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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


An enduring vocation for artistic crafts

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


Aerial perspective

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


Grand Feu enamelling

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

 

Luminous rain

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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


Horological excellence

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

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TECHNICAL DATA

Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières

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

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

Indications
Hours, minutes and center seconds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


About Yiqing Yin

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

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

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

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

Patrimony moon phase retrograde date - Collection Excellence Platine

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


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


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

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


Limited edition

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

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


Precision moon phase and retrograde date

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

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

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

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SUMMARY

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

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TECHNICAL DATA

Reference 4010U/000P-B545

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

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

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

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

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

Buckle
950 platinum folding clasp
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

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

Traditionnelle tourbillon chronograph

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Manufacture Calibre 3200

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

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

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Summary

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

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Technical data:

Reference
5100T/000R-B623

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

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

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

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

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

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

World price: 180'000 € / 197'000 USD

 

Traditionnelle tourbillon: gravity defied in a subtle and sophisticated way

  • The first Vacheron Constantin ladies’ self-winding tourbillon
  • A 39 mm case in pink and white gold versions
  • An extremely thin movement, the in-house 2160 calibre, featuring a peripheral rotor and a three-day power reserve

 

April 2020 - The Traditionnelle collection combines aesthetic refinement and technical sophistication in the feminine mode by welcoming the very first Vacheron Constantin self-winding tourbillon in a lady’s watch. A gem of horological complexity interpreted as two precious models celebrating mechanical art with great panache.

A round stepped case, a discreet bezel, a fluted case-back, a rail-track minute-circle, slender dauphine-shaped hands and baton-type hour-markers: the pure and elegant Traditionnelle collection showcases technical refinement conveyed through eminently horological characteristics. This timeless elegance embodied by timepieces whose form follows function is now expressed through two new feminine models featuring a tourbillon for the first time. Housed within a new 39 mm diamond-set pink gold case, or in a diamond-paved white gold jewellery version, this prestigious horological complication appears in unprecedented feminine finery. For demanding women looking for a timepiece that combines precision and style.


Calibre 2160, a model of elegance and precision

The in-house 2160 calibre unveiled in 2018 finds its place for the first time at the heart of a watch dedicated to women. Thanks to the tourbillon that cancels out the effects of the Earth's gravity, this self-winding movement is distinguished by its extreme precision, operating at a low 2.5 Hertz frequency enabling one to admire the steady beating of the mechanism. The 2160 calibre is also impressively slender. Equipped with a peripheral rotor, this 188-part movement is only 5.65 mm thick. A silhouette pared down to essentials results in a case measuring 39 mm in diameter and 11.22 mm thick, whose harmonious proportions are perfectly suited to the feminine wrist.

In addition to its reliability and precision, the 2160 calibre is characterised by a comfortable 80-hour power reserve and the presence of a small seconds display on the tourbillon by means of a blackened screw – a function highlighted by meticulous attention to each and every aesthetic detail. On the front, the bar of the openworked tourbillon carriage inspired by the shape of the Maltese cross, is entirely hand-bevelled, an operation lasting almost 11 hours for this component alone. Visible through the transparent caseback, the movement is adorned with Côtes de Genève finishing. These traditional decorations contrast with the refined aesthetics of the peripheral rotor in sandblasted 22 carats gold.


Traditionnelle tourbillon

Technical refinement meets aesthetic elegance in this model imbued with exquisite femininity. It is the epitome of glowing radiance, balanced proportions and subtle details. Its classic 39 mm case crafted from 18 carats 5N pink gold sparkles with 208 brilliant-cut diamonds set on the bezel, caseband and lugs. Its captivating mother-of-pearl dial provides an iridescent backdrop for the majestic spectacle of the tourbillon, surrounded by a diadem of 46 brilliant-cut diamonds. Precious finery indeed for this Traditionnelle tourbillon that is an integral part of the collection’s aesthetic heritage. The extremely slim case features stepped flanks and a fluted caseback. The dial is punctuated by a rail-track minute-circle with dauphine-shaped hands and pink gold baton-type hour-markers. A pleasing composition that seductively wraps itself around the wrist on a grey satin strap secured by a diamond-set folding clasp. A second grey strap in alligator leather is delivered with the timepiece.


Traditionnelle tourbillon jewellery

The sophisticated mechanical tourbillon complication is viewed through the prism of jewellery-making virtuosity. Sculpted in 18 carats white gold, this prestigious timepiece reinterprets the heritage of the Traditionnelle collection through an elegant 39 mm stepped round case, a slender bezel, a fluted caseback and a dial swept over by dauphine-shaped hands. The collection’s characteristic design nonetheless gives way to the flamboyance of diamonds. Bedecked in 559 brilliant-cut and baguette-cut diamonds totalling more than 6.5 carats, the Traditionnelle tourbillon jewellery watch highlights the technical sophistication of the tourbillon, whose low frequency makes it possible to admire each rotation. This majestic interpretation embraces the wrist with a dazzling halo of light on a blue satin strap secured by a diamond-set gold folding clasp. Available exclusively in Vacheron Constantin boutiques, the Traditionnelle tourbillon jewellery comes with a second blue strap in alligator leather.

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Summary

For the first time, Vacheron Constantin highlights the majestic tourbillon complication through the prism of feminine elegance. Housed within a new 39 mm case, mechanical sophistication appears attired in unprecedented finery. Available in 18 carats 5N pink gold set with brilliant-cut diamonds with a mother-of-pearl dial or in 18 carats white gold set with brilliant and baguette-cut diamonds on both case and dial, the Traditionnelle tourbillon watch beats to the rhythm of the in-house 2160 calibre, a guarantee of reliability, precision and finesse accentuated by hand-crafted fine watchmaking finishes.

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Technical data:

Traditionnelle tourbillon

Reference
6035T/000R-B634

Calibre
2160/1
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
Peripheral rotor
31 mm (13½’’’) diameter, 5.65 mm thick
Approximately 80 hours of power reserve
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations per hour)
188 components
30 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes, small seconds on tourbillon carriage
Tourbillon

Case
18K 5N pink gold case set with 208 round-cut diamonds on sides, lugs and bezel
39 mm diameter 11.22 mm thick
Crown set with a brilliant-cut diamond
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial
Mother-of-pearl
18K 5N pink gold tourbillon sub-dial set with 46 round-cut diamonds
18K 5N pink gold applied hour-markers and hours & minutes handsBlack screw on tourbillon carriage for seconds indication

Straps
Grey satin with calf inner shell
Delivered with an additional grey Mississippiensis alligator leather strap, saddle-finish, large square scales

Clasp
18K 5N pink gold folding clasp set with 36 round-cut diamonds

Total diamonds: 291 ~3.57 ct

World price: 130'000 € / 142'000 USD

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Traditionnelle tourbillon jewellery

Reference
6025T/000G-B635

Calibre
2160/1
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
Peripheral rotor
31 mm (13½’’’) diameter, 5.65 mm thick
Approximately 80 hours of power reserve
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations per hour)
188 components
30 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes, small seconds on tourbillon carriage
Tourbillon

Case
18K white gold case set with 208 round-cut diamonds on sides, lugs and bezel
39 mm diameter 11.22 mm thick
Crown set with a round-cut diamond
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial
18K white gold set with 43 baguette-cut diamonds and round-cut diamonds
18K white gold tourbillon sub-dial set with 46 round-cut diamonds
18K white gold applied hour-markers and handsBlack screw on tourbillon carriage for seconds indication

Strap
Blue satin with calf inner shell
Delivered with an additional blue Mississippiensis alligator leather strap, saddle-finish, large square scales

Clasp
18K white gold folding clasp set with 36 round-cut diamonds

Available only in Vacheron Constantin Boutiques

Total diamonds : 559 ~6.59 ct

World price: 180'000 € / 197'000 USD

Overseas perpetual calendar ultra-thin: when pink gold illuminates the distinctive Overseas blue

  • An ultra-thin perpetual calendar epitomising the spirit of sporty elegance
  • Case and Bracelet in 18K 5N highlighting the depth of the blue gracing the dial
  • Model delivered with three interchangeable bracelet/straps (gold, blue alligator leather and blue rubber)


April 2020 - Pink gold and blue-lacquered offer a perfect combination of casual chic. For the first time, Vacheron Constantin is offering this pleasing association of colours by presenting a new Overseas perpetual calendar with a gold case and bracelet along with a blue dial. A spirited combination that endows this model with a distinctive new personality.

The Overseas perpetual calendar ultra-thin watch is now treating itself to an all-gold version. Its precious metal bracelet, featuring links inspired by the shape of the Maltese cross, is more elegant than ever while radiating a style all its own.

In addition to the case/bracelet combination, the brilliance of the gold extends to the blue dial, whose hour-markers, hands and moon discs are also made of 18K 5N pink gold. While the blue-lacquered gold dial captivates the eye with its sunburst satin finish, the counters are distinguished by their snailed decoration, while the gold-rimmed minute-rack opts for a velvet finish. These delicate decorations contrasting with the vertical-brushed of the case endow the blue dial with its full strength of character.


Manufacture 1120 QP/1 calibre

The 41.5 mm-diameter case accommodates a mechanical self-winding movement from a proud lineage, the ultra-thin Manufacture 1120 QP/1 calibre with perpetual calendar and moon-phase display. The latter function involves impressive feats of miniaturisation enabling it to cope with calendar irregularities while eliminating any need for correction until 2100. No less than 276 components are housed in a thickness of barely 4.05 mm. Beating at a frequency of 19,800 vibrations per hour and endowed with an approximately 40-hour power reserve, the mechanism drives indications of the hours, minutes, perpetual calendar function – with the day of the week, date, month and leap year shown on a 48-month counter – as well as moon phases.

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Summary

Vacheron Constantin is offering a pleasing association of colours by presenting a new Overseas perpetual calendar with a gold case and bracelet along with a blue dial. This model featuring a dial adorned with three different finishes (sunburst, snailed and circular satin-finished) is powered by the Manufacture 1120 QP/1 calibre.

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Technical data

Reference
4300V/120R-B509

Calibre
1120 QP/1
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
22K gold Overseas oscillating weight
29.6 mm (12½’’’) diameter, 4.05 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
2.75 Hz (19,800 vibrations per hour)
276 components
36 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

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

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

Dial
Translucent blue lacquered, sunburst satin-finished base with velvet-finished minute-track
18K 5N pink gold hour-markers and hours & minutes hands highlighted with blue luminescent material

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

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

World price: 79'300 € / 88'500 USD

Overseas perpetual calendar ultra-thin skeleton

  • A journey to the heart of mechanical intricacies
  • An entirely openworked ultra-thin Manufacture movement with perpetual calendar, Calibre 1120 QPSQ/1
  • An incredibly slim case, just 8.1 mm thick
  • Interchangeable bracelet/straps


April 2020 - The Overseas collection is enriching its range with a new territory to explore. The prestige of a precious metal case and bracelet is now complemented by the extreme sophistication of an openworked movement that is also ultra-thin and houses a perpetual calendar, giving the timepiece a contemporary and horologically sophisticated look.

In this new gold-clad version, Vacheron Constantin highlights the expression of Haute Horlogerie values. While retaining its dynamic design, the aesthetic of the timepiece is transfigured by a sapphire dial inviting observers on a journey to the heart of the extremely thin 4.05 mm openworked perpetual calendar movement.


Complexity transcending the complication itself

Much appreciated by collectors for its reliability, its extreme precision and its performance, self-winding Calibre 1120 QPSQ is now joining the Overseas collection in a new guise. Entirely openworked, which is a feat in itself, it reveals its mechanical intricacies beneath a sapphire crystal. The transparent caseback also stages a fascinating watchmaking show starring the gear trains and the NAC-treated oscillating weight with its segment in 22K gold, which is also openworked for the first time in the Overseas collection so as to highlight its stylised design shaped like a Maltese cross.

Skeletonisation is regarded by connoisseurs as a watchmaking complication in itself and is indeed a speciality during watchmaking training. This technique, which consists of finely openworking a mechanical movement by hollowing out its components yet without compromising their reliability, is an extremely complex undertaking: a quest for transparency coupled with highly sophisticated skills mastered by very few watchmaking artisans. Today, Vacheron Constantin is one of the rare Manufactures capable of openworking calibres as complex as perpetual calendars and ultra-thin movements. All components of the 1120 QPSQ calibre have been hollowed out, finished and decorated, so as to exalt the functional beauty of the mechanism.
 

The peak of artisanal watchmaking expertise

To fully match the style of Overseas, the movement has benefited from special finishing work, entirely performed by hand. Multiple skills have thus come into play so as to endow the mechanism with the sought-after aesthetic perfection. Straight-graining the surfaces to give them a satin-brushed finish; bevelling straight lines and curves to make the create light effects; circular brushing, sunburst finishing, circular-graining and polishing to ensure varied reliefs: while the use of all these ancestral craftsmanship techniques has served to highlight the beauty of the components, an anthracite grey shade obtained by means of an NAC electrolytic treatment gives the mechanism a very modern face. The dial bears applied 18K 5N pink gold hour-markers, the Maltese cross emblem as well as day, date and month-counter rings. This design ensures that the watch is perfectly legible while allowing the gaze to roam freely through the heart of the movement and admire its hand-crafted finishing.


A calendar requiring no adjustment until 2100

While watches with simple calendars – indicating the day, date and month – require constant adjustments according to months with 28, 29 and 30 days, the Overseas Perpetual Calendar ultra-thin skeleton watch will not require any intervention until March 1, 2100. Achieving such a performance with a movement that slim – yet housing 276 components – called for authentic feats of design and miniaturisation.


The freedom of personalisation

Like all models in the Overseas collection, this exceptional watch offers a modular touch via a simple and convenient bracelet/strap interchangeability system. Fitted with a gold bracelet whose satin-brushed half Maltese cross-shaped links underline the elegance of the timepiece, it also comes with two additional straps in blue alligator leather and blue rubber.

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Summary

Available in an 18K 5N all-gold version, the new Overseas Skeleton Perpetual Calendar watch perpetuates the travel-driven spirit of the collection and combines the refinement o f p recious m etal w ith t he n obility of its ultra-thin openworked complication movement. The 41.5 mm-diameter case houses the prestigious Calibre 1120 QPSQ, which combines an extraordinary aesthetic with Haute Horlogerie values. Greatly appreciated by collectors for its technical qualities and its performance (no adjustment will be required before March 1st 2100, neither for the day, date and month indications, nor for the moon phases), this entirely openworked ultra-thin NAC-treated anthracite grey mechanism is visible through a transparent sapphire dial bearing applied 18K 5N pink gold hour-markers. The transparent caseback also stages a fascinating watchmaking show starring the gear trains and the NAC-treated oscillating weight with its segment in 22K gold, which is also openworked for the first time in the Overseas collection so as to highlight its stylised design shaped like a Maltese cross.

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Technical data

Reference 4300V/120R-B547

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

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

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

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

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

Clasp
Each additional strap comes with an 18K 5N pink gold buckle
The peak of artisanal watchmaking expertise

Piece only available through the Vacheron Constantin boutiques.

World price: 105'000 € / 115'000 USD

Fiftysix® Sepia brown-toned dial and matching calfskin strap

  • Two pink gold versions reinterpreting the iconic reference 6073, launched in 1956 and inspired by the shape of the Maltese cross
  • A retro-contemporary style reinforced by a new sepia brown-toned dial colour
  • A new calfskin leather strap for a vintage and casual look to be worn in any situation.


Unveiled in 2018, the Fiftysix® collection audaciously mixes eras. Its part-retro, part- contemporary silhouette inspired by an iconic 1956 watch reveals its playfulness through a new sepia brown-toned dial colour. A look imbued with a vintage touch, interpreted through two pink gold models with a calfskin strap designed for everyday wear.


Heir to an iconic watch from the 1950s, the Fiftysix® collection celebrates the skilful marriage of styles and eras. Fiftysix® borrows powerful characteristics from reference 6073, introduced in 1956 and the very first water-resistant automatic watch ever created by Vacheron Constantin. Notably the lugs shape forming a section of the Manufacture’s Maltese cross emblem; the box-type crystal topping the bezel in the manner of post-war watches; along with a retro look that perfectly complements the timeless elegance of its 18 carats 5N pink gold case measuring 40 mm in diameter.

A new sepia brown-toned dial colour now reinforces the vintage character of this watch, available in two versions, automatic and complete calendar, fitted for the first time by a brown calfskin leather strap. A chic and authentic spirit to be worn every day and on all occasions!


Fiftysix® complete calendar

The retro-contemporary character of the Fiftysix® complete calendar watch is imbued with a new vintage aura. Framed by a 40 mm-diameter 18 carats 5N pink gold case, the sepia brown-toned dial is visually extended by a calfskin leather strap. Punctuated by day, date, month indications – as well as a precision moon phase requiring no adjustment for 122 years –, the watch face conceals a wealth of details. The subtle sector-type dial features opaline, sunburst and snailed finishes creating fascinating light effects, setting the stage for 18 carats 5N pink gold moon discs standing out against a blue sky. Around the circumference, the chapter ring bears specially designed Arabic numerals, alternating with gold hour-markers coated in luminescent material, as are the hours and minutes hands also visible in the dark. This results in exemplary legibility of the complete calendar indications, accurately driven by the 2460 QCL/1 self-winding movement, also equipped with a stop-seconds device. The sapphire caseback reveals traditional Côtes de Genève finishes, swept over by a 22 carats pink gold oscillating weight delicately openworked in a shape inspired by the Maltese cross. A strong symbol also evoked in the shape of the lugs and on the notched crown of this watch that stylishly mingles historical influences with the aesthetic codes of contemporary elegance.


Fiftysix® self-winding

With its new sepia brown-toned dial colour matching the colour of its calfskin strap, the personality of the Fiftysix® self-winding watch is further reinforced by an even more resolutely retro touch. Topped by a box-type crystal typical of the 1950s, the sector-type dial is distinguished by the refinement of its opaline, sunburst and snailed finishes. The resulting beautiful interplay of light and shade enhances its legibility. This pleasing composition is punctuated by hands and hour-markers enhanced with luminescent material and matching the 40 mm-diameter 18 carats 5N pink gold case. On the reverse side, the self-winding movement visible through the sapphire crystal caseback provides an admirable view of the meticulous Côtes de Genève decoration swept over by an openworked 22 carats pink gold oscillating weight whose design is inspired by the Maltese cross. A shape that echoes the Vacheron Constantin emblem and is also evoked in the case lugs and on the crown.

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Summary

Vacheron Constantin's retro-contemporary collection adopts a new sepia brown-toned dial colour. Available on the Fiftysix® complete calendar and Fiftysix® self-winding models, this elegant shade perfectly complements the warm hues of the 40 mm-diameter 18 carats 5N pink gold case paired with a brown calfskin strap. A skilful blend of styles and eras for these two models, which are equipped with an openworked 22 carats gold oscillating weight, whose design is inspired by the shape of the Maltese cross.

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Technical data:

Fiftysix® complete calendar

Reference
4000E/000R-B065

Calibre
2460 QCL/1
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
29 mm (11¼’’’) diameter, 5.4 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour)
308 components
27 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes, central seconds
Complete calendar (day of the week, date, month)
Precision moon phase

Case
18K 5N pink gold
40 mm diameter, 11.6 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial
Sepia brown-toned, opaline centre, sunburst exterior
18K 5N pink gold Arabic numerals
18K 5N pink gold hour-markers highlighted by a blue luminescent material

Strap
Brown calfskin leather with calfskin lining and beige stitching

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

Piece only available through the Vacheron Constantin Boutiques.

World price: 30'300 € / 33'700 USD

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Fiftysix® self-winding

Reference
4600E/000R-B576

Calibre
1326
Manufacture calibre
Mechanical, self-winding
26.2 mm (11¼ ’’’) diameter, 4.3 mm thick
Approximately 48 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour)
142 components
25 jewels

Indications
Hours, minutes, central seconds
Date

Case
18K 5N pink gold
40 mm diameter, 9.6 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistant tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 metres)

Dial
Sepia brown-toned, opaline centre, sunburst exterior
18K 5N pink gold Arabic numerals
18K 5N pink gold hour-markers highlighted by a blue luminescent material

Strap
Brown calfskin leather with calfskin lining and beige stitching

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

Piece only available through the Vacheron Constantin Boutiques.

World price: 16'800 € / 18'700 USD

Les Cabinotiers Grand Complication Split-seconds chronograph – Tempo

  • A one-of-a-kind timepiece powered by a new Manufacture calibre with a total of 24 horological complications.
  • A double-sided watch, literally reversible thanks to its ingenious strap attachment system.
  • “La Musique du Temps®»: an array of one-of-a-kind timepieces produced in Vacheron Constantin’s Les Cabinotiers department as a tribute to the art of music.
  • Abbey Road Studios, a partner of the Maison, has recorded an original sound print delivered as a one-off certificate for each «La Musique du Temps®» timepiece.


April 2020 - Vacheron Constantin proudly introduces the most complicated wristwatches ever produced by the Maison. This one-of-a-kind double-sided timepiece displays the chronograph hours and measurements on the front, along with a perpetual calendar. The back is dedicated to astronomical functions, including indications of solar time, equation of time, sunrise and sunset, day and night duration, as well as the age and phase of the moon. This watch featuring a tourbillon regulator is also equipped with a minute repeater. A total of 24 perfectly legible complications are orchestrated by the new in-house 1,163-part 2756 calibre.


A timekeeping and calendar side

Chiming watches hold a special place within the world of horological complications. For more than two centuries, these complex mechanical devices have been given pride of place by Vacheron Constantin. In 2019, the Maison’s Les Cabinotiers department chose to pay tribute to them through one-of-a-kind models grouped under the theme “La Musique du Temps®».

Les Cabinotiers split-seconds chronograph – Tempo is the crowning embodiment of this approach. In addition to the minute repeater function, which involves a «musical» structure that must take into account the positioning of the gongs and their harmonious sound when struck, the front side also displays timekeeping and calendar indications in addition to the split-seconds chronograph. The perpetual calendar indications are provided by the two lower subdials: one for the day and date, the other for the month and leap year.

The symmetrically placed upper subdials are dedicated to marking off time. The hours appear on the left-hand subdial with an inner 24-hour disc that can be used to display a second time zone; while the right-hand subdial shows the minutes on the outer disc and carries the chronograph

30-minute counter on the inner disc. Given that the chronograph is doubtless one of the most complex horological complications to be integrated into a calibre, the watchmakers of the Maison wanted to express the true measure of its nobility by creating a split-seconds chronograph equipped with a column wheel. The split-seconds system with two central hands enables intermediate (split) times to be calculated by stopping one of the two hands which, once restarted, «catches up» with the first. With these initial functions, however, the 1,163-component 2756 calibre has revealed only half of its technical prowess.

The timepiece must be turned over to reveal the full scope of this accomplishment. With its perfectly symmetrical case and thanks to the ingenious removable strap attachment system, Les Cabinotiers split-seconds chronograph is perfectly reversible and can be worn on either side, according to the mood of the moment.


An astronomical and technical side

On the reverse watch face, the central hands, including the minutes hand with the sun symbol, indicate true solar time. Based on the apparent displacement of the Sun, the latter differs from civil time due to the inclination of the Earth’s axis and the eccentricity of the Earth’s orbit. Mean solar time – the civil time that punctuates our daily lives – and true solar time coincide only four times a year, with maximal variations ranging from -16 minutes and 23 seconds to +14 minutes and 22 seconds. The difference is what is known as the equation of time, which, on this timepiece, is of the “running” variety, given the simultaneous nature of the two readings of time on either side of the watch. This information is complemented by indications of sunrise and sunset times as well as the duration of day and night, respectively positioned at 3 and 9 o’clock.

The lowest part of the dial features a display of the age and phase of the moon by means of a retrograde hand sweeping over a semi-circular subdial. Here too, watchmakers have not taken the easy path with this high-precision moon-phase display, which requires only one correction every 1,000 years. To ensure the visual harmony of this second dial, the tourbillon is majestically enthroned at 12 o’clock with its carriage shaped like a Maltese cross – the emblem of the Maison – topped by the central pointer-type power-reserve indicator.

This timepieces with its multiple functions and displays represents an authentic watchmaking challenge. Firstly, on a technical level, with this calibre developed by the same team as that behind Reference 57260 and in which the smallest detail has been taken into consideration. Witness the split-seconds lifting-lever, designed to save energy for a timepiece that thus enjoys a remarkable power reserve of 65 hours and still lasting up to 40 hours even with the chronograph activated. Secondly, aesthetically speaking, in order to ensure perfect legibility of the two slate grey dials with sunray and guilloché finishes around the circumference. It was indeed the aesthetic options linked to the display that dictated the construction of the calibre within a multidisciplinary approach. The result is an exceptional watch whose generous 50-millimetre diameter and 21-millimetre thickness are softened by the curves of the pink gold case. The alligator leather strap sets the finishing touch to the aesthetic appeal of this watch, a truly worthy heir to the traditions of Haute Horlogerie.


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 models and to 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, theses 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, chiming watches have taken various forms: repeating on demand the hours, quarters or half-quarters, as well as the minutes depending on the versions; Grande and Petite Sonnerie (sounding the hours and quarters in passing, with or without repeating the hour on each quarter) ; and finally those with an alarm (programmable chime). 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 repeater pocket watch registered by the founder’s grandson Jacques Barthélemi Vacheron, 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 sound 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 models 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 “La Musique du Temps®” range have a unique sound print, recorded and certified by Abbey Road Studios. As Jeremy Huffelmann, Head of Partnerships at Abbey Road Studios, points out: “The opportunity to capture the sonic identity of these incredible timepieces is a privilege. 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

Chiming watches hold a special place within the world of horological complications. For more than two centuries, these complex mechanical devices have been given pride of place by Vacheron Constantin. In 2019, the Maison’s Les Cabinotiers department chose to pay tribute to them through one-of-a-kind models grouped under the theme “La Musique du Temps®». Les Cabinotiers split-seconds chronograph – Tempo is the crowning embodiment of this approach, with its 24 complications orchestrated by the new in-house 1,163-part 2756 calibre. This one-of-a-kind double-sided model displays the time and chronograph split-seconds measurements on the front, along with a perpetual calendar. The back is devoted to astronomical functions, including solar time, equation of time, sunrise and sunset times, duration of day and night, age and phases of the moon. This model featuring a tourbillon regulator is also equipped with a minute repeater. This timepiece with its multiple functions and displays represents an authentic horological challenge, both technically and aesthetically.

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Technical data:

Reference
9740C/000R-B692

Calibre
2756
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical manual-winding
33.3 mm (14 ¾’’’) diameter, 16.35 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 65 hours
2.5 Hz (18,800 vibrations/hour)
1,163 components
40 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Front
Off-centre hours and minutes
Minute repeater (hours, quarters and minutes on demand)
2nd time zone / 24H time zone
30-minute counter chronograph
Split-second chronograph
Perpetual calendar (date, day, month and leap year)

Back
Regulator tourbillon
Retrograde phase and age of the moon
Running equation of time
Sunrise and sunset time
Day / Night length
Power reserve indication

Case
18K 5N pink gold
50 mm de diameter, 21 mm thick

Dial
Sunray slate opaline for the upper central part
Guilloché central ring
Sunray slate grey external ring
White painted indications

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

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

Presentation box & accessory
Les Cabinotiers model

One-of-a-kind timepiece
”Pièce unique” and “Les Cabinotiers” inscriptions engraved between the lugs of the timepiece

Les Cabinotiers – the singing birds

  • Four one-of-a-kind timepieces paying symbolic tribute to the range from Les Cabinotiers named "La Musique du temps®".
  • The dials are enamelled masterpieces each depicting a songbird, beautifully offset by the delicate guilloché pattern adorning the area devoted to time indications.
  • The ultra-thin Manufacture 1120 AT movement provides a dragging display of the hours by means of satellites moving along the minutes sector

 

April 2020 - The extra-thin 1120 AT movement gives free rein to the talents of the master enameller. It provides an off-centred display of the hours on a right-hand dial sector, while leaving space to express the art of champlevé enamel. These four one-of-a-kind creations – showcasing artistic crafts by respectively featuring a hummingbird, a blue jay, a blue tit and a robin – add fresh notes to "La Musique du Temps®", a theme dreamed up by the Maison’s Les Cabinotiers department.

Vacheron Constantin's approach to time measurement finds its ultimate expression when technical sophistication is enhanced by the talent of art masters and by hand finishing consistent with the tenets of Haute Horlogerie. All of which is perfectly illustrated in four one-of-a-kind Les Cabinotiers – the singing birds models. Masterpieces of champlevé painted enamel, the enchanting bucolic scenes on the dials offer a poetic interpretation of "La Musique du Temps®", a theme imagined by the Les Cabinotiers department and honoured here by the imaginary song of the birds.

Perfect mastery of volumes and craftsmanship techniques is essential on these models featuring a two-tiered dial. The work on the two dial sections – one enamelled and concealing the module driving the hours and minutes, while the other guilloché area serves to display these indications – requires great precision in the fine adjustment of these two elements endowing this model with its innate elegance.

To create these strikingly realistic dials, Vacheron Constantin's master enameller used the champlevé painted enamel technique. This consists of hollowing out of the dial material thin alveoli, designed as receptacles for the enamel delicately applied with a brush. Performed using binoculars, this work is all the more complex due to the rich palette of colours. To give life to the birds, the master artisan has in fact extended his palette to some 10 colours and their subtly graded shades for each of the dials, representing the fruit of intense research and extreme dexterity in their application. Mastery of fire is also indispensable, given that enamel – a mineral material – must be melted to achieve its inimitable translucent brilliance. As the birds take shape under the expert hand of the craftsman, the piece requires successive firings in the kiln to gradually fix the colours in place, which is a risky operation for the work already performed.

The right-hand section of the dials, consisting of a sector for displaying the hours and minutes, is finely hand guilloché and then coloured to bring out the basket-weave motifs.

Natural wonders

The Maison has chosen birds embodying powerful symbolism. The hummingbird, the world’s smallest bird and capable of flapping its wings up to 200 times a second, is represented in shades of green, feeding on flower nectar. The blue jay, sentinel of the forests, warns its fellow birds of the presence of predators, accompanying its cries with a few loud wing flaps. Appearing against a brown backdrop, the blue tit with its bright eye highlighted by a brush stroke signals its presence to those who would like to take its place. A robin rests on the dial adorned with burgundy hues. Framed by elegant 40 mm-diameter cases in pink gold, or white gold for the robin, these dials are a true invitation to dream and to contemplate the wonders of nature. Each timepiece is fitted with an alligator leather strap in a colour matching that of the dial.

A calibre with satellite hours and minutes

Driven by a concern for formal purity, the Maison has opted for the in-house self-winding 1120 AT calibre because of its slimness and reliability. Developed in the 1960s, this movement immediately attracted the attention of specialists and collectors, not only for its 2.45 mm thickness but also for its construction, which is considered to be a model of horological engineering.

Over the decades, this ultra-thin movement has been interpreted through different variations with additional functions, including this 1120 AT version. Despite its satellite hours and minutes module on the reverse side and its guilloché gold oscillating weight winding the barrel on the back of the movement, it is only 5.45 mm thick and housed in a 12.37 mm case. The most notable specific feature of the calibre lies in the time indications. The display appears on a 120° sector bearing applied minutes. The satellite hours are thus of the dragging variety with three arms, each carrying a four-digit rotating disc and taking turns along the minutes scale.

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 models and to 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

The four one-of-a-kind Les Cabinotiers – the singing birds timepieces pay symbolic tribute to the range named "La Musique du temps®". Artistic crafts play a unique role through the enamelling work done using the champlevé technique on each of the dials. To give life to the bird motifs, the master artisan has broadened his palette to encompass 10 colours and their subtly graded shades. The ultra-thin 1120 AT movement has been chosen for these four watches, since it enables an off-centred display of the time providing broad scope for the master artisan to express his artistry. These four creations depict a hummingbird, a blue jay, a blue tit and a robin, while the right-hand side is adorned with a finely executed guilloché pattern. This area is dedicated to time indications on a 120° sector bearing applied minutes. The satellite hours are thus of the dragging variety, with three hands each carrying a four-digit rotating disk and taking turns along the minutes scale.

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Technical data:

Les Cabinotiers – the singing birds - Hummingbird

Reference
2010C/000R-B681

Calibre
1120 AT
Developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical self-winding
32.80 mm (143/4’’’) diameter, 5.45 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 40 hours
2.75 Hz (19,800 vibrations/hour)
205 components
36 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Dragging hours and minutes

Case
18K 5N pink gold
40 mm diameter, 12.37 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
18K gold, two-level dial:

  • Left dial (above): champlevé painted enamel representing the hummingbird
  • Right-hand dial (below): hand-guilloché and green color

Applied hour-markers in 18K 5N pink gold

Strap
Green 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

One-of-a-kind timepiece
« Pièce unique » and « Les Cabinotiers » inscriptions engraved on the back of the timepiece

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Les Cabinotiers – the singing birds – Blue tit

Reference 2010C/000R-B682

Calibre
1120 AT
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical self-winding
32.80 mm (143/4’’’) diameter, 5.45 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 40 hours
2.75 Hz (19,800 vibrations/hour)
205 components
36 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Dragging hours and minutes

Case
18K 5N pink gold
40 mm diameter, 12.37 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
18K gold, two-level dial:

  • Left dial (above): champlevé painted enamel representing the Blue tit
  • Right-hand dial (below): hand-guilloché and brown color

Applied hour-markers in 18K 5N pink gold

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

One-of-a-kind timepiece
« Pièce unique » and « Les Cabinotiers » inscriptions engraved on the back of the timepiece

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Les Cabinotiers – the singing birds – Blue jay

Reference
2010C/000R-B683

Calibre
1120 AT
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical self-winding
32.80 mm (143/4’’’) diameter, 5.45 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 40 hours
2.75 Hz (19,800 vibrations/hour)
205 components
36 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Dragging hours and minutes

Case
18K 5N pink gold
40 mm diameter, 12.37 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
18K gold, two-level dial:

  • Left dial (above) : champlevé painted enamel representing the Blue jay
  • Right-hand dial (below) : hand-guilloché and blue color

Applied hour-markers in 18K 5N pink gold

Strap
Blue 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

One-of-a-kind timepiece
« Pièce unique » and « Les Cabinotiers » inscriptions engraved on the back of the timepiece

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Les Cabinotiers – the singing birds – Robin

Reference
2010C/000G-B684

Calibre
1120 AT
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical self-winding
32.80 mm (143/4’’’) diameter, 5.45 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 40 hours
2.75 Hz (19,800 vibrations/hour)
205 components
36 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Dragging hours and minutes

Case
18K white gold
40 mm diameter, 12.37 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
18K gold, two-level dial:

  • Left dial (above) : champlevé painted enamel representing the Robin
  • Right-hand dial (below) : hand-guilloché and burgundy color

Applied hour-markers in 18K white gold

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

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

Presentation box & accessory
Les Cabinotiers model

One-of-a-kind timepiece
« Pièce unique » and « Les Cabinotiers » inscriptions engraved on the back of the timepiece

Les Cabinotiers Astronomical striking grand complication – Ode to music

  • 19 complications for this unique double-sided minute repeater model displaying solar, sidereal and civil time complete with a perpetual calendar.
  • An ultra-thin calibre less than 8 millimetres thick.
  • “La Musique du Temps®": a range of one-of-a-kind timepieces created within the Les Cabinotiers department in tribute to the art of music.
  • As partners of the Maison, Abbey Road Studios have recorded an original sound print delivered as a oneoff certificate for each of the pieces in the range dedicated to "La Musique du Temps®".


April 2020 - Displaying a range of indications including civil, solar and sidereal time, as well as combining 19 complications within this minute repeater calibre makes this unique watch a masterpiece of aesthetics and technical horology. Les Cabinotiers Astronomical striking grand complication – Ode to music is a tribute to the grand laws of Nature, which continue to exercise their formidable powers of fascination.

Les Cabinotiers Astronomical striking grand complication – Ode to Music offers a fresh demonstration of Vacheron Constantin's technical mastery in the creation of horological grand complications. As part of the range poetically named "La Musique du Temps®", which includes a collection of exceptional chiming watches – all one-of-a-kind collector’s pieces –, this new creation is based first and foremost on a minute repeater which determined the construction of the entire calibre.

The starting point was the famous Manufacture 1731 movement, due to its extreme slimness for a minute repeater mechanism. At just 3.90 mm thick, the 1731 calibre also has an impressive 60-hour power reserve and a magnificent sound quality, thanks in particular to the development of an entirely silent flying strike governor. This movement has therefore been reworked to accommodate the astronomical complications that make this timepiece an exceptional watch. With the new 1731 M820 calibre, this timepiece is thus equipped with 19 complications – a feat in itself – housed in a space barely 7.84 millimetres thick, without straying from the spirit of the ultra-thin base movement. One of the great challenges was to index the running equation of time to the minute repeater while maintaining extreme slenderness.


Perpetual calendar and solar time

This watch is equipped with a perpetual calendar that is harmoniously expressed on the blue opaline dial. The date is indicated by a serpentine hand in a snailed counter at 3 o'clock for the sake of legibility. The days, months and leap years are discreetly displayed in windows between 12 and 2 o'clock. The date is indicated by the precision moon phases and age, but also the day / night indication which is coaxial to the moon phases, a logical and lyrical complement to the perpetual calendar. The lower part of the dial is occupied by the pointer-type display of sunrise and sunset times, complemented by a linear indication of the length of day and night. A 4 o'clock aperture also reveals a disc bearing the signs of the zodiac, seasons, solstices and equinoxes.

As heralded by the latter functions, this piece is first and foremost an astronomical watch which, in addition to the civil time indicated by the two central hands, also displays the particularities of solar time. Since the Earth's path around the Sun describes a trajectory that is not circular but instead elliptical, and given that the Earth's axis is inclined at 24° to the plane of its orbit, the time between two solar zenith passages is not the same throughout the year. This difference between the solar (true) day and the civil (average/mean) 24-hour day ranges from -16 to +14 minutes depending on the time of the year, coinciding only four times in 12 months. Known as the equation of time, or time correction in astronomical parlance, this information has long fascinated watchmakers. The fact that these variations are rigorously identical from one year to the next makes it possible to programme them mechanically via an annual cam that controls the display of this time differential. For this timepiece, the company's master watchmakers have chosen the rarer and more complex solution of a running equation of time. This consists in also displaying solar time by means of a central minutes hand, in this instance symbolically serrated, and thus enables instantaneous reading of both civil and solar time.


Sidereal time

An astronomical watch according to Vacheron Constantin's master watchmakers would not deserve its name without an indication of sidereal time. This is precisely what can be viewed on the back of this timepiece, with a sky chart ingeniously formed by two superimposed sapphire discs. Taking a fixed star in the sky as a reference point, the time it takes the Earth to complete a full 360° revolution, or sidereal day, is exactly 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds. Since the Earth both spins on its axis and revolves around the sun, it takes about four minutes less than a calendar day to return to its point of departure in relation to the given star. On this model, the first lower mobile disc is rimmed by a sidereal time scale punctuated by the cardinal points, which thus rotates in step with sidereal time.

Still on the same disc, an off-centred blue ellipse serves as a transparent indicator of the constellations of the celestial vault, which are positionned on the fixed upper disc. This mechanical ballet thus reveals the vision of the sky in motion as seen from a given point on Earth. This same second disc also bears a white ellipse for the celestial equator and a red ellipse for the ecliptic. While the first is a projection of the equator onto the celestial sphere that takes into account the Earth's approximately 24° inclination, the second represents – from a heliocentric point of view – the plane of the Earth's orbit serving as a reference for celestial coordinates. Finally, one notes an intense blue dial bearing the months of the year.

The difference between the sidereal day and the mean or average day means that the movable lower disc will accelerate daily by some four minutes in relation to the fixed outer disc, so as to indicate the current month at exactly midnight by means of a yellow arrow.

Housed in a pink gold case measuring 45 mm in diameter and barely 12.54 mm thick, perfectly designed to accommodate the sky chart corrector and the minute repeater slide on the case middle, this calibre is one of the very few movements to offer simultaneously a minutes repeater and the civil, solar and sidereal time..

This extreme level of complexity is matched by the exceptional finishing of this timepiece, including the Côtes de Genève that can be be admired through the transparency of a movement that appears to be floating in the stars. A midnight blue alligator leather strap with pin buckle rounds off the elegance of this captivatingly complex timepiece.


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 models and to 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, theses 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, chiming watches have taken various forms: repeating on demand the hours, quarters or half-quarters, as well as the minutes depending on the versions; Grande and Petite Sonnerie (sounding the hours and quarters in passing, with or without repeating the hour on each quarter); and finally those with an alarm (programmable chime). 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 repeater pocket watch registered by the founder’s grandson Jacques Barthélemi Vacheron, 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 sound 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 models 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 “La Musique du Temps®” range have a unique sound print, recorded and certified by Abbey Road Studios. As Jeremy Huffelmann, Head of Partnerships at Abbey Road Studios, points out: “The opportunity to capture the sonic identity of these incredible timepieces is a privilege. 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

Les Cabinotiers Astronomical striking grand complication – Ode to Music provides a fresh demonstration of Vacheron Constantin's technical mastery in the creation of horological grand complications. As part of the range of exceptional chiming watches named "La Musique du Temps®", this new one-of-a-kind creation is based first and foremost on a minute repeater which determined the construction of the entire movement. The starting point for the work was the famous Manufacture 1731 calibre, due to its extreme thinness. Redesigned to accommodate a range of astronomical functions, the new 1731 M820 calibre is thus equipped with 19 complications, notably displaying civil, solar and sidereal time – each with its own gear train in addition to that of the minute repeater. This technical feat is perfectly in keeping with the spirit of the ultra-thin base movement, since its 600 components are housed in a calibre less than 8 millimetres thick.

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Technical data:

Reference 6620C/000R-B656

Calibre
1731 M820
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, manual-winding
36 mm (16’’’) diameter, 7.84 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 60 hours
3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
600 components
36 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Front
Hours, minutes,
Minute repeater (hours, quarters and minutes on demand)
Perpetual Calendar (day of the week, date, months and leap year)
Running equation of time
Precision moon phases
Age of the moon
Day / Night indication
Sunrise/ Sunset indication
Day / Night length indication
Tropic and zodiac disc (seasons, equinox, solstices and zodiac signs)

Back
Celestial hours and minutes
Transparent sky chart of the northern hemisphere with indication of the Milky Way, of the ecliptic and celestial equator

Case
18K 5N pink gold
45 mm diameter, 12.54 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
Blue opaline
18K 5N pink gold applied baton-shaped hours-makers

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

Clasp
18K 5N pink gold folding clasp
Delivered with an additional 18K 5N pink gold buckle
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Presentation box & accessory
Les Cabinotiers model

One-of-a-kind timepiece
« Pièce unique » and « Les Cabinotiers » inscriptions engraved on the back of the timepiece

 

Égérie moon phase jewellery

  • A jewellery model enriching the new Vacheron Constantin collection.
  • The encounter between watchmaking, couture and jewellery, viewed through the prism of craftsmanship, excellence and beauty.
  • A 37mm-diameter white gold case flowing into a white gold bracelet, both entirely bedecked with diamonds.
  • A pavé dial graced with a dainty off-centred moon phase inspired by the heritage of the Maison.


March 2020 – After celebrating the union between Haute Horlogerie and Haute Couture, Vacheron Constantin's new ladies' collection highlights jewellery virtuosity as the captivating Égérie moon phase jewellery timepiece distils time in a shower of diamonds.

In Roman mythology, Egeria was the name of an inspirational nymph whose inventiveness inspired artists and designers. At Vacheron Constantin, it is now the name of its new ladies' collection, whose allure flows from the confluence of Haute Manufacture skills. Haute Horlogerie instils the technical sophistication so dear to Vacheron Constantin and the legacy of the asymmetrical displays that have marked its history, while Haute Couture endows Égérie with style, magnificently refined shapes, attention to detail and delicate textures. This dual inspiration embodied by the first models in the collection – Égérie self-winding, Égérie moon phase, Égérie moon phase diamond-pavé – is further enriched by the Maison’s jewellery mastery.

Égérie moon phase jewellery is first and foremost an exceptional aesthetic appeal, a refined silhouette with an impeccable fit on the wrist. Its case, a 37mm-diameter circle sculpted in white gold, is rimmed with 246 brilliant-cut diamonds. The five rows of its supple, flowing bracelet are studded with 588 brilliant-cut diamonds. The dial unfurls like a light-filled stage carpeted with 510 brilliant-cut diamonds.

Like an Haute Couture gown, Égérie moon phase jewellery conceals a world of details. Specially designed for the collection, the calligraphic numerals display the delicacy of lace; the moon phase is encircled by diamonds; and the leaf-type hour and minute hands are reminiscent of those used by the nimble fingers of Haute Couture ateliers.

Égérie moon phase jewellery is also a tribute to Vacheron Constantin’s watchmaking heritage, embodying the creative freedom of the Manufacture, its style and its expertise. In reference to the asymmetrical displays present since the 19th century, notably in the form of interlaced subdials, the off-centre moon-phase indication is highlighted in a subtle diagonal line formed by the Vacheron Constantin logo and crown topped with a rose-cut diamond.

Behind the scenes, time is regulated by the Manufacture-made 1088 L self-winding moon phase calibre whose refined finishing is revealed through the sapphire crystal caseback: sweeping over its hand-crafted Côtes de Genève finishes is a 22-carat gold oscillating weight, elegantly openworked and inspired by the shape of the Maltese cross. An unmistakably Haute Horlogerie signature for this Égérie moon phase jewellery timepiece available exclusively from Vacheron Constantin boutiques.

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Summary

Vacheron Constantin's new ladies’ collection is enriched by a jewellery model entirely bedecked in diamonds. Drawing its dual inspiration from the confluence of Haute Manufacture skills, Égérie moon phase jewellery embodies the refinement of Haute Couture and the technical sophistication of Haute Horlogerie. This interpretation is highlighted by a 37mm white gold case, a dial and a bracelet studded with 1,344 brilliant-cut diamonds, along with a rose-cut diamond adorning the offset crown aligned with the moon-phase display.

This visually harmonious composition influenced by the heritage of the Maison beats to the tune of the Manufacture-made 1088 L self-winding moon phase calibre, whose refined finishing is revealed through the sapphire caseback.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Égérie moon phase jewellery

Reference 8016F/126G-B499

Calibre
1088 L
Manufacture calibre
Mechanical, self-winding
30 mm (9’’’) diameter, 5 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
164 components
26 jewels

Indications
Hours, minutes, center seconds
Moon phase

Case
18K white gold case set with 246 brilliant-cut diamonds
37 mm diameter, 10.53 mm thick
Crown set with a rose-cut diamond
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial
18K white gold set with 510 brilliant-cut diamonds
Mother-of-pearl moons behind a translucent sapphire crystal cloud
18K white gold applied Arabic numerals

Straps
18K white gold set with 588 brilliant-cut diamonds

Buckle
18K white gold folding clasp

Piece only available through the Vacheron Constantin Boutiques.
1345 diamonds ~11.95 ct

 

 

"The First Steps of Vacheron Constantin in Australia": A Heritage Exhibition from February to April in Melbourne

From February to April 2020, Vacheron Constantin will be exhibiting within its boutique in Melbourne, an exclusive selection of vintage watches. Dated from the early 20th century, these watches highlight the history between Vacheron Constantin and its Australian clients.

In 1881, the quality and precision of Vacheron Constantin watches were already known by Australian clients. William Ernest Cooke, the future renowned astronomer, wrote to the Maison, asking about his watch to be delivered as soon as possible. The exhibition will have on display a 18K yellow gold pocket watch, similar to the watch ordered by William Ernest, featuring a Chronometer certification by the Geneva observatory and a chiming mechanism which was particularly useful for timing astronomical events.

Interactions between the Maison and Australian clients would continue. In 1927, Reverend John Sharkley approached the Maison for advice on the potential repair of his table clock, then offered under the Trident brand. Also in 1927, the Maison received a letter from retailer Stott & Underwood Ltd requesting parts to repair a silver pocket watch.

Dedicated to safeguarding Vacheron Constantin’s precious heritage, comprising around 1,500 watch creations from the Maison along with an exceptional set of company archives, the Heritage department pursues the two-fold mission of preserving this historical testimony and revealing it to the public.

The Heritage Exhibition will be open for viewing at the Melbourne Vacheron Constantin Boutique:
88 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
+61 3 9228 7100

Vacheron Constantin and women, as time goes by

The Beautiful High Watchmaking according to Vacheron Constantin has been in existence every day for 265 years and is intended for both women and men. From the first ladies’ pocket watches introduced around the turn of the 18th century to contemporary wristwatches, the heritage of the Maison testifies to its impressive ability to capture the spirit of its times while meeting women’s expectations. Whether functional or ceremonial objects, jewellery or sports watches, Vacheron Constantin's feminine creations embody the evolution of artistic sensibilities, clothing trends as well as social codes and customs. Perpetually renewed aesthetic and technical creativity, inspired by women, for women.

 

Delving into Vacheron Constantin's archives reveals the production of one-of-a-kind models specially made for women, at their request, at the turn of the 18th century. At the time, various dignitaries of the European courts wore a watch as a functional attribute. Often worn on long chatelaine chains, it was also a topic of discussion, a ceremonial object testifying to a distinctive social status.

 

At the turn of the 18th cetury, the time was ripe for the first complications

Women such as the Countess of Luchapt and the Queen of Romania, Elisabeth Pauline Ottilie Louise de Wield, whose correspondence is faithfully preserved in the Maison’s archives, certainly had a lot to say. The watch was perceived as a jewel that told the time, an example of gold- and silversmithing that matched and enhanced precious formal attire, as exemplified by an 1815 Vacheron Constantin yellow gold pocket watch of which the case middle is finely engraved with a floral motif enhanced with garnets.

These demanding clients were also very fond of useful complications such as striking mechanism, a field in which Vacheron Constantin's reputation was already well established. Among the oldest historical models from the Maison is a yellow gold 1838 watch that could be found in the pockets of the ladies' dresses or worn as a pendant: it is distinguished by its quarter-repeater complication and offset small seconds appearing on the guilloché dial, engraved with a flower motif.

 

At the turn of the 19th century, watches conquered ladies' wrists

During the second half of the 19th century, hunter-type cases appeared in colourful versions adorned with translucent (generally monochrome) enamel to match the colour of a dress perfectly, such as this Vacheron Constantin piece from 1887. Case covers were embellished with precious stones and pearls, enamelled volutes, arabesque engravings, often inspired by floral motifs according to the tastes of the person placing the order. The watch left the pocket and could be worn as a pendant, a chatelaine necklace or as a brooch. At the end of the century, women's appearance was beginning to change and Vacheron Constantin was already keenly attuned to the times and to trends inspired by Parisian tailors.

Although it was not yet well accepted for women to wear a watch on the wrist in the early 20th century, dress sleeves were shorter and arms were increasingly left bare, meaning the time was ripe for the first wristwatches. It is worth noting that some very rare examples of feminine models fitted on bracelets already appeared in the late 19th century among Vacheron Constantin creations. Witness a model dating from 1889 and probably presented on the occasion of the World’s Fair in Paris: it is the oldest wristwatch known to date in the history of Vacheron Constantin. Its finely engraved and diamond-set case is paired with a bangle-type bracelet featuring a sculpture of two winged goddesses. This timepiece features the subtly original feature of a movement wound via the notched rotating bezel. A characteristically feminine touch of daring!

 

The early 20th century brings effervescent creativity

At the beginning of the 20th century, ladies' watches were naturally permeated by Parisian influences. Pearl motifs and lace-like engravings, mother-of-pearl combined with precious and semi-precious coloured stones, jade, as well as lacquer and multi-coloured enamels were used to adorn a number of Art Nouveau style pendant watches. Under the influence of Ferdinand Verger, the French agent with whom Vacheron Constantin had been working since 1879, watches were transformed into jewellery, featuring wonderful cameo paintings inspired by Asian art or Ancient Greece.

In the 1920s, Vacheron Constantin also embraced the codes of Art Deco. Watch shapes became increasingly varied, ranging from the pure and rigorous lines of cases that were now oval or rectangular, square or sculpted in asymmetrical shapes, generally set with stones of two different colours. Creativity was effervescent. The 1923 Vacheron Constantin watch offers a striking example of this trend with its white gold case and hexagonal dial highlighted with diamonds and sapphires. These jewellery watches were also complemented by more discreet models meetings the needs of women who wanted to be able to read the time in all circumstances, on a daily basis or for glamorous evenings. Vacheron Constantin thus continued to produce a few pocket watches, as illustrated by its 1929 "surprise" watch in white gold set with 18 cabochon-cut rubies.

In the 1930s, despite a difficult economic situation and the gloomy atmosphere prevailing in the wake of the 1929 stock market crash, Vacheron Constantin continued to bring superb jewellery watches to life, such as the 1937 model. Set with brilliant-, baguette- or lozenge-cut diamonds, its case and bracelet are crafted in platinum, a material greatly appreciated for its modern appearance. The hours and minutes hands were driven by a tiny oval movement. During this period, faced with strong demand for watches of various shapes, Vacheron Constantin developed miniaturised calibres, better adapted to the dainty dimensions of the cases. The Maison introduced the so-called “baguette” calibre 7’’’ (21.5 x 6.5 mm), mainly used for jewellery watches. This baton-type movement was equipped with a patented system designed to protect the balance from impacts and make it more robust.

 

A feminine take on Beautiful High Watchmaking

From the 1940s onwards, women wore watches almost exclusively on their wrists. The geometric lines of the Art Deco period had gradually given way to more voluptuous shapes. Designed as jewellery that tells the time, “secret” watches were particularly in favour and Vacheron Constantin strove to deploy formidable stylistic inventiveness through its designs vividly illustrating the modern era. Watches became more voluminous and the case was generally seamlessly integrated with the bracelet thanks to the meticulous attention devoted to designing the lugs. Several pieces presented from 1942 onwards at the Montres et Bijoux show in Geneva illustrate this creative audacity through generous bracelets with wide gold links, such as those of the model unveiled in 1946.

In the wake of these bold and original shapes, the wild 1970s also represented a tremendous source of inspiration for the Maison and one of its creations won the Prestige de la France prize in 1972, intended to reward design-related innovation in several industrial fields. This watch, which was christened "1972", is distinguished not only by the asymmetrical shape of its case but also by its gold bracelet integrated into the case middle. It perfectly epitomises the aesthetic codes of this period when ladies’ watches tended to feature complex diamond, trapeze-shaped and oval geometrical effects. During this same decade, colours were vibrant and gemsetting was the order of the day. At the end of the 1970s, Vacheron Constantin introduced the incredible Kallista (Greek for “the most beautiful”) watch – set with 118 emerald-cut diamonds, each weighing between 1.2 and 4 carats – born from a collaboration with designer Raymond Moretti.

In the course of the following decades, Vacheron Constantin's flagship collections were created and became rapidly dual gender. An invitation to travel, the sporty design of the Overseas collection was interpreted in feminine versions featuring case diameters adapted to the slimmest wrists. The technical sophistication and aesthetic refinement of the Traditionnelle and Patrimony collections also appeared in precious and delicate guises: highlighted with mother-of-pearl or diamonds, equipped with hand-wound or self-winding Haute Horlogerie movements, including a moon phase complication much appreciated by women, these models are imbued with a distinctively feminine aura of elegance. This means that each of these timepieces illustrates the Maison’s desire to accompany women to the best of its ability through a blend of style and precision. A desire now expressed through the new Égérie collection. Inspired by the world of Haute Couture and the aesthetic codes embedded in the history of Vacheron Constantin, it is an anthem to the “one of not many” woman, charismatic and fascinated by horological expertise. Exactly like each of the feminine creations from the Maison over the past two centuries and more.

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Summary

Over the years, Vacheron Constantin has always devoted great importance to meeting women's expectations by remaining fully attuned to aesthetic sensibilities and trends. Custom-made at the turn of the 18th century and throughout the 19th century, they were issued in small limited editions during the 20th century. Whether sporty, elegant or jewellery models, the ladies' watches created ever since by the Maison illustrate its desire to continue accompanying women to the best of its ability through a blend of style and precision. Exactly like the Égérie collection launched in 2020, which epitomises the new face of watchmaking femininity according to Vacheron Constantin. Inspired by the world of Haute Couture, imagined for women, it captures the spirit of its time, as indeed has each of the Maison’s feminine creations for more than 200 years.

 

Égérie, the new horological muse of Vacheron Constantin

  • A new collection dedicated to women.
  • The encounter of two worlds, Haute Horlogerie and Haute Couture, through the prism of craftsmanship, precision, excellence and beauty.
  • A pleated effect, reminiscent of delicate fabric finishing, brought to life by the art of tapestry.
  • An off-centred aesthetic highlighting displays and the crown, horological complications and design codes embedded in the history of the Maison.
  • Cases in pink gold, white gold or steel, set with diamonds, available in 35 mm and 37 mm diameters.
  • ​A clever interchangeable strap system offering versatility and variety.

There are two distinctive realms in which craftsmanship, know-how and rarity would be nothing without passion, creativity and concern for details. Haute Horlogerie and Haute Couture share this same vocation, continuously reinvented by the artisans working behind the scenes. Égérie was born from the conjunction between these two fields of expertise. Haute Couture instilled a sophisticated style, subtly paired with the asymmetrical aesthetic faithfully perpetuating the Vacheron Constantin heritage. Imbued with this two-fold inspiration, the new Égérie collection weaves the face of watchmaking femininity according to Vacheron Constantin. A watch featuring a classic look “draped” with a mischievous touch reflecting today’s women: inspiring, independent and charismatic.

 

A delicate interplay of textures and intertwined shapes, alternating flat and subtly raised areas; a pleated effect reminiscent of fabric; a singular asymmetry borne by a fluid aesthetic: such is the exquisite aesthetic of the Égérie watch. A feminine name for a watch inspired by women, from the famous nymph Egeria recurrently featured in Roman mythology to the contemporary muses who inspire artists, designers and other creative talents. Infused with an exquisitely feminine sensibility, the new Vacheron Constantin collection draws its refinement from the world of Haute Couture. A dial featuring a pleated pattern. A diamond ‘halo’ resembling slender braiding and accentuating the feminine shape of the case. And above all, sophistication in each and every detail, expressed through pleasingly harmonious geometry punctuated by 18-carat gold Arabic numerals, daintily scalloped like lace.

 

A clever system of interchangeable leather straps brings the pleasure of changing things up to suit the mood of the moment. No tools are required: the owner can switch strap with a simple clip, as the fancy takes her. The gold models come with differently coloured straps.

Égérie is also the modern interpretation of aesthetic codes cherished by Vacheron Constantin, which has been offering off-centre displays since the early 19th century, notably by playing on two intertwined circles. Égérie has made this its signature touch. The date or moon-phase integration is thus part of a subtle diagonal line formed by the Vacheron Constantin logo and the crown daringly taking its place between 1 and 2 o’clock. Depending on the model, the latter is adorned with a cabochon-cut moonstone or a rose-cut diamond. This creative freedom is driven by a bold spirit that makes all the difference.

The mischievous Égérie has a strong character and this elegant watch is firmly embedded in its era. A watch that is a daily companion and a confidante of the most precious evenings.

Timepieces available in all Vacheron Constantin boutiques and authorised points of sale as of March 1st 2020.

 

Égérie self-winding

A watch for every day, for every evening, for every moment. Available in a self-winding version in 18K 5N rose gold or steel, this timepiece captures the spirit of the times.

The 35 mm pebble-shaped case is crowned with a slender bezel overstitched with 58 diamonds. Extended by integrated lugs, it is punctuated between 1 and 2 o’clock by a crown adorned with a cabochon-cut moonstone, of which the soft shade melds flawlessly into the overall aesthetic. The dial sets the stage for a delicate opaline silver work of art inspired by the world of Haute Couture: composed of concentric circles, its centre and periphery are graced with a pleated pattern. Developed after several months of testing, this decoration was created in the Manufacture's guillochage workshop using the historical “tapestry” technique. By dint of lengthy long and extremely subtle operations, the artisan adjusts the gears of a 1904 pantograph-type machine in order to reproduce a large format motif in a miniature version on the dial. The expertly wielded tip of the burin, regularly sharpened by the artisan, gives rise to the draped-effect motif of the Égérie dial. Specially designed for the collection, the calligraphic numerals evoke fine embroidery, while the leaf-type hours and minutes hands recall the fine needles used by the nimble fingers at work in Haute Couture ateliers. In a signature touch, the date appearing in a circle rimmed with diamonds draws on the tradition of Vacheron Constantin's off-centre displays.

A bold move for this versatile watch, escorted by three interchangeable leather straps for the 18K 5N pink gold version. The steel model is paired with a polished metal bracelet designed to ensure an extremely flowing look and feel. Both slim and graceful, it sits so incredibly lightly on the wrist, like a second skin, that the wearer can easily forget it is even there.

Beating behind the scenes is the 1088 calibre. This in-house self-winding movement with its 40-hour power reserve endows the timepiece with a degree of autonomy perfectly suited to a modern lifestyle. Its sapphire crystal case-back reveals its Haute Horlogerie finishing: a hand-crafted Côtes de Genève motif as well as a delicately openwork 22K gold oscillating weight inspired by the shape of the Maltese cross.

 

Égérie moon phase

The night star is at the very heart of the Égérie moon phase model, which comes in a 37 mm case in 18K 5N rose gold or steel, with a diamond-set bezel. The stellar horological complication springs a surprise by appearing where it is least expected.

An offset circle glittering with 36 diamonds displays a dreamlike vision of time, with the 18K gold moon appearing in a starry sky revealed behind clouds formed by a delicate mother-of-pearl assembly. The enchanting charm of this model is further enhanced by its opaline silver dial and pleated pattern, developed after several months of testing and achieved using the ancient ‘tapestry’ technique. This delicate process, performed using a machine dating from 1904 and operating on the principle of the pantograph, serves to reproduce a miniaturised engraving based on a large-sized motif. This complex and meticulous operation calls for the greatest dexterity on the part of the Vacheron Constantin guilloché artisan.

The Égérie moon phase model is available in steel set with 58 diamonds, while the crown is graced with a cabochon-cut moonstone, a symbol of calm and serenity, contributing to a particularly modern and dynamic version fitted with a metal bracelet. Both light and slim, it nestles on the wrist like a second skin, to the point where one could easily forget it is even there. For a more chic, sophisticated look, the case of the Égérie moon phase also comes in an 18K 5N pink gold version, likewise fringed with 58 diamonds and featuring a cabochon moonstone on the crown. Its versatile elegance is paired with three interchangeable leather straps, enabling the wearer to adopt a variety of looks as the fancy takes her.

This model is powered by the in-house self-winding moon phase 1088 L movement. This user-friendly calibre meets the expectations of a modern lifestyle with its 40-hour power reserve. The sapphire crystal case-back reveals the refinement of the Haute Horlogerie finishes applied: the hand-crafted Côtes de Genève are swept over by an elegantly openwork 22K gold oscillating weight inspired by the shape of the Maltese cross.

 

Égérie moon phase diamond-pavé

When night falls, the Égérie moon phase diamond-pavé model leads the dance in a stunning evening gown. Its case in 37 mm 18K white gold sparkles with 292 diamonds, while the dial deploys its concentric circles amid a shower of 510 diamonds resembling a precious embroidery. An Haute Couture look that brilliantly showcases the masterful touch of the Manufacture’s finest gemsetters.

Framed by diamonds, the arresting sight of the mother of pearl star pursuing its majestic path beneath a translucent sapphire crystal naturally draws the gaze, while the winding crown is adorned with a rose-cut diamond. These flamboyant interpretations embrace the wrist with two easily interchangeable night blue straps, one in leather and the other in satin, each secured by a gemset pin buckle.

The Égérie moon phase diamond-pavé model beats to the rhythm of the in-house self-winding moon phase 1088 L movement, of which the generous 40-hour power reserve suits for memorable times. The sapphire crystal case-back reveals the refinement of the Haute Horlogerie finishes applied: the hand-crafted Côtes de Genève finishes are swept over by a 22K gold finely wrought openwork oscillating weight inspired by the shape of the Maltese cross.

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Summary

A pleated motif reminiscent of Haute Couture craft, 18K gold figures scalloped like fine lace, diamonds recalling precious embroidery and an off-centre aesthetic inspired by the heritage of Vacheron Constantin... Haute Horlogerie engages in a fascinating dialogue with Haute Couture. The new Égérie ladies’ collection is an anthem to elegant women who enhance their attire with a bold touch. A circle in a circle and deliberate asymmetry characterise a watch that captures the mood of the moment through its multiple faces, reliably powered by self-winding movements adorned with Haute Horlogerie finishes. Composed of three models – self-winding, moon phase, moon phase diamond-pavé – each offering its own versions in 18K pink gold, 18K white gold or steel, set with diamonds, Égérie is inherently versatile. Appearing on a “second skin” metal bracelet for the steel versions or with interchangeable straps for the gold versions, it offers pleasing variety.

Timepieces available in all Vacheron Constantin boutiques and authorised points of sale as of March 1st 2020.

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TECHNICAL DATA  - Égérie self-winding

References:
4605F/000R-B496
4605F/110A-B495

Calibre:
1088
Manufacture caliber
Mechanical, self-winding
20.80 mm (9’’’) diameter, 3.80 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
144 components
26 jewels

Indications:
Hours, minutes, center seconds
Date

Case:
4605F/000R-B496: 18K 5N pink gold
4605F/110A-B495: stainless steel
35 mm diameter, 9.32 mm thick
Bezel set with 58 round-cut diamonds (~0.88 ct)
Crown set with a moonstone
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial:
Silvered opaline, “pleats” pattern made by tapestry technique
18K 5N pink gold /18K white gold ring set with 34 round-cut diamonds (~0.09 ct) Circular “pearl” minute track
18K 5N pink gold / 18K white gold applied Arabic numerals and index

Straps/Buckles:
4605F/000R-B496: delivered with three self-interchangeable Mississippiensis alligator leather straps (semi-mat raspberry pink, night blue and candied chestnut with satin effect), each strap equipped with an 18K 5N pink gold ardillon buckle
4605F/110A-B495: stainless steel bracelet with triple-blade folding clasp with push-pieces

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TECHNICAL DATA - Égérie moon phase

References:
8005F/000R-B498
8005F/120A-B497

Calibre:
1088 L
Manufacture caliber
Mechanical, self-winding
30 mm (9’’’) diameter, 5 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
164 components
26 jewels

Indications:
Hours, minutes, center seconds
Moon phase
 

Case:
8005F/000R-B498: 18K 5N pink gold
8005F/120A-B497: stainless steel
37 mm diameter, 10.08 mm thick
Bezel set with 58 round-cut diamonds (~1.00 ct)
Crown set with a moonstone
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial:
Silvered opaline, “pleats” pattern made by tapestry technique
18K 5N pink gold /18K white gold ring set with 36 round-cut diamonds (~0.10 ct) Circular “pearl” minute track
18K gold moon behind a mother-of-pearl cloud
18K 5N pink gold / 18K white gold applied Arabic numerals

Straps/Buckle:
8005F/000R-B498: delivered with three self-interchangeable Mississippiensis alligator leather straps (night blue and candied chestnut with satin effect semi-mat raspberry pink,), each strap equipped with an 18K 5N pink gold ardillon buckle
8005F/120A-B497: stainless steel bracelet with triple-blade folding clasp with push-pieces

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TECHNICAL DATA - Égérie moon phase diamond-paved

Reference:
8006F/000G-B499

Calibre:
1088 L
Manufacture caliber
Mechanical, self-winding
30 mm (9’’’) diameter, 5 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
164 components
26 jewels

Indications:
Hours, minutes, center seconds
Moon phase

Case:
White gold case set with 292 round-cut diamonds (~3.00 ct)
37 mm diameter, 10.53 mm thick
Crown set with a rose-cut diamond (~0.17 ct)
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)
18K white gold set with 510 round-cut diamonds (~1.85 ct)
Mother of pearl moon behind a translucent sapphire crystal cloud
18K white gold applied Arabic numerals

Straps/Buckle:
Blue Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with satin effect
Delivered with a second strap in blue satin
Delivered with two 18K white gold ardillon buckles (directly mounted on the straps), each set with 21 round-cut diamonds (~0.21 ct)

 

Overseas 33 mm, a feminine take on casual chic

  • Two new models set with “brilliant”-cut diamonds.
  • An 18K 5N pink gold model featuring the much-loved classic silver-toned lacquered dial.
  • A steel model daring to adopt an original shade by clothing its dial in denim blue.
  • Easily interchangeable bracelet/straps.

 

February 2020 – The Overseas collection embraces its feminine side. Two new timepieces welcome time on a silver-toned lacquered dial for the version in 18K 5N pink gold and an original denim blue lacquered dial for the steel variation. The six-sided bezels adorned with “brilliant”-cut diamonds light up the path of the hands and the date appearing at 3 o’clock.

Vacheron Constantin’s heritage features many casual chic feminine quartz models, a movement type much appreciated by women for its precision and convenience. The legendary 222, launched in 1977, already featured a ladies’ model in gold or two-tone gold and steel. In 1996, the first three models of the new Overseas collection included a ladies’ quartz version following on from the 222.

The new Overseas 33 mm models offer a delightful blend of femininity, dainty charm and sportiness. The six-sided bezel of these two models, shaped in a manner reminiscent of Vacheron Constantin’s emblematic Maltese cross, is adorned with 78 “brilliant”-cut diamonds. The sunburst satin-brushed lacquered dials make a pleasing contrast with the facetted luminescent hands and hour-markers. The silver-toned version is particularly suited to gold, while the steel interpretation adopts the new denim blue lacquered shade specially developed for this model.

The allure of these practical and eminently legible models is enhanced by the taut lines of their cases water-resistant to 5 bar (approx. 50 metres), flowing into a bracelet/strap that can be easily changed according to its wearer’s wishes.

Suitable for all wrists with its 33 mm diameter, this model evolves as the day goes by thanks to its interchangeable bracelet/straps, based on the interchangeability concept launched in 2016. The watches thus opt for a personalised approach by affording the possibility of being worn on a metal bracelet or alligator or leather strap for the steel version, or alligator or rubber straps for the gold version – and all entirely tool-free!

To place the focus firmly on functionality and due to the dainty diameter of the watch, a quartz movement has been chosen to power the hours and minutes hands, central seconds and a date window at 3 o’clock.

This model is also available in steel with a black lacquered dial.

Vacheron Constantin Announces New Flagship in New York City, A Move To East 57th Street

February 2020 (New York, NY) – Vacheron Constantin, the luxury Swiss timepiece Maison with over two hundred and sixty five years of heritage, announces plans for a Spring 2021 opening of a new flagship between Madison and Park Avenue on East 57th Street in midtown Manhattan. In keeping with Vacheron Constantin’s high level of sophistication and commitment to outstanding customer service, the move from the Maison’s existing location on Madison Avenue and 64th Street represents an opportunity to expand space and offer new customer experiences. Vacheron Constantin currently has seven boutiques in North America, including New York, Beverly Hills, Miami, Las Vegas, Costa Mesa, Vancouver and Toronto.


The new flagship boutique, located at 28 East 57th Street, will offer guests an inviting shopping experience as well as best in class service from an in-house watchmaker. The location will boast approximately 4500 square feet across two floors and offer a curated assortment of men’s and women’s timepieces.


A new flagship in New York City is the perfect opportunity to further develop the long-lasting relationship of our Maison with its American clients. Vacheron Constantin has been present in the United States since 1817 and has created numerous timepieces specifically for the American market, from the famous Corps of Engineers pocket watches to the American 1921 wristwatch. Vacheron Constantin also has a rich history of developing bespoke creations for American collectors and connoisseurs. With this new location we seek to offer our clients the best space and the best location for exclusive services and amazing experiences”, said Louis Ferla, CEO, Vacheron Constantin.


The existing Vacheron Constantin Manhattan boutique is located at 729 Madison Ave, at 64th street, and will continue to serve clients until the new flagship opening in Spring 2021.

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.

“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.