presentation box & accessory
Les Cabinotiers model
Delivered with a second 18K white gold buckle
Abbey Road Studio Certificate
Unique timepiece
“Pièce unique” and “Les Cabinotiers” engraved on the back of the timepiece

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TECHNICAL DATA

Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater tourbillon - Four seasons winter

Reference 6520C-000P-B606

Caliber
2755 TMR
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
33.90 mm diameter, 6.1 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 58 hours
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour)
471 components
40 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes, small seconds on tourbillon carriage
Minute repeater (hours, quarts and minutes on request)
Tourbillon

Case
Platinum 950
44 mm diameter, 13.5 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
18K gold, combination of handcrafts with engraving and champlevé enamelling representing the “winter season”

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

Clasp
Platinum 950 folding clasp
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Presentation box & accessory
Les Cabinotiers model
Delivered with a second platinum 950 buckle
Abbey Road Studio Certificate
Unique timepiece
“Pièce unique” and “Les Cabinotiers” engraved on the back of the timepiece

 

“La Musique du Temps®” - Les Cabinotiers Symphonia grande sonnerie – The sixth symphony

  • “La Musique du Temps®”: an assortment of one-of-a-kind creations crafted within the Les Cabinotiers department as a tribute to the musical arts.
  • As partners of the Maison, Abbey Road Studios have recorded an original sonic print delivered as a unique certificate for each of these models.


This one-of-a-kind model paying tribute to the grand tradition of “musical” watches by Vacheron Constantin, houses a grande and petite sonnerie movement with a minute repeater mechanism. The case honours the art of hand engraving with a motif depicting the score of Beethoven’s sixth symphony.


Grande sonnerie watches

Grande sonnerie watches are in a class of their own among musical timepieces due to their complexity. It was not until 1992 that the first wristwatch model of this kind appeared. Since then, the mastery of these pieces that sound the hours and quarters in passing – with repetition of the time before each quarter in grande sonnerie mode and without repetition in petite sonnerie mode – has remained fairly uncommon due its extremely stringent construction requirements. Producing one calls for an integrated movement design that must also take into account several specificities of these complex mechanisms – starting with issues related to the security of its operation, given that any interference between the various functions is likely to damage the calibre. Energy management is also an essential parameter, since a grande sonnerie is called into action 96 times every 24 hours making a total of 912 hammer strikes on the watch's gongs. As far as sound production is concerned, it requires great technical and musical virtuosity to ensure that the sequences are clearly audible and melodiously clear.


Two centuries of expertise

Vacheron Constantin has mastered all these techniques for more than two centuries. The Manufacture's archives indeed reveal a first pocket watch with grande and petite sonnerie and minute repeater dating from 1817. The company registers also make numerous references to striking watches, often associated with other complications or astronomical functions. With the advent of the wristwatch, Vacheron Constantin's expertise in musical watches continued to be expressed, particularly through ultra-thin models, right the way through to 2017: key date for the Maison corresponding to the introduction of its Les Cabinotiers Symphonia watch, the first grande sonnerie wristwatch in Vacheron Constantin's history equipped with the 1860 calibre also featuring a minute repeater. It is this same movement, stemming from ten years of research and development, that drives Les Cabinotiers Symphonia grande sonnerie – The sixth symphony.

This one-of-a-kind model is notably characterised by a dial adorned with a circular cross weave guilloché motif housed in an 18K 5N pink gold case, of which the middle bears a meticulously executed base-relief engraving of a musical score. The latter echoes Ludwig van Beethoven's "Pastoral" Sixth Symphony in F major, hand-engraved on an olive-leaf background, decor inspired by a pocket-watch from the Vacheron Constantin Heritage collection, named « Les Bergers d’Arcadie », created in 1923. The pure sound along with the understated dial punctuated by a small seconds display and two power-reserve indicators (one for the strikework with a treble clef hand-shape and the other for the timekeeping functions) endow this watch with the Maison’s characteristic aura of elegance. The beige tone of the dial also reinforces the classicism of the watch, enhanced by the open-tipped hands and the typography of the hour numerals.


Excellence in every detail

Les Cabinotiers Symphonia grande sonnerie – The sixth symphony meets a double requirement consisting in making a supreme complication movement – comprising 727 parts that takes 500 hours of assembly to fit within a 37 mm diameter – that is as easy to use as it is perfectly secure. The bi-directional manual-winding calibre with two barrels, one delivering 72 hours of power reserve and the other 20 hours of strikework power reserve, is thus equipped with innovative security systems that protect its striking mechanisms. The latter are controlled by the bezel for the grande and petite sonnerie and by a push-piece housed in the crown for the minute repeater. To ensure a perfectly regular sequence of strikes on the monobloc goings, Vacheron Constantin's master watchmakers have succeeded in eliminating the "phantom quarters”, meaning the short silences generally perceptible between the hours and minutes struck by a repeater. For the sake of excellence, the calibre is also equipped with a non-dragging surprise jumper, a mechanism enabling accurate strikes on full hours and quarters. A masterpiece of elegance and complexity, this Les Cabinotiers Symphonia Grande sonnerie - The sixth symphony reveals the subtleties of its striking movement through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback.


Les Cabinotiers: one-of-a-kind creations

In the Vacheron Constantin universe, Les Cabinotiers represents a department in its own right dedicated to the personalisation of pieces and unique creations. This tradition dates back to the 18th century, a time 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.


Vacheron Constantin and chiming watches

Chiming watches occupy a special place among horological complications. For more than two centuries, these complex mechanisms have been highlighted by Vacheron Constantin. Today, Les Cabinotiers department has chosen to pay tribute to them through one-of-a-kind creations on the theme "La Musique du temps®".

Born from the need to tell the time in the dark in an age when people had to rely on candlelight, "audible" watches have taken various forms: repeaters (indicating the hours and sometimes the quarters and minutes on request), sonnerie (striking) watches (indicating the hours and quarters in passing) and alarms (which can be programmed to ring at specific times). While each of these complications has its own distinctive characteristics, they all combine an integrated and complex mechanism with the finely crafted nature of musical instruments in terms of their resonance, acoustics and harmonics. Featuring watch cases equipped with complex movements as their only means of musical expression, these creations represent a magnificent feat of miniaturisation.

At Vacheron Constantin, the first mention of a chiming watch dates back to 1806: a gold pocket watch with minute repeater registered by the founder’s grandson Jacques-Barthélemy, in the very first production register kept in the company's archives. Ever since, sonnerie or repeater watches have been an integral part of the Manufacture’s proud heritage, steadily enriched over the decades.


A sonic print certified by Abbey Road Studios

Sound and music have always played a role in the Maison’s partnerships, the latest of which is with Abbey Road Studios, a name closely associated with iconic artists such as The Beatles, Adele and Oasis. In collaboration with the studios, Vacheron Constantin launched its Fiftysix® collection, backed by the "One of not Many" campaign. The partnership also has a role to play for "La Musique du Temps®", as Vacheron Constantin entrusts Abbey Road Studios with recording the unique sound of each model.

"Above and beyond extremely similar values, Abbey Road Studios and Vacheron Constantin work closely together on creative collaborations involving both content creation and sharing expertise. Entrusting the production of the sound prints of our pieces to an internationally recognised expert in the recording world is an integral part of our collaborative endeavours," explains Laurent Perves, CMO Vacheron Constantin. For the first time, the repeater watches from the “La Musique du Temps®” range have a unique sound imprint, recorded and certified by Abbey Road Studios. "The opportunity to capture the sonic identity of these incredible timepieces is a privilege," explains Jeremy Huffelmann, Head of Partnerships at Abbey Road Studios. “These recordings perfectly encapsulate the shared values of craftsmanship, expertise and excellence that define our collaboration, whilst forever preserving the personality of these singular timepieces.”

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Sum-up

It was not until 1992 that the first grande sonnerie wristwatch appeared. Since then, the mastery of these pieces that sound the hours and quarters in passing – with repetition of the time before each quarter in grande sonnerie mode and without repetition in petite sonnerie mode – has remained fairly uncommon due to its extremely stringent construction requirements. While the Vacheron Constantin archives reveal such pocket watches as of the early 19thcentury, the first grande sonnerie wristwatch created by the Maison was unveiled in 2017, equipped with the 1860 calibre also featuring a minute repeater. It is this same 727-part movement that drives the Les Cabinotiers Symphonia grande sonnerie – The sixth symphony watch, whose 18K 5N pink gold case bears a meticulously executed bas-relief engraving of a musical score. The latter pays tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven's "Pastoral" Sixth Symphony in F major, hand-engraved on an olive-leaf background, decor inspired by a pocket-watch from the Vacheron Constantin Heritage collection, named « Les Bergers d’Arcadie », created in 1923.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Les Cabinotiers Symphonia grande sonnerie - The sixth symphony

Reference 9200C/000R-B667

Calibre
1860
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Bi-directional mechanical manual-winding
37 mm (16 ¼) diameter, 9.1 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 72 hours; Strikework power reserve: approximately 20 hours
3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
2 barrels
727 components
74 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 7 o’clock
Grande sonnerie
Petite sonnerie
Minute repeater
Strikework mode display grande sonnerie/petite sonnerie/silence with a selection via the bezel
Movement power-reserve indicator
Strikework power-reserve indicator

Case
18K 5N pink gold with a base-relief engraving illustrating Ludwig van Beethoven's "Pastoral" Sixth Symphony in F major, on an olive-leaf background, decor inspired by the pocket-watch « Les Bergers d’Arcadie »
45 mm diameter, 15.1 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
18K gold, beige hand-guilloché, “vieux panier circulaire” decor
18K 5N pink gold applied hours-markers and movement power-reserve indicator

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

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

Presentation box & accessory
Les Cabinotiers model
Abbey Road Studios Certificate
Unique timepiece
“Pièce unique”, “Les Cabinotiers” and “AC” hallmark engraved on the back of the timepiece

 

Patrimony Middle East Edition

  • New and exclusive dial paying tribute to the Middle East.
  • The refined and iconic style of the Patrimony manual-winding 42mm reference.


Dubai, November 22nd, 2019 - Vacheron Constantin, the world’s oldest watch manufacture with more than 260 years of uninterrupted activity, unveils an exclusive timepiece dedicated to the Middle East region with a unique dial color: the Patrimony Middle East Edition.

One of Vacheron Constantin’s most admired models, the Patrimony manual-winding, has been adorned with a new salmon dial in an exclusive timepiece dedicated to the Middle East. Th is interpretation appears in a generous 42mm diameter and with the ultimate touch of sophistication - a case and buckle strap made of 950 platinum.

Being part of the Patrimony collection, this exclusive timepiece provides a pure and contemporary reinterpretation of a noble classic from the Vacheron Constantin heritage, stemming from the 1950s. The dial, applied hour-markers and hands all follow the gentle curve of the case, complemented by a small seconds subdial and a “pearl” minute-track. Furthermore, the unique shade of the dial emulates the beauty of the Middle Eastern sunsets, adding a bespoke, Arabic elegance to this iconic timepiece. Th e timepiece houses the manufacture manual-winding calibre 4400 AS, decorated with a Côtes de Genève motif, a majestic embodiment of the Patrimony aesthetic, visible through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback. Th e caliber, certifi ed Hallmark of Geneva, is endowed with a 65-hour power reserve.

Anchored in the design and architectural universes, the Patrimony collection embodies the “One of not many” spirit of the Maison. This unique timepiece, upholds this credo beyond all else, epitomizing the equilibrium of minimalistic approach, circular perfection, understated design and mechanical mastery. It strikes a beautiful balance between taut lines and curves.

As the personality of the Patrimony collection reflects the mix of refined modernity and tradition, the Middle East and its architecture represents the ideal location for the launch of this very limited edition.

Unveiled on November 22nd 2019 at the 4th Edition of the Dubai Watch Week, this exceptional watch will be available in Middle Eastern boutiques only.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Patrimony manual winding

References 1110U/000P-B653

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

Indications
Hours, minutes
Small seconds at 6 o’clock

Case
950 platinum
42 mm diameter, 7.65 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial
Salmon metal dial
Convex external zone with circular “pearl” minute-track
18K white gold applied hour-markers

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

Buckle
Platinum 950 buckle
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

 

New boutique at 88 Collins Street, Melbourne

Melbourne, November 2019 - The first Vacheron Constantin boutique in Australia opens at 88 Collins Street, Melbourne

Located at the top end of Collins Street, this new exclusive boutique allows both watch enthusiasts and collectors a chance to further appreciate the culture, history and tradition of excellence that defines the world of Vacheron Constantin.

In 1881, William Ernest Cooke, the renowned Australian astronomer, wrote to Vacheron Constantin regarding the commission of his pocket watch. Ever since, the Maison has enjoyed a flourishing relationship with the country.

"We are delighted to welcome our clientele of connoisseurs and watch collectors to our first boutique. It will enhance our Australian client's understanding of Vacheron Constantin, and the Maison's commitment to 'La Belle Haute-Horlogerie'" said Philippine Vidal, Brand Director for Vacheron Constantin Australia.

Nine exclusive Vacheron Constantin restored vintages pieces from Les Collectionneurs will be available from November to January in celebration of the new boutique opening. The p ieces f rom t his collection will be available for purchase, come with a 2 year warranty as well as a digital certification of authentication with Blockchain technology that was recently announced by the Maison.


BOUTIQUE ADDRESS Vacheron Constantin
88 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9228 7100

Overseas: Back to Black

  • Two new models featuring black lacquered dial
  • The Overseas dual time enables simultaneous reading of two time zones
  • The Overseas Lady quartz model is rimmed with diamonds creating a striking contrast
  • Interchangeable bracelet/straps

 

Monday November 18th - The Overseas collection treats itself to a total black look. Two new timepieces are available in a black lacquered dial beautifully framed by the shimmering gleam of the steel case. Launched in 2018, the Overseas dual time model equipped with the 5110 DT self-winding Manufacture movement enables simultaneous reading of two time zones, complete with date and day/night indication. The Overseas Lady quartz, appears with diamonds on its bezel to light up the path of its hands, while the date is displayed at 3 o'clock. Following the Overseas Chronograph and the Overseas Automatic black dial success, the novelties unveiled today enrich the black dials references, highly sought after by collectors.


Overseas dual time

While travel is often associated with escapades and getting away from it all, it nonetheless requires careful scheduling. It is in this spirit that Vacheron Constantin designed the Overseas dual time watch as part of a collection specifically dedicated to the spirit of travel. Everything in this timepiece has been designed to take account of the variable factors punctuating globetrotters’ daily lives, interpreted in a practical, useful and resolutely stylish manner. The readability of the new black dial, the smooth adjustment of the functions, along with the wearer comfort ensured in all circumstances thanks to its three interchangeable bracelet/straps, make this Overseas dual time the ideal companion around the world.

Throbbing at the heart of the watch is the self-winding Manufacture 5110 DT calibre, derived from the 5100. Its distinctive feature lies in the simultaneous reading of two time zones. In addition to the traditional central hand-type time indications for local time, a fourth hand tipped with a red arrow displays the ‘home’ time, coupled with a day/night indicator. The date hand appearing on a sector at 6 o'clock is synchronised with local time, corrected by means of a push-piece. The two 12-hour zones are adjustable via the crown in both directions. Beating at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour), this 234-component 5110 DT calibre has a comfortable 60-hour power reserve thanks to its two barrels wound by a 22-carat gold oscillating weight adorned with a wind rose and visible through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback.

The primary concern to offer a timepiece that is practical on any occasion is met by legibility. Set against the new translucent black-lacquered dial, the contrasting displays involving luminescent 18-carat gold facetted hour-markers and hands are all the more striking. And since this is a high-precision "instrument", a double minutes and seconds scale has been placed around the rim. On the 41 mm steel case, emblematic of the collection with its hexagonal bezel, the crown and the date pushpiece are secured so as to ensure that the watch is water-resistant to 150 metres. This Overseas dual time watch thus offers all the qualities of a watch of character, while losing none of its charm, enhanced on all occasions by the choice between its three interchangeable bracelet/straps. Without any need for tools, the watch is may thus be fitted with a steel bracelet featuring polished/satin-brushed links inspired by the Maltese cross, or else with a choice of rubber or alligator leather straps.


Overseas Lady quartz

Quartz models for ladies in elegant watches with a sporty character are rooted in the tradition of the Maison. The legendary collection 222, launched in 1977, already incorporated a ladies version in gold or two-tone gold and steel, introducing a quartz movement. 19 years later, Vacheron Constantin presented the Overseas collection, featuring three models, the ladies model with - as in the 222 model - a quartz movement, particularly appreciated by women for its precision and its practical aspect.

The new Overseas Lady quartz embraces a 33 mm diameter case to combine feminity and charm with its sporty look. Rimmed with a diamond-set bezel, its black sunburst lacquered dial makes a pleasing contrast with the facetted and luminescent 18K white gold hour-markers and hands. This practical and eminently legible Overseas model enhances its sporty look with the taut lines of its case water-resistant to 50 metres, flowing into a steel bracelet that can be changed according to its wearer’s wishes.

Suitable for all wrists with its 33 mm diameter, this model features a style capable of evolving as the day goes by, thanks to its interchangeable bracelet/straps concept endowing it with a variety of styles. Designed to ensure the Overseas a collection is fully in touch with its time, the bracelets/straps interchangeability concept launched in 2016 is picked up on this model. The watch thus opts for modularity and a personalised touch by affording the possibility of being worn on a metal bracelet composed of links forming half Maltese crosses (for a more casual look), or a strap in either leather (as a chic variation) or rubber (for a sporty touch) – and all without any need for tools to effect the changes.

The hexagonal bezel, whose shape is reminiscent of Vacheron Constantin's emblematic Maltese cross, is adorned with 78 bead-set round-cut diamonds. In order to focus on functionality, a quartz hours and minutes movement was chosen, also driving a central seconds hand and an aperture-type date indication at 3 o'clock.

Available in three versions – two steel models with a black or blue "denim" dial and a pink gold model with a silver dial –, this new watch offers all the qualities one would expect from a watch of character, while preserving its innate charm.

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Summary

Dedicated to the spirit of travel, the Overseas collection treats itself to a total black look. Two new Overseas timepieces are available in a steel case that highlights their black dial. Launched in 2018, the Overseas dual time model equipped with the 5110 DT self-winding Manufacture movement enables simultaneous reading of two time zones, complete with date and day/night indication. The Overseas Lady quartz watch introduces a new 33mm diameter case to the collection and adds 78 diamonds to its bezel to light up the path of its hands and the date displayed at 3 o'clock. Like the entire Overseas collection, these new models will evolve their style in step with their interchangeable bracelet/straps.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Overseas dual time

Reference 7900V/110A-B546

Calibre
5110 DT
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
22K gold Overseas oscillating weight
30.6 mm (13¼’’’) diameter, 6 mm thick
Approximately 60 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour)
234 components
37 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces

Indications
Hours, minutes and central seconds
Second time zone, set by the crown
Day/night (AM/PM) indication at 9 o’clock, synchronised with home time
Date at 6 o’clock, synchronised with local time, set by push-piece

Case
Stainless steel
41 mm diameter, 12.8 mm thick
Soft iron casing ring ensuring anti-magnetic protection
Screwed-down crown and quarter-turn screw-lock push-piece
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistant tested at a pressure of 15 bar (approx. 150 metres)

Dial
Translucent black-toned lacquered, sunburst satin-finished base with velvet-finished flange
18K white gold hour-markers and hours & minutes hands highlighted with white luminescent material

Bracelet/Straps
Steel bracelet, half Maltese cross-shaped polished and satin-brushed links
Delivered with a second strap in black Mississippiensis alligator leather featuring a black nubuck lining with a micro-perforated effect, hand-stitched, square scales
Delivered with a third strap in black rubber

Clasps
Stainless steel bracelet secured by a stainless steel triple-blade folding clasp with push-pieces and comfort-adjustment system
Delivered with an additional stainless steel triple-blade folding clasp with push-pieces and patented interchangeable system compatible with both additional straps

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Overseas lady quartz

Reference 1205V/100A-B591

Calibre
1207 SC
Quartz
18.80 mm (8¼’’’) diameter, 2.20 mm thick
32,768 Hz
74 components
7 jewels

Indications
Hours, minutes, central seconds
Date at 3 o’clock

Case
Stainless steel
33 mm diameter, 9.37 mm thick
Soft iron casing ring ensuring anti-magnetic protection
Screwed-down crown Water-resistant tested at a pressure of 5 bar (approx. 50 metres)

Dial
Translucent black-toned lacquered, sunburst satin-finished base with velvet-finished flange
18K white gold hour-markers and hours & minutes hands highlighted with white luminescent material

Bracelet/Straps
Steel bracelet, half Maltese cross-shaped polished and satin-brushed links
Delivered with a second strap in black Mississippiensis alligator leather featuring a black nubuck lining with a micro-perforated effect, hand-stitched, large square scales
Delivered with a third strap in black rubber

Clasps
Stainless steel bracelet secured by a stainless steel triple-blade folding clasp with push-pieces and comfort-adjustment system
Delivered with a second stainless steel triple-blade folding clasp with push-pieces and patented interchangeable system compatible with both additional straps

Vacheron Constantin and the Louvre, an artistic and cultural partnership

  • Vacheron Constantin is partnering with the prestigious Musée du Louvre
  • This exclusive partnership will result in a number of collaboration and co-creation projects in the fields of craftsmanship, Haute Horlogerie, art and culture
  • The two institutions already collaborated in 2016, when the 18th century clock La Création du Monde, a masterpiece displayed in the Louvre, was restored thanks to the patronage of Vacheron Constantin.

 

Throughout its history, Vacheron Constantin has demonstrated a deep commitment to art and culture, embodied in numerous partnerships. Its relationship with the Louvre is a natural extension of this celebration of beauty and this constant concern for the conservation, preservation and transmission of heritage. Future projects will include collaborations inspired by the collections of the Louvre.

After having supported in 2016 the restoration of the clock named La Création du Monde (a masterpiece of 18th century precision horology presented to King Louis XV in 1754 and deposited by the Musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon in the Louvre), Vacheron Constantin is signing a partnership with the Louvre this year. This collaboration reflects the respective legacies of the two institutions that share the same respect for history, culture and heritage.

Louis Ferla, CEO Vacheron Constantin, said: "I enthusiastically welcome this collaboration between our two institutions, both centuries-old yet firmly rooted in the 21st century, as evidenced by the favour they enjoy among an audience of connoisseurs. Our Maison has long since stood out in terms of both artistic commitment and cultural patronage. With the Louvre, we are beginning a very promising new chapter. We could not have dreamt of a better partner for a constructive dialogue on the themes of art and culture.”

Jean-Luc Martinez, President-Director of the Musée du Louvre, commented: "The Louvre has always been a vibrant place, inspiring creative talents of every era. I am delighted that Vacheron Constantin, a Maison committed to the patient and demanding workmanship involved in Haute Horlogerie, now finds in the Louvre a repertoire and techniques that reinforce and magnify its concern for beauty.”

This partnership with the Louvre is a natural continuation of Vacheron Constantin’s artistic and cultural commitment, encompassing areas inherent in centuries-old institutions for which archiving, conservation and restoration are decisive factors. This attachment to the splendours of the past and the transmission of knowledge also means profound respect for artistic crafts, which are essential in Vacheron Constantin's creations as well as in the activities of the Louvre.

On the strength of these shared skills that will prove naturally conducive to discussions on artisanal practices and techniques, the two institutions have sealed a partnership that will notably take the form of horological projects inspired by the Louvre's masterpieces. Vacheron Constantin and the Louvre will also collaborate on creative projects aimed at promoting art, creation and beauty through a multicultural approach.


About the Louvre
A former royal palace, of which the first stone was laid more than eight centuries ago, opened to the public in 1793, the Louvre is a universal museum whose collections span nine millennia and five continents. Among the 620,000 works it safeguards, some are universally admired, such as the Mona Lisa, the Victory of Samothrace or the Venus de Milo. With 10.2 million visitors in 2018, the Louvre is the most visited museum in the world.
The museum is open daily from 9am to 6pm except on Tuesdays (rooms close at 5.30pm.) The museum is open at night until 10pm on Wednesdays and Fridays (rooms close at 9.30pm). Free entrance for a special evening opening from 6pm to 10pm on the first Saturday of the month

More information on: Louvre.fr


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Summary
After having supported in 2016 the restoration of the clock named La Création du Monde – a masterpiece of 18th century precision horology presented to King Louis XV in 1754 and deposited by the Musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon in the Louvre –, Vacheron Constantin is signing a partnership with the Louvre this year. This partnership with the Louvre is a natural continuation of Vacheron Constantin’s artistic and cultural commitment, encompassing areas inherent in centuries-old institutions for which archiving, conservation and restoration are decisive factors. This attachment to the splendours of the past and the transmission of knowledge also means profound respect for artistic crafts, which are essential in Vacheron Constantin's creations as well as in the activities of the Louvre. On the strength of these shared skills that will prove naturally conducive to discussions on artisanal practices and techniques, the two institutions have sealed a partnership that will notably take the form of horological projects inspired by the Louvre's masterpieces, carefully selected by the museum’s curators. Vacheron Constantin and the Louvre will also collaborate on creative projects aimed at promoting art, creation and beauty through a multicultural approach.

The Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar wins the “Innovation" Prize at the GPHG 2019

Geneva, November 7th 2019 – The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) awards the “Innovation” prize to the Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar. An authentically innovative model unveiled at the SIHH 2019, it reflects Vacheron Constantin’s two-fold technical and aesthetic expertise. This perpetual calendar watch is capable of beating at two different frequencies, thereby extending the four-day power reserve to at least 65 days.

"The pride taken by our Maison in designing timepieces stems from a vocation, a mission: to create beauty, to combine the excellence of Haute Horlogerie and horological complications with the magic of innovation, by pushing the limits of feasibility.The Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar is a perfect illustration of collective intelligence and the incentive to express ideas characterising our workshops. We are proud that it is thus recognised by our peers and rewarded here this evening. This prize belongs to our watchmakers, engineers, developers and artisans, the men and women who work in our Manufacture to bring La Belle Haute Horlogerie to life", said Louis Ferla, CEO of Vacheron Constantin, during the GPHG evening.

During its 265 years of existence, Vacheron Constantin has never ceased to innovate on both technical and aesthetic levels. 2019 will go down in history as the year of a launch that will undoubtedly open whole new horizons for Haute Horlogerie, with the Traditional Twin Beat perpetual calendar, a smoothly user-controlled, manual-winding dual-frequency watch.

When worn, the Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar beats at a high frequency that is aligned with modern active lifestyles, while displaying the hours, minutes, date, month, leap-year cycle and power reserve. When the watch is not being worn, its owner can reduce the energy consumption of the in-house developed calibre 3610 QP by pressing a pusher, thus endowing the watch with an extended power reserve of at least 65 days.

A selection of photos from the GPGH evening will be available on the Vacheron Constantin Press Lounge on November 11th.

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Technical data

Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar

Reference 3200T/000P-B578

Calibre

  • 3610 QP
  • Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
  • Mechanical, manual-winding
  • 32mm (14 ¼’’’) diameter, 6mm thick
  • 5Hz (36,000 vibrations/hour), 1.2Hz (8,640 vibrations/hour)
  • 480 components
  • 64 jewels
  • Active mode (5Hz frequency): approximately 4 days of power reserve
  • Standby mode (1.2Hz frequency): approximately 65 days of power reserve
  • Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications

  • Hours, minutes, instantaneous perpetual calendar, power reserve, frequency mode

Case

  • 950 platinum
  • 42mm diameter, 12.3mm thick
  • Transparent sapphire-crystal caseback
  • Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30m)

Dial

  • Gold hand-guilloché slate-coloured dial (inner part) and transparent sapphire-crystal dial
  • 18k white-gold applied hour markers, hours and minutes hands
  • Black oxidised gold power-reserve, date, month and frequency-mode hands

Strap

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

Clasp

  • Pin buckle in 950 platinum, polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Available exclusively from Vacheron Constantin boutiques

Les Collectionneurs Exhibition in Melbourne, Australia: November 2019 - January 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.


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 such as the upcoming exhibition at the Vacheron Constantin Collins Street Boutique from November 2019. 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 t he 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 at 88 Collins Street

Nine exclusive Vacheron Constantin restored vintages pieces from Les Collectionneurs will be available from November to January in celebration of the new boutique opening. 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 that was recently announced by the Maison.

BOUTIQUE ADDRESS Vacheron Constantin
88 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 Phone: +61 3 9228 7100

 

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Watches Highlight

18K Pink Gold 30-Minute Counter Chronograph Wristwatch , 1942

Case: Round-shaped, pressed three-body. Inclined bezel, bassined middle, rectangular-shaped pushers in pink gold at 2 and 4 o'clock, flat case-back rounded on the external diameter, fan-shaped lugs soldered to the middle. Diameter: 36mm

Movement: Caliber 13" V434, manual winding, 30-minute counter chronograph, 19 jewels. Swiss lever escapement, annular beryllium balance with screws, hairspring with terminal curve, simple regulator, recessed escape-wheel, chronograph mechanism with column wheel. Rhodium-plated brass movement, "Cotes de Geneve" decoration and circular graining.

Dial: Two-tone gilt champagne-colored dial, satin-finished, Roman numerals at 6 and 12 o'clock, 8 baton indexes in pink gold. 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock, small seconds at 9 o'clock. External minute-track graduated with the fifth of a second. Tachymetric external scale graduated in KM. Pointed baton hands in pink gold, blued steel chronograph hand, seconds hand with counterpoise.


18K Yellow Gold Complete Calendar Gentleman's Wristwatch, 1945

Case: Round-shaped, two-body, two levels bezel, 3 "gadroons" middle, correctors on the middle at 2 o'clock for the months, and at 4 o'clock for the date. Large beveled flat back, claw lugs soldered to the middle.

Diameter: 35mm

Movement: Caliber 12"' ½ - 485A, with date, days of the week and month, small seconds at 6 o'clock,manual winding, 17 jewels, Swiss lever escapement, annular beryllium balance with screws, hairspring with terminal curve, simple regulator, recessed escape wheel. Rhodium-plated brass movement, "Cotes de Geneve" decoration and circular graining.

Dial: Two-tone silvered, yellow gold Arabic numerals at 2, 4, 8, 10 and 12 o'clock and 6 cabochon indexes in yellow gold, day and month indication between 12 o'clock and the centre, in English, date in red Arabic numerals in an external circle. Small seconds at 6 o'clock, external railroad minute-circle. Pointed baton hands in yellow gold, blue steel hand for the date with red lacquered arrow at the end, small seconds with counterpoise.


18K Yellow Gold Gentleman's Wristwatch, 1949

Case: Round-shaped, pressed three-body. Straight middle, large and stepped bezel, flat beveled case- back, curved lugs integrated to the middle.

Diameter: 33.5mm

Movement: Caliber 12" ½ - 454-58, manual winding, center seconds, 17 jewels. Swiss lever escapement, annular beryllium balance with screws, hairspring with terminal curve, swan's-neck micrometric regulator, recessed escape-wheel. Rhodium-plated brass movement. "Cotes de Geneve" decoration and circular graining.

Dial: Black duco lacquered, 13 indexes in yellow gold, large rectangular-shaped with pointed ends, gilt external minute track graduated with Arabic numerals, gilt signature "Vacheron & Constantin" - Geneve" under 12 o'clock. Pointed baton hands in yellow gold, center seconds with counterpoise.

Traditionnelle “Catcher of Time”

October, 2019 - Vacheron Constantin has introduced a limited edition of pair watches on the NET-A-PORTER flagship store on Tmall Luxury Pavilion in China. The Traditionnelle “Catcher of Time” timepieces epitomize La Belle Horlogerie by combining technical achievements and the Maison’s craftsmanship unique know-how. They are are presented in limited edition of 22 pieces each with individual numbers.

Spreading the entire part of the dial, a hand-guilloché decor picking up the elegant “Clous de Paris” motif, endows the two limited-edition watches a romantic name “Catcher of Time”. The infinity of the “Clous de Paris” motif forms a space of “web” as a catcher of time. Hand-guilloché is a decorative technique in which a very precise, intricate and repetitive pattern, manually-operated by using a “guilloche” machine, to engrave into an underlying material via engine turning. As a combination of highly technical and incredibly craftsmanship challenges, hand-guilloché was used in the Maison’s dial decoration of pocket watches as early as 1780, and was widely adopted by the watchmaking industry in the 19th century.

Round “étagé” case and lugs, slim bezel, fluted case-back, “bâtons de Genève” applied hour-markers, rail-track minute-circle and dauphine-type hands: the two new limited-edition models combine the signatures of the Traditionnelle collection and showcase the technical refinement conveyed through eminently horological characteristics.

Graced with the sized 38 mm-diameter 18K 5N pink gold case, the men’s model features a date window and small seconds at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock with a simple display. The timepiece is equipped with the mechanical self-winding caliber 2455 developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin, including a comfortable 40-hour power reserve. To provide a more accurate time setting, the caliber features a special device for stopping the seconds hand when adjusting the time. Moreover, the construction and finishing of the caliber with a 22K gold rotor featuring a pattern inspired by the Maltese cross.

The lady’s version adopts a 36 mm-diameter pink gold case, the 81 round brilliant-cut diamonds (1.15 ct) finely set on the bezel, lugs and crown. The calibre 1410AS, entirely developed and crafted by the Maison, features one of the most poetic watchmaking complications: the precision moon phases, required to be adjusted only once in every 122 years. In addition to the hours, minutes, small seconds and moon phases, the Manufacture movement offers a pointer-type indication of its power reserve at 10 o’clock.

The Traditionnelle “Catcher of Time” Limited Edition timepieces mirror the most demanding Geneva Haute Horlogerie traditions inherited from the 18th century.

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TECHNICAL DATA: Traditionnelle “Catcher of Time” Limited Edition Men’s Model

REFERENCE
87172/000R-B690

CALIBRE
2455
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
26.2 mm (11 ¼ ’’’) diameter, 3.6 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
194 components
27 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

INDICATIONS
Hours, minutes, small seconds, date in aperture

CASE
18K 5N pink gold
38 mm diameter, 8 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 metres)

DIAL
18K gold hand-guilloché dial, “Clous de Paris” pattern
18K 5N pink gold applied hour-markers

STRAP
Burgundy Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with calf inner shell and tone-on-tone stitching, square scales

BUCKLE
18K 5N pink gold ardillon buckle
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped
Limited edition of 22 pieces, individually numbered

 

TECHNICAL DATA: Traditionnelle “Catcher of Time” Limited Edition – Ladies Model

REFERENCE

83570/000R-B691

CALIBRE
1410 AS
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
26 mm (9 ’’’) diameter, 4.2 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
175 components
20 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

INDICATIONS
Hours, minutes, small seconds
Power-reserve indication
Precision moon phase

CASE
18K 5N pink gold
Diamond-set bezel, lugs and crown (81 round-cut diamonds, approx. 1.15 ct)
36 mm diameter, 8.9 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meter)

DIAL
18K gold hand-guilloché dial, “Clous de Paris” pattern
18K 5N pink gold applied hour-markers

STRAP
Shiny red Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with calf inner shell, stitched tip, square scales

BUCKLE
18K 5N pink gold ardillon buckle
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped
Limited edition of 22 pieces, individually numbered

Vacheron Constantin on Tmall Luxury Pavilion in China, NET-A-PORTER flagship store

October 2019 - The recent announcement by Richemont and Alibaba Group regarding the opening of the NET-A-PORTER flagship store on Tmall Luxury Pavilion in China, marks the debut of Vacheron Constantin, the Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer with uninterrupted production for over 260 years, on the exclusive platform dedicated to the world’s leading luxury and fashion brands. The NET-A-PORTER flagship store is placed on the key position on Tmall Luxury Pavilion. For the occasion, Vacheron Constantin has introduced a limited edition of pair watches, combining technical achievements and the Maison’s craftsmanship unique know-how. Through this NET-A-PORTER flagship, customers will benefit from an innovative, well-crafted digital luxury shopping experience, end-to-end from communications online, exclusive VIP rewards, speedy delivery, luxury packaging, to innovative digital certificate on the blockchain.

Laurent Perves, CMO of Vacheron Constantin said: “Our Maison has been evolving by having the highest consideration for its clients and collectors. It has continuously offered the highest quality in terms of product but also in terms of service by answering their needs with innovative and bespoke projects. Our clients seek exclusivity and rarity. Partnering with NET-A-PORTER flagship store in China not only follows our values but also maintains an intimate relationship with our collectors by providing the very best customer experience and exclusive timepieces.” Angela Au-Yeung, CDO of Vacheron Constantin said: “The NET-A-PORTER offer on Tmall Luxury Pavilion is an opportunity for our Maison to address the specific needs from our local clientele. The experience we are aiming to offer through this partnership is not only digital or omni-channel, but fully complementary with our physical presence in the region. Our mission remains to fulfill the highest expectations of our digital savvy collectors”.


About YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP

YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP is the world leader in online luxury and fashion with over 3.5 million high-spending active customers in 180 countries. As pioneers in bringing together the realms of technology and luxury, YOOX NET-A-PORTER satisfies the most discerning clientele with expertly curated products from the best luxury brands, personalised end-to-end service, the latest technology and inspiring content, all shaped by nearly 20 years of insights into the modern luxury shopper.

YOOX NET-A-PORTER is uniquely positioned in the high-growth luxury e-commerce sector thanks to a focused business model that comprises a complete luxury retail ecosystem. The Group sells directly to customers globally through its own family of multi-brand online shops: NET-A-PORTER, MR PORTER, YOOX and THE OUTNET. The Group’s Online Flagship Stores division partners with many leading luxury brands to power their own e-commerce destinations, including the next era of omnichannel solutions that blur the line between online shopping, mobility and the boutique.

Métiers d’Art The legend of the Chinese zodiac, Year of the rat

Vacheron Constantin is pursuing its dialogue with collectors and passionate devotees of Haute Horlogerie by enriching its Métiers d’Art The legend of the Chinese zodiac with the sign of the rat. Symbolizing a strong vitality and intelligence, it will take over from the pig at the Chinese New Year on January 20th 2020. Two new creations, realised in twelve models each, combine the technical excellence of Caliber 2460 G4 with the beauty of artistic crafts.

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

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

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

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

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

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TECHNICAL DATA

Métiers d’Art The legend of the Chinese zodiac, Year of the rat

References

86073/000P-B521
86073/000R-B520

Calibre
2460 G4/2
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
31 mm (11¼’’’) diameter, 6.05 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
237 components
27 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces

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

Case
Platinum/18K 5N pink gold
40 mm diameter, 12.74 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3bar (approx.30 meters)

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

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

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

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

Pieces only available through the Vacheron Constantin Boutiques.

New Boutique in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, October 2nd 2019 - Vacheron Constantin, the world’s oldest watch manufacture with more than 260 years of uninterrupted history, announces the opening of its new boutique in Riyadh.

Located in Kingdom Centre, one of the most iconic landmarks in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Vacheron Constantin new boutique pursues an aesthetic combination of modernity and tradition. Designed in the Maison’s spirit, it features a unique Mashrabiya decoration that was created to mark this opening. Riyadh boutique features the new Vacheron Constantin design concept, which focuses on private bespoke appointments whilst also creating a warm and welcoming space for watch enthusiasts and collectors alike.

In the spirit of “Belle Haute Horlogerie”, Beautiful High Watchmaking, this boutique provides the off er of an exclusive VIP room for a more intimate experience to discover Vacheron Constantin’s mastery of high watchmaking, ancestral legacy and unique know-how.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to expand the Vacheron Constantin circle of connoisseurs and watch collectors in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”, said Alexander Schmiedt, Vacheron Constantin Regional Brand Director Middle East.

To celebrate this important occasion, Vacheron Constantin hosted an exclusive cocktail dinner at a luxury contemporary villa in Historical Al Diriyah. Guests were treated to an evening of entertainment varying from talented Saudi musician’s performances to the representation of a calligraffiti artist, as well as enriching watchmaking masterclasses.


Vacheron Constantin Boutique
Kingdom Centre, 1st fl oor, Riyadh
T. +966 11 211 0853
Saturday-Thursday: 10am – 10pm
Friday: 4pm – 10pm

Les Collectionneurs Event, Paris, From October 1st to October 31st 2019

  • 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.


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 H eritage team works to b ring together t hese v intage watches, w hether 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 t he technical a ssessment a imed 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, Boutique Vacheron Constantin in Paris

Nineteen exclusive Vacheron Constantin restored vintages pieces from Les Collectionneurs will be exposed from October 1st until October 31st 2019. 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 that was recently announced by the Maison.


Watches Highlight

Platinum open-face ultra-thin minute-repeater pocket watch, 1928
Case: Round-shaped, bassined, three-body, flat pressed case-back. Repeating slide at 9 o'clock.
Diameter: 46 mm
Movement: caliber 17"20/12, minute-repeater, winding and setting by crown, 29 jewels. Swiss lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensation balance, flat balance-spring, simple regulator, recessed escape-wheel. German silver movement.
Dial: Silvered, black enameled Arabic numerals, small seconds at 6 o'clock, external "railroad" minute-circle. Blued steel "oeil de perdrix" type hands, seconds hands with counterpoise.

Stainless steel and 18k pink gold 30-minute counter chronograph gentlemen's wristwatch, 1942
Case: Round-shaped, three-body, inclined bezel, bassined middle, two rectangular-shaped chronograph push buttons at 2 and 4 o'clock on the middle in pink gold, flat back with rounded-shaped bevel, fan-shaped lugs in pink gold soldered to the middle.
Diameter: 36mm
Movement: Caliber 13"-434, 30-minute counter chronograph, manual winding, 19 jewels.
Swiss lever escapement, annular beryllium balance with screws, hairsprings with terminal curve, simple regulator, recessed escape-wheel, chronograph mechanism with column-wheel. Rhodium-plated brass movement. "Côtes de Genève" decoration and circular graining.
Dial: Two-tone silvered. Arabic numerals at 12 and 6 o'clock and 8 cabochon indexes in pink gold. 30 minute-counter at 3 o'clock, small seconds at 9 o'clock, external minute-circle graduated with the fifth of a second, tachymetric scale (1000). Pink gold pointed baton hour and minute-hands, blued steel chronograph and seconds -hands, chronograph hand with couterpoise.

Stainless steel Triple Calendar gentleman's wristwatch, 1942
Case: Round-shaped, two-body, two levels bezel, bassined middle, correctors on the middle at 2 o'clock for the months and at 4 o' clock for the date. Flat back with large bevel, drop lugs soldered to the middle. Diameter: 35mm
Movement: Caliber 12''' ½ - V 455 with date, days of the week and month in French, small seconds, manual winding, 17 jewels. Swiss lever escapement, annular balance with screws, hairspring with terminal curve, simple regulator, recessed escape wheel. Rhodium-plated brass movement, "Côte de Genève" decoration and circular graining.
Dial: silvered, 5 yellow gold Arabic numerals at 2, 4, 8, 10 and 12 o'clock, 6 cabochon indexes in yellow gold, day and month indication between 12 o'clock and the centre in French, date in red Arabic numerals in an external circle, small seconds at 6 o'clock, external railroad minute-circle. Pointed baton hands in yellow gold, blue steel hand for the date with red lacquered arrow at the end, small seconds with counterpoise.

Vacheron Constantin Boutique
2 Rue de la Paix
75002 Paris
+ 33 1 70 70 20 27

Vacheron Constantin Boutique in Singapore Reopens with A Refreshing New Experience

Singapore, October 2019 - Vacheron Constantin, the world's oldest Haute Horlogerie Manufacturer with more than 260 years of uninterrupted history, annouces the reopening of its boutique in Singapore, debuting a new concept in one of the city's luxury shopping destination, ION Orchard.

Sharing the same high-level of service, the new Vacheron Constantin boutique showcases a new interior concept embodying the Maison’s modern elegance and refined aesthetics. In the spirit of Belle Haute Horlogerie, the spacious boutique features new design codes with a touch of contemporary Asian elements. The lounge areas also provide a welcoming environment to watch connoisseurs and collectors from around the world.

The new boutique houses the complete collection from simple models to high complication timepieces, in addition to exclusive boutique limited editions. As a demonstration of the Maison’s dedication to service, an in-house watchmaker will continue to be present, enabling interaction with the client.

On the occasion of the opening, an exhibition titled “Nicknames” featuring a curation of vintage timepieces with unusual designs and evocative nicknames, will be on display to discover from now till end October. “Cornes de Vaches”(cow horns), “Batman” or “Cioccoalatone”; these monikers commonly used in connoisseurs’ jargon highlight the originality and the unique character of these remarkable creations.

“This new boutique experience exemplifies the Maison’s constant search for excellence and aesthetic perfection, embodying the ‘One Of Not Many’ spirit. It will not only be a gathering place for customers, enthusiasts and the public, but to also discover the heritage and transmission of know-how that defines Vacheron Constantin”, says Mr Yassin Tag, Managing Director of Vacheron Constantin Southeast Asia and Australia.


Boutique Address
Vacheron Constantin ION Orchard Boutique

2 Orchard Turn #02-07 ION Orchard
Singapore 238801
Tel: +65 6509 8800
Opening hours: 10:00am - 9:30pm

The science of astronomical watches, an age-old tradition at Vacheron Constantin

  • 1884: Vacheron Constantin presents its first pocket watch with a perpetual calendar known to date.
  • For more than a century, this mastery of astronomical indications has been confirmed in the Maison’s grand complication calibres.
  • The Vacheron Constantin collections perpetuate this tradition in which technical sophistication vies with aesthetic elegance.

Geneva, May 13th 2019 – The vagaries of the Gregorian calendar have enabled watchmakers to exercise their genius in devising mechanical representations of these quirks. At Vacheron Constantin, this resolutely horological approach to astronomy was strongly expressed as early as the 19th century. Greatly appreciated by shrewd connoisseurs, it continues today in the Maison’s collections.

The perpetual calendar is one of the horological complications regarded by connoisseurs as masterpieces of mechanical engineering. This is due to their level of complexity, as well as because these calendar displays are a direct consequence of astronomical observations made since the first civilisations. For those who grasp its full depth, a watch with a perpetual calendar very quickly becomes a link with the cosmos – and one that is all the more symbolic in that it requires consummate watchmaking science to create.

The perpetual calendar is a mechanical solution to an astronomical problem. From ancient Egypt to Rome and Greece, and from astronomers to mathematicians and priests, the history of the calendar has mainly revolved around the question of fitting the lunar and solar calendars within a system of integers (whole numbers).
 

The Gregorian calendar

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII reformed the Julian calendar used in Europe since its introduction by Julius Caesar in 46 BC and instated the Gregorian tropical solar calendar. Subsequently adopted over the centuries by the international community, it is currently the most widely used civil calendar. The reason for the reform was that the Julian calendar was drifting, so that the Easter feast day, linked to the spring equinox, was no longer in step with its ritual season.

The Julian calendar had 365 days, whereas the solar year or "tropical year” – meaning the time required for a complete revolution of the Earth around the Sun – lasts exactly 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, 45 seconds, or 365.2421875 days. The Gregorian calendar compensates for this difference by adding a 29th day to February every four years. It provides a system that indicates the seasons accurately and runs from January 1st to December 31st in 365 days and 12 months. However, given its solar nature, its dates do not indicate moon phases.

The 12 months of the Gregorian calendar consist of 28, 30 and 31 days. Each year divisible by four is a leap year, apart for those divisible by 100, although there is an even exception to this exception: century years exactly divisible by 400 are nonetheless leap years. For example, the years 1700, 1800 and 1900 were not leap years, whereas the year 2000 was.

The only thing that owners of a perpetual calendar watch and their descendants will need to do is to adjust it at each turn of the century, unless the given century is divisible by 400.


A late 18th century horological complication

For a long time, such peculiarities proved a problem for watchmakers seeking mechanisms capable of reproducing them without human intervention. The solution finally came from the invention of a component called a "cam", a kind of mechanical memory generally based on a 48-month cycle. This disc has notches of different depths, each of which indicates a certain type of month with either 30 or 31 days. The February satellite, which is on two levels, indicates months of 28 and 29 days. The deeper the groove, the shorter the month. The information provided by the cam is passed on via a feeler-spindle to a large yoke that activates the various displays.

The perpetual calendar is complex to adjust because it must be set according to a four-year cycle, and four years must pass to ensure that it works perfectly – even if the four-year cycle is simulated on a machine.

The archives of Vacheron Constantin 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. And orders did indeed flow in for complicated, even very complicated watches. The perpetual calendar was then combined with other technical feats such as in this 1905 pocket watch featuring a minute repeater, split-seconds chronograph and perpetual calendar with phases and age of the moon.
 

A late 18th century horological complication

For a long time, such peculiarities proved a problem for watchmakers seeking mechanisms capable of reproducing them without human intervention. The solution finally came from the invention of a component called a "cam", a kind of mechanical memory generally based on a 48-month cycle. This disc has notches of different depths, each of which indicates a certain type of month with either 30 or 31 days. The February satellite, which is on two levels, indicates months of 28 and 29 days. The deeper the groove, the shorter the month. The information provided by the cam is passed on via a feeler-spindle to a large yoke that activates the various displays.

The perpetual calendar is complex to adjust because it must be set according to a four-year cycle, and four years must pass to ensure that it works perfectly – even if the four-year cycle is simulated on a machine.

The archives of Vacheron Constantin 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. And orders did indeed flow in for complicated, even very complicated watches. The perpetual calendar was then combined with other technical feats such as in this 1905 pocket watch featuring a minute repeater, split-seconds chronograph and perpetual calendar with phases and age of the moon.
 

More recently, in 2015, Reference 57260 and its 57 complications, a specially commissioned one-of-a-kind model, laid a new milestone in watchmaking history. This was followed two years later by the Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grande Complication 3600 watch, which once again pushed the limits of feasibility with its combined display of civil, solar and sidereal time. All this was naturally complemented by a perpetual calendar with moon phases, a common denominator in the watchmaking world according to Vacheron Constantin.

In 2019, the Traditional Twin Beat perpetual calendar features an innovative mode of operation with two gear trains running at different rhythms: in moving from a first high-frequency oscillator (5Hz or 36,000 vph) – synonymous with ultimate precision – to the second rate of 1.2Hz (8,640 vph), the watch switches to ‘resting’ mode, thereby serving to extend the power reserve to at least 65 days. The accuracy of the calendar indications thus remains intact for more than two months, avoiding any improper handling of the calendar mechanism. Finally, in a style that is both timeless and contemporary, the new Patrimony ultra-thin perpetual calendar adds its discreet elegance to the technical prowess of the 1120 QP calibre, by displaying moon phases and perpetual calendar on a sunburst midnight blue dial.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Patrimony perpetual calendar ultra-thin

Reference 43175/000R-B519

Calibre 1120 QP
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
29.6 mm (12½’’’) diameter, 4.05 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
2.75 Hz (19,800 vibrations/hour)
276 components
36 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes
Perpetual calendar (day of the week, date, 48-month display with leap year indication)
Moon phase

Case
18K 5N pink gold
41 mm diameter, 8.9 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial
Midnight blue with sunburst satin-finishing
Convex external zone with circular “pearl” minute-track
18K 5N pink gold applied hour-markers

Strap
Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator inner shell, tone-to-tone stitching, saddle-finish, large square scales

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

Available exclusively from Vacheron Constantin boutiques.