WATCHES & WONDERS 2021: All Vacheron Constantin Novelties
Historiques American 1921
With its cushion-shaped case, diagonal time display and crown positioned between 1 and 2 o’clock, the Historiques American 1921 model is one of the iconic watches in Vacheron Constantin’s heritage. Produced for the American market between 1919 and 1921 as a very limited number of models, this avant-garde watch embodies the boldness and creativity characteristic of the Roaring Twenties. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of this legendary design, the Maison is reinterpreting this historic watch in three variations, powered by in-house manual-winding Calibre 4400 AS. Two white gold models in 40 mm and 36.5 mm diameters are complemented by straps in patinated calf leather, crafted in Milan by Italian leather goods company Serapian. A third model is part of the Collection Excellence Platine in a 100-piece individually numbered limited edition.
Traditionnelle split-seconds chronograph ultra-thin Collection Excellence Platine
The Collection Excellence Platine concept welcomes a new model: the Traditionnelle split-seconds chronograph ultra-thin Collection Excellence Platine watch, produced in an individually numbered 15-piece limited edition. Mainly crafted from this prestigious material, it is fitted with a strap stitched with platinum and silk thread. Its 42.5 mm-diameter case with its elegantly understated design houses in-house self-winding 3500 calibre, developed to mark the 260th anniversary of Vacheron Constantin. A rare complication, the split-seconds chronograph function is controlled by a dedicated push-piece positioned at 2 o’clock.
Egerie self-winding diamond-pave
Doubly inspired by the world of Haute Couture and the aesthetic codes derived from Vacheron Constantin’s heritage, the Égérie collection reveals a new facet of its personality. Both classic and daring, it is enhanced by two Égérie self-winding diamond-pavé models. Crafted in 18K white gold or 18K 5N pink gold and entirely set with 303 diamonds on the 35mm-diameter case and 574 diamonds on the dial, these new interpretations are an invitation to enjoy a variety of pleasures thanks to their tool-free interchangeable strap system. Delivered with two straps – in satin and alligator leather – they embrace the feminine wrist with precious elegance and accompany every moment to the rhythm of calibre 1088, a self-winding Manufacture-made movement.
Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-thin White Gold
The Overseas collection welcomes two interpretation in white gold giving two new faces to the ultra-thin perpetual calendar. One features the extremely complex horological art of skeleton working, while the other is adorned with a deep blue dial. The result is two very different types of aesthetic appeal for supremely stylish and elegant timepieces. Greatly appreciated by collectors for its technical qualities and performance, the perpetual calendars these two watches are equipped with, cope smoothly with calendar irregularities and will require no correction until 2100. The prestigious Calibre 1120 QPSQ/1 powering the skeleton version appears through a sapphire dial on which the 18K white gold hour-markers are applied. The transparent caseback fitted on both versions also ensures a spectacular view of the sophisticated movement, the exceptional finishing work and the oscillating weight. The three interchangeable bracelet/straps supplied with each watch cater to every taste.
Métiers d’Art Tribute to great explorers’ collection
Vacheron Constantin explores an exhilarating page of history with the Métiers d’Art Tribute to great explorers’ collection, available in a series of three ten-piece limited editions. In the wake of Magellan, Zheng Hé, Christopher Columbus and Marco Polo, to whom the Manufacture had already paid tribute in 2004 and 2008, comes the turn of Bartolomeu Dias, Vasco da Gama and Pedro Álvares Cabral to be honoured through extraordinary compositions enhanced by talented master artisans. To celebrate the discoveries made by these three 15th century Portuguese navigators, the Maison has opted for Grand Feu enamel and the technique of miniature painting. Masterpieces of patience and meticulous care, each of the three dials represents part of a map from the 1519 Miller Atlas, of which a reproduction is kept in Portuguese Maritime Museum (Museu de Marinha – Lisbon). These extraordinarily precise compositions are framed by a slim 18K 4N pink gold case measuring 41 mm in diameter. In order to provide abundant expressive scope for the enameller, these models beat to the rhythm of the 1120 AT self-winding movement, driving an off-centre time display thanks to a satellite hours module.
Les Cabinotiers Armillary tourbillon perpetual calendar – Planetaria
The Les Cabinotiers Tourbillon armillary perpetual calendar – Planetaria watch demonstrates technical mastery of watches featuring extreme astronomic and aesthetic complexity, with the integration on the dial of rotating globes. Equipped with the new manual-winding Calibre 1991 stemming from four years of development, this single-piece edition features a completely original perpetual calendar with a retrograde display of dates, days and months. This timepiece also offers a rare three-dimensional representation of the Earth’s Northern and Southern hemispheres. The two titanium globes perform a full rotation in 24 hours, complete with a day/night indication. The regulation of the movement is based on the same concern for technicality expressed by a double-axis armillary tourbillon whose nested aluminium carriages move at a speed of 60 seconds per rotation. This timepiece is presented in an 18K 5N pink gold case measuring 46 mm in diameter, fitted with a dark brown alligator leather strap.
Minute repeater tourbillon sky chart Leo constellation Jewellery
Les Cabinotiers minute repeater tourbillon sky chart Leo constellation Jewellery watch combines a tourbillon regulator, a minute repeater in the grand tradition of the Maison’s striking watches and a rotating sky chart. This technical challenge is matched by the poetry of time expressed through artistic crafts. These take the form of the gemsetting on the 45 mm 18K white gold case, adorned with 100 baguette-cut sapphires bezel set on the lugs, crown and bezel. The tone-on-tone opaline blue dial offers a symbolic representation of the Leo constellation. A masterpiece of hand-engraved guilloché work created in the Vacheron Constantin workshops, the feline’s silhouette is composed of a multitude of geometric shapes bearing their own motifs. The Leo constellation is highlighted by brilliant-cut diamonds adorning the great cat’s tawny coat.
Les Cabinotiers Regulator perpetual calendar – Moonlight Jewellery Sapphire
The single-piece edition Les Cabinotiers regulator perpetual calendar – Moonlight Jewellery Sapphire watch is distinguished by its regulator-type display. As early as the late 17th century, regulator clocks were used as reference timepieces in watchmaking workshops because of their precision and the legibility of their display, which is dissociated from the minutes by a central hand and the hours on a dial positioned at 12 o’clock. Powered by self-winding Calibre 2460 RQP automatic calibre, this watch is also equipped with a perpetual calendar. A complication which follows the vagaries of the Gregorian calendar without any need for correction before 2100 and is characterised on this model by the indication of the days and months in apertures on either side of the hours dial and the leap-year indication at 4 o’clock. The date is indicated by a pointer at 6 o’clock on a counter whose centre is devoted to the precision moon-phase display. A jewellery watch crafted by the expert hands of craftsmen, this piece is finely set on the bezel and the delicately guilloché dial.