Part of Vacheron Constantin’s Métiers d’Art Collection, Kalla is where precious matter and even more precious time come together. These truly exceptional timepieces wed the finest of the watchmaker’s to the best of the jeweller’s art. Flawless diamonds, mechanical movements and precious metals form the breathtaking, aptly named compositions of the Kalla collection. Invariably exclusive and occasionally one-of-a-kind, they turn every single instant into a world of pure pleasure.
Since Vacheron Constantin created its first high jewellery wristwatches at the end of 19th century and more recently in 1979 with its legendary Kallista*, a true masterpiece and the unequivocal benchmark in the marriage between Haute Horlogerie and High Jewellery, the world’s oldest manufacture has acquired the reputation of virtuosity in this field and continued to present worthy heirs like the Kalla Duchesse in 2006 and Kalla Lune in 2007.
Infused with the creative spirit so preciously nurtured at Vacheron Constantin and embodying the talent of watch and jewellery craftsmen who are masters of a traditional savoir-faire passed down over 250 years, the Kalla Lune, with its instantly recognizable design and setting, is dedicated to the creation of a different style, one that is distinguished, dazzling and architectural.
Reflecting desires that are beyond fashion, this model is resolutely contemporary. Its strength lies in the interplay between seduction and emotion, elegance and style. Its round shape, subtle and intense and suitable for both men and women, embodies the perfect union and is an expression of the abiding link between the Métiers d’Art watchmakers and gem-setters at Vacheron Constantin.
Thus, all Vacheron Constantin’s craftsmen – from goldsmiths to jewel-setters, from watchmakers to engravers – are motivated to raise their art to a supreme level of refinement. Inspired by the confidence of demanding customers, they create exceptional and precious watches in the grandest tradition of Haute Horlogerie and High Jewellery, like the Kalla Lune.
In sparkling harmony with the patient work carried out on the case is the sumptuous diamond-paved dial. The large model is paved with 170 baguette-cut diamonds (2.82 carats) and the small model with a white, pink and blue mosaic of 141 brilliants (0.36 carat). In both models, the crown is set with a rose-cut diamond. The moon phases scintillate with 14 brilliants on a black, white or violet ground.
A simple but fixed rule was decreed when setting this watch: each set of diamonds had to conform to the most stringent criteria regarding purity, colour and cut, to guarantee perfect harmonization. There are 134 diamonds weighing 9.33 carats or 7.86 carats depending on the size. Each stone is hand-cut and hand-set to marry perfectly with the case.
To bring this high jewellery masterpiece to life, Vacheron Constantin has fitted it with a manufactory-made movement, the calibre 1410, featuring power reserve and moon phase indicators. It is 100% hand-finished and hand-decorated, and is stamped with the prestigious Geneva Hallmark.
Set with 512 (30.33 carats) or 472 (24.12 carats) baguette-cut diamonds depending on the size, the Kalla Lune’s 18K white gold bracelet marries perfectly the wrist.
Thanks to this technical feat, the bracelet seems to flow around the wrist. The model also comes on a black alligator leather strap adorned with a white gold folding clasp with a Maltese cross set with 8 baguette diamonds (0.38 carat).
Model: Vacheron Constantin Kalla Lune High Jewellery Watch
Calibre :1410, manual-winding mechanical; Stamped with the Geneva hallmark
Thickness of movement: 4.20 mm
Diameter of movement: 20.35 mm
Jewelling: 22 rubies
Frequency: 28’800 vibrations/hour
Power Reserve: Approximately 40 hours
Hours, minutes, Power reserve, Moon-phases
18K white gold
40.50 mm diameter
Case set with 134 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 9.33 carats)
Crown set with 1 rose-cut diamond (approx. 0.10 carat)
Solid back cover, closed with screws
Water-resistance: Pressure of 3 Atm, equivalent to a depth of 30 m
18K white gold
Set with 170 baguette-cut diamonds and 9 brilliant cut-diamonds (approx. 2.82 carats)
Moon-phases set with 14 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.03 carat) and black mother-of-pearl
18K white gold set with 512 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 30.33 carats)
Clasp:18K white gold, Folding clasp triple blade
In 1979, Vacheron Constantin caused a sensation by giving birth to a legend, the Kallista. A few milestones in the history of jewellery watches have recently turned the spotlight on creativity in watchmaking and gem-setting. The birth of the Kallista remains the most significant since this single and unique work of art broke all records for the most expensive watch in the world: 5 million dollars at the time, around 11 million dollars today.
Housing a manual-winding movement and with 118 emerald-cut diamonds set on a case sculpted from a block of solid gold weighing more than one kilo, the Kallista required over 6,000 hours of work by the world’s most accomplished jewellers over a period of 20 months. The Kallista, meaning “the most wonderful” in Greek, could not have been given a more appropriate name.