Vacheron Constantin opens its flagship boutique in Ginza on December 5th 2021

Vacheron Constantin has announced the opening of a new flagship in the heart of Tokyo, in Ginza at 4-chome.

This new Ginza boutique pays tribute to the Maison’s longstanding history with Japan which dates back to 1917 and to the commitment to outstanding customer service.

In the 19th century, Geneva was already an international crossroads and a must-visit for the Japanese public keen on acquiring high-precision timepieces, members of the diplomatic corps, people passing through for leisure purposes, aristocrats, and many others. Acknowledged for expertise and the quality of its products, Vacheron Constantin naturally acquired a considerable portion of this clientele.

Vacheron Constantin Ginza flagship

At the beginning of the 20th century, there were already records of Japanese customers purchasing watches at Vacheron Constantin in Geneva. The Maison was introduced into Japan after signing an exclusive contract with an import agency in 1917.

In 1921, Vacheron Constantin earned recognition from some famous figures including Inazo NITOBE, author of the book entitled Bushido; Baron Tetsutaro Megada, appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the League of Nations and also a member of the Japanese imperial family.

In 1937, HRH Prince Chichibu Yasuhito (1902-1953, brother of Mikado Hirohito) and Princess Setsuko, known as “Princess Chichibu” visited the Vacheron Constantin boutique in Geneva and signed the guest book at this occasion. In 1953, His Majesty the Emperor Emeritus Akihito (the 125th Emperor of Japan) visited the Vacheron Constantin boutique and Manufacture workshops. He was welcomed by Léon Constantin and discovered the various stages involved in the production of watches.

As a demonstration of the Maison’s commitment to customer-centered service, the second floor opens onto a watchmaking bench intended to encourage interaction with an in-house watchmaker and which will be flanked by a custom strap/bracelet station featuring an innovative watch display instrument.

Vacheron Constantin Ginza flagship

Opening on 5th December 2021, Ginza Flagship will be one of the very few boutiques in the world to permanently showcase a selection of “Les Collectionneurs” vintage timepieces. According to a defined yearly schedule, rotating exhibitions of historical timepieces from the Maison private heritage collection in Geneva will also be on display.

The new Ginza flagship houses the complete Vacheron Constantin collections from simple to high complications, as well as boutique-exclusive models, the first permanent Les Collectionneurs vintage watch offering, and a rotating Les Cabinotiers assortment.

The Ginza boutique showcases exclusive artworks created in collaboration with Japanese illustrator and multi-award winning picture book author, Sugio YAMAZAKI. His style of work features a classical Japanese aesthetic that has been appreciated and used in numerous books and products. On this occasion, he created new artworks inspired by the Maison’s brand image and its vision of ‘Classic with a Twist’.

Boutique address

Vacheron Constantin Ginza flagship
Boutique address: 4-3-9 Ginza, Chuo-ward, Tokyo
Monday-Sunday: 12:00-20:00

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art “The legend of the Chinese zodiac” Year of the Tiger Limited Edition

On 1st February 2021, the traditional Chinese calendar is entering into a new year.

Considered as the king of fur animals in Chinese culture, the tiger will take over from the ox at the Chinese New Year on February 1st 2021. To mark this transition, Vacheron Constantin is releasing two new timepieces crafted from Platinum or Pink Gold.

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art “The legend of the Chinese zodiac” Year of the Tiger Limited Edition

Realised in twelve models each, these watches combine the technical excellence of Caliber 2460 G4 with the beauty of artistic crafts belonging to both Eastern and Western cultures.

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art “The legend of the Chinese zodiac” Year of the Tiger Limited Edition

The vegetal motifs appearing on the dial and based on classic Chinese iconography are etched directly in the metal. The pattern remains semi-embedded and stands out from its gold base by a subtle stage-setting of variously accentuating reliefs creating a depth effect. This makes the vegetation appear to be floating over the dial.

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art “The legend of the Chinese zodiac” Year of the Tiger Limited Edition

Then comes the stage of Grand Feu enamelling, an ancestral technique that remains the preserve of a very few particularly skilled artisans. By applying the enamel in successive layers, the enamel specialist enhances the intensity of the blue or bronze-toned dial. The animal, made of platinum or pink gold, is hand engraved and delicately applied to the dial centre.

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art “The legend of the Chinese zodiac” Year of the Tiger Limited Edition

The Vacheron Constantin self-winding calibre 2460 G4 makes it possible to create a distinctive and ideal stage-setting for the decorative arts, by giving the central dial motif a starring role.

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art “The legend of the Chinese zodiac” Year of the Tiger Limited Edition

The hands-free time display is achieved through four apertures showing the hours, minutes, days and dates. These indications – the first two of the dragging variety and the last two of the jumping type – proudly embody the longstanding savoir-faire of the Maison in designing and developing original displays.

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art “The legend of the Chinese zodiac” Year of the Tiger Limited Edition

Clearly visible through the sapphire crystal back of the platinum or pink gold case, the 22-carat oscillating weight features a decor inspired by the Maltese cross emblem. All movement components are finely finished in accordance with the criteria of the Hallmark of Geneva.

Technical details

Model: Métiers d’Art The legend of the Chinese zodiac Year of the tiger

References
86073/000P-B900
86073/000R-B901

Movement
Calibre 2460 G4
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
31 mm (11¼’’’) diameter, 6.05 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour)
237 components
27 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces

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

Case
Platinum/18K 5N pink gold
40 mm diameter, 12.72 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3bar (approx.30 meters)

Dial
18K gold, hand-engraved, Grand Feu enamelled
Hand-engraved platinum/18K 5N pink gold tiger

Strap
Dark blue/brown Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales

Clasp
Platinum/18K 5N pink gold folding clasp
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Accessories
Delivered with a corrector pen

Availability
Limited series of 12 pieces per reference
Pieces only available through the Vacheron Constantin Boutiques

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Westminster Sonnerie – Tribute to Johannes Vermeer

Vacheron Constantin’s Les Cabinotiers department has been renowned for bespoke mechanical timepieces that represent the pinnacle of fine watchmaking and artisanal skills of the Geneva Maison.

Among the recent masterpieces from the Les Cabinotiers department, the the Les Cabinotiers Westminster Sonnerie – Tribute to Johannes Vermeer is a stand-out horological marvel. A project first undertaken in 2013, this bespoke pocket watch was made according to an esteemed client’s wish. This timepiece embodies art and beauty, exceptional mechanics and technical mastery.

This magnificent micromechanical wonder is equipped with a new in-house movement, Calibre 3761 with Grande Sonnerie and tourbillon, specially developed by the team of watchmakers who designed the Reference 57260 watch.

The craftsmanship adorning this timepiece is equally extraordinary. The case is hand-engraved on its bezel, back and sides using various artisanal techniques, as well as topped by a bow adorned with two hand-sculpted lion heads. The officer-type caseback is stunningly enhanced by a miniature enamel reproduction of Vermeer’s famous painting Girl with a Pearl Earring, created by enameller Anita Porchet.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Westminster Sonnerie – Tribute to Johannes Vermeer
Vacheron Constantin Reference 9910C/000J-B413 Pocket watch, Les Cabinotiers Westminster Sonnerie – Tribute to Johannes Vermeer

Les Cabinotiers is a department in its own right within the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin, dedicated to creating single-piece editions. Following in the footsteps of the Geneva master-watchmakers known as cabinotiers in the Age of Enlightenment, the team took up the challenge of giving substance to the dream of a passionate collector who wanted a pocket watch that was technically and aesthetically exceptional, reflecting the noblest traditions of 18th century Haute Horlogerie. To create this highly complex mechanical pocket watch, it took approximately eight years.

The Les Cabinotiers Westminster Sonnerie – Tribute to Johannes Vermeer pocket watch is powered by a new 806-part manual winding calibre, regulated by a tourbillon and comprising Grande and Petite Sonnerie Westminster chimes, coupled with a minute repeater. Within the range of watchmaking complications, Grande Sonnerie models have always enjoyed a special aura, not only because of the inherent complexity of these mechanisms striking several gongs, but also because of the musical qualities required.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Westminster Sonnerie – Tribute to Johannes Vermeer

Grande Sonnerie watches have a centuries-old tradition within the Maison. Among the oldest timepieces preserved to date, the first travel clock housing such a complication dates back to 1820. When it comes to pocket watches, the oldest model with Grande and Petite Sonnerie in the Vacheron Constantin private collection is dated 1827.

It was followed by several timepieces equipped with such mechanisms, some of them representing landmark creations endowed with an array of extremely sophisticated complications, such as the “Packard” presented in 1918 or the King Fouad I watch completed in 1929.

More recently, the world’s most complicated pocket watch, Reference 57260, was presented in 2015 on the occasion of the Maison’s 260th anniversary, affirming the expertise of the Maison in the realm of exceptional watchmaking.

The client who commissioned this model wanted a real Westminster chime pocket watch with striking five gongs with five hammers, featuring a Grande and Petite Sonnerie and adorned with miniature enamel. The Calibre 3761 measures 71 mm in diameter and 17 mm thick. It is regulated by a tourbillon majestically enthroned on the lower part of the movement, visible through the caseback and performing one full revolution per minute.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Westminster Sonnerie – Tribute to Johannes Vermeer movement Calibre 3761

The tourbillon is driven by a 2.5Hz balance (18,000 vibrations per hour). The Westminster chime with which the movement is equipped with one of the most complicated striking mechanism to build, as it requires a sequence of five gongs struck in perfect harmony by their respective hammers controlled by four racks.

In wristwatches, Grande Sonnerie (grand strike) mechanisms are usually operated by a single rack, mainly for reasons of miniaturisation. The four rack and snail solution, with four racks for the hour and quarter chimes and one rack for the minute repeater, enhances the sequencing of the melodies and, as an added subtlety, enables different melodies to be played when passing the quarters.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Westminster Sonnerie – Tribute to Johannes Vermeer

The term ‘Westminster chime’ refers to the world-famous bells of Big Ben, the British Tower of Parliament in London: a four-bar melody consisting of four notes played at different frequencies. In “Grande Sonnerie” mode, the watch chimes the quarters in passing, with the hour repeated at each quarter, meaning three bars of the Westminster melody followed by five single notes for 5.45 am.

In “Petite Sonnerie” mode, it strikes the quarters at each change of quarter without repeating the hours; and at each change of hour, it strikes the fourth quarter – “the carillon” – as well as the hours. The strikework can be activated at any time by means of the slide on the side of the watch. The watch then functions as a minute repeater that chimes the quarters, minutes and hours in sequence. The selector switch positioned at 9 o’clock thus offers three possible modes.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Westminster Sonnerie – Tribute to Johannes Vermeer

In “Sonnerie” (strike) mode, the watch is automatically activated each time the quarters change, like a clock. In “Night Silence” mode, a special feature specifically developed and adapted to this 3761 calibre according to the time zone chosen by the customer, the alarm is deactivated between 11 pm and 9 am, thus saving energy as well as ensuring peace and quiet at night. The third and last “Silence” mode completely suspends the striking mechanism.

A second selector, positioned between 10 and 11 o’clock, serves to switch from Grande Sonnerie to Petite Sonnerie as preferred. The two barrels ensure an autonomy of approximately 16 hours for the musical mechanism in “Grande Sonnerie” mode and 80 hours for the time indications, with stable torque guaranteed until the end of the power reserve.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Westminster Sonnerie – Tribute to Johannes Vermeer movement Calibre 3761

Calibre 3761 is equipped with a centripetal strike governor ensuring perfect regularity of the musical sequences, of which the notes must be both distinctly audible and pleasing to the ear. The system is characterised by a pair of weights whose very special shape has been optimised so as to generate a kind of “engine-braking effect” – by centripetal force – on the regulator’s pivot axis, thereby evening-out the energy released by the barrel.

This unique and original device is also perfectly silent. In another special feature regarding the flow of time, the calibre houses a double-wheel system with clearance adjustment. Given the size of the hands, in order to avoid any potential jerking of the seconds hand positioned at 6 o’clock, such a mechanism ensures its smooth flow thanks to a system based on two coaxial toothed wheels linked by a spring serving to eliminate gear play.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Westminster Sonnerie – Tribute to Johannes Vermeer

This Les Cabinotiers model demonstrates high standards and attention to detail in terms of movement finishing. All the components are thus hand-finished – from the completely engraved balance bridge to the bridges buffed with diamond paste to achieve a mirror-polished finish, as well as the galvanic treatment of the plates adorned with Côtes de Genève and featuring a soft champagne colour – creating an overall effect evoking the noblest watchmaking traditions.

The work on the ratchet wheel and the two barrel wheels is an excellent example of these meticulous tasks. The wheels first underwent surface treatment in the form of sandblasting and then sunburst finishing, before the teeth were glazed on all five gear portions. This type of finishing consists of chamfering the teeth and giving them a mirror-polished finish on the flat parts, a skill formerly used in watchmaking and that the Maison is committed to preserving. A week of patience and meticulous care was needed to decorate these three components.

The tuning of the gongs also requires a perfectionist’s spirit. First tested before being cased-up, they are shaped in such a way as to obtain the right note for each of them. This inevitably requires touching up with a file to achieve a perfect sound. There can however be surprises once the chiming mechanism is cased up. On this model, two of the five original gongs had to be replaced for the sake of harmony. By modifying the steel alloys, the sound of the two new gongs acquired a more crystal-clear entirely in tune with the other three.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Westminster Sonnerie – Tribute to Johannes Vermeer

This “tuning” of the Grande Sonnerie thus requires several successive casing-up procedures, since the mechanism has to be removed for any adjustments during the “trial runs” of the mechanism. These are indeed not the only elements of the assembled movement that undergo retouching during these various phases, which is why the latter take place even before the case is decorated. An additional difficulty with this single-piece edition was that it was impossible to case up the entire finished movement and part of the final assembly had to be done directly inside the case.

Given the level of finishing and decoration of each component, including the case, as well as the fact that any handling manipulation could potentially impair the quality, the ten operations involved in fitting the calibre – which had to be removed the same number of times for retouching – followed by the final assembly required an uncommonly deft touch. In the end, a very small team of specialised watchmakers conducted the making of this Calibre 3761, from the development, manufacturing and finishing of the various components to the final assembly and casing-up of the movement.

The client expressed the wish that the cover of the officer-type caseback should feature a miniature enamel painting by enameller Anita Porchet. The work chosen was Girl with a Pearl Earring, painted circa 1665 by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Westminster Sonnerie – Tribute to Johannes Vermeer

Above and beyond the challenge of reproducing the work of a great master, the size of the 98 mm-diameter surface implied additional difficulties. This size of watch, corresponding more to that of historical carriage watches than to a pocket model, requires a degree of dexterity all the more accurate in that the slightest irregularity is glaringly obvious.

The result is reminiscent of the grand miniature enamel painting tradition in which Geneva came to specialise. Acknowledged since the late 16th century for its production of high-quality enamels, Geneva in fact lent its name to several terms referring to the quality of the work of its craftsmen. “Geneva enamels”, a term commonly used since that time, refers to painted enamels covered with a flux known as the “Fondant de Genève”.

This technique consists of adding a final transparent and colourless protective coating to the layers of vitrified enamel, thereby giving brilliance and depth to the artist’s work. This invention greatly benefited the timepieces of the period, which were subjected to repeated friction as pocket watches.

Only a few rare master enamellers still master these techniques. One need only think of the fact that a single layer of enamel on the young girl’s oriental turban requires at least two weeks of work given the size of the model.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Westminster Sonnerie – Tribute to Johannes Vermeer

The colour palette is similarly complex, notably including a composition of seven shades to obtain black, as well as 20 or so firings in the kiln required to stabilise the colours. In all, seven months of intermittent work were necessary to bring this portrait to life. The research and development work – notably relating to the pigments and enamels to be used – began in 2018 and the final result was completed in 2020.

While the decoration of watches and clocks using the various enamelling techniques strongly contributed to the reputation of the Fabrique de Genève which encompassed all the watchmaking and jewellery trades in the 18th century, the term “Geneva enamels” refers above all to enamel miniature painting.

This process consists of painting colours – based on metallic oxides ground to powder and then mixed with an oil-based binder – onto a layer of white enamel coating a copper or gold leaf base. Much like in gouache or oil painting, the master artisan then applies colours to a canvas, enabling a meticulous depiction – these days under a binocular microscope – of even the smallest details. After each phase, the colours are stabilised by successive firings in the kiln, with no chance of touch ups.

The main watch dial is Grand Feu enamelled in an eggshell colour with blue enamelled Roman numerals.

The style of the engravings adorning the case was carefully studied by Vacheron Constantin’s engraver in order to blend harmoniously with Vermeer’s painting. After several proposals and discussions with the client, she chose a main ornamental theme composed of acanthus leaves running along scrolls and flowers with a pearl heart. This motif echoes the theme of The Girl with the Pearl Earring with its classical and feminine decoration.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Westminster Sonnerie – Tribute to Johannes Vermeer

The talents of Vacheron Constantin’s master-engraver have created a visually striking result. Her work began by outlining the décor using a scriber. She then proceeded to create a champlevé effect by flat-hollowing around the motifs, creating volume and depth by carving them with a burin.

Observation and analysis of the pattern is essential to understand the volumes before cutting into the metal. To keep the rhythm and flexibility of the acanthus leaves along the accompanying line, the curves must be stretched. The facets and stripes are then cleaned and polished. This work requires time and patience.

Polishing is indeed a delicate operation to find the right balance between the shimmer of the metal and the volumes of the sculpture which lose their dynamic appeal if they are too rounded. In order to accentuate the shadows and to add details to the leaves and flowers, slender hollow lines are made on each of them using the fine line engraving technique involving incising or hollowing out the material.

The last operation, the point-by-point hand-chasing of the background, accentuates the contrast between the matt chased champlevé surface and the polished motifs. This operation improves legibility and highlights the decoration by its shimmering appearance. Chasing creates a decoration or a texture by striking the material, unlike engraving and sculpture which involving removing material.

The adornment of the case middle is further emphasised by a double ‘pearl’ border, a reference to the painting by Johannes Vermeer. The creation of this border begins with an even distribution of engraved squares running around the bezel and caseback. Then the engraver transforms these squares into half-beads using a beading tool with a spherically hollowed tip leaving an imprint serving to form the half-beads of metal.

Handling this instrument requires a steady, rhythmical touch. The small 0.8 mm beads are then polished by hand using a brush coated with diamond paste. The effect must be regular, while maintaining the personal deft touch that gives life to the result thanks to similar yet unique reflections. This beaded or ‘pearl’ decoration that was particularly in vogue in the early 20th century requires peerless mastery and dexterity.

Like an extension of this delicate craftsmanship performed on the case middle, the bow is a work of art in itself with its two roaring lions. At the client’s request, these three-dimensional ronde bosse sculptures are inspired by classical statues. Incredibly realistic, sculpted in a block of gold, they embody a rare degree of mastery.

Before working the material in its raw state, the Vacheron Constantin engraver made several 3D prints to determine the right volumes that would enable her to express her art. To craft the lions’ heads, which are similar yet not identical in terms of their manes, she drew with a tracing point the outlines of the two profiles, from the front and from above. It is above all a question of understanding the volumes of the head in three dimensions, before starting the sculpture, which gradually makes her lose the previously traced reference points.

The head of the animal must be imprinted in her mind as an infallible reference point throughout the process in order to give it life and character. Observation and precision are essential in creating such an animal sculpture whose expression can be totally distorted by an excessively strong touch.

The engraver first used a milling cutter to rough out the material and then several burins for increasingly fine and accurate work. The details of the satin-brushed, matt and polished textures were obtained using specific tools, some created for the occasion. A total of five months of extremely meticulous craftsmanship was required to engrave and sculpt the various elements of the pocket watch.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Westminster Sonnerie – Tribute to Johannes Vermeer Caseback view  movement Calibre 3761

In the interests of safety, particular attention was paid to the design of the hinged officer-type caseback. An internal mechanism inside the case facilitates access by enabling the user to half-open the caseback by pressing the crown-integrated pusher. A cone-shaped titanium pin serves as the hinge, concealed by gold screws, while a spring using approximately 90° of the case angle slows down the closing of the enamelled and engraved caseback.

The extraordinary length of the hands – the minutes hand is 35 mm long – is also a challenge, particularly when it comes to finishing the polished surfaces and ensuring an even surface. To enhance lightness, they are made of pfinodal, an alloy of copper, nickel and tin, and then gilded.

Technical details

Model: Les Cabinotiers Westminster Sonnerie –Tribute to Johannes Vermeer
Reference 9910C/000J-B413

Movement
Calibre 3761
Developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical manual winding
71 mm (31 ½’’’) diameter, 17.05 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 80h
Strikework power reserve (Grande Sonnerie mode): approximately 16 hours
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour)
806 components
58 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes, small seconds
Tourbillon, minute repeater, Westminster carillon

Case
18K 3N yellow gold, engraved with acanthus leaves on the case sides and with tulips and “pearl” decor on the bezel and the caseback
Bow sculpted with two lion heads
Officer-type cover, Grand Feu miniature enamelling depicting Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring painting, handmade by Anita Porchet
98 mm diameter, 32.60 mm thick

Dial
Grand Feu eggshell-coloured enamelling
Blue enamelled numerals
Golden pfinodal hands

Presentation Box
Les Cabinotiers model exclusively developed for this timepiece

Rarity
Single-piece edition
“Les Cabinotiers“, “Pièce unique”, “AC” hallmark engraved on caseback

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Limited Editions “Everest”

Swiss luxury watch brand Vacheron Constantin presents two limited edition Overseas watches inspired by the prototype worn by American explorer and photographer Cory Richards during his ascent of Mount Everest in 2019.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Limited Editions

This new offering from the brand is comprised of two a chronograph watch and a dual time model equipped with in-house self-made movements. Equipped with the self-interchangeable strap system, these two numbered 150-piece limited editions are ideal for everyday wear as well as for the most extreme adventurous activities like mountaineering.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Limited Editions

Cory Richards is one of the talents chosen by Vacheron Constantin to embody its One of not many communications campaign.

In 2019, this weathered mountaineer undertook his third ascent of the ‘roof of the world’ via the North-East Ridge – considered the most difficult and perilous route – with an Overseas dual time prototype specially developed by Vacheron Constantin on his wrist.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Limited Editions Everest Chronograph

The new Overseas models are distinguished by a powerful and distinctive style expressed through a skilful combination of materials, alternating between titanium and steel.

The case, the bezel, the pushers and pusher guards are made of titanium, a light, robust and corrosion-resistant metal. The only differences are the finishes: satin-brushed and polished for the case; polished for the pushers; bead blasted for the bezel, crown and pusher guards, reflecting the grained dial finish.

The anthracite grey tones contrast with the shimmering gleam of the stainless-steel bezel ring. On the dial side, these watches opt for an elegantly grained finish punctuated by bright orange accents, a dynamic colour matching the shade of the stitching on the Cordura® strap with nubuck calfskin lining, providing a blend of sturdiness and softness on the wrist.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Limited Editions Everest Chronograph

Both versatile and elegant, these Overseas watches are equipped with self-interchangeable strap system. This ingenious concept enables tool-free swaps between the Cordura® and rubber straps supplied with the watches, thereby adjusting the styles in step with the mood and the occasion.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Limited Editions Everest Chronograph

The Overseas chronograph “Everest” has a 42.5 mm diameter case with a contrasting combination of titanium and stainless steel. Its harmoniously dial composition ensures optimal legibility of the chronograph indications, particularly thanks to the bright orange colour of its central chronograph hand.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Limited Editions Everest Chronograph

This timepiece houses the self-winding Calibre 5200/2. This twin-barrel in-house movement is fitted with a column wheel orchestrating the chronograph function’s start, stop and reset operations. This accurate and reliable mechanism also features a vertical clutch to prevent any potential hand stuttering when the chronograph is started.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Limited Editions Everest Chronograph

The NAC treatment on the baseplate echoes the anthracite grey shades of this model, while the 22K pink gold oscillating weight bears an engraving of Mount “Everest” based on a photograph taken by Cory Richards during one of his expeditions to the Himalayan summit.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Limited Editions Everest Chronograph

Directly inspired by the prototype built to accompany Cory Richards on his latest ascent of the ‘roof of the world’, the Overseas dual time “Everest” provides all the functions useful to globetrotters and experienced explorers.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Limited Editions Everest Dual Time

Its 41 mm case is carved from a combination of titanium and stainless steel. The Overseas dual time “Everest” watch is equipped with the in-house self-winding 5110 DT/2 movement enabling simultaneous reading of two time zones.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Limited Editions Everest Dual Time

In addition to the classic local-time indications, an arrow-tipped fourth orange hand displays the original (home) time, coupled with a matching-coloured day/night indicator.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Limited Editions Everest Dual Time

The pointer-type date display at 6 o’clock is synchronised with local time, which can be adjusted by a dedicated pusher. The two time zones at 12 o’clock can be corrected by turning the crown in either direction.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Limited Editions Everest Dual Time

The base-plated of the movement is finished with the anthracite grey NAC treatment. This contemporary styled dual-time calibre is visible through the sapphire crystal caseback. The 22K pink gold oscillating weight is adorned with an engraving of Mount Everest inspired by a photograph taken by Cory Richards.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Limited Editions Everest Dual Time

Technical details

Model: Vacheron Constantin Overseas dual time “Everest”
Reference 7910V/000T-B922

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Limited Editions Everest Dual Time

Movement
Caliber 5110 DT/2
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
NAC treatment
22K pink gold Overseas oscillating weight with Everest engraving
30.6 mm (13¼’’’) diameter, 6 mm thick
Approximately 60 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
234 components
37 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours and minutes
Central seconds
Second timezone, set by the crown
Day/night (AM/PM) indication at 9 o’clock, synchronised with home time
Date at 6 o’clock, synchronized with local time, set by pusher

Case
Titanium and stainless steel
41 mm diameter, 12.8 mm thick
Bezel, crown, pusher guards and pushers in titanium
Bezel-ring in stainless steel
Screwed-down crown and quarter-turn screw-lock pushers
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistant tested at a pressure of 15 bar (approx. 150 meters)

Dial
Grey-blue grained dial
18K gold applied hour-markers
18K gold hours, minutes, seconds and counters hands
Orange dual time hands
Hours-markers and hours & minutes hands highlighted with blue Super-LumiNova®

Straps
Grey Cordura® fabric with Orange stitching, featuring a black nubuck leather lining
Delivered with a second strap in grey rubber
Clasp Titanium/Stainless steel folding clasp

Availability
Limited and numbered edition of 150 pieces
Available exclusively from Vacheron Constantin boutiques

Model: Vacheron Constantin Overseas chronograph “Everest”
Reference 5510V/000T-B923

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Limited Editions Everest Chronograph

Movement
Caliber 5200/2
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
22K pink gold Overseas oscillating weight
30.6 mm (13¼’’’) diameter, 6.6 mm thick
Approximately 52 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
263 components
54 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours and minutes
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Date
Column-wheel chronograph (30-minute and 12-hour counters)

Case
Titanium and stainless steel
42.5 mm diameter, 13.7 mm thick
Bezel, crown, pusher guards and pushers in titanium
Bezel-ring in stainless steel
Screwed-down crown and quarter-turn screw-lock pushers
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistant tested at a pressure of 15 bar (approx. 150 metres)

Dial
Grey-blue grained dial
18K gold applied hour-markers
18K gold hours, minutes, seconds and counters hands
Orange chronograph hands
Hour-markers and hours & minutes hands highlighted with blue Super-LumiNova®

Straps
Grey Cordura® fabric with Orange stitching, featuring a black nubuck leather lining
Delivered with a second strap in grey rubber
Clasp Titanium/Stainless steel folding clasp

Availability
Limited and numbered edition of 150 pieces
Available exclusively from Vacheron Constantin boutiques

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle manual-winding China Limited Edition

Vacheron Constantin presents a numbered and engraved 100-piece limited edition Traditionnelle manual-winding ladies’ watch dedicated to Mainland China in celebration of Qixi, the Chinese Valentine’s Day.

Originated from the ancient Chinese mythology, the “Qixi Festival (Chinese Valentine’s Day)” celebrates the annual rendezvous of the legendary couple, Cowherd and Weaving Maiden, on the Magpie Bridge. At the romantic time being, the hydrangeas are in full bloom in different shades of purple, therefore the festival is also known as “Purple Valentine’s Day” in China. Weaving Maiden possesses marvelous weaving skills, that she weaved the clouds into a rainbow.

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle manual-winding China Limited Edition

Purple, being the last color of the rainbow, represents not only the longing of two lovers to reunite, but also the eternal commitment towards each other as it extends into infinity.  The color Purple is also a synonym for nobility and elegance in Chinese culture.

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle manual-winding China Limited Edition

The new Traditionnelle manual-winding, China limited edition pays tribute to the romantic season and is perfectly in tune with the spirit of the collection. Faithful to the origins of Vacheron Constantin, and designed for Chinese women enamored of beautifully crafted watches that are both understated and distinguished.

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle manual-winding China Limited Edition

Issued in a 100-piece limited series exclusively for Mainland China, it asserts its style in subtle shades of purple: from the elegant opal purple of its mother-of-pearl dial to the plum purple of its alligator leather strap with 18K 5N pink gold buckle. By contrast, the 54 round-cut diamonds (approx. 0.87 ct) finely set on the bezel make the 18K 5N pink gold case the guardian of a fleeting and wonderful vision of time.

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle manual-winding China Limited Edition

Powered by the in-house manual-winding Calibre 1400, this Traditionnelle watch is equipped with hours and minutes display delivering precision and reliability in all circumstances.

The new Traditionnelle manual-winding, China Limited Edition, will be available for pre-order at Vacheron Constantin’s T-mall Flagship Store and also through its phone sales service (+86 400-623-1289) starting from July 15th, and will be available in the boutiques from August 7th.

Technical details

Model: Traditionnelle manual-winding China Limited Edition
Reference 81590/000R-B963

Movement
Calibre 1400
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, manual-winding
20.65 mm (9’’’) diameter, 2.6 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour)
98 components, 20 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Functions
Hours, minutes

Case
18K 5N pink gold
33 mm, 7.70 mm thick
Diamond-set bezel (54 brilliant-cut diamonds, approx. 0.87 ct)
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial
Opal purple mother-of-pearl
18K 5N pink gold applied hour-markers

Strap
Plum purple Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with calf inner shell, stitched-tip, square scales
18K 5N pink gold pin buckle
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Edition
Limited edition of 100 pieces, individually numbered

Vacheron Constantin announces the opening of a boutique at La Samaritaine, Paris

Vacheron Constantin, the world’s oldest watch manufacturer in continuous operation for 265 years, is proud to announce the opening of a boutique at the Samaritaine Paris Pont-Neuf, which is once again welcoming visitors after being closed for 16 years and an extraordinary renovation project.

From now on, Vacheron Constantin will host collectors and clients on the second floor of this Art Nouveau and Art Deco architectural gem, offering both the former an opportunity to browse its entire range of collections – from the simplest watches to the most complicated – as well as models developed exclusively for the boutiques.

Vacheron Constantin boutique at La Samaritaine, Paris

The design of this elegant 42 m2 setting highlights the Maison’s profound attachment to heritage and artistic crafts, expressed through walls adorned with blue straw marquetry artwork masterfully carried out by the artisans of the Ateliers Lison de Caunes; a mosaic floor representing a nod to the Vacheron Constantin boutique on Rue de la Paix; a central counter with rounded Art Deco-inspired lines specially created for the occasion.

The décor features a wealth of aesthetic details conducive to instilling a warm and welcoming atmosphere within the prestigious department store. This is an exclusive space ideally designed for private meetings, within which collectors and watch enthusiasts are sure to enjoy discovering the latest creations from the Maison.

Boutique address

Vacheron Constantin Boutique – La Samaritaine Paris Pont Neuf
9 Rue de la Monnaie, 75001 Paris
Telephone: 01 88 88 60 00
Open Monday to Sunday from 10am to 8pm

Vacheron Constantin announces new flagship in Ginza, Tokyo

Vacheron Constantin, the world’s oldest High Watchmaking Maison with 266-year uninterrupted history, announces the opening of its new flagship in Tokyo in December 2021.

The boutique will be located in the very heart of Ginza, on Harumi Avenue. Elegantly integrated within the all-new Tenshodo building, this flagship will have a unique façade inspired by the Maison’s emblem, the Maltese cross.

Vacheron Constantin announces new flagship in Ginza, Tokyo

The space will span across two floors, combining the Maison’s refinement with its commitment to exceptional retail experience and best-in-class service from an in-house master watchmaker.

The new flagship will showcase a collection of men and women’s timepieces ranging from simple models to high complications, in addition to exclusive boutique limited editions.

Says Vincent Gouget, Vacheron Constantin Japan Managing Director: “Highly visible and situated at a very prime location in Ginza, this flagship will embody Vacheron Constantin’s ‘One of not many’ spirit in Japan. It will also epitomize the Maison’s long-standing relationship and deep commitment to its Japanese clients. Our ambition: to make it the favorite destination in Tokyo for discerning Vacheron Constantin connoisseurs as well as aspiring watch collectors.”

Vacheron Constantin has 5 boutiques in Tokyo and Osaka. The existing boutique located in Ginza’s Chuo avenue will continue to serve clients after the opening of the new flagship.

Vacheron Constantin Collection Excellence Platine Traditionnelle Split-Seconds Chronograph Ultra-Thin

Vacheron Constantin presents a new Collection Excellence Platine timepiece from its Traditionnelle series. Presented at Watches & Wonders 2021, this new Traditionnelle Split-Seconds Chronograph Ultra-Thin platinum watch is produced in an individually numbered 15-piece limited series.

Vacheron Constantin Collection Excellence Platine Traditionnelle Split-Seconds Chronograph Ultra-Thin

Highly appreciated by collectors, the Collection Excellence Platine is exclusively composed of limited editions crafted from 950 platinum: case, bezel, dial, crown and folding clasp are forged in this noble metal, right the way through to the alligator leather strap sewn using woven platinum and silk thread. The other elements of the watch, such as the 18K white gold hands and hour-markers, reflect the same refined universe.

Vacheron Constantin Collection Excellence Platine Traditionnelle Split-Seconds Chronograph Ultra-Thin

Within the 42.5 mm-diameter case beats Calibre 3500, a movement launched in 2015 to mark the 260th anniversary of the Manufacture. Comprising 473 elements and beating at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour (3 Hz), it has a 48-hour power reserve.

Vacheron Constantin Collection Excellence Platine Traditionnelle Split-Seconds Chronograph Ultra-Thin

Its distinctive design makes this ultra-thin self-winding movement one of the thinnest for this type of complication (5.2 mm), enabling the watch to maintain a modest overall thickness of just 10.72 mm. The creation of an extremely thin non-spherical differential made it possible to retain the power reserve indication without affecting the movement thickness.

Vacheron Constantin Collection Excellence Platine Traditionnelle Split-Seconds Chronograph Ultra-Thin

This self-winding movement is also equipped with a 22K gold peripheral oscillating weight, adorned with motifs inspired by the Maltese cross. Mounted on ball bearings, this unusual construction provides a perfectly clear view of Caliber 3500, entirely hand decorated. This peripheral structure also serves to preserve its exceptional slimness.

Vacheron Constantin Collection Excellence Platine Traditionnelle Split-Seconds Chronograph Ultra-Thin

This calibre pays tribute to the historic construction of Haute Horlogerie chronographs with its two column-wheels and its lateral clutch mechanism. This classic construction is further enriched by numerous technically advanced features, including the dragging-display 60-minute counter which reduces the loss of amplitude generally observed when the chronograph function is activated. When the chronograph function is stopped, this type of display also provides a more legible indication of the time.

Vacheron Constantin Collection Excellence Platine Traditionnelle Split-Seconds Chronograph Ultra-Thin

The use of a split-seconds chronograph is ideal for measuring two different times. When the crown is pressed, the centre sweep-seconds hand and the split-seconds hand began running while remaining superimposed. Activating the push-piece at 2 o’clock makes the split-seconds stop, while the sweep-seconds hand continues running. A first time can thus be memorised.

Vacheron Constantin Collection Excellence Platine Traditionnelle Split-Seconds Chronograph Ultra-Thin

Another press on the 2 o’clock push-piece enables the split-seconds hand to catch up with and once again place it itself over the seconds hand. The operation may be repeated as many times as necessary to ensure several successive timings during the same event.

Vacheron Constantin Collection Excellence Platine Traditionnelle Split-Seconds Chronograph Ultra-Thin

Technical details

Model: Traditionnelle split-seconds chronograph ultra-thin
Collection: Excellence Platine
Reference: 5400T/000P-B637

Movement
Calibre 3500
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
Peripheral rotor in 22K
37.66 mm (16¾’’’) diameter, 5.2 mm thick
Approximately 48 hours of power reserve
3Hz (21,600 vibrations per hour)
473 components
47 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock
Monopusher split-second chronograph (with 60-minute counter at 3 o’clock)
Tachymetric scale
Power reserve at 6 o’clock

Case
950 platinum
42.5 mm diameter, 10.72 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial
950 platinum, sand-blasted
“Pt950” hallmark between 4 and 5 o’clock
18K white gold applied hour-markers

Strap
Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched with
950 platinum and silk, saddle-finish, large square scales

Clasp
950 platinum folding clasp
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Edition
Limited edition of 15 individually numbered pieces
“N°XX/15” engraved on caseback
Available exclusively from Vacheron Constantin boutiques

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon in Pink Gold

After a steel version in 2019, the Overseas tourbillon from Vacheron Constantin now appears attired in 18K 5N pink gold. A tourbillon, a blue lacquered dial with a sunburst satin finish and an interchangeable bracelet/strap system accompany this material that is both refined and modern – two principles deeply cherished by the Maison.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon in Pink Gold

This new Overseas tourbillon timepiece exudes elegance in every situation. Its sleekly sophisticated design stems from the dynamic and harmonious lines of its 18K 5N pink gold case and its hexagonal bezel suggesting the shape of the Maltese cross.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon in Pink Gold

The precious 42.5 mm case frames an emblematic blue lacquered dial with a sunburst satin finish reflecting a resolutely urban spirit. In addition to its deep hue specifically developed for the collection, it is distinguished by the richness of its details: a sunburst finish accentuated by elegant light effects, 18K 5N pink gold hour-markers and hands, all beautifully matching the interchangeable bracelet/straps.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon in Pink Gold

The watch can be worn as desired with a 18K 5N pink gold bracelet or a strap in blue Mississippiensis alligator leather or blue rubber. The leather and rubber straps each come with an 18K 5N pink gold pin buckle. No tools are required for these smooth and easy swaps. This simple and reliable interchangeability concept developed by the Maison enables a true sense of controlled originality.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon in Pink Gold

This timepiece is equipped with Calibre 2160, ultra-thin movement comprising 188 components. It provides 80-hour power reserve. Technical mastery is also evident in the calibre’s finishes. In addition to the open-worked tourbillon carriage, the latter features a bar whose delicate hand-chamfering requires nearly 12 hours of work on this component alone.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon in Pink Gold

On the caseback side, the 22K gold peripheral oscillating weight – adorned with motifs inspired by the Maltese cross – not only enhances the thickness of the movement, but also enables one to admire the beauty of the traditionally-finished components.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon in Pink Gold

Technical details

Model: Overseas tourbillon
Reference 6000V/110R-B733

Movement
Calibre 2160
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding, peripheral rotor
31 mm (13½’’’) diameter, 5.65 mm thick
Approximately 80 hours of power reserve
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations per hour)
188 components
30 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes, small seconds on tourbillon carriage (coloured screw)
Tourbillon

Case
18K 5N pink gold
42.5 mm diameter, 10.39 mm thick
Soft iron casing ring ensuring anti-magnetic protection
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistant tested at a pressure of 5 bar (approx. 50 metres)

Dial
Translucent blue-lacquered, sunburst satin-finished base with velvet-finished flange
18K 5N pink gold hour-markers and hours & minutes hands highlighted with Super-LumiNova®

Bracelet
18K 5N pink gold bracelet (half Maltese cross-shaped polished and satin-brushed links), secured by a 18K
5N pink gold triple-blade folding clasp with push-pieces and comfort-adjustment system

Additional straps
Blue Mississippiensis alligator leather with blue stitches
Blue rubber

Buckles
Each additional strap comes with an 18K 5N pink gold buckle

 

Vacheron Constantin – Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Skeleton in White Gold and Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin in White Gold

Vacheron Constantin expands their Overseas collection by adding two new sporty-chic perpetual calendar watches in white gold

The two latest ultra-thin perpetual calendar iterations – a skeleton version and another with a blue dial – come in a new white gold case. They embody an art of diversity reflected in the three interchangeable bracelet/straps delivered with each watch.

Vacheron Constantin - Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Skeleton in White Gold and Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin in White Gold

The respective perpetual calendar movements of these two new editions are each framed by a 41.5 mm white gold case. The ultra-thin 4.05 mm 1120 QPSQ/1 skeleton movement is visible from the front, while Calibre 1120 QP/1 can be admired through the caseback of the solid-dial version.

These timepieces demonstrate an equally admirable ability to adapt to the demands of modern life with their interchangeable bracelet/straps in white gold, blue alligator leather and blue rubber. The leather and rubber straps are each fitted with an 18K white gold pin buckle and an ingenious patented device enables tool-free changes in just seconds.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Skeleton

In 2016, the Overseas collection was reinvented with a view to exploring new horizons. A new aesthetic signature and new calibres were unveiled. One of the most recent embodiments of this approach was the perpetual calendar ultra-thin skeleton model introduced in 2020 in a pink gold version and rewarded with a prize by the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) that same year.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Skeleton

Perfectly embodying the technical and aesthetic expertise of the Maison, this watch is now presented in a new white gold interpretation exclusively available from Vacheron Constantin boutiques.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Skeleton

The sapphire crystal of this version reveals a truly magnificent sight: all the components of Calibre 1120 QPSQ/1 have been hollowed out, finished and decorated in such a way as to accentuate the functional beauty of the mechanism. The NAC-coated oscillating weight with its 22K gold segment has also been open-worked to highlight its stylised design inspired by the shape of the Maltese cross.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Skeleton

The finishing work is meticulous: from the straight-graining of the surfaces (to lend a satin-brushed look to the chamfered straight lines) and the curves (to create light effects) to circular brushing, sunburst finishing, circular-graining and polishing (to vary the depth effects), every aspect bears the imprint of the artisans’ golden touch.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Skeleton

Skeleton-working calibres as complex as this perpetual calendar with its 276 components, while ensuring both legibility and reliability, is an integral part of the Maison’s expertise. The gaze is naturally drawn to the intricate inner workings of the movement, while also reading the time on the applied 18K white gold hour-markers as well as the day of the week, date and month indications on the dial counters.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Skeleton

Whereas watches indicating the day of the week, date and month require constant adjustments in step with months of 28, 29 and 30 days, the Overseas perpetual calendar ultra-thin skeleton watch will not require the slightest intervention until the year 2100 – an ultimate user-friendly feature.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin

The Overseas perpetual calendar ultra-thin flaunts its technical complexity with all the inherent elegance and distinction of the collection. This model with its timeless design is instantly recognisable: a hexagonal bezel evoking the Maltese cross, a fluted crown, polished and satin-brushed finishes, a translucent lacquered dial with facetted and luminescent gold hour-markers and hands… This watch exudes a sense of total harmony wherever it may find itself.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin

Its blue lacquered dial with a sunburst satin finish features an aura of relaxed elegance, displaying the hours, minutes, perpetual calendar indications – meaning the day of the week, date, month and leap year by 48-month counter – and the moon phases.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin

This timepiece is driven by the emblematic Calibre 1120 QP/1, an ultra-thin self-winding mechanical movement barely 4.05 mm thick, beating at a frequency of 2.75 Hz and endowed with an approximately 40-hour power reserve.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin

Its perpetual calendar copes smoothly with calendar irregularities and will require no correction until 2100. Achieving such a performance with such a thin movement, comprising 276 components, called for authentic prowess in terms of both construction and miniaturisation.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin

This calibre is also enhanced by multiple finishing operations hand-crafted in accordance with Haute Horlogerie traditions: Côtes de Genève striped motif, straight-graining, chamfering and circular-graining. In a touch representing the height of chic style, the caseback reveals a 22K gold oscillating weight adorned with a compass rose symbolising the spirit of travel and exploration.

Technical details

Model: Overseas perpetual calendar ultra-thin skeleton
Reference 4300V/120G-B946

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Skeleton

Movement
Calibre 1120 QPSQ/1
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
22K open-worked oscillating weight inspired by the shape of a Maltese cross
NAC treatment
29.6 mm (12½’’’) diameter, 4.05 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
2.75 Hz (19,800 vibrations per hour)
276 components
36 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours and minutes
Perpetual calendar (date, day of the week, month, leap year)
Moon phases

Case
18K white gold
41.5 mm diameter, 8.1 mm thick
Soft iron casing ring ensuring anti-magnetic protection
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 5 bar (approx. 50 metres)

Dial
Sapphire
18K white gold hour-markers and hours & minutes hands highlighted with Super-LumiNova®

Bracelet
18K white gold bracelet (half Maltese cross-shaped polished and satin-brushed links), secured by a 18K white gold triple-blade folding clasp with push-pieces and comfort-adjustment system

Additional straps
Blue Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with blue stitches
Blue rubber

Buckles
Each additional strap comes with a 18K white gold buckle

Availability
Model exclusively available from Vacheron Constantin boutiques

Model: Overseas perpetual calendar ultra-thin
Reference 4300V/120G-B945

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin

Movement
Calibre 1120 QP/1
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
22K gold Overseas oscillating weight
29.6 mm (12½’’’) diameter, 4.05 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
2.75 Hz (19,800 vibrations per hour)
276 components
36 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours and minutes
Perpetual calendar (date, day of the week, month, leap year)
Moon phases

Case
18K white gold
41.5 mm diameter, 8.1 mm thick
Soft iron casing ring ensuring anti-magnetic protection
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 5 bar (approx. 50 metres)

Dial
Translucent blue-lacquered, sunburst satin-finished base with velvet-finished minute-track
18K white gold hour-markers and hours & minutes hands highlighted with Super-LumiNova®
Bracelet 18K white gold bracelet (half Maltese cross-shaped polished and satin-brushed links), secured by a 18K white gold triple-blade folding clasp with push-pieces and comfort-adjustment system

Additional straps
Blue Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with blue stitches
Blue rubber

Buckles
Each additional strap comes with an 18K white gold buckle

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Tribute to Great Explorers: Bartolomeu Dias, Vasco da Gama, and Pedro Álvares Cabral

With their new Métiers d’Art Tribute to Great Explorers series, Vacheron Constantin pays homage to the Portuguese sailors Bartolomeu Dias, Vasco da Gama and Pedro Álvares Cabral.

This series retrace the famous epic journeys of the great 15th century explorers who braved the seas and oceans to discover distant horizons. Bartolomeu Dias, Vasco da Gama, Pedro Álvares Cabral: Vacheron Constantin celebrates their spirit of adventure through a new series of three ten-piece limited editions, the Métiers d’Art Tribute to great explorers.

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Tribute to Great Explorers

Crafted in Grand Feu enamel, each dial depicts selected portions of a 1519 map from the Miller Atlas. These three masterpieces of miniaturisation and expertise are driven by the Manufacture 1120 AT movement.

With this third opus in the Métiers d’Art Tribute to great explorers collection, which completes two series presented in 2004 and 2008, Vacheron Constantin ventures into one of history’s most exhilarating chapters.

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Tribute to Great Explorers

In the wake of models dedicated to Magellan, Zheng Hé, Christopher Columbus and Marco Polo, which proved a great success with collectors, comes the turn of Bartolomeu Dias, Vasco da Gama and Pedro Álvares Cabral to be honoured through extraordinary miniature compositions enhanced by talented master artisans. They bear witness to the noble touch and impressive creativity of the enamellers whose mastery of Grand Feu enamel once again broadens the horizons of the Métiers d’Art collection.

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Tribute to Great Explorers

Inspired by a map from the 1519 Miller Atlas, of which a painted reproduction is kept in the Portuguese Maritime Museum (Museu de Marinha – Lisbon), each dial shows a part of the world and the maritime routes respectively taken by the three explorers. In order to replicate the finely nuanced colours and the extreme delicacy of the motifs, the Maison opted for the art of enamelling.

The result is three dials in Grand Feu enamel, masterpieces of patience and precision that require a full month’s work and 11 firings in the kiln at a temperature of between 800 and 900°C. These are all stages in which mastering fire proves crucial, since a few seconds too many can jeopardise several weeks of work.

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Tribute to Great Explorers

The art of enamelling is a rare skill, a subtle blend of experience and sensitivity demonstrated in each move made by the artisan. Composed of crystal and metal oxides, enamels come in the form of small blocks of colour that the enameller first crushes into an extremely fine powder. The latter is then worked to create a substance similar to paint, which is applied in successive touches, enabling the enameller to represent motifs with incredible finesse and nuance.

After coating the dial with the background colour, the enameller tackles the dial motifs, starting with the outlines of the continents, which are here enhanced with gold-coloured enamel powder. The decorative elements of this elegant composition – including the ships, fauna, flora and wind rose – are also produced using the delicate technique of miniature painting, thus serving to reproduce a host of details and subtly graded shades, obtained after numerous tests by the enameller.

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Tribute to Great Explorers

Each addition of colour requires another firing, since enamel is a mineral material that must be melted down in order to display its famous brilliance and intense depth.

All the three Métiers d’Art Tribute to great explorers models are powered by in-house Calibre 1120 AT. This movement is distinguished first and foremost by its 5.45 mm thinness enabling the 41 mm-diameter 4N pink gold case to maintain a trim 11.68 mm overall thickness guaranteeing an elegant appearance on the wrist.

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Tribute to Great Explorers

The mechanism is also distinguished by its singular construction and its original time display mode enabling the wearer to travel visually through the dial as the hours pass by. Concealed beneath the upper part of the dial, the hours wheel is equipped with three arms each bearing four hours numerals, driven in turn by a cam shaped like the Manufacture’s Maltese cross inspired emblem.

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Tribute to Great Explorers

This ingenious satellite module enables the hours to sweep across the dial from top to bottom, traversing the fixed minutes circle positioned along a 120° arc. The hours numerals thus travel through the dial and their position gives an indication of the minutes replacing a traditional hand-type display.

Revealed through the transparent caseback, the movement decorations – notably including the 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight adorned with a wind rose – are entirely worthy of its technical nature.

Métiers d’Art Tribute to great explorers –Bartolomeu Dias

If his crews had not convinced him to give up on continuing the journey beyond the southern tip of Africa, perhaps Bartolomeu Dias (1450 – 1500) would have been the first to reach the Indies. The illustrious Portuguese explorer made history in a different way, by discovering the Cape of Good Hope in 1488, paving the way for future expeditions. Bartolomeu Dias was also a member of the crew of Vasco da Gama, who led his fleet to Indies between 1497 and 1498.

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Tribute to great explorers –Bartolomeu Dias

The route taken by Bartolomeu Dias’ ships in 1488 is represented by a red line on the Grand Feu enamel dial, enhanced by numerous incredibly refined details. With the help of a magnifying glass, a close look will reveal the silhouette of the men composing the explorer’s crew on board the two ships sailing west of Africa; or the palette of shades used by the enameller to precisely reproduce the landscapes, fauna and flora as they are represented on the map of the Miller Atlas.

Métiers d’Art Tribute to great explorers – Vasco da Gama

The long journey that took him from Portugal to the coasts of India was one of the most important 15th century discoveries. The Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama (1469 –1524), who left his native country in 1497, was the first to travel from Europe and Asia by sea, following an epic and often hellish journey across the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. After circumnavigating the southern tip of Africa, his fleet of four ships sailed along the coast as far as Kenya before embarking on a crossing towards the Indies, which he reached in 1498.

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Tribute to great explorers – Vasco da Gama

The sea route taken by its crew is finely traced in red enamel on the dial, each detail of which is a very faithful reproduction of the map appearing in the Miller Atlas. The gaze will naturally be drawn to a ship from Vasco da Gama’s fleet in the dial centre, sails billowing on a stormy sea; or to the circumference of the wind rose and the continents enhanced with gold-coloured enamel powder.

Métiers d’Art Tribute to great explorers – Pedro Álvares Cabral

It is to this Portuguese aristocrat and explorer that we owe the discovery of Brazil in 1500. Pedro Álvares Cabral (1467 – 1520) was commissioned by King Manuel I of Portugal to travel to the Indies to continue the work of Vasco da Gama, but he took a very different route from his contemporary. Rather than sailing along the African coast to the southern tip of Africa, the fleet led by Pedro Álvares Cabral headed west, until they discovered a new world, Brazil.

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Tribute to great explorers – Pedro Álvares Cabral

This route is depicted by a red enamel line standing out against a beige enamel background punctuated by extremely faithful representations of the elements present on the map of the Miller Atlas. In the centre of the dial, a ship from Pedro Álvares Cabral’s fleet, sails buffeted by the wind, proudly cleaves the sea in an extraordinarily lifelike manner. The accuracy of the craftsmanship is also expressed in the shimmering feathers of the birds as well as in the depiction of human figures on the South American continent.

Technical details

Model: Métiers d’Art Tribute to great explorers

References
7500U/000R-B687: Bartolomeu Dias
7500U/000R-B688: Vasco da Gama
7500U/000R-B689: Pedro Álvares Cabral

Movement
Calibre 1120 AT
Developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
22K gold oscillating weight with tapisserie decor
32.80 mm (12 ½ ‘’’ diameter), 5.45 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
2.75 Hz (19,800 vibrations per hour)
205 components
36 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Dragging hours, minutes

Case
18K 4N pink gold
41mm diameter, 11.68 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial
18K gold, two-level dial, Grand Feu enamel
Enamelled hour-markers

Strap
Blue Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales

Clasp
18K 4N pink gold folding clasp
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Edition
Limited series of ten timepieces per reference
Models available exclusively through the Vacheron Constantin Boutiques

Vacheron Constantin Égérie self-winding diamond-pavé

At the crossroads between Haute Horlogerie and Haute Couture, the Égérie collection by Vacheron Constantin reveals a new facet of its personality with two new Égérie self-winding diamond-pavé models.

Vacheron Constantin Égérie self-winding diamond-pavé

The Égérie self-winding diamond-pavé watch catches and reflects light from all angles. A stunning setting of 303 diamonds accentuating the slender bezel, flanks, lugs and even inter-lugs of its 35mm-diameter case in 18K white gold or 18K 5N pink gold. The gold dial sparkles with the same brilliance.

Vacheron Constantin Égérie self-winding diamond-pavé

Adorned with 574 diamonds, it transforms the passing of time into a truly dazzling sight. The show begins with the offset date appearing in a diagonal formed by the Vacheron Constantin logo and the crown positioned between 1 and 2 o’clock, which is topped with a rose-cut diamond adding a daring touch of coquetry. This skilful composition of curves and interlaced circles is punctuated by 18K gold Arabic numerals scalloped like fine lace and swept over by slim gold hands.

Vacheron Constantin Égérie self-winding diamond-pavé

A clever interchangeable strap enables the wearer to change the look of the watch as she wishes: satin or satin-effect alligator leather, night blue coloured for the white gold version; candied chestnut coloured for the pink gold model. Once chosen, the strap is simply and easily clipped to the case in a smooth tool-free move. The gold pin buckles mounted on each strap, set with 17 diamonds, sets the perfect finishing touch.

Vacheron Constantin Égérie self-winding diamond-pavé

The Égérie self-winding diamond-pavé watch is equipped with calibre 1088, a self-winding Manufacture movement with a 40-hour power reserve. The sapphire crystal on the caseback affords an admirable view of the Haute Horlogerie finishes: a hand-crafted Côtes de Genève motif and an opened 22K gold oscillating weight inspired by the shape of the Maltese cross.

Vacheron Constantin Égérie self-winding diamond-pavé

Technical details

Model: Égérie self-winding diamond-pavé

References
4606F/000G-B649
4606F/000R-B648

Movement
Calibre 1088
Manufacture calibre
Mechanical, self-winding
20.8 mm (9’’’) diameter, 3.83 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour)
144 components
26 jewels

Indications
Hours, minutes, centre seconds
Date

Case
18K white gold /18K 5N pink gold
Set with 303 round-cut diamonds
35 mm diameter, 9.54 mm thick
Crown set with a rose-cut diamond
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial
18K gold set with 574 round-cut diamonds
18K white gold / 18K 5N pink gold ring set with diamonds
18K white gold / 18K 5N pink gold applied Arabic numerals and Index

Straps
Delivered with two interchangeable straps
Night blue/candied chestnut satin-effect Mississippiensis alligator leather strap and night blue/candied chestnut satin strap

Buckle
Delivered with two 18K white gold /18K 5N pink gold pin buckles (directly mounted on the straps), each set with 17 round-cut diamonds

Total diamond-setting
912 diamonds, for a total weight of approx. 4.10 carats (guaranteed minimum carats)

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Regulator Perpetual Calendar – Moonlight Jewellery Sapphire

Vacheron Constantin presents a single-piece edition Les Cabinotiers timepiece featuring a regulator-type display and perpetual calendar with precision moon phases, powered by in-house Calibre 2460 RQP. Set with precious stones on the bezel and the delicately guilloché dial, this model combines a technical display mode with an elegant reading of time. This new model, presented at Watches & Wonders 2021, is part of the theme of the Maison for 2021: entitled Classic with a Twist.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Regulator Perpetual Calendar – Moonlight Jewellery Sapphire

Watches with a regulator-type display are reminiscent of the precision clocks developed for astronomers more than 200 years ago. This concept has been picked up in the creation of this single-piece edition Les Cabinotiers regulator perpetual calendar – Moonlight Jewellery Sapphire timepiece, whose astronomical references are accentuated by a perpetual calendar function with precision moon phases.

These Haute Horlogerie complications are highlighted by the artisans of the Manufacture. To lend depth to the delicately hand-engraved guilloché dial, sparkling diamond and sapphire edging echoes the diamond-set bezel, in an alternation elegantly accentuating the various timekeeping and astronomical displays.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Regulator Perpetual Calendar – Moonlight Jewellery Sapphire

The single-piece edition Les Cabinotiers regulator perpetual calendar – Moonlight Jewellery Sapphire watch is immediately set apart by its regulator-type display. Powered by self-winding Calibre 2460 RQP, this timepiece offers a separate reading of the minutes with a central hand and the hours on a dial positioned at 12 o’clock.

This way of indicating time by non-coaxial markers dates back to the late 17th century. Through their observations of the sky and the path of heavenly bodies, astronomers soon realised the necessity of reliable and regular time measuring instruments. To meet this need, horologists developed regulating clocks, also known as master clocks, because they were used as reference timekeepers.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Regulator Perpetual Calendar – Moonlight Jewellery Sapphire

The extreme precision of these clocks stemmed from bimetallic pendulums used to compensate for the effect of temperature variations. In addition, by offering a display of the hours and seconds on separate counters along with a central minutes hand, they enabled clear and accurate readings of the timekeeping indications.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Regulator Perpetual Calendar – Moonlight Jewellery Sapphire

This mechanical invention was not forgotten with the advent of pocket watches, followed by wristwatches, and was especially favoured for the originality and extreme legibility of its display. The Les Cabinotiers regulator perpetual calendar – Moonlight Jewellery Sapphire watch echoes this layout, further enhanced by a perpetual calendar with precision moon phases as a tribute to the astronomical origins of regulators. In place of the small seconds hand, the 6 o’clock counter thus serves to indicate the date and the moon phases.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Regulator Perpetual Calendar – Moonlight Jewellery Sapphire

The mechanical difficulty inherent in moon phases is the duration of a lunar cycle – i.e. 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes, 2.8 seconds (29.5305881 days) – which must be regulated by movements based on a sexagesimal system. To achieve this, the most common solution consists of rounding off lunar cycles to 29.5 days, enabling the moon phases to be activated via a 59-tooth gear with two lunar cycles – a solution which results in an approximately one-day discrepancy every 32 months.

More complex yet more accurate, the system based on a 135-tooth gear yields what is known as a precision astronomical moon phase display, whose drift amounts to only one day every 122 years and 46 days. It is precisely this device that has been integrated into the perpetual calendar of Calibre 2460 RQP with its 40-hour power reserve.

Successfully keeping step with the vagaries of the Gregorian calendar and requiring no adjustment until 2100, this perpetual calendar is distinguished on this timepiece by the indication of the days and months through apertures on either side of the hours dial, which itself bears the leap-year indication at 4 o’clock. The date is displayed by a pointer and the moon phases appear on the subdial at 6 o’clock.

Perfectly illustrating the creative spirit of Vacheron Constantin, this single-piece edition has been preciously embellished by the gifted artist’s hands of artisans. On the dial swept over by white gold hands, the guilloche artist has created a delicate spiral pattern, enhanced by a row of 44 baguette-cut diamonds rimming the bezel.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Regulator Perpetual Calendar – Moonlight Jewellery Sapphire

The silver-toned dial is also set with an edging of precious stones facing the minute track, a border composed of 36 baguette-cut diamonds, alternating with 10 sapphires positioned every five minutes. The spark of the sapphires is further accentuated by the two hours and moon-phase subdials, which adopt the same dark blue hue.

The noble distinction of this timepiece with its 42 mm 18K white gold case is perceptible even in the meticulous hand finishing adorning the movement. The watch’s sapphire caseback reveals the delicate circular graining of the mainplate with bridges featuring the Côtes de Genève motif, as well as the subtle guilloché pattern on the 18K 5N gold oscillating weight.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Regulator Perpetual Calendar – Moonlight Jewellery Sapphire

The Les Cabinotiers regulator perpetual calendar – Moonlight Jewellery Sapphire watch is fitted with a dark blue alligator leather strap, secured by an 18K gold pin buckle whose outline is inspired by the shape of a Maltese cross adorned with 12 baguette-cut diamonds.

Each year, the Les Cabinotiers department unveils a range of single-piece editions relating to a theme cherished by Vacheron Constantin. The year 2021 is dedicated to “Le Temps Céleste” (which means Celestial Time), with timepieces referring to the astronomical origins of time measurement.

Technical details

Collection: Les Cabinotiers
Model: Regulator perpetual calendar – Moonlight Jewellery Sapphire
Reference 4007C/000G-B709

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

Indications
Hours and minutes
Perpetual calendar
Moon phases

Case
18K white gold, bezel set with 44 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 2.9 cts)
42 mm diameter, 11.80 mm thick

Dial
Silver-toned dial hand-guilloché with spiral motif, set with 36 baguette-cut diamonds (0.6 ct) and 10 sapphires (0.2 ct)
18K white gold hands

Strap
Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
Clasp: 18K white gold buckle set with 12 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 1.1 cts)

Presentation box
Les Cabinotiers model

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

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Sky Chart Leo Constellation Jewellery

Vacheron Constantin presents the Les Cabinotiers minute repeater tourbillon sky chart Leo constellation Jewellery watch, a single-piece edition adding an artistic dimension to the technical prowess of its Calibre 2755 TMRCC. The Manufacture’s craftsmen, gemsetters and guilloché specialists have adorned an extraordinarily complex timepiece with a creative and original evocation of the Leo constellation.

This new model, presented at Watches & Wonders 2021, is part of the theme of the Maison for 2021: entitled Classic with a Twist, it highlights Vacheron Constantin’s creative energy, guided by an identity that celebrates a heritage and dares to deliver the unexpected.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Sky Chart Leo Constellation Jewellery

Early astronomers’ observations led them to recognise animal forms in the configuration of the constellations, including that of a lion. Vacheron Constantin’s artisan drew inspiration from this to highlight the astronomical complication of this single-piece edition Les Cabinotiers watch.

Hand-guilloché and set with diamonds forming the Leo constellation, the noble creature stands majestically on the dial, framed by a case set with baguette-cut sapphires. This artistic and artisanal interpretation adds an artistic dimension to the technical prowess of Calibre 2755 TMRCC, which combines a tourbillon regulating device, a minute repeater in the grand tradition of the Maison’s striking watches, as well as a rotating sky chart.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Sky Chart Leo Constellation Jewellery

The watch flaunts its elegance in an 18K white gold case measuring 45 mm in diameter and barely 15.1 mm thick, fitted with a dark blue alligator strap secured by a gemset gold buckle.

Already accentuated by the presence of a tourbillon, the complexity of the Les Cabinotiers minute repeater tourbillon sky chart Leo constellation Jewellery watch is further heightened by the mobile representation of the sky chart on the back of the watch. This vision of the constellations inspired the motif adorning the guilloche opaline dark blue dial, itself enhanced by the sparkling case adorned with 100 baguette-cut sapphires bezel-set on the lugs, crown and bezel.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Sky Chart Leo Constellation Jewellery

The Leo constellation is staged to great effect on the dial. A masterpiece of hand guilloché craftsmanship created in the Vacheron Constantin workshops, the feline’s silhouette is composed of a multitude of triangles bearing their own motifs.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Sky Chart Leo Constellation Jewellery

Since the rose engines operated by skilled artisans with an artist’s touch are designed to engrave decorative elements that are generally circular and geometric, it is easy to grasp the difficulties implied by depicting a lion in the form of a combination of polygons whose linear engravings provide striking depth effects. The stars composing the constellation are represented by brilliant-cut diamonds adorning the great cat’s tawny coat.

The 413-component Calibre 2755 TMRCC of the Les Cabinotiers minute repeater tourbillon sky chart Leo constellation Jewellery watch combines three horological complications in the technical, astronomical and musical categories.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Sky Chart Leo Constellation Jewellery

This manual-winding movement with a 58-hour power reserve is equipped with a one-minute tourbillon bearing the small seconds hand. Invented at the beginning of the 19th century, this device – which incorporates the escapement as well as the balance-and-spring assembly within a mobile carriage – is designed to compensate for the effects of the Earth’s gravity on the regulator’s isochronism, thereby enhancing its precision.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Sky Chart Leo Constellation Jewellery

This tourbillon is distinguished by its carriage shaped like a Maltese cross – Vacheron Constantin’s signature emblem since 1880 – and featuring a bar on which the delicate finishing operations involving manual chamfering and polishing require a full 36 hours of work.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Sky Chart Leo Constellation Jewellery

Displayed through the back of the watch on a concave dial designed to accentuate the depth effect, the sky chart offers a striking view of the Milky Way and the constellations that appear in real time, as if through a telescope.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Sky Chart Leo Constellation Jewellery

For the sake of accuracy, this sky chart performs a complete rotation in one sidereal day. Taking a fixed star in the sky as a reference point, the time required by the Earth to complete a full 360° rotation, or sidereal day, is exactly 23 h 56 min 4 s. Since the Earth rotates both within itself and around the Sun, it takes about four minutes less than on a calendar day to find its point of origin in relation to the given star.

This sidereal time can be read off counter-clockwise on the 24-hour circle, graduated in 10-minute increments, opposite the current date appearing on a rotating disc with a five by five-day scale. This display is essential for correctly adjusting the sky chart moving beneath the sapphire crystal. The sapphire crystal also bears an off-centred ellipse serving to highlight the exact position of the constellations in the Northern hemisphere at the moment the watch is consulted.

The watch is also equipped with a minute repeater enabling the hours, quarters and minutes to be chimed on demand. To create this particularly complex striking mechanism, controlled by a slide-piece housed in the case middle, Vacheron Constantin’s engineers and watchmakers were inspired by the work carried out on the 2005 La Tour de l’Île watch, and in particular its centripetal strike governor.

This silent system makes it possible to perfectly regulate the duration of musical sequences in order to obtain a distinct and harmonious sound of the notes played for the hours, quarters and minutes by the hammers striking two circular gongs.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Sky Chart Leo Constellation Jewellery

Each year, the Les Cabinotiers department unveils a range of single-piece editions relating to a theme cherished by Vacheron Constantin. The year 2021 is dedicated to “Celestial Time”, with timepieces referring to the astronomical origins of time measurement.

In the Vacheron Constantin universe, Les Cabinotiers represents a department in its own right dedicated to the personalisation of Grand Complication models and single-piece editions. This tradition dates back to the 18th century, an age when master-watchmakers were called “cabinotiers” and worked in ateliers bathed in natural light, known as cabinets and located on the top floors of Geneva’s buildings.

In the hands of these learned artisans, open to the new ideas of the Enlightenment, exceptional timepieces were born, inspired by astronomy, mechanical engineering and the arts. This expertise, which constitutes the great Geneva watchmaking tradition, has been flowing through Vacheron Constantin’s veins since 1755.

Technical details

Model: Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater tourbillon sky chart Leo constellation Jewellery
Reference 9737C/000G-005C

Movement
Calibre 2755 TMRCC
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical manual winding
33.90 mm (14¾’’’) diameter, 9.40 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 58h
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour)
413 components
38 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes
Small seconds at 6 o’clock on tourbillon carriage
Tourbillon
Minute repeater
Sky chart

Case
18K white gold, set with 60 baguette-cut sapphires on the bezel (approx. 3.8 cts), 24 baguette-cut sapphires on case sides (approx. 1.9 cts) and 16 baguette-cut sapphires on lugs (approx. 0.3 ct.)
45 mm diameter, 15.10 mm thick

Dials (front & back)
18K white gold, opaline dark blue dial, Leo constellation hand-guilloché
9 brilliant-cut diamonds as hour-markers (approx. 0.03 ct)
18k white gold hands

Strap
Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
18K white gold pin buckle set with 16 baguette-cut sapphires (approx. 1 ct)
18k white gold folding clasp set with 16 baguette-cut sapphires (approx. 1.10 cts)

Presentation box
Les Cabinotiers model

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

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Armillary Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar – Planetaria

Unveiled at the digital Watches and Wonders event in April 2021 by Vacheron Constantin, the Les Cabinotiers Armillary Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar – Planetaria is a single-piece edition timepiece with a retrograde jumping perpetual calendar regulated by a double-axis tourbillon and complemented by a three-dimensional representation of the two hemispheres designed to provide 24-hour and day/night indications.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Armillary Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar – Planetaria

Equipped with a new Calibre 1991 in-house movement, this timepiece celebrates the astronomical function par excellence: the perpetual calendar with precision moon phases. With its retrograde date appearing along a right-hand arc on the dial, as well as its circular retrograde month and day indications framing depictions of the Earth’s two hemispheres providing day/night indications, this timepiece is also regulated by a double-axis tourbillon.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Armillary Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar – Planetaria

Extraordinarily complex with its 745 components, mechanical manual-winding Calibre 1991 is the result of a four-year development process. It powers two rotating globes representing the Earth’s hemispheres, regulated by a double-axis armillary tourbillon. It corresponds to an innovative interpretation of the perpetual calendar, the astronomical complication par excellence which “reads off” the specificities of the calendar without requiring any adjustments before 2100.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Armillary Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar – Planetaria

Another distinctive feature lies in the retrograde displays of the perpetual calendar’s days, dates and months. Mounted on ball bearings to ensure smooth, linear operation, the date display follows a circular arc to the right of the hours and minutes dial.

In keeping with the watch’s astronomical vocation, the centre of the timekeeping dial bearing hour-markers is dedicated to the moon phases. These appear according to their respective evolution in the two hemispheres, in perfect symmetry with the two rotating globes, and with a degree of precision requiring a mere one-day correction every 122 years.

The perpetual calendar functions continue with the leap year appearing through a 5 o’clock aperture, along with circular day and month indications at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock based on a jumping retrograde pallet-type display system.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Armillary Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar – Planetaria

In the centre of the two counters, the two globes representing the Northern and Southern hemispheres perform complete rotations in opposite directions on a graduated 24-hour scale around the rim. The shaded areas of the domed sapphire crystal used for the day/night indication have been positioned in such a way that the armillary tourbillon resembles a sun darting its rays across the surface of the Earth.

Making the super-thin (0.35 mm) sapphire crystal featuring the domes and extending over the retrograde date display required a great deal of ingenuity. A crown-integrated pusher enables simultaneous adjustment of the world-time function of the two globes.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Armillary Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar – Planetaria

In an additional challenge for the movement’s designers, who are consistently concerned with achieving optimal balance and aesthetic appeal, they had to imagine and design a retrograde system for the day and month indications leaving sufficiently ample space to admire the beating of the bi-axial armillary tourbillon with its spherical balance-spring.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Armillary Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar – Planetaria

The complex mechanics of Calibre 1991 are perfectly epitomised in its armillary tourbillon, a technical challenge as well as a spectacular sight in itself. This movement regulating device endowed with a 60-hour power reserve benefited from the research conducted on the world’s most complicated timepiece, Reference 57260.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Armillary Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar – Planetaria

This construction is positioned on the left side of the piece, beneath the sapphire crystal ‘bubble’. Forming a sphere in perpetual motion, the tourbillon was named “armillary” in reference to French watchmaker Antide Janvier, who towards the end of the 18th century invented a moving planetary sphere known as an armillary, and regarded as one of his most accomplished masterpieces.

Another technical feature of the mechanism of this piece is the cylindrical balance-spring coupled with the balance. Invented by Jacques-Frédéric Houriet in 1814, this variant devoid of terminal curves gives the tourbillon a perfectly concentric beat, thereby ensuring enhanced isochronism.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Armillary Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar – Planetaria

In order to transmit to this balance-spring the impulses corresponding to a frequency of 18,000 vibrations per hour (2.5 Hz), Vacheron Constantin has developed an escapement consisting of a silicon escape-wheel and a lever with diamond pallets, materials reducing friction without any need for lubrication and thus increasing the precision of the mechanism.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Armillary Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar – Planetaria

Every single detail of the finishes gracing this single-piece edition highlights this ingenious astronomical orchestration of time. Two galvanically treated titanium globes weighing barely 0.12 grams rotate gently on the finely grained dial.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Armillary Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar – Planetaria

The 24-hour counters surrounding them are circular satin-finished with transfers, while the day, month and date indications are printed beneath the sapphire crystal.

The timekeeping dial features Roman numerals in the form of polished gold appliques. These Haute Horlogerie finishes are beautifully framed by an 18K 5N pink gold case measuring 46 mm in diameter and fitted with an alligator leather strap.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Armillary Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar – Planetaria

In the Vacheron Constantin universe, Les Cabinotiers represents a department in its own right dedicated to the personalisation of Grand Complication models and single-piece editions. Each year, the Les Cabinotiers department unveils a range of single-piece editions relating to a theme cherished by Vacheron Constantin. The year 2021 is dedicated to “Le Temps Céleste” (which means Celestial Time), with timepieces referring to the astronomical origins of time measurement.

Technical details

Collection: Les Cabinotiers
Model: Armillary Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar – Planetaria
Reference 9820C/000R-B707

Movement
Calibre 1991
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical manual winding
35 mm diameter, 11.20 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 60h
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour)
745 components
94 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours and minutes
Double-axis armillary tourbillon
Perpetual calendar
Retrograde date, day and month
Moon phases in Northern and Southern hemispheres
Northern and Southern day/night and 24h indication

Case
18K 5N pink gold
46 mm diameter, 20.20 mm thick

Dials (front & back)
18K gold, opaline silvered dial
18k 5N pink gold hands

Strap
Dark brown Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
Clasp: 18K 5N pink gold folding clasp

Presentation box
Les Cabinotiers model

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

Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921

Swiss luxury watch manufacture Vacheron Constantin is celebrating the 100th anniversary of a historic watch nicknamed the American 1921 produced primarily for the American market in a very limited number of pieces. This new Historiques American 1921 series offers three variations: two white gold models and a 100-piece Collection Excellence Platine limited edition.

Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921 collection 2021

Introduced exactly a century ago, the American 1921 model is one of the most outstanding landmarks in the heritage of the Manufacture, which celebrates its avant-garde spirit through three new variations dedicated to vintage watch collectors and connoisseurs. A cushion-type case, the diagonal display, the crown positioned between 1 and 2 o’clock are all visual twists testifying to an aesthetic that appeals as much by its offset design as its timeless nature.

Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921 white gold models

Three new versions of the American 1921 are presented to mark the 100th anniversary: two models in 18K white gold and a 100-piece limited edition from the Collection Excellence Platine, powered by the in-house manual-winding movement, Calibre 4400 AS.

Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921 platinum model

With its generous 28.50 mm diameter magnified by the transparency of the sapphire caseback, this calibre is offset from its usual axis, while its imposing barrel ensures an approximately 65-hour (three-day) power reserve.

The American 1921 model stands out first and foremost in terms of design, with an elegantly understated cushion-shaped case defining its look. It is also distinguished by a stage-setting approach to the path of time. Unexpectedly offset by means of a 45-degree counter-clockwise rotation, the calibre enables a diagonal reading of time, while the crown is placed between 1 and 2 o’clock in the upper right-hand corner of the case. The result is a watch that is as strikingly original as it is appealing.

Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921 vintage watches

The initial versions produced were notably appreciated by driving enthusiasts who could thus read the time at a glance without having to take their hands from the steering wheel. The perfect gentleman driver’s watch, it was also adopted by elegant and avant-garde circles. A look through the archives reveals that two such watches belonged to American writer and clergyman Samuel Parkes-Cadman.

Renowned for his fight for racial equality and the struggle against anti-Semitism, the man was a pioneer at heart. He is notably known to have been one of the first to use radio to broadcast his sermons to several million listeners; and is thought to have opted for this watch because it allowed him to read the time easily and discreetly while preaching.

Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921 watch owned by Samuel Parkes-Cadman

One of the two timepieces he owned is now part of Vacheron Constantin’s heritage collection. This extremely rare model served as direct inspiration for the three new timepieces presented in 2021.

(1) Historiques American 1921, White Gold 40 mm

With its 18K white gold case, offset dial and crown boldly positioned between 1 and 2 o’clock, this American 1921 model reprises the aesthetic codes first outlined 100 years ago in the Vacheron Constantin workshops. This watch has a generous 40 mm case framing a finely grained silver-toned dial.

Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921, White Gold 40 mm

This extremely pared-down face bears Arabic numerals and a black-painted minutes track, along with slender 18K gold Breguet-type hands and a baton-type hand on the seconds counter – all three in black. This distinctive appearance is complemented by a brown calf leather strap crafted in the Milan-based workshops of Serapian, the Italian leather goods company founded in 1928.

Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921, White Gold 40 mm

Visible through the sapphire crystal caseback, the manual-winding Vacheron Constantin Calibre 4400 AS is offset from its usual axis.