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Insula Properties – Arquitectura de vanguardia en ubicaciones únicas

Insula Properties – Arquitectura de vanguardia en ubicaciones únicas

Insula Properties fue fundada para crear sitios inigualables. Ubicaciones ideales en las que construir sueños. Porque el lugar perfecto merece proyectos únicos, sostenibles y atemporales, donde el diseño
eleve la experiencia de vivir a un estilo de vida. Distinguidas casas residenciales en emplazamientos privilegiados, una inversión de futuro.

Equipo Ínsula Properties 

Con el objetivo de fomentar la arquitectura de vanguardia en ubicaciones únicas, Pro.ces (fundada por Udo Fuhrmann y Dennis Isenburg) y Jose Barea Arquitectos unen sus fuerzas para lanzar Insula Properties, aunando así la dilatada experiencia de un promotor y consultor de proyectos internacionales y la visión de un estudio de arquitectura basado en la brillantez y la excelencia.

Pro.ces GmbH, con sede en Emdem (Alemania), lleva mucho tiempo desarrollando proyectos de construcción. Para varios proyectos de construcción, pro.ces GmbH puede confiar en una amplia red de socios, así como en muchos años de experiencia en la industria de la construcción. Experiencia que se traslada a los proyectos de edificación que se llevan a cabo, ya sea en edificación residencial y comercial, en el sector de la atención a personas mayores o en edificios catalogados. Esto permite que los proyectos se realicen de manera confiable, en tiempo y con una alta calidad arquitectónica y constructiva.

Por su parte, Jose Barea Arquitectos, integra un equipo de profesionales unidos por un objetivo común: crear espacios en los que mejorar la calidad de vida e inspirar a otros arquitectos
y generaciones. Cada concepto arquitectónico se estudia y refina repetidamente, impulsado por el deseo de generar edificios que sean tan eficientes funcionalmente como visualmente impactantes.

 

 

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Girard-Perregaux – Tourbillon with three flying bridges Aston Martin Edition

Girard-Perregaux – Tourbillon with three flying bridges -Aston Martin Edition

  • New Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition celebrates the shared passions of the two luxury brands
  • This is the first timepiece to be offered after Girard-Perregaux was announced as Official Watch Partner of Aston Martin in February
  • World premiere – black calf leather strap featuring Girard-Perregaux’s exclusive Rubber Alloy
  • Just 18 Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition will be made

La Chaux-de-Fonds – Switzerland: The first timepiece borne of the recently announced partnership between Girard-Perregaux and Aston Martin has been revealed today. The Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition unites the watchmaking expertise of Girard-Perregaux with Aston Martin’s unique knowledge of luxury and performance.

Both brands demonstrate a passion for refined craftsmanship and have been working together, sharing their understanding of design, materials and technology. This latest model celebrates the iconic Three Bridges pocket watch from the 19th century in a decidedly contemporary way, down to the smallest details, including the strap. The latter is a world premiere, presented in black calf leather and featuring Rubber Alloy, an innovative rubber insert injected with white gold. The design of the strap is intended to evoke thoughts of Aston Martin racing cars of the past.

Upholding Girard-Perregaux tradition, this model skilfully plays with proportions and shapes much to the delight of aesthetes.The 44 millimetre case of the Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition is formed of Grade 5 titanium, a strong, hypoallergenic alloy selected by Aston Martin for its
lightweight properties. It is suffused with black DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon), bestowing the watch with a stealthy appearance. Interestingly, titanium ore was discovered in Great Britain, the home of Aston Martin, back in 1791 by an English clergyman, William Gregor, in the same year Girard-Perregaux was founded.

A sapphire crystal ‘box’ is positioned front of house, as well as to the rear, coaxing light to illuminate the case interior, thereby augmenting readability. The movement eschews a mainplate, sitting between both panes of sapphire crystal and seemingly floating in mid-air. Three bridges, an iconic signature of Girard-Perregaux, span the dial and are formed of titanium with black PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) treatment and polished angles. The design endows the timepiece with an airy appearance, affording breathtaking views of movement components ordinarily hidden from view. While Girard-Perregaux has a long history of making the invisible visible, in this instance it has ventured off-piste, creating a watch whose movement appears to levitate within the case. This is achieved by paring back the movement, causing the mainplate to seemingly disappear, thereby creating the illusion of the movement flying within the case. It was this particular characteristic that led to the term ‘Flying Bridges’.


The cage of the tourbillon, positioned in the lower portion of the dial, is ‘lyre-shaped’, a characteristic found on all the company’s tourbillons dating back to the 19th century. A blued hand affixed to the cage imparts the running seconds. The tourbillon cage, measuring a mere 10mm in diameter, is composed of 79 components which collectively weigh only 0.25 grams. This remarkably low figure helps mitigate energy consumption.

The barrel, positioned at 12 o’clock, is openworked, affording partial views of the mainspring. A white gold micro-rotor, positioned beneath the barrel, energises the mainspring and, unlike most automatic watches, it grants unobstructed views of the movement. The car company’s name is engraved on the vertical flank of the micro-rotor and is filled with white luminescent treatment which appears blue in restricted light. Likewise, the indexes and hands are also treated with white luminescent treatment and, once again, emit a blue glow in dim light.

Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Girard-Perregaux, said, “We are delighted to partner with Aston Martin, entrusting their team with arguably our most iconic timepiece, delivering a fresh perspective on Haute Horlogerie. Rarely do we work with others to reinterpret the Three Bridges, however, on this occasion, we have made an exception, mindful of Aston Martin’s prowess for design.

“When viewing the design of an Aston Martin, you will note the firm’s distinctive front grille, first seen on the DB Mark III of the late 50s. Likewise, the scoops and side strakes found on the company’s modern-day models are functional elements, intended to improve airflow while enriching the overall appearance of each car.”

“At Girard-Perregaux we share a similar philosophy. For example, when the Maison released the now-legendary Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges in 1867, it transformed three functional elements into attractive aesthetic features and demonstrated an approach that we continue to employ today. Finally, this latest partnership provides a fascinating chapter in Girard-Perregaux’s 230-year history.”Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer adds: ‘The greatest of the challenges we faced with the design of this new timepiece were those of scale, as you can imagine. We had to consider lines and proportion on a far smaller scale than we are used to in the realm of automotive design. That said, good design is good design, whether it is a watch or a car, the principles remain the same. I’m delighted with the finished watch and congratulate everyone who worked on this project as this collaboration has produced a timepiece of great beauty.

The Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition, a limited edition of 18 pieces, is immediately available worldwide in all authorised Girard-Perregaux retailers.

PATEK PHILIPPE X TIFFANY & CO. NAUTILUS WATCH
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Phillips tiene el honor de ofrecer el único reloj disponible públicamente de Patek Philippe y Tiffany Blue® Nautilus.

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Patek Philippe Ref. 5711/1A-018

Un histórico, muy importante y nuevo reloj de pulsera de acero inoxidable con esfera, fecha y brazalete lacados en “Tiffany Blue”, con certificado de origen y caja de presentación, cuyas ganancias beneficiarán a The Nature Conservancy.

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2021 Caja de 40 mm de diámetro, esfera, movimiento y brazalete firmados

Estimación en exceso de $ 50,000

  • Fabricante: Patek Philippe
    Año: 2021
    Número de referencia: 5711/1A-018
    Número de movimiento: 7’441’868
    Número de caso: 6’497’092
    Nombre del modelo: Nautilus
    Material: Acero inoxidable
    Calibre: Automático, cal. 26-330 SC, 30 joyas
    Brazalete/Correa: Brazalete Patek Philippe de acero inoxidable, longitud total máxima de 190 mm
    Cierre/hebilla: cierre desplegable Patek Philippe de acero inoxidable
    Dimensiones: 40 mm de diámetro
    Firmado: caja, esfera, movimiento y brazalete firmados
    Accesorios: acompañado de un certificado de origen Patek Philippe fechado (11 de diciembre) de Tiffany & Co. en Nueva York, caja de presentación ajustada, sobre de cuero y documentación del producto.

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Phillips se siente extremadamente honrado y emocionado de presentar el primer Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 5711/1A-018 con una impresionante esfera lacada Tiffany Blue®. Es, sin duda, uno de los ejemplos más emocionantes, exclusivos y codiciados de un Nautilus jamás ofrecido.

Anunciada al público hace solo unos días, esta serie limitada Nautilus celebra los 170 años de alianza entre Patek Philippe y Tiffany & Co., que sigue siendo una de las relaciones más largas y duraderas en toda la relojería. Se producirán y estarán disponibles un total de 170 relojes exclusivamente a través de las ubicaciones de Tiffany en Nueva York, Beverly Hills y San Francisco, con la excepción de este mismo reloj. Por lo tanto, el presente lote es el primer reloj que se vende y estará disponible para su entrega inmediata al postor ganador.

La referencia Nautilus 5711 es la iteración moderna del primer reloj de pulsera deportivo de lujo de Patek Philippe, lanzado por primera vez en 1976 como la referencia 3700. Presentada en 2006, la referencia 5711 actualizó el Nautilus para los tiempos modernos con nuevas innovaciones, como un fondo de caja de exhibición, y un movimiento interno de cuerda automática con segundero central.

Elegido por el fundador de Tiffany, Charles Lewis Tiffany, para la portada de su Blue Book anual publicado a partir de 1845, el color “Tiffany Blue” de la esfera se reconoce de inmediato por su tono distintivo y su vitalidad. Tiffany Blue ahora está registrado como una marca comercial de color por Tiffany & Co., estandarizado como un color personalizado privado por Pantone como “1837 Blue”, con el número que marca el año de la fundación de Tiffany. No solo presenta una esfera de color azul Tiffany por primera vez, la esfera también tiene un doble sello con el exclusivo “Tiffany & Co.” firma a las 6 en punto combinada con el logotipo de Patek Philippe a las 12 en punto, ambos impresos en negro. Los índices de hora tipo bastón luminosos y las manecillas están en oro blanco de 18 quilates ennegrecido, lo que combina perfectamente con la impresión, al tiempo que proporciona una legibilidad excepcional contra la superficie lacada en azul claro de la esfera.

PATEK PHILIPPE X TIFFANY & CO. NAUTILUS WATCH

PATEK PHILIPPE X TIFFANY & CO. NAUTILUS WATCH

Esta última versión de la referencia 5711, que se retirará próximamente en 2022, está equipada con el calibre automático 26-330 S C. Con un mecanismo de parada de segundos que permite ajustar el tiempo con una precisión de un segundo, este estado-de- el movimiento artístico es visible a través de un fondo de caja de cristal de zafiro, con la inscripción “170th Anniversary 1851-2021 Tiffany & Co. – Patek Philippe”.

En consecuencia, el reloj rinde homenaje a la histórica visión compartida de 170 años y la relación que vincula a Patek Philippe con los Estados Unidos. Poco después de la fundación de Patek Philippe (1839) y Tiffany & Co. (1837), en 1851, las dos empresas firmaron un acuerdo que convirtió a Tiffany & Co. en el primer socio oficial de los relojes Patek Philippe en los EE. UU. En 1876, las dos empresas firmó un nuevo acuerdo que designa a Tiffany & Co. como representante general de EE. UU. “que salvaguarda los intereses de Patek Philippe & Cie. como si fueran
eran sus propios intereses”. Al mismo tiempo, Patek Phillipe se comprometió a salvaguardar los intereses de Tiffany & Co., como lo demuestra un gran cartel que dice “Agentes de Tiffany & Co., Nueva York” en la sede histórica de Patek Philippe en Ginebra. En las instalaciones de los mismos Salones Patek Philippe en Ginebra, hay otra prueba de esta relación duradera: una gran bóveda de acero que antes era propiedad de Tiffany & Co. y decorada por un águila americana con dos banderas.

A principios del siglo XX, Tiffany & Co. apoyó las relaciones clave entre Patek Philippe y los principales coleccionistas estadounidenses, incluido Henry Graves Junior, para quien la manufactura elaboró ​​una amplia gama de relojes complicados. En el siglo XXI, Patek Philippe creó varias ediciones limitadas para Tiffany & Co., muchas de las cuales conmemoran fechas importantes y presentan esferas con doble sello para ambas marcas, incluida la ref. 5150 Calendario Anual lanzado en 2001, la ref. 4987 Gondolo botado en 2009, y la ref. 5396G-012 en 2012. Esta última referencia conmemoró el quinto aniversario de Patek Philippe Boutique en Tiffany & Co, que abrió en 2008 y fue la primera boutique de la manufactura en los EE. UU.

Hoy en día, Tiffany & Co. sigue siendo el único minorista del mundo cuyo nombre aparece en una esfera Patek Philippe, lo que hace que cualquier reloj firmado por Tiffany sea extremadamente buscado. A lo largo de los siglos XIX, XX y XXI, muchas cosas han cambiado, pero la relación entre Tiffany & Co. y Patek Philippe no ha hecho más que crecer. El lote actual, que se ofrece en condiciones nuevas de fábrica, es un Nautilus de serie limitada raro e impresionante que ejemplifica la fuerza de su asociación duradera y seguramente hará las delicias de cualquier entusiasta de los relojes.

El cien por ciento de los ingresos de la venta de este reloj beneficiará a The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Fundada en los EE. UU. en 1951, TNC es una organización ambiental global sin fines de lucro que trabaja para crear un mundo donde las personas y la naturaleza puedan prosperar. Su misión es conservar las tierras y las aguas de las que depende toda la vida y dar forma a un futuro más brillante para las personas y nuestro planeta. Hasta la fecha, TNC ha protegido más de 119 millones de acres de tierra y 5000 millas de ríos en todo el mundo, con el apoyo anterior de Tiffany & Co. y The Tiffany & Co. Foundation. Con programas de conservación en más de 70 países de todo el mundo, sus programas están dedicados a la sostenibilidad de los alimentos y el agua, la protección de la tierra y el agua, la implementación de soluciones para el cambio climático y la construcción de ciudades saludables.

Biografía del artista

Patek Philippe

Desde su fundación en 1839, esta famosa firma con sede en Ginebra ha sorprendido a su clientela con relojes magníficamente elaborados y equipados con las complicaciones más prestigiosas de la relojería. Los diseños tradicionales y conservadores se encuentran en los relojes de Patek Philippe fabricados a lo largo de su historia: lo máximo en elegancia discreta.

Conocida por Graves Supercomplication, un reloj de bolsillo muy complicado que fue el reloj más complicado del mundo durante 50 años, esta marca familiar se ha ganado una reputación de excelencia en todo el mundo. Los complicados relojes antiguos de Patek ostentan el mayor número de récords mundiales de resultados obtenidos en subastas en comparación con cualquier otra marca. Para los coleccionistas, los modelos clave incluyen la referencia 1518, el primer cronógrafo de calendario perpetuo producido en serie en el mundo, y su sucesor, la referencia 2499. Otros modelos famosos incluyen calendarios perpetuos como la ref. 1526, ref. 3448 y 3450, cronógrafos como las referencias 130, 530 y 1463, así como los cronógrafos con segundero de las referencias 1436 y 1563. Patek también es conocido por sus relojes de vestir “Calatrava” de estilo clásico y de solo tiempo, y el “Nautilus”, un icónico reloj deportivo de lujo presentado por primera vez en 1976 como la referencia 3700 que todavía está en producción hoy.

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Ideas de diseño únicas que necesita en su hogar contemporáneo

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Ideas de diseño únicas que necesita en su hogar contemporáneo

¿Necesitas inspiración para tus glamurosos interiores? ¿Quiere renovar la decoración de su hogar con muebles de lujo? ¡Entonces no busques más y descubre nuestras ideas de diseño únicas para un hogar contemporáneo!

IDEAS DE DISEÑO ÚNICAS PARA SU ENTRADA CONTEMPORÁNEA

Crea una entrada para el oponente y deja que tus invitados se sientan impresionados.

Unique Design Ideas You Need In Your Contemporary Home

Una de nuestras tendencias de diseño favoritas son los interiores completamente blancos. Aunque los ambientes monocromáticos parecen fáciles de lograr, existen algunos factores clave que pueden hacer o deshacer cualquier diseño minimalista. Los reflejos dorados dan calidez a la habitación y las diversas texturas ofrecen profundidad. En esta moderna decoración de pasillo, una caja fuerte de lujo se combina con una silla de comedor dorada, para una inspiración ecléctica.

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La mística de los bulevares de finales del siglo XIX es la inspiración de la obra maestra Lumiere Console de Boca do Lobo. Una confluencia de farolas victorianas y forma tectónica arquitectónica, ejemplifica las dualidades contemporáneas del arte y la funcionalidad.

LUMIERE CONSOLE

Este pasillo de lujo encarna una sensación de grandiosidad, atemporalidad y brillo como ningún otro. El llamativo marco de latón de este espejo decorativo combina a la perfección con la naturaleza metálica de la consola y los tonos verdes del taburete, dando paso a la zona de convivencia.

Marcando la pauta para el resto de la casa, el pasillo es un espacio grandioso que se siente como caminar en un museo.

Un diseño de pasillo rústico que incorpora materiales naturales y nobles para aportar profundidad y contraste a esta región del hogar.

El diseño de interiores tiene que ver con los detalles. Los toques de oro son la elección perfecta para mejorar la decoración de tu hogar a otro nivel.

Un pasillo elegante con características mínimas.

IDEAS DE DISEÑO ÚNICAS PARA SU COMEDOR CONTEMPORÁNEO

¡Decora tu cocina moderna con los mejores detalles de diseño!

¡La cocina en un apartamento de lujo en Nueva York es absolutamente impresionante y la silla de bar única fue el complemento perfecto para este interior! Con sus elegantes líneas doradas y su lujosa y cómoda tapicería, ¡esta es una pieza a la que no podrás resistirte! ¿Qué piensas?

Un diseño de cocina de mediados de siglo con un espacio abierto que cuenta con todos los elementos para una gran decoración: materiales nobles, piezas de iluminación de lujo y mobiliario moderno.

Muebles contemporáneos de mediados de siglo, colores neutros y materiales naturales están presentes en esta lujosa decoración de comedor, que lo hace atemporal.

¿Quién dijo que un comedor pequeño es un problema? Esta decoración de comedor totalmente blanca tiene detalles dorados que agregan interés a esta área social.

IDEAS DE DISEÑO ÚNICAS PARA SU SALA DE ESTAR CONTEMPORÁNEA

¡Esta decoración mediterránea de sala de estar le hará sentir que está pasando unas vacaciones especiales en Italia! La combinación de tonos cálidos y piezas de diseño moderno de mediados de siglo.

Sala de estar moderna y contemporánea con tonos grises que combinan con las paredes blancas, lo que la convierte en una habitación luminosa para pasar un momento agradable en familia.

Un diseño de salón único en tonos blancos, grises y dorados.

¡La sala de estar perfecta con algunas piezas impresionantes!

Este rincón de lectura tiene una alfombra redonda blanca a juego con los sillones. La habitación tiene un tema de colores neutros con algunos toques de oro.

 

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IDEAS DE DISEÑO ÚNICAS PARA SU OFICINA EN CASA CONTEMPORÁNEA

Las líneas limpias y los colores crema caracterizan este moderno entorno de oficina en casa.

IDEAS DE DISEÑO ÚNICAS PARA SU BAÑO CONTEMPORÁNEO

Este proyecto de baño transmite la misión de encarnar el entorno dentro del hogar e interpretar un nuevo diseño moderno con una calidad exquisita.

Unique Design Ideas You Need In Your Contemporary Home

El mármol es un material noble que se ha empleado para impulsar el diseño en muchos lugares de alta gama. ¡Todo está incluido en esta decoración de baño de mármol blanco y negro!

LAPIAZ FREESTANDING

Entre el modernismo crudo y la suavidad orgánica, este diseño de baño de lujo aboga por líneas contemporáneas llevadas al extremo para una nueva expresión de serenidad.

Unique Design Ideas You Need In Your Contemporary Home

Un maravilloso baño moderno de lujo con bañera Newton y espejo de pared ovalado, para crear una sensación de relajación perfecta y única.

NEWTON BATHTUB
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Un majestuoso cuarto de baño moderno con bañera de diamantes en mármol sintético Sahara Noir. Una bañera refinada en forma de joya en tonos negros y dorados y crea un espacio lujoso.

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Patek Philippe Ref. 6002 Sky Moon Tourbillon, Rare Handcrafts Geneva

Patek Philippe Ref. 6002 Sky Moon Tourbillon, Rare Handcrafts Geneva

American 1921 Pièce unique: The iconic American 1921 watch faithfully recreated as if in 1921
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Vacheron Constantin | American 1921 Pièce unique: The iconic American 1921 watch faithfully recreated as if in 1921

Vacheron Constantin | American 1921 Pièce unique: The iconic American 1921 watch faithfully recreated as if in 1921

  • To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the American 1921, Vacheron Constantin has faithfully created this emblematic model from the Roaring Twenties while safeguarding its original attributes.
  • This exceptional one-of-a-kind creation symbolises the Manufacture’s commitment to the transmission and enhancement of traditional skills.

Geneva, May 25th 2021 – To mark the 100th anniversary of the American 1921 watch, Vacheron Constantin has delved into its archives and its horological expertise to offer a faithful reproduction of the timepiece emblematic of an era. Stemming from an impressive technical and human epic saga pushing the limits of fine craftsmanship excellence, the creation of the American 1921 Pièce unique watch mobilised the remarkable expertises of the Maison’s Restoration workshop and the Heritage department for an entire year. This approach might be a first in the watch industry, reflecting Vacheron Constantin’s commitment to the conservation, transmission and continuous enrichment of its heritage and of traditional skills.

Only 24 pieces of the reference dated 1921 were originally manufactured. Today only one of them is part of Vacheron Constantin’s private collection, making it an extremely rare and sought-after timepiece for collectors and watch connoisseurs. Some watches tell stories, inviting us to travel back in time, to retrace origins and immerse oneself in bygone eras. Faithfully recreated as if in 1921, the American 1921 Pièce unique watch presented this year is a case in point, offering a journey into the creativity of the Roaring Twenties and reviving the beauty of artisanal skills as practiced a century ago. More than a jubilee watch, it is the fruit of a fascinating odyssey into the heart of the artisanal know-how cultivated by Vacheron Constantin for over 265 years.

American 1921 Pièce unique: The iconic American 1921 watch faithfully recreated as if in 1921

American 1921 Pièce unique: The iconic American 1921 watch faithfully recreated as if in 1921

Heritage and Restoration departments’ commitment to perpetuate the art of high watchmaking

When the idea of faithfully recreating an American 1921 model from the Vacheron Constantin private collection first took shape, the project looked set to be both exciting and ambitious.

A bridge between the past and future of the Maison, the Vacheron Constantin Heritage department has a place of its own within the Manufacture. Spanning an exceptional timeline that began in 1755, and overseeing a unique collection, it is anything but a dusty museum. The research and expertise of the teams working there on a daily basis are an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the creation of new collections and a masterful reference for the Restoration workshop. The department preserves 800 machine tools, workbenches and sets of watchmaking tools, along with substantial documentary and iconographic archives. No less than 420 linear metres are taken up by an infinite wealth of production and accounting registers comprising foreign sales, correspondence between associates, suppliers and clients, various documents and photographs. All contribute to shedding both historical and artistic light on Vacheron Constantin’s activity through the years and centuries. They represent a sum of written instruments serving to ensure the traceability of a creation since its origins, given that all the models produced are systematically referenced in the production registers. This unprecedent heritage helped retrace the history of the creation of the American 1921 and provided a solid basis for the Restoration workshop teams. The latter thus took up the authentic challenge of reviving some forgotten skills and combining today’s techniques with yesterday’s know-how.

Few Manufactures are able to restore all the watches that have come out of their workshops for centuries. That is why Vacheron Constantin makes it a point of honor to pass on this watchmaking know-how and to ensure that the great history of each of its timepieces continues. The skill and style of the Restoration artisans thus consists in showing respect for ethical considerations in their work. To achieve this, they can draw upon a substantial stock of components, adjust component blanks or entirely remake them – the latter being the most delicate task of all and calling for particularly complex size calculations. Experts in the art of maintaining Vacheron Constantin’s oldest timepieces without altering their nature, the Restoration workshop’s seasoned watchmakers are thus accustomed to combining a historian’s perspective with scientific analysis, but until now they had never undertaken to reproduce an antique watch in its entirety. This unprecedented work of reconstitution, respectful of ethics because it is faithful and precise down to the smallest detail, called upon the multiple competencies of these artisans, who pursued an empirical approach throughout this year-long project.

American 1921 Pièce unique: The iconic American 1921 watch faithfully recreated as if in 1921

American 1921 Pièce unique: The iconic American 1921 watch faithfully recreated as if in 1921

Several months of research in the Manufacture’s archives, weeks of reflection and observation, numerous experiments, as well as unsuccessful attempts and successful trials were necessary to produce such a work. The American 1921 Pièce unique will be in the spotlight throughout 2021 through prolonged exposure in Vacheron Constantin boutiques around the world.

Antique machines and tools

In order to reproduce the hand-crafted operations performed back in the day, artisans had to work with some historical tools from Vacheron Constantin’s Heritage. A late 19th century facing lathe enabled them to faithfully recreate the elements composing the case; a rounding-up (topping) tool from the latter half of the 19th century served to modify the profile of wheel teeth and to adjust their diameter. Watchmakers used an 18th century upright drilling accessory to drill through the movement’s mainplate. To drive the jewels into their settings, they resorted to an early 20th century staking tool.

These vintage machines were complemented by tools specially made for this project, such as custom-made milling-cutters and riveting tools in line with those of the early 20th century, enabling the artisans to work in a manner attuned to that period and closely reproducing the operations and development techniques of the time. The result of this remarkable stylistic exercise is an exceptional collector’s item symbolising Vacheron Constantin’s unwavering commitment to the transmission, enhancement and continuous enrichment of its production skills.

Rebirth of a vintage movement

While the watchmakers in Vacheron Constantin’s Restoration workshop fully master the art of bringing back to life the most exceptional timepieces produced by the Manufacture in the course of its long history, never before had they been called upon to rebuild a vintage calibre from scratch.

They began by disassembling and examining every single component of the original 11-ligne Calibre Nouveau powering the original model. Apart from the bridges and mainplate which had to be recreated, the Restoration workshop’s stocks proved to be a goldmine for the artisans who thereby had access to all the necessary blank parts. This involved extremely laborious research, since a vintage case could contain an infinite number of components, all different in terms of size and shape. In order to identify them one by one, the first stage consisted in taking the measurements and dimensions of each of the 115 components of the original movement. This meticulous work of observation and comparison subsequently led watchmakers to make plans and mock-ups of the calibre, a particularly delicate task requiring extremely complex sizing calculations.

At this stage, the archive documents safeguarded by the Heritage department proved extremely valuable, notably in recreating the bridges and the mainplate according to the specificities of this vintage movement. How could each component be adjusted and calibrated prior to assembly? How should the vintage machines be regulated? How could the jewels be set on the movement, whereas they are now generally driven in? How could the exact colour of the gilding on the wheels be achieved? At what distance and at which height should they be placed in order to be faithful to the original calibre? These were all issues that the watchmakers had to resolve by assembling the components one by one, as any potential error could jeopardise the entire project.

Setting the jewels on the movement was also a real tour de force. Since the 1940s, it has been customary to drive in the jewels, and while the watchmakers in Vacheron Constantin’s Restoration workshop are accustomed to replacing damaged jewels on very old timepieces, until now they had never had the opportunity to make the settings themselves. Successfully hollowing out the metal to the exact depth required to fit the stones to the nearest hundredth required multiple trials. Not to mention the patient research work required to develop the system for reproducing the unique ribbed pattern which, alongside various manual engravings, adorns the movement in the same way as was done at the time.

A dial and case distinguished by sophisticated craftsmanship

Accurately reproducing the exterior of the American 1921 also represented a real feat of manual workmanship. Here again, Vacheron Constantin’s watchmakers had to provide answers to numerous technical questions by observing the 1921 timepiece in minute detail, while comparing it with archive documents, and then individually crafting each element of the case and dial.

Some period components were available in the stocks of the Restoration workshop, such as rough blanks of the crown and hands. Others had to be entirely recreated, starting with the 31.5 mm case, according to the dimensions of the original American 1921. It was crafted by a Restoration workshop goldsmith from the specific gold alloy used for the historical model (18K 3N yellow gold), identified with the help of a spectrometer in order to reproduce its exact colour. Only a laser engraving applied to the case back, for customs purposes, distinguishes the American 1921 Pièce unique watch from its ancestor.

The creation of the dial also called for highly specialised expertise on the part of the artisan responsible for restoring the grain and unique beauty of the original dial. Crafted in Grand Feu enamel, an ancestral technique considered to be one of the most delicate in the field of watchmaking ornamentation, it required numerous firings in the kiln at a temperature of over 800°C. It features vintage numerals and logo, along with slender open-tipped hands that have been hand-blued by the Restoration workshop using the production techniques of the time.

And since no detail is left to chance, the exercise in style has continued right the way through to the end of the strap, whose pin buckle in 18K 3N yellow gold (the same alloy as the original model) was also produced in the Vacheron Constantin workshop.

A tribute to the art of wearing a watch in 1921

Because it retains all the original properties of the original American 1921, this unique, identically recreated timepiece reflects a historian’s approach.

It subtly mirrors the social and cultural context of the 1920s, the effervescence and the wind of freedom blowing across the United States and Europe at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties. Its distinctive design illustrates the stylistic creativity of Vacheron Constantin which revelled in expressing its “classic with a twist” style through multiple case shapes.

It also tells the story of the early days when the wristwatch began to become more widespread. At that time, men’s wristwatches were only just beginning to take precedence over pocket watches, until then regarded as more robust and accurate. Despite the considerable progress made by watch manufacturers in terms of movements’ resistance, reliability and miniaturisation, water-resistance requirements as we understand them today were not yet a reality. Choosing to wear time on the wrist thus meant exposing the watch to more risks in terms of shocks and external aggressions such as dust, humidity or water. In order to avoid any possible damage, watch owners took numerous precautions, notably including placing their wristwatch on the edge of the washbasin when they washed their hands. The watch was regarded as a life companion that was taken care of and had to be wound every day by hand.

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Sum-up

Enriched by a heritage based on the transmission of watchmaking expertise and stylistic research through generations of master artisans, Vacheron Constantin continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the American 1921 by recreating this emblematic model from scratch. From the 11-ligne Calibre Nouveau to the gold case along with the decorations and exterior components, the American 1921 Pièce unique watch reproduces the original properties of its ancestor created a century ago. This highly complex and unprecedented process involved the most experienced watchmakers in the Restoration workshop and the Vacheron Constantin Heritage team, who spent a year reviving old tools and forgotten know-how in the course of a passionately exciting human and technical adventure. The result is an exceptional one-of-a-kind timepiece, a symbol of the Maison’s attachment to its heritage and to the continuous enrichment of traditional know-how.


TECHNICAL DATA

American 1921 Pièce unique

Reference 1921H/000J-B949

Calibre
1921
Developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin Mechanical, manual-winding
24.8 mm (11‘’’) diameter, 4.31 mm thick
Approximately 30 hours of power reserve
2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour)
115 components
16 jewels

Indications
Hours, minutes
Small seconds

Case
18K 3N yellow gold, same alloy as the 1921 original timepiece
Hand-crafted in the Vacheron Constantin restoration workshop
31 mm in diameter, 8.75 mm thick

Dial
White, Grand Feu enamel
Blued steel open-tipped hands – blued in our workshops

Strap
Brown calf leather, hand-sewn, tone-to-tone stitching, Calf lining

Buckle
18K 3N yellow gold pin buckle, same alloy as the 1921 original timepiece

Hand-crafted in the Vacheron Constantin restoration workshop

 

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CODE 11.59 BY AUDEMARS PIGUET – Tourbillon Openworked only watch Unique piece

Le Brassus, – Swiss Haute Horlogerie Manufacturer Audemars Piguet presents its Only Watch unique piece 2019: the two-tone Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Openworked.

CODE 11.59 BY AUDEMARS PIGUET – TOURBILLON OPENWORKED ONLY WATCH UNIQUE PIECE 2019

The unique model’s two-tone case emphasizes the architectural complexity of Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet. Its 18-carat pink gold octagonal middle case subtly contrasts with the 18-carat white gold extra-thin bezel, lugs and caseback. Satin-brushed, bevelled and polished, the bezel, lugs and case present refined finishing techniques usually found on calibres. The caseback is engraved with “Unique Piece.”

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This watch houses a hand-wound tourbillon openworked movement, calibre 2948. Its rhodium-toned openworked plate, finished with vertical traits-tirés, is enhanced by pink gold-toned titanium tourbillon and barrel bridges with polished rhodium-toned angles. Echoing the two-tone colour of the case, the decoration of this movement amplifies the watch’s multi-tiered construction. With 70 hand-polished angles, the hand finishing on this movement pushes the openworking art to new heights.


The opaline silver-toned white gold inner bezel nicely frames the openworked movement and accentuates the extra-thinness of the watch’s bezel, barely visible around the dial. The long 18-carat pink gold hands add yet another subtle touch of colour.

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This unique model comes with a black alligator strap, which further highlights the refinement and artistry of the watch’s case and movement.
François-Henry Bennahmias, Audemars Piguet Chief Executive Officer, rejoices over Audemars Piguet’s participation in this event: “We are proud to contribute to this charity auction once more and help advance scientific and medical research.”

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Openworked // 41mm
26600CR.OO.D002CR.99
FUNCTIONS
Tourbillon, hours and minute.
CASE
18-carat pink gold case, 18-carat white gold bezel, lugs and caseback, glareproofed sapphire crystal and caseback, water-resistant to 30m.
DIAL
Opaline silver-toned 18-carat white gold inner bezel, openworked, 18-carat pink gold hands.
STRAP
Hand-stitched “large square scale” black alligator strap with 18-carat white gold folding clasp.
MOVEMENT
Hand-wound Manufacture calibre 2948
Total diameter: 31.65 mm (14 lignes)
Total thickness: 4.97 mm
Number of parts: 196
Number of jewels: 19
Minimal guaranteed power reserve: 80 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
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About Audemars Piguet

Audemars Piguet is the oldest fine watchmaking manufacturer still in the hands of its founding families (Audemars and Piguet). Since 1875, the company has written some of the finest chapters in the history of Haute Horlogerie, including a number of world firsts. In the Vallée de Joux, at the heart of the Swiss Jura, numerous masterpieces are created in limited series embodying a remarkable degree of horological perfection, including daring sporty models, classic and traditional timepieces, splendid ladies’ jewellery-watches, as well as one-of-a-kind creations. www.audemarspiguet.com
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