Vacheron Constantin has launched Les Royaumes Aquatiques®, a new themed range from the Les Cabinotiers department, a tribute to the world of the sea and its accompanying mythology. This single piece edition combines four artistic crafts: guilloché, engraving, enamelling and gem-setting
Concealed in the ocean fauna, the sea horse is made of cloisonné enamel with gem-set fins against a partially guilloché dial background. The case and lugs have been trimmed to accommodate the bezel set in a sapphire colour gradient. This single-piece edition is powered by Calibre 2160, an ultra-thin self-winding tourbillon movement developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin.
At the heart of the “Les Royaumes Aquatiques®” range, the figurative theme chosen by Vacheron Constantin in 2022 for its Les Cabinotiers single-piece editions, the sea horse finds its natural place in this maritime hall of fame.
Its natural habitat is on the seabed, amid fields of algae and seagrass meadows, which is precisely where Vacheron Constantin has decided to depict it on the dial of its Les Cabinotiers Tourbillon jewellery – Sea Horse watch.
The Manufacture’s master artisans have combined the techniques of guilloché, engraving, enamelling and gem-setting to make this piece an anthem to the splendours of the ocean and a tribute to the year’s “The Anatomy of Beauty” theme.
Measuring 39 mm in diameter and graced with a bezel set with a subtle sapphire gradient, the 18K 5N pink gold case houses in-house Calibre 2160, a tourbillon movement distinguished by its slimness despite its self-winding system.
In order to give depth to the dial in a way other than through vanishing lines or a multi-level construction, the master artisans combined guilloché, engraving, enamelling and gem-setting techniques.
Presented in a 39 mm diameter perfectly suited to all wrists, the case of the Les Cabinotiers Tourbillon jewellery – Sea Horse watch has been trimmed, as have the lugs, so as to achieve ideal formal harmony.
In-house Calibre 2160 matches this concern for elegance while also featuring a self-winding tourbillon regulator. The tourbillon appears here in an ultra-thin version, with its carriage housed in a movement barely 5.65 mm thick representing a true technical feat.
The slimness of the 188-component Calibre 2160 is notably made possible by the peripheral rotor ensuring a comfortable 80-hour power reserve. The 18K 5N pink gold case enabling the subtle intricacies of the movement to be admired through its sapphire crystal back is only 11.15 mm thick.
The finishing of Calibre 2160 displays the same high level of quality, with each component finished and decorated by hand, testifying to the fascination of Vacheron Constantin movements, whose beauty lies in the meticulous attention to details. The bar of the tourbillon carriage, itself open-worked in the shape of the Manufacture’s Maltese cross emblem, is entirely hand-chamfered, as are the mainplate and bridges. On the dial side, the mainplate is circular-grained, while the bridges are adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif on the caseback side.
This unique timepiece is paired with a dark blue leather strap secured by a folding clasp set with 14 baguette-cut sapphires. The watch is water-resistant to 30 metres.
“Les Royaumes Aquatiques®” (aquatic kingdoms) evoke the wonderful world of the sea and its accompanying mythology. Les Cabinotiers Tourbillon jewellery – Sea Horse is a single-piece edition embodying an aesthetic quest in which the smallest details contribute to “The Anatomy of Beauty®” that is Vacheron Constantin’s theme for 2022.
Model: Les Cabinotiers Tourbillon jewellery – Sea Horse
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
31 mm diameter, 5.65 mm thick
Approximately 80 hours of power reserve
2.5Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour)
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece
Small second at 6 o’clock on tourbillon carriage
Hours and minutes adjustment: winding crown (2 positions)
18K 5N pink gold hand gem-setting with gradation of 74 baguette-cut sapphires
39 mm diameter, 11.15 mm thick
18K gold with four artistic crafts: hand-guilloché, engraving, hand-cloisonné enamel and hand gem-setting with 1 sapphire cabochon representing a “Sea horse”
18K 5N pink gold hands
Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
18K 5N pink gold buckle hand gem-setting with 14 baguette-cut sapphires
Half Maltese cross-shaped
Les Cabinotiers model
88 baguette-cut sapphires and 1 sapphire cabochon for a total of approx. 3.48 carats (guaranteed minimum carat weight)
“Les Cabinotiers”, “Pièce unique”, “AC” hallmark engraved on caseback