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Overseas: Back to Black

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

 

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


Overseas dual time

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

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

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


Overseas Lady quartz

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

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

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

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

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

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Summary

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

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TECHNICAL DATA

Overseas dual time

Reference 7900V/110A-B546

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Overseas lady quartz

Reference 1205V/100A-B591

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vacheron Constantin and the Louvre, an artistic and cultural partnership

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

More information on: Louvre.fr


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Technical data

Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar

Reference 3200T/000P-B578

Calibre

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

Indications

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

Case

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

Dial

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

Strap

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

Clasp

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

Available exclusively from Vacheron Constantin boutiques

Les Collectionneurs Exhibition in Melbourne, Australia: November 2019 - January 2020

  • A representative selection of vintage watches covering the entire 20th century;

  • Models “hunted down” by Vacheron Constantin's experts, then restored and delivered with a certificate of authenticity and a two-year guarantee.


Chosen with patience and talent by the Maison’s heritage department specialists, vintage watches covering the entire 20th century are now part of the aptly named Les Collectionneurs collection. The latter continues to evolve over time and is regularly offered for sale to brand aficionados at dedicated events such as the upcoming exhibition at the Vacheron Constantin Collins Street Boutique from November 2019. Les Collectionneurs models all come with a certificate of authenticity and a two-year guarantee – an offer unmatched in the watchmaking world.


When vintage is second nature


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


Les Collectionneurs

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

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


Watches ready for a new life

The Vacheron Constantin Heritage team works to bring together these vintage watches, whether pocket or wristwatches. The objective is to create a representative range of timepieces offered by Vacheron Constantin over the years. All kinds of channels are used in order to locate them: auction rooms, personal contacts with private individuals – bearing in mind that an expert eye is decisive in the choice of these timepieces, be they simple or striking models, calendars or chronographs... Pocket watches mainly covering the years 1910 to 1930 and wristwatches prior to 1970 – with a preference for the period from 1940 to 1960 – are then subjected to a dual appraisal. First of all, a historical evaluation is undertaken in order to authenticate the piece with reference to the in-house archives, which have been listing cases and movements by serial number for a century and a half. Then comes t he technical assessment aimed at determining which interventions may be necessary, from simply cleaning the watch to its restoration – the objective being to preserve these timepieces in a state as close as possible to that of their origins. If necessary, they are restored to working order using period components, of which Vacheron Constantin maintains a large stock, or else reproduced the old-fashioned way and in identical form within the Manufacture. Once the process is complete, each timepiece is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and a two-year guarantee, the latter being the same as that delivered with all models within the Maison’s standard collections.

Les Collectionneurs at 88 Collins Street

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

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

 

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Watches Highlight

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

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

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

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


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

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

Diameter: 35mm

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

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


18K Yellow Gold Gentleman's Wristwatch, 1949

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

Diameter: 33.5mm

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

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

Traditionnelle “Catcher of Time”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

REFERENCE
87172/000R-B690

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

INDICATIONS
Hours, minutes, small seconds, date in aperture

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

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

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

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

 

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

REFERENCE

83570/000R-B691

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TECHNICAL DATA

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

References

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pieces only available through the Vacheron Constantin Boutiques.

New Boutique in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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


When vintage is second nature

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


Les Collectionneurs

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

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


Watches ready for a new life

The Vacheron Constantin H eritage team works to b ring together t hese v intage watches, w hether pocket or wristwatches. The objective is to create a representative range of timepieces offered by Vacheron Constantin over the years. All kinds of channels are used in order to locate them: auction rooms, personal contacts with private individuals – bearing in mind that an expert eye is decisive in the choice of these timepieces, be they simple or striking models, calendars or chronographs... Pocket watches mainly covering the years 1910 to 1930 and wristwatches prior to 1970 – with a preference for the period from 1940 to 1960 – are then subjected to a dual appraisal. First of all, a historical evaluation is undertaken in order to authenticate the piece with reference to the in-house archives, which have been listing cases and movements by serial number for a century and a half. Then comes t he technical a ssessment a imed at determining which interventions may be necessary, from simply cleaning the watch to its restoration – the objective being to preserve these timepieces in a state as close as possible to that of their origins. If necessary, they are restored to working order using period components, of which Vacheron Constantin maintains a large stock, or else reproduced the old-fashioned way and in identical form within the Manufacture. Once the process is complete, each timepiece is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and a two-year guarantee, the latter being the same as that delivered with all models within the Maison’s standard collections.

Les Collectionneurs, Boutique Vacheron Constantin in Paris

Nineteen exclusive Vacheron Constantin restored vintages pieces from Les Collectionneurs will be exposed from October 1st until October 31st 2019. The pieces from this collection will be available for purchase, come with a 2 year warranty as well as a digital certification of authentication with Blockchain technology that was recently announced by the Maison.


Watches Highlight

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

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

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

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

Vacheron Constantin Boutique in Singapore Reopens with A Refreshing New Experience

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

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

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

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

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


Boutique Address
Vacheron Constantin ION Orchard Boutique

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Gregorian calendar

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

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

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

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


A late 18th century horological complication

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

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

The archives of Vacheron Constantin reveal a first perpetual calendar in 1884, integrated into a double-sided yellow gold pocket watch, now part of the Maison’s private collection. This was the beginning of a mechanical "epic" that would singularly take shape at the turn of the century. In 1900, the Maison set up a workshop exclusively dedicated to the assembly of watches with complications. And orders did indeed flow in for complicated, even very complicated watches. The perpetual calendar was then combined with other technical feats such as in this 1905 pocket watch featuring a minute repeater, split-seconds chronograph and perpetual calendar with phases and age of the moon.
 

A late 18th century horological complication

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

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

The archives of Vacheron Constantin reveal a first perpetual calendar in 1884, integrated into a double-sided yellow gold pocket watch, now part of the Maison’s private collection. This was the beginning of a mechanical "epic" that would singularly take shape at the turn of the century. In 1900, the Maison set up a workshop exclusively dedicated to the assembly of watches with complications. And orders did indeed flow in for complicated, even very complicated watches. The perpetual calendar was then combined with other technical feats such as in this 1905 pocket watch featuring a minute repeater, split-seconds chronograph and perpetual calendar with phases and age of the moon.
 

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

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

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TECHNICAL DATA

Patrimony perpetual calendar ultra-thin

Reference 43175/000R-B519

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

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

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

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

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

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

Available exclusively from Vacheron Constantin boutiques.

New boutique in Mall of Emirates, Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, September 12th 2019 – Vacheron Constantin, the world’s oldest watch manufacturer, in continuous production for over 260 years, is delighted to announce the re-opening of their boutique in Mall of the Emirates.

The newly located Vacheron Constantin Boutique in Mall of Emirates invites customers to a space of refined and sophisticated ambiance in one of the most important luxury shopping destinations of Dubai. The boutique features the new Vacheron Constantin design concept, which focuses on private bespoke appointments whilst also creating a warm and welcoming space for watch enthusiasts and collectors alike. An enticing new addition to the boutique is the offer of an exclusive VIP room where guests can indulge in afternoon tea whilst enjoying an intimate and private shopping experience.


Vacheron Constantin’s boutique First Floor,
Mall of the Emirates
T.: +971 4 240 6323

 

Vacheron Constantin celebrates 200 years of presence in Russia

Vacheron Constantin, the world’s oldest watch Manufacture in continuous activity since 1755, is celebrating in 2019 an important milestone in its history: 200 years of presence in Russia. The Maison’s exceptional archives reveal that the first watch sale to a Russian client occurred in 1819. This date marks the beginning of the story between Russia and Vacheron Constantin, written by a clientele of connoisseurs and watch collectors.

“Through the invaluable experience acquired in the course of 200 successful years in Russia, generations of loyal customers have come to appreciate a range of unique timepieces expressing Vacheron Constantin’s age-old expertise in the realm of beautiful and sophisticated watchmaking. Drawing upon this rich past as well as the finest current trends will enable the Maison to continue developing while looking confidently to the future” said Nicolas Deflers, Brand Manager of Vacheron Constantin in Russia.

 

Key milestones

First Russian Customer: Duke Potemkin
July 9th 1819
. Duke Potemkin purchased a Vacheron Constantin minute repeater watch during his trip to Geneva. To clarify, this was not the famous Grigory Potemkin (1739–1791), a Russian military leader and favourite of Catherine the Great, but instead an individual possibly related to his family.


Count Buturlin
1822, Italy
. A letter sent from Villa Palmeri, Florence speaks of Count Buturlin, owner of a fabulous Vacheron Constantin timepiece. Count Dmitry Buturlin (1763–1829) was the son of the senator Pierre Buturlin and godson of the Russian empress Catherine the Great (1729–1796). He moved to Moscow in 1793 and started a book collection. His library consisted of over 40,000 volumes, which entirely burned during “the great fire of Moscow” in 1812. He moved to Florence in 1817 and started a new collection of over 30,000 volumes. In 1839, his collection was transferred to Paris and sold the same year.


His Imperial Majesty the Grand Duke Vladimir of Russia
1868, the Winter Palace, Saint Petersburg
. Georgy Boch, the Admiral of His Imperial Majesty Alexander II (1729–1796) placed an order for his Imperial Majesty the Grand Duke Vladimir of Russia (1847–1909). It took 18 months to produce that timepiece. The case of its minute repeater was adorned with the Russian coat-of-arms. The watch arrived in a box of black wood lined with scarlet corduroy. In April 1870, the watch was delivered to the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg, just a couple days before His Imperial Majesty's birthday.

Below is an abstract from Georgy Boch's letter to Charles Vacheron, dated April 8th 1870:
"Sir, I would like to express my gratitude for receiving such a wonderful watch shipped here at my request for Grand Duke Vladimir of Russia. It has just arrived and their Imperial Majesties (Emperor and the Empress) have kindly agreed to present as a gift to my Master for his birthday". 
(His Imperial Majesty the Grand Duke Vladimir of Russia was born on April 10th 1847)


C. de Hoeltzke

1898: H. de Hoeltzke, personal consultant of his Imperial Majesty, ordered a red gold pocket watch with a blue enamel monogram on the back.


W. A. Bolin
In the early 20th century
, the Maison supplied substantial numbers of watches to the famous jeweller’s W.A. Bolin, which had several boutiques in Moscow and Stockholm. Until 1917, the Maison regularly shipped to Russia its most beautiful jewellery timepieces and unique men's watches made from rare precious materials.Caption: women's watch shipped to Russia in 1916.


Countess Lobanova of Rostov
1915
. Grand Countess Lobanova of Rostov, collector of art objects, ordered a watch bearing a small enamelled medallion depicting one of her dogs. She also placed an order for a clock with alarm and striking mechanism.

'It will ring when the button is pressed, so I can tell the time at night without turning the lights on. It does not have to ring on its own'.

She also requested three enamelled medallions with depictions of her trusty companions: two fox terriers and a pug. The Countess ordered them in 1916.In 1920, her jewellery was sold at auction at the Lausanne Palace Hotel, Switzerland.


Great Four Watches
1955, Geneva
. The Palace of Nations hosted a meeting of four governments: the Soviet Union, the United States, the United Kingdom and France. The agenda included the issue of allocating military power in the world. To commemorate this event, a group of Geneva residents asked Vacheron Constantin to create a dedicated model. The latter accompanying each watch reads as follows: “May this watch always symbolise happy hours for yourself, for your people and for world peace”.


Boutique openings in Russia
2001, Moscow
. The first Vacheron Constantin boutique was opened in Russia. It was the second boutique in the world, after Geneva.

In 2014, the grand opening of the 352m² boutique was celebrated in Berlin House. Later, in November 2015, a second Vacheron Constantin Boutique opened in the GUM department store on Red Square.

Strap bar, Boutique Vacheron Constantin Geneva, from Sept. 13th to 21st 2019

Vacheron Constantin is offering customers a new experience in its Geneva boutique: from September 13th to 21st 2019, the Maison is organising a Strap bar giving them an opportunity to personalise their watch with a new strap created on the spot in accordance with their personal wishes.


A leather workshop on the first floor of the boutique provides a detailed glimpse of the process involved in crafting a beautifully made strap. This full immersion into the heart of this highly distinctive expertise will range from the selection and cutting of the individual leathers to the gluing of individual linings, as well as stitching and the burnish applied to the edges. In less than two hours, customers can thus follow the fashioning of their strap from A to Z, after selecting the type of hide and finishes of their choice, the colour of the leather and the yarn, as well as the exact shade of the burnished edges. As an ultimate touch, they can even have the lining of the strap laser-engraved with a chosen message or motif.


Strap bar
From Friday 13th to Saturday September 21st 2019
Vacheron Constantin Geneva Boutique
Place Longemalle 1
T. +41 22 316 17 40

First boutique in Western Japan to open on September 20th

Osaka, September 2019 - Vacheron Constantin, the world’s oldest Haute Horlogerie Manufacturer with more than 260 years of uninterrupted history, announces the opening of the first boutique in Western Japan. This new exclusive boutique will make debut on September 20th in the flagship Daimaru Shinsaibashi Store.

Vacheron Constantin's refined and high quality standard of “hospitality” is in common with the “world best customer experience” offered by Daimaru, a distinguished and leading department store in Japan. Not only watch connoisseurs and collectors, but also those who have not had the opportunity to discover Vacheron Constantin yet will appreciate the shared values as well as sophisticated elegance and exquisite timepieces at the new Shinsaibashi boutique.

“We have been looking forward to opening the very first boutique in Western Japan. Daimaru Shinsaibashi store, with a history of approximately 300 years, is known as the landmark of Osaka drawing people from all over the world. We are very happy to be able to offer Vacheron Constantin's finest masterpieces at this opportunity of the major renovation project at Daimaru Shinsaibashi.” says Vincent Gouget, Brand Director of Vacheron Constantin Japan.

In the spirit of Belle Haute Horlogerie, the spacious and relaxing boutique features a black and beige design code and showcases the latest interior concept with the round-shaped furniture provides a warm welcome environment to watch connoisseurs and collectors. This new boutique houses a complete timepieces collection from simple models to high complication models, in addition to exclusive boutique limited editions.


Boutique Address
Vacheron Constantin Daimaru Shinsaibashi Boutique
Daimaru Shinsaibashi Main Building 6F, 1-7-1 Shinsaibashisuji
Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 542-8501
Tel: 06-6271-1231
Store hours: 10:00am~8:30pm (may vary according to Daimaru store hours)
Contact: Vacheron Constantin 0120-63-1755

"Nicknames" Exhibition in Singapore

From September 7th to October 30th 2019, Vacheron Constantin will be exhibiting within its boutiques in Singapore, a collection of vintage watches featuring unusual designs and evocative nicknames. “Cornes de Vaches” (cow horns), “Batman” or “Cioccoalatone”: these monikers commonly used in connoisseurs’ jargon highlight the originality and the unique character of remarkable creations from the aesthetic heritage of the Manufacture. Welcome to the stories behind the stage names!

The plush atmosphere of the Vacheron Constantin boutiques provides the ideal setting for its most recent creations, while presenting a temporary Heritage exhibition. From September through October, 20 models from the Maison’s collection – featuring a singular style that has inspired collectors to give them various pet names – are on show alongside artistic sketches illustrating these aesthetic analogies.

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. Its new “Nicknames” exhibition reflects the inventiveness and creative boldness demonstrated by the Geneva-based Manufacture through a series of atypical 20th century watches whose stage names have in some cases become legends in their own right.

Crab, butterfly, giraffe, horn of plenty, sole... Pseudonyms of various origins express the characteristic nature of a watch, generally associating its distinctive shape with that of an animal, a character, a monument or an object. Whether a mnemonic means of identifying a model within a technical nomenclature, or an Italian adjective from the first thematic sales catalogues targeting Italian customers, these epithets that have become part of collectors’ vocabulary have become indelibly entwined with the destiny of these exceptional timepieces.

“Nicknames” Exhibition, open for viewing at Vacheron Constantin Singapore boutiques:
September 7th to September 16th 2019,
Vacheron Constantin Boutique, 2 Bayfront Avenue #B2M-238 The Shoppes @ Marina Bay Sands Monday through Sunday from 10.30 am to 10.30 pm

September 18th to October 30th 2019,
Vacheron Constantin Boutique, 2 Orchard Turn #02-07 ION Orchard
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Historiques Cornes de vache 1955

  • Reissue of a 1955 watch, Vacheron Constantin’s first water-resistant chronograph
  • New version in a steel case
  • Calf leather strap with Serapian patina

 

Born in 1955 in the effervescence of the post-war years, the "Cornes de vache" model, named after the characteristic shape of its lugs, quickly established itself as one of the emblematic chronographs of its time. Bearing reference 6087 and produced in extremely limited numbers, it is today one of the most sought-after models among devotees of the Maison. In the vintage spirit of its Historiques collection, Vacheron Constantin is offering a reissue of this steel piece characterised by a blend of tradition and stylistic originality.


An exclusive collection

Vacheron Constantin wished to give tangible reality to its heritage by creating the Historiques Collection in 2006. Paying tribute to the archetypes that have marked the evolution of the Maison, the collection highlights the richness of the Manufacture's technical and aesthetic heritage through contemporary reinterpretations of its emblematic models. Aimed above all at connoisseurs looking for pieces imbued with a vintage spirit, Historiques watches are exclusive by nature. Over the years, various models such as the famous American 1921 or the Ultra-fine 1955 have thus been given a new lease on life.


Offbeat classicism

The reference 6087 released in 1955 is one of these legendary watches. It was the Manufacture's first water-resistant chronograph and currently one of the pieces most coveted by collectors due to its very limited production. Equipped with manual-winding Calibre 492, the model offered a singular blend of technical rigour and creative audacity, particularly due to the evocative shape of its cow horn-shaped lugs. This duality between the traditional architecture of a double-pusher chronograph featuring a dial bearing 30-minute and small seconds counters, together with its unconventional design, vividly expressed the stylistic originality based on subtly offbeat classicism that Vacheron Constantin has consistently cultivated throughout its history.


Unprecedented collaboration

After two first reissues in platinum in 2015 and 18K 4N pink gold in 2016, the Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 model now returns in a steel version emphasising its vintage inspiration. Water-resistant to 30 metres, the case has a more contemporary 38.5 mm diameter than the 35 mm of the original and naturally bears the distinctive lugs reminiscent of cow horns securing it to the strap. The crafting of the latter was entrusted to the Milanese luxury leather goods Maison, Serapian, founded in 1928, which shares the values of excellence cherished by Vacheron Constantin. A dark brown calf leather strap whose patina blends with the retro look of the model was chosen and Serapian also treated the second loop of the strap to the ‘attacco’ shape featured on its handbag handles – a signature nod to the famous Milanese leather goods manufacturer’s first collaboration with a watchmaker.


Chronograph Calibre 1142

The Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 watch is powered by the manual-winding 1142 chronograph calibre with a 48-hour power reserve. In keeping with the grand watchmaking tradition, the short-time measuring mechanism is controlled by a column-wheel, adorned with a screw head shaped like a Maltese cross, the Vacheron Constantin emblem. Entirely bevelled and hand-decorated, with circular-grained finishes on the dial side and Côtes de Genève on the back, this 164-component movement beating at a rate of 21,600 vibrations per hour (3Hz) can be admired through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback framed by a ten-sided bezel.

The model offers timekeeping functions including small seconds, as well as a chronograph with a central seconds hand and minute counter. A tachymeter scale (serving to determine average speed over a known distance) on a 1000-metre base surrounds the chronograph counter featuring blued steel hands for optimal legibility. A white minute-circle punctuated with dark red numerals highlights the tone of the grey velvet-finished opaline dial, embellished with two snailed counters and bearing applied gold Roman numerals and hour-markers.



Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 in a nutshell:

As part of its Historiques collection, Vacheron Constantin presents a steel version of its emblematic “Cornes de vache” model, the Maison’s first water-resistant chronograph launched in 1955. Immediately recognisable by its distinctive cow horn-like lugs, this model is now one of the most sought-after among collectors. This reissue, aesthetically faithful to the original, is adapted to current watchmaking standards. The diameter of the case, which is water-resistant to 30 metres, has been increased to 38.5 mm. It now houses manual-winding chronograph Calibre 1142, beating at 21,600 vibrations per hour and endowed with a 48-hour power reserve. This movement powers timekeeping functions including small seconds as well as chronograph functions with a central seconds hand and minutes counter appearing on a grey velvet-finish opaline dial, embellished with two snailed counters and a white counter. The crafting of the strap in patinated dark brown calf leather was entrusted to the traditional Milanese leather goods Maison Serapian, founded in 1928, which has thus undertaken its first collaborative endeavour with Vacheron Constantin.
 

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TECHNICAL DATA

Historiques Cornes de vache 1955

Reference 5000H/000A-B582

Calibre 1142
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, manual-winding
27.5 mm (12’’’) diameter
5.57 mm thick
Approximately 48 hours of power reserve
3Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
164 components
21 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock
Column-wheel chronograph (30-minute counter)

Case
Steel
38.5 mm diameter, 10.9 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 metres)

Dial
Grey velvet-finished opaline centre with snailed counters
18K white gold applied hour-markers and Roman numerals
18K white gold hours, minutes and small seconds hands
Blued steel chronograph and 30-minute counter hands

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

Buckle
Steel buckle
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

 

One of Not Many, A Series of Exclusive Experiences in Mexico - Casa Madero

A Series of Exclusive Experiences in Mexico

Vacheron Constantin, the oldest watch manufacturer in continuous operation, has been constantly reinventing itself while staying true to the purest Fine Watchmaking traditions for more that 260 years. Over centuries, it has acquired and nurtured the technical, aesthetic, artistic and human means required to express its vision of time. The Maison has earned recognition and respect within an exclusive group of Fine Watchmaking connoisseurs.

In 2018, Vacheron Constantin launched the One of Not Many campaign, which explores the world of connoisseurs: distinctive, visionary, passionate and acknowledged as experts within their respective fields.

This year, Vacheron Constantin is discovering local Mexicans who embody the spirit of One of Not Many. The journey throughout the country began with the art of music at Estudio 13, closely connected to the Fiftysix collection.

Now, the journey continues at Casa Madero, which shares Vacheron Constantin's spirit of discovery and openness to the world, especially linked with the Overseas collection.

 

Second Stage Spirit of Travel at Casa Madero

Founded in Geneva in 1755, Vacheron Constantin has consistently cultivated the spirit of travel inherited by one of its founders, François Constantin. Active on four continents from the 18th century onward, the Maison quickly set its sights on far horizons so as to expand its reach. The values associated with travel and openness to the world are indeed an intrinsic part of the Vacheron Constantin heritage and philosophy.

Casa Madero, the oldest winery in the Americas, is the second stop of the One of Not Many journey in Mexico. The winery is located in Valle de Parras , within the north central part of the country.

In 1597, King Felipe II of Spain authorized a land grant with the purpose of planting vines to produce wine and brandy, thus establishing Bodegas de San Lorenzo. The winery is know today as Casa Madero and has been operating continuously since its date of establishment.

After the Madero family purchased the winery in 1893, it has remained a family business. Brothers Daniel Milmo and Brandon Milmo, fifth generation descendants of the Madero family, currently head the winery.

The philosophy of Casa Madero is to remain at the forefront of wine making processes through continuous training and development. Like Vacheron Constantin, the value of openness to the world holds true for Casa Madero. The winery is the most decorated in Mexico, holding more than 800 international awards.

To celebrate the partnership with Casa Madero, Vacheron Constantin traveled to the Parras vineyard to present the Maison's iconic timepieces.

 

 

Traditionnelle quartz

  • 50-piece limited edition dedicated to China
  • Light blue mother-of-pearl dial, 18K 5N pink gold case set with 64 round-cut diamonds on the bezel
  • Spotlight on the marvels of China, a country with which the Geneva-based Maison has been cultivating a close relationship since 1845


Counting off time with purity and elegance: such is the calling of this new eminently feminine piece by Vacheron Constantin. To enhance this watchmaking classicism inherited from more than 260 years of uninterrupted history, the Geneva-based Manufacture unveils a watch graced with delightful powder blue shades.
Nothing is too much when it comes to pampering those we cherish. For Vacheron Constantin, such is the case for Chinese connoisseurs with whom the oldest Manufacture in uninterrupted activity for more than 260 years nurtures a very special relationship. It was after the Treaty of Nanking in 1842 that the Maison began receiving extremely positive signals from China. The Manufacture was already known for the creation of "Chinese" watches, richly decorated and available in pairs, which were both reliable and accurate because they were designed to withstand humid climates. It therefore increased trade with a country capable of appreciating the quality of its timepieces, its technical heritage and its mastery of ornamentation.

Among Vacheron Constantin's collections, Traditionnelle is the one that perpetuates the elegant and refined style of the Maison while remaining true to its technical vocation as a watchmaker. These timepieces thus pay tribute to the history of a Manufacture that has established itself in the field of Grand Complications with watches featuring an assertive and perfectly mastered classicism. Round cases, fine lines, subtly harmonious displays and high-quality finishing are just some of the characteristics of this collection recalling the finest hours of Geneva's Haute Horlogerie.

The new Traditionnelle Quartz timepiece is perfectly in tune with this spirit, faithful to the origins of Vacheron Constantin and designed for Chinese women enamoured of beautifully crafted watches that are both understated and distinguished. Issued in a 50-piece limited series, it asserts its style in subtle shades of blue: from the dainty powder blue of its mother-of-pearl dial to the light blue of its Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with 18K 5N pink gold buckle. By contrast, the 64 round-cut diamonds (approx. 0.32 ct) finely set on the bezel make the 18K 5N pink gold case the guardian of a fleeting and wonderful vision of time. Water-resistant to 30 metres with a solid gold caseback, this Traditionnelle Quartz watch is equipped with a quartz hours and minutes movement delivering precision and reliability in all circumstances.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Traditionnelle quartz

Reference 25558/000R-B628

Calibre 1202
Quartz
13.0 x 15.7 mm (5¾’’’ x 6¾’’’) diameter, 2.1 mm thick
32,768 Hz
33 components
4 jewels

Indications
Hours, minutes

Case
18K 5N pink gold
30 mm diameter, 6.73 mm thick
Diamond-set bezel (64 round-cut diamonds, approx. 0.32 cts)
18K 5N pink gold solid caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 metres)

Dial
Light blue mother-of-pearl
18K 5N pink gold applied hour-markers

Strap
Light blue Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with calf inner shell, stitched-tip, square scales

  Buckle 
18K 5N pink gold pin buckle Polished half Maltese cross-shaped     Limited edition of 50 pieces, individually numbered

Watchmaking Emotions by Vacheron Constantin at Harrods

LONDON, July 2019 – Vacheron Constantin announces its exhibition ‘WATCHMAKING EMOTIONS’ at Harrods, Knightsbridge.

In the exquisite atrium of Harrods’ Fine Watch department, Vacheron Constantin unveils its exclusive exhibition that will thrill devotees of Haute Horlogerie.


The exhibition transports customers on an artistic journey of emotions as they experience the scenography within the infinity mirror windows. A Vacheron Constantin timepiece is the centre of attention within each scene that depict the international and cultural translation of the emotions evoked by the timepieces and their universe: the desire elicited by the majestic shade of blue on the dial of the Fiftysix, the excitement at witnessing the hypnotic movement of the Malte tourbillon or the butterflies in your stomach at the sight of the intricate guilloché dial of the Traditionnelle.


Emotions transcend cultures and nationalities. So choosing Harrods as the destination to exhibit this one off exhibition was the obvious choice for the Maison. Christophe Ramel, Brand Director Vacheron Constantin UK explains further “As a Maison committed to beautiful high watchmaking since 1755, Vacheron Constantin is proud to present this exclusive exhibition with Harrods, the world’s most emblematic department store and our long-time partner. Watchmaking Emotions truly highlights our joint commitment to art and creativity and our openness to the world.”


Beth Hannaway, General Merchandise Manager Fine Jewellery & Fine Watches, commented: “Having launched our new Vacheron Constantin boutique in late 2017, alongside the total transformation of Harrods Fine Watches department, we are thrilled to continue this partnership now with the launch of the beautiful Watchmaking Emotions exhibition. We were inspired by the spirit of this exhibition and are delighted to bring it to life at Harrods this summer. We always strive to offer our clients something new and exciting to discover each time they visit our Knightsbridge home, and see this as the perfect story to tell this summer, celebrating the individual interpretations of love and excitement, unique to each country, a selection of which are on display here. This exhibition also perfectly heroes the launch of two new Traditionnelle watches, exclusive to Harrods, which we have been delighted to partner with Vacheron Constantin to create. We truly hope that our clients will delight in exploring this exhibition and uncovering the new creations as much as we have.

Collectors and connoisseurs alike will have the chance to discover the exhibition in the Fine Watch Room at Harrods until 12th September.

 

About Harrods

Harrods began as a wholesale grocer and tea merchant in east London, first opening its doors in 1834. Since then, it has grown to become the world’s most famous department store, known for its unrivalled range of luxury merchandise. As well as exclusive brands and myriad departments, one of Harrods’ most renowned attributes is its unparalleled service. Harrods continues to be guided by its philosophy of “anything is possible” and, to this day, our customers remain at the heart of everything we do.

 

Cory Richards’ Everest adventure recounted at a New York event

June 18th 2019, New York – Vacheron Constantin celebrated Cory Richards' adventure on Everest at a press conference and customer event. The American explorer and photographer took the opportunity to review his recent expedition, undoubtedly "One of not many".
 

For Cory Richards, professional photographer and long-distance explorer, the world is brimming with discoveries of which one never tires. Among his many journeys, the Himalayas occupy a special place in the heart of this experienced mountaineer who has already conquered it twice, once without oxygen in 2016. Never short of a challenge, he was keen to undertake a third ascent, this time along the North-East ridge in Tibet, one of the most difficult routes to the roof of the world. Unfortunately, weather conditions decided otherwise. Despite over a year’s careful preparation, Cory Richard had to give up his attempt to reach the top. A wise decision in the face of Mother Nature's whims.


A mutual commitment

Driven by passion, the same openness to the world and taste for innovation, along with audacity and a desire to push existing limits, the American explorer-photographer and Vacheron Constantin decided to embark together on the path of achievement and a discovery of the planet's beauties.

Cory Richards thus joined the very select group of personalities chosen by Vacheron Constantin to embody its "One of not many" communication campaign. Expressing an exceptional universe, this signature accompanies creative collaborations with talents acknowledged for their expertise and their steadfast quest for excellence.

Embodying the beauty of the Earth and Nature, the photographs and videos taken on the dizzying slopes of Everest during Cory Richard’s new attempted ascent will be exhibited in Vacheron Constantin boutiques around the world. This creative collaboration with the Manufacture has also given rise to an Overseas dual time prototype that the explorer wore on his wrist during his ascent.


In tribute to the challenge taken on by Cory Richards: an Overseas dual time prototype

To set the pace for his adventure on the slopes of Everest, Cory Richards wanted to have a watch enabling him to keep track of the time in Nepal, as well as back home in the United States. He chose an Overseas dual time. In honour of his challenge and his constant quest to excel, the Manufacture created a prototype especially with him in mind and featuring an oscillating weight engraved with a design based on one of his Everest photos.

The 41 mm case is forged from sturdy and light titanium, while a reinforcement made of tantalum – a particularly hard metal – has been integrated beneath the bezel and the crown protection is reinforced by two titanium guards. This model is fitted with an orange-stitched grey blue Ventile® technical fabric distinguished by its density along with its exceptional waterproofness. The sporty nature of the prototype is likewise expressed in the orange-accented grey blue frosted dial as well as in the NAC treatment applied to its movement.

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TECHNICAL DATA

Overseas dual time Prototype

Reference 7910V/000T-B603

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

Indications
Hours and minutes
Central seconds
Second timezone, set by the crown
Day/night (AM/PM) indication at 9 o’clock, synchronised with home time
Date at 6 o’clock, synchronised with local time, set by pusher

Case
Titanium and tantalum
41 mm diameter, 12.8 mm thick
Crown protection in titanium with crown in tantalum
Soft iron casing ring ensuring anti-magnetic protection
Screwed-down crown and quarter-turn screw-lock push-pieces
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistant tested at a pressure of 15 bar (approx. 150 meters)

Dial
Grained finish and colored in dark grey
Black oxidized 18K gold hour-markers and hours & minutes hands highlighted with Super-LumiNova®

Straps
Dark grey Ventile® technical fabric
Delivered with a second strap in grey rubber

Buckles
Titanium ardillon buckles

 

Vacheron Constantin enlists the skills of the Arianee consortium to develop its digital certificate of authenticity using Blockchain technology

Geneva, June 18th 2019 – Vacheron Constantin has called upon the Arianee consortium to activate and deploy its digital certification via Blockchain technology, announced on May 20th 2019. This authentication, which has been in effect on the watches in the Maison’s Les Collectionneurs collection since May 15th, offers customers an unparalleled certification and traceability service, with the ongoing objective of combating counterfeiting.

As the Richemont group’s pilot company in the implementation of digital watch certification, Vacheron Constantin opted to work with Arianee to find a guarantee and authentication solution based on data protection and customer anonymity. By virtue of its status as an association created in 2019, the Arianee project’s approach to Blockchain takes the form of a decentralised and independent protocol, thereby giving watch owners the assurance of neutrality.

According to Guillaume Boilot, Chief Operating Officer Vacheron Constantin: "by announcing the digitisation of its certificates of authenticity, our company is evolving with the times, as ever at the service of its customers. Through Blockchain technology and in partnership with Arianee, we offer them real security regarding the authenticity of their watches.”

With Arianee, the use of cryptographic technology and the decentralised characteristics of Blockchain technology, Vacheron Constantin wishes to evaluate the possibility of creating a standard protocol for the digital certification of objects that could be used by all luxury stakeholders.

Pierre-Nicolas Hurstel, CEO Arianee, added: "We are proud to have been able to allow Vacheron Constantin to issue the certificate of authenticity using Blockchain technology. Digital identities will transform the way we own valuable assets and Arianne couldn’t dream of a better first step than this pilot program as we continue on our path to building a global standard.”

Arianee is one of the first concrete Blockchain applications available to end consumers. This open source solution has been designed to give each object an unforgeable, durable, secure and transferable digital identity. Each watch registered on the Arianee protocol is given a certificate in addition to the traditional paper authentication. This consists of a digital passport with several innovative features: it can be transferred from one owner to another; it creates an anonymous link between the owner and Vacheron Constantin; and it is open as well as connected, thus enabling its owner to insure the model, declare it lost or stolen, as well as share or prove its ownership.

Angela Au-Yeung, Chief Digital Officer Vacheron Constantin, explains: "This certification creates bridges and interactions between customers, their watches and our Maison. By securing via Blockchain, we can now track our products throughout their life cycle and communicate with their owners without asking them to compromise their anonymity.”


About Arianee
Arianee is an independent consortium whose mission is to build a global standard for the digital certification of valuable objects by promoting and supporting the adoption of the Arianee protocol. The Arianee protocol gives to each valuable object an authentic, secure and augmented digital representation. This digital identity opens a perpetual, private by design, communication channel between brands, owners and products. Arianee develops industry driven, open source and decentralized solutions, thanks to cryptographic technology and distributed governance.

Vacheron Constantin Celebrated The Spirit of One Of Not Many In Hong Kong

Hong Kong, June 13th, 2019 – Vacheron Constantin hosted a regional event in the theme of the Maison’s “One Of Not Many” communication campaign in Hong Kong for 150 prestigious guests from North East Asia. In the spirit of “One of Not Many”, three Asian artists from Hong Kong, Taipei, and Seoul contributed their creative talents to complement Vacheron Constantin’s iconic Overseas, Fiftysix, and Patrimony timepiece collections. The highlight of the event was the first presentation of the Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar in the region, which was debuted only early in the year during Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2019 in Geneva.


On Thursday June 13th 2019, Vacheron Constantin perpetuated the “One of Not Many” global communication campaign in Hong Kong in celebration of the Maison’s purest Fine Watchmaking inside the historical Pedder Building located in the heart of the Central district. Housed in this beaux-arts heritage site among contemporary art galleries was Vacheron Constantin’s “One of Not Many” House of Connoisseurs, an exhibition cocktail party that aptly reflected the Maison’s technical expertise and aesthetic refinement.

For over 260 years, Vacheron Constantin has represented an exclusive circle where a limited number of pieces made by the workshops guarantee the highest level of excellence. To embody this One of Not Many spirit, the Maison chose to cooperate with talented artists whose personality and work express a constant quest for excellence, openness to the world, as well as a spirit of innovation characterising Vacheron Constantin. Distinctive, visionary and passionate, they are acknowledged as connoisseurs and experts in their respective fields.

To explore the spirit of travel that the Overseas collection represents, local-based architect and photographer Kevin Mak indulged in the joy and beauty of the everyday hustle and bustle in the city of Hong Kong. To Mak, the real voyage of discovery consists not only of seeking new landscapes, it could also be in the little things we might have neglected in our everyday lives. To illustrate the cosmopolitan style that the Fiftysix collection portrays, Taipei-based music visual artist Yen Po-Chun interpreted the art of tempo in his home city. To Yen, tempo is a narrative of time and also of style, it sets the momentum and expresses emotions. To admire the stylistic pureness of simplicity that the Patrimony collection inspires, Seoul-based spatial and lifestyle designer Teo Yang discovered the same eternity of time and equilibrium he finds in the stone pagodas of Korea.

OVERSEAS: The Spirit of Travel and Exploration
The Overseas collection conveys the spirit of travel. This openness to the world, inherited from François Constantin, has remained at the core of Vacheron Constantin’s philosophy ever since its founding. Entering into the Overseas area, the event guests were met with a panoramic view of the Hong Kong skyline, followed by a series of multi-sensory cinemagraph cycloramas showcasing the urban density, the hustle and bustle, and the unique beauty of nature in Hong Kong captured by local based architect and photographer Kevin Mak. Guests would be able to immerse themselves into a world of exploration with the latest Overseas timepieces on display, and they would also be able to have a first look at the Overseas Tourbillon which will be available in Vacheron Constantin boutiques coming October.

PATRIMONY: The Epitome of Stylistic Pureness
The Patrimony collection is the epitome of stylistic pureness, which reflects a deliberately minimalist approach. While art and design are often rendered in a balanced state in which opposing forces are struck in harmonious equilibrium, in the classic area that followed, Seoul-based spatial and lifestyle designer Teo Yang looked into the value of time through the stylistic pureness in Korean architecture. In the background of 5 moon mirrors to depict the eternity of time, guests would find the latest Patrimony timepieces housed inside the rotating 3D printed pagoda sculptures, reminiscent of how precious objects of devotions would be found inside the Korean stone pagodas. The new Patrimony Ultra-thin Perpetual Calendar in blue dial best represents this manifestation of the eternity of time.

TWIN BEAT: A BREAKTHROUGH IN FUNCTION AND INNOVATION
The first presentation of the Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar in the region marked the highlight of the event. A breakthrough in functionality and innovation, Twin Beat made its stunning debut during Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva in January 2019 as it truly puts perpetual in the perpetual calendar with its user-controlled dual-frequency mechanical system, patent-pending for its lossless timekeeping transition between high-frequency Active Mode at 5Hz and low-frequency Standby Mode at 1.2Hz adapting to the wearer’s needs. When worn, the Twin Beat beats accurately on the Active Mode aligned with modern active lifestyles; when the timepiece is not being worn, with a switch to Standby Mode, the in-house developed calibre 3610 QP can be slowed down in order to guarantee an extended power reserve of at least 65 days. The heartbeat installation could well represent the excited emotions of guests admiring the timepiece.

FIFTYSIX: The Manifestation of Music and Style
A name and a date evoking an iconic model by Vacheron Constantin dating from 1956, the Fiftysix collection carries a resolutely cosmopolitan style that expresses its personality through the contrast between the classic dial and the daring case, the latter notably inspired by the Maltese cross-shaped emblem of the Maison. Showcased at the entrance to the Music Lounge was the latest Fiftysix timepieces on display alongside Taipei-based music visual artist Yen Po-Chun’s multi-media interpretation of his home city’s tempo inspired by the collection. The new Fiftysix Complete Calendar in blue dial stood above the time and space of the city tempo projections.

Yen’s illustration of the Fiftysix tempo was also extended to the Fiftysix Jukebar opposite the timepieces. In the montage of Yen’s illustrative animations, guests enjoyed Hong Kong-inspired mixologist cocktails curated by award-winning local gin distillery Perfume Trees Gin, while listening to the jukebox playlists or playing with the smart guitars, before the live concert with Hong Kong-based musician Rubberband began.

New Boutique In Isetan Shinjuku on June 19th, 2019

Tokyo, June 2019 - Vacheron Constantin, the world’s oldest Haute Horlogerie Manufacturer with more than 260 years of uninterrupted history, announces the opening of its second boutique in Japan, following from its first in Ginza. This new exclusive boutique will make debut on June 19th in the flagship Isetan Shinjuku Main Store.

Isetan Shinjuku, the must-go shopping destination in Japan, provides the world best hospitality and unique experience for more than 130 years. Sharing the same high-level of service and sophistication, the new boutique for Geneva-based Manufacturer consists of more than 17 square meters and showcases the new interior concept embodying the Maison’s modern elegance and refined aesthetics in the spirit of Belle Haute Horlogerie. The new ‘round-shaped’ furniture and interior design accessories presented for the first time in Japan for this occasion, provide a warm welcome and prestigious environment to watch connoisseurs and collectors where they will discover a wide range of collections including exclusive boutique models. In addition, the bespoke service and unique pieces’ conception Les Cabinotiers will offer one-of-a-kind timepieces.

“We are extremely pleased to announce our second boutique in Isetan Shinjuku” says Vincent Gouget, Brand Director (CEO) of Vacheron Constantin Japan. “In tune with the Maison’s constant quest for excellence and perfection, we have finally found the right place to offer our exceptional commitment and hospitality, which we share with that of Isetan”.


Boutique Address
Vacheron Constantin Shinjuku Isetan Boutique
Isetan Shinjuku Main Building 5F, 3-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022
Tel: 813-3352-1111
Store hours: 10:00am – 8:00pm (may vary according to Isetan store hours)

Vacheron Constantin salutes the strength and tenacity of Cory Richards

06th June, 2019 - With already two ascents of the roof of the world to his credit, Cory Richards has just wrapped up a new Everest expedition, with the Ecuadorian Esteban “Topo” Mena, this time via one of the most difficult routes and without any oxygen supply. The extremely harsh and exhausting weather conditions did not allow him to complete his journey, which means postponing the challenge until later.

Vacheron Constantin wishes to pay tribute to the courage and strength of this extraordinary personality who is undoubtedly "one of not many".


Reaching the roof of the world at an altitude of 8,848 metres / 29,000 feet remains an outstanding performance. Since May 29th 1953, when pioneers Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tensing Norgay first summited Everest, less than a third of the climbers having taken on the challenge have actually conquered the Himalayan giant. And among them, only 2% have done so without respiratory assistance. Cory Richards is one of them. His first two ascents on 2012 and 2016 – including one without oxygen in 2016 – gave him a taste for adventure and for a fresh challenge that he knew would require pushing his own limits: climbing Everest via the North-East ridge, located in Tibet, considered the most difficult and dangerous of all.

This human adventure, which began ten months ago with stringent physical and mental preparation, as punctuated by long phases of acclimatisation, waiting for favourable weather windows and long, very slow hikes. Going from usual atmospheric pressure (1 atm) to that found at an altitude of 8,000 metres / 26,245 feet (0.32 atm); suffering potential impacts during the ascent; as well as experiencing thermal shocks at temperatures reaching-40°C / -40°F: such were the constraints, risks and challenges to which the mountaineer and his watch had to adapt, as nature asserted its authority through imposing particularly extreme conditions on the mountaineers.

“A year worth of work came to an end. I join scores of other expeditions and routes that have taken multiple seasons to complete and start the process to return next season to try again! Disappointing? For sure. Realistic? Totally. Only 12 months to be better, stronger, more refined, and more dialed! Thanks Everest for keeping it very real this season!”
Cory Richards


The ultimate phase of Cory’s and Esteban ascent was marked by a 40-hour stint out of base camp that ended with Cory having to turn back at 7,600 metres / 24,934 feet because of extreme weather conditions. After pushing for 12 hours on the first day, Cory ended up taking refuge in an ill-advised open bivouac at 7,300 metres / 23,950 feet where he could not rest due to the very cold temperatures. The next morning, he decided to continue his ascent despite the lack of sleep and physical exhaustion. After three hours of climbing in mixed terrain and knowing how far he still had to go, he chose to turn back and wait for a more favourable weather window. Unfortunately, a second suitable weather window did not materialise for Cory, who therefore decided to leave the mountain for this year.

The next 12 months will doubtless be spent fine-tuning preparations for a new expedition to the top of the world.