Vacheron Constantin have gone back to their roots but with a history going all the way back to 1775, what have they done this time?
Having always been at the forefront avant-garde watchmaking, Vacheron Constantin have a history of unexpected designs, unusual displays and complex mechanisms. At Watches and Wonders 2021 they have gone for a new takes on old models. It’s Classic with a Twist.
The Historiques American 1921
Starting with the American 1921, it has a daring design with a 45-degree rotation. This allows for a wearer to check the time without have to turn their wrist. These watches were designed specifically for the American market during the 1920s. It showcases the brave a daring design of the era.
Three variants have been created. One is made with a white gold 40mm case, the American 1921 collection is one that appreciates the atypical design often desired by collectors and vintage lovers.
The other is a slimmer and delicate 36.5mm variant that is paired with an Italian burgundy and dark brown leather strap that oozes vintage cool and class.
The last and certainly most exclusive of the collection, limited at 100 pieces is a watch entirely sculpted in platinum. The strap is dark blue alligator leather. It absolutely has an exclusive look if not sacrificing a little legibility. It has been dedicated to Haute Horlogerie connoisseurs and will only be available at Vacheron Constantin boutiques.
These are absolutely beautiful watches and capture an essence of the past that so many who just can’t seem to capture. It’s truly avant-garde and true to the Vacheron Constantin spirit.
The New Overseas
If the spirit of adventure is taking you over than the Overseas collection will certainly grab your interest. The Overseas Perpetual Calendar ultra-thin skeleton will hold your gaze if you stare for too long. All the intricate inner workings are clearly visible, and it dazzles the wearer and anyone who happens to be nearby. Inside it outside and 276 components are moving in perfect harmony. Made from 18k white gold or 18k 5N pink gold, the 41.5mm case is transparent sapphire and the indications contain a perpetual calendar, hand-type day of the week, month, moon phase, and a 48-month counter. A statement of time to be sure.
Should the Perpetual Calendar be too much for you, then the Overseas Tourbillon may be for you. The pink gold Tourbillon is function meeting an absolutely beautiful form. It’s regal. The blue dial and pink gold case combine two colours that absolutely embody royalty. The openworked tourbillon offers a peek into the inner workings of the watch to remind the wearer of the craftsmanship that has gone into this piece.
The Égérie Collection
This is an entirely new collection inspired by and dedicated to women. It’s a beautiful sentiment that has produced beautiful watches. The collection focuses on asymmetry and singularity to generate an attraction that can’t be achieved through conventional aesthetic principles. The Egérie collection all feature an offset display and asymmetrical geometry and come in a wide variety of styles.
A highlight of this collection is the 35mm Egérie self-winding in 18k 5N pink gold. The dial is inspired by the tapestry technique using a pleated motif that recalls the look of fabric. The bezel is set with 58 round-cut diamonds but that’s not all. The date is nestled within a ring between 1 and 2 o’clock is also adorned with 34 round-cut diamonds. And just to top it off, the crown is set with a moonstone.
The New Traditionelle Split-Seconds Chronograph
Vacheron Constantin are now offering an unexpected interpretation of watchmaking prowess, the split seconds chronograph. This piece has the power to measure two different times but that isn’t all, the timepiece is crafted in platinum with an alligator leather strap. It’s a beautiful combination of classicism and virtuosity. And it’s exclusive. Very exclusive. Only 15 pieces of this watch will be made making this something aimed squarely at collectors.
The Métiers d'Art Collection
This collection is a celebration of the journeys of three famous Portuguese sailors: Bartolomeu Dias, Vasco da Gama, and Pedro Álvares Cabral. Each watch replicates the new maritime routes that were opened up by these explorers. The dials take inspiration from the maps explorers used during the 16th century. They have a very unusual time display with no hands in order to avoid covering the miniature paintings on the dial. Instead, the hours and minutes sweep vertically along the right side of the dial. These 41mm watches are crafted from 18k 4N pink gold and are priced at AUD $188,000. Only 5 of each model are available.
The Les Cabinotiers New Offerings
The Les Cabinotiers department of Vacheron Constantin is the crème de la crème of watchmaking. One-of-a-kind timepieces are made by artists and these are their ultimate expressions of technical expertise. Three have been unveiled at Watches & Wonders 2021.
The Armillary Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar is a highly technical piece powered by a new Grand complication movement which took four years to develop! It features a retrograde jumping perpetual calendar and a three-dimensional representation of both hemispheres in order to give 24-hour and day/night indications. It’s a shame that there is only one of them, but at the same time it adds to its grandeur and cements the pure expression of artistic watchmaking that it is.
The second piece unveiled is the Minute Repeater Tourbillon Sky Chart Leo Constellation Jewellery. Say that five times fast. Three complications appear, a tourbillon, a minute repeater and a rotating sky chart. Adding the starry theme is the hand-engraved guilloché dial that depicts the constellation, Leo. The stars are set with brilliant-cut diamonds. The midnight blue of the dial and strap truly make the silver and diamonds pop creating an impressive night-time allure that truly makes it one of a kind.
The final piece is the Regulator Perpetual Calendar – Moonlight Jewellery Sapphire. It features a regulator-type display and a perpetual calendar with precise moon phases. Guess that’s all in the name. What’s not in the name is the design heritage which has been inherited from clocks invented in the 17th century specifically for astronomers. So, for the astronomers out there, this watch is for you. It’s even set with precious stones along the bezel. It may be the least exciting of the three, but it may be the most functional.
Quite the brilliant showcase from Vacheron Constantin this year at Watches & Wonders Geneva 2021. Unique designs aplenty and true artistic expression are in present in every timepiece they have presented. Check out their collection here!