Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers “Mécaniques Sauvages” – Les Cabinotiers Imperial Tiger, Les Cabinotiers Majestic Tiger and Les Cabinotiers Wild Panda

In 2019, Vacheron Constantin is enriching the exclusive range of “Mécaniques Sauvages”, one-of-a-kind models crafted by its Les Cabinotiers department and unveiled in November 2018. Setting the stage for tigers and pandas, the new creations forcefully portray the majesty of these wild animals, thanks to the Maison’s two-fold mastery of watchmaking techniques and artistic crafts.

In 18th century Geneva, the various crafts related to watchmaking were exercised by prestigious craftsmen plying their trade in light-filled workshops known as cabinets and located on the top floors of houses. Known as Les Cabinotiers and nurtured by the philosophy of the Enlightenment, they were distinguished by their erudition as well as by the technical and aesthetic complexity of their timepieces, pieces inspired by science and the art.

Vacheron Constantin’s Les Cabinotiers department perpetuates this tradition through one-of-a-kind watches which the Maison proposes to its clients, or creations specially commissioned by the latter. Master watchmakers, engineers, designers and artisans explore the most advanced technologies associated with artistic crafts, while respecting fine workmanship and traditional skills that are faithfully passed on within the Manufacture.

The new “Mécaniques Sauvages” models are the latest illustration of this approach. The off-centred time and date displays driven by the 2460 G4 calibre leave ample space in the dial centre for tigers and pandas to spring into action through pounced ornament engraving and wood marquetry.

Whether singly or combined, engraving and wood marquetry give life to these timepieces through a play on contrasts, colours and volumes that reproduce the stances and character of wild animals, the atmosphere pervading their surroundings, as well as the luxuriance of nature. These ancestral artisanal techniques call for patience and meticulous care, as well as several years of experience. Les Cabinotiers Imperial Tiger and Majestic Tiger models highlight the association between bas-relief engraving (for the tigers and rocks) and wood marquetry (the background landscape and foliage). Les Cabinotiers Wild Panda watches are crafted in wood marquetry.

Engraving intensifies the rendering by highlighting the relief, the finishes and the matt surfaces. The pounced ornament or bas-relief technique consists in sculpting wood to create a three-dimensional impression. A kind of “trompe l’oeil” effect makes it seem as if the tigers are on the move, striding through the jungle or ready to leap from high rocks. With extreme precision, the master engraver plays with various surface finishes, subtly alternating between matt, polished, satin-brushed and chased techniques to create contrasts that will bring the animals to life, or else using black oxidation as a means of accentuating the tigers’ stripes. This extreme attention lavished on finishing is a Vacheron Constantin signature. Recreating the tigers involves no less than 60 hours.

The marquetry (inlay) technique serves to compose the motif using a multitude of tiny, individually hand-cut wood veneers in various shades and shapes. More than 200 pieces have been assembled to form the rocky backdrop of the ‘imperial’ tigers; about 130 pieces for the foliage surrounding the ‘majestic tigers’; and more than 300 for the pandas.

Five to twenty types of wood were used for each of the dials, depending on the complexity of the decorations. The richness of this chromatic range accentuates the realism of the scene that takes shape under the expert hand of the master artisan, who crafts each of these unique pieces with delicacy and sensitivity. In well-defined and accurate touches that are almost intuitive thanks to his wealth of experience, he cuts each piece, carefully nesting them, directing the grain of the wood and aligning the fibers.

Calibre 2460 G4 has chosen to tame time by driving displays of the hours, minutes, day and date through four apertures arranged around the dial circumference, thereby giving pride of place to the freely interpreted tigers and pandas.

One of the challenges facing the master-watchmakers was to incorporate a reading of time that is both technically and aesthetically compatible with the dial design. The self-winding 2460 G4 calibre, entirely developed and crafted by the Maison, thus leaves room for a singular and optimal stage-setting for decorative arts, allowing the central dial motif to play a starring role.

The hand-free displays appear through four apertures: hours between 11 and 12 o’clock, minutes between 1 and 2 o’clock, days between 7 and 8 o’clock and the date between 4 and 5 o’clock. These indications are provided by a quartet of four discs: the first two of the dragging type and the latter two of the jumping variety.

Endowed with a 40-hour power reserve, the 2460 G4 calibre is housed in a 41 mm-diameter gold case. Decorated in keeping with the highest standards of watchmaking finishing, it is generously revealed through the transparent caseback.

Technical details

Les Cabinotiers Majestic Tiger, Reference 7600C/000R-B454

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

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

Setting
Hours, minutes, day and date adjustment: correction push-piece on the case

Case
18K 5N pink gold
41 mm diameter, 12.4 mm thick

Dial
Hand-engraved 18K 5N pink gold tiger on hand-crafted yellow wood marquetry foliage

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

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

Box
Luxury box made of Makassar ebony wood

Accessories
Delivered with a corrector pen and a magnifying glass

Edition
Unique timepiece
“Les Cabinotiers”, “Pièce unique”, “AC” hallmark engraved on caseback

Les Cabinotiers Majestic Tiger, Reference 7600C/000G-B455

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

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

Setting
Hours, minutes, day and date adjustment: correction push-piece on the case

Case
18K white gold
41 mm diameter, 12.4 mm thick

Dial
Hand-engraved 18K white gold tiger on hand-crafted red wood marquetry foliage

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

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

Box
Luxury box made of Makassar ebony wood

Accessories
Delivered with a corrector pen and a magnifying glass

Edition
Unique timepiece
“Les Cabinotiers”, “Pièce unique”, “AC” hallmark engraved on caseback

Les Cabinotiers Imperial Tiger, Reference 7600C/000R-B445

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

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

Setting
Hours, minutes, day and date adjustment: correction push-piece on the case

Case
18K 5N pink gold
41 mm diameter, 12.4 mm thick

Dial
Hand-engraved 18K 5N pink gold tiger and 18K white gold stones on hand-crafted blue wood marquetry

Strap
Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales

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

Box
Luxury box made of Makassar ebony wood

Accessories
Delivered with a corrector pen and a magnifying glass

Edition
Unique timepiece
“Les Cabinotiers”, “Pièce unique”, “AC” hallmark engraved on caseback

Les Cabinotiers Imperial Tiger, Reference 7600C/000R-B447

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

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

Setting
Hours, minutes, day and date adjustment: correction push-piece on the case

Case
18K 5N pink gold
41 mm diameter, 12.4 mm thick

Dial
Hand-engraved 18K 5N pink gold tiger and 18K white gold stones on hand-crafted green wood marquetry

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

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

Box
Luxury box made of Makassar ebony wood

Accessories
Delivered with a corrector pen and a magnifying glass

Edition
Unique timepiece
“Les Cabinotiers”, “Pièce unique”, “AC” hallmark engraved on caseback

Les Cabinotiers Imperial Tiger, Reference 7600C/000G-B448

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

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

Setting
Hours, minutes, day and date adjustment: correction push-piece on the case

Case
18K white gold
41 mm diameter, 12.4 mm thick

Dial
Hand-engraved 18K white gold tiger and 18K 5N pink gold stones on hand-crafted burgundy wood marquetry.

Strap
Bordeaux Mississippiensis alligator leather, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales

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

Box
Luxury box made of Makassar ebony wood

Accessories
Delivered with a corrector pen and a magnifying glass

Edition
Unique timepiece
“Les Cabinotiers”, “Pièce unique”, “AC” hallmark engraved on caseback

Les Cabinotiers Imperial Tiger, Reference 7600C/000G-B449

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

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

Setting
Hours, minutes, day and date adjustment: correction push-piece on the case

Case
18K white gold
41 mm diameter, 12.4 mm thick

Dial
Hand-engraved 18K white gold tiger and 18K 5N pink gold stones on hand-crafted red wood marquetry

Strap
Dark red Mississippiensis alligator leather, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales

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

Box
Luxury box made of Makassar ebony wood

Accessories
Delivered with a corrector pen and a magnifying glass

Edition
Unique timepiece
“Les Cabinotiers”, “Pièce unique”, “AC” hallmark engraved on caseback

Les Cabinotiers Wild Panda, Reference 7600C/000G-B450

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

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

Setting
Hours, minutes, day and date adjustment: correction push-piece on the case

Case
18K white gold
41 mm diameter, 12.4 mm thick

Dial
Hand-crafted wood marquetry dial representing a Panda on a brown background.

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

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

Box
Luxury box made of Makassar ebony wood

Accessories
Delivered with a corrector pen and a magnifying glass

Edition
Unique timepiece
“Les Cabinotiers”, “Pièce unique”, “AC” hallmark engraved on caseback

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