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“The Anatomy of Beauty®” An Art & Timepiece Exhibit in the Vacheron Constantin New York Flagship

“The Anatomy of Beauty®” An Art & Timepiece Exhibit in the Vacheron Constantin New York Flagship

New York, NY, April 25th, 2022 – Dive into an exploration of earth’s organic and complicated structures alongside the artistry of watchmaker Vacheron Constantin’s timepieces in “The Anatomy of Beauty®”, a new exhibition opening in Vacheron Constantin’s New York Flagship at 28 E.57th St NY, NY from April through September 2022.  Vacheron Constantin creates an immersive experience that shines light upon the layered and minute details that create beauty through a curated collection of extraordinary watches alongside larger than life depictions of coral, and the viscerally moving artwork, These Waters, by artist Melissa McGill.

A Commitment to Art & Culture

Throughout its history, Vacheron Constantin has demonstrated a deep commitment to the arts.  Most recently on a global level, the Maison’s partnership with the Louvre, embodies Vacheron Constantin’s unwavering dedication to the conservation, preservation and transmission of artistic craft.  In the Americas, a series of exhibitions in the Flagship boutique have come to life to support and showcase work by American artists including Chris Burden, photographer Cory Richards, and contemporary pop artist Jojo Anavim. In this new exhibition, the Maison introduces work by interdisciplinary New York artist, Melissa McGill.

Beauty in the Details

Vacheron Constantin’s “The Anatomy of Beauty®” is a metaphorical and physical journey.  Coral-structures and skeletonized watch-movements suddenly take on a new relationship, their respective esthetic rhythms of plains and voids, shadow and light echoing one another’s carefully crafted surfaces. The entire composition of a watch movement, although mechanical, appears organic and filled with life as it operates – as lively as the meticulous work of nature which builds the openwork lace-architecture of the ocean’s coral, or the tick tock steady rhythm of the earth’s water waves as depicted in These Waters by Melissa McGill. It is in these details between nature’s work and the work of human hands, that we find incredible, visceral, and undeniable, beauty.

Extraordinary Watches

The Art of Skeletonization

Highly complicated skeletonized watches might be considered the ultimate quest in a mechanical world – the meticulous attention to detail both in beauty and in function is a sight to behold.  This detail-oriented and stunning work of skeletonization is magnificently shown in the new Vacheron Constantin Overseas Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar.  The contemporary gold timepiece is magnified by a sapphire dial which appears to extend an invitation to dive into the heart of its anatomy and explore its ultra-thin and skeletonized perpetual calendar caliber 1120 QPSQ/1.

On special exhibit for the show, the Maison offers a look at a rare repeating watch combined with the beauty of a skeletonized dial in a platinum limited edition Skeleton Minute Repeater reference from 2006.  The caliber 1755 beating inside of the timepiece consists of 330 parts, at only 3.30 mm thick. The view through the sapphire crystal dial shows decorative hand engraving of the wheels and bridges as well as beautiful racks that track the hours and minutes. The platinum 37mm case features iconic tear drop lugs. This Skeleton Minute Repeater visually brings to mind the careful and intricate details of the world’s underwater corals and combines the best of technical expertise in complicated watchmaking with the Maison’s unique artistic expression.

Intricacy of Gem-setting

Whether functional or ceremonial objects, Vacheron Constantin’s women’s creations bear witness to a perpetually renewed notion of beauty and a constant quest for technical creativity, within which attention to detail shapes a watchmaking aesthetic that is unique to the Maison.

The modern Égérie ladies collection showcases an exquisite dial pattern, inspired by a tapestry technique, made using the art of guilloche, and expertly set with diamonds. The signature touch of the Égérie collection on display is a daring off-centered display, designed around two intertwined circles. The date or the moon-phase is part of a subtle diagonal line formed by the Vacheron Constantin logo and the crown audaciously placed between 1 and 2 o’clock o’clock.

On display for the exhibition, an 1822 yellow gold pocket watch expertly set with amethyst precious stones in a delicate wave pattern of brilliant, yet delicate color also serves as an example of Vacheron Constantin’s passion for delicate and beautiful watchmaking arts. The gold dial displays an engine-turned center and 12 Roman numerals, as well as an outer minute track.  The timepiece stands as an excellent example of Vacheron Constantin’s heritage in beautifully detailed gem-set pocket watches and the Maison’s longstanding expertise in gem-setting as it captures and reflects light much like the water’s waves with their glistening sunshine peaks.

Métiers d’Art

Born from a reflection upon the past and the present, the Méetiers d’Art “Les Masques” limited edition collection created in 2007 recounts a thousand years of history across four continents. In keeping with the Maison’s commitment to arts and culture, twelve masks from the Barbier-Mueller Museum’s collection are depicted through a sculpted gold plate on each watch dial. Hand-chiseled reliefs along with interplays of light and transparency capture the emotion of these centuries-old masks. Each piece is expertly equipped with a 2460 G4 beating heart caliber and features written poetry by Michel Butor to depict the civilization represented. The Gabon mask is on display, upon delving further into the dial, poetry encircles its edges and holds its own secret message.

A Powerful Perspective: These Waters

In keeping with the Maison’s longstanding support of artistic arts, as a centerpiece of “The Anatomy of Beauty®” exhibition in the Vacheron Constantin New York Flagship, stands These Waters (2022), an immersive sculptural installation created by New York artist Melissa McGill at the invitation of and with support from Vacheron Constantin. These Waters is composed of five large-scale photographs of New York’s Hudson River on glass.  Panels lean against each other and the wall, appearing to be portals into the waters, their size and placement evoking the rise and fall of the tides.  The artwork creates a stunning conversation between light, reflection, transparency, shadow and ephemerality. Intricate and glittering, These Waters aims to inspire conversation about the preciousness of water–our lifeforce. Through the language of water, viewers are reminded of being one with the natural world, not separate from it.

Inspiration From Nature

Nature produces its own perfection and beauty, one that is complex, organic and alive.  It is this natural perfection that Vacheron Constantin draws inspiration from in the exhibition “The Anatomy of Beauty®”.  Much like the beauty found in nature, the care and detail in the Maison’s timepieces are so flawless that blowing them up to a huge and surreal scale is the only way to fully appreciate and admire them.  In “The Anatomy of Beauty®”, the attention, dedication and passion that Vacheron Constantin imbues in the minutest of details, is revealed through a lens of contemporary art and magnified imagery of the organic beauty found in our waters.



Melissa McGill is a New York based interdisciplinary artist known for ambitious, collaborative public art projects. They take the form of site-specific, immersive experiences that explore nuanced conversations between land, water, sustainable traditions, and the interconnectedness of all living things. At the heart of her work is a focus on community, meaningful shared experiences and lasting impact. Spanning a variety of media including performance, photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, sound, light, video and immersive installation, McGill has presented both independent public art projects and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally since 1991. She lives in Lenapehoking (Beacon, New York). Melissa McGill is a member of the Lenape Center Advisory Council and a National Endowment of the Arts ArtWorks Grant recipient. She is represented in the USA by TOTAH.


Founded in 1755, Vacheron Constantin is the world’s oldest watch Manufacture in continuous production for over 265 years, faithfully perpetuating a proud heritage of watchmaking excellence and stylistic sophistication through generations of master craftsmen. At the pinnacle of Haute Horlogerie and understated elegance, the Maison creates timepieces with unique technical and aesthetic signatures, and an extremely high level of finishing touches. Vacheron Constantin brings to life unparalleled heritage and a spirit of innovation through its collections: Patrimony, Traditionnelle, Métiers d’Art, Overseas, Fiftysix, Historiques and Égérie. It also offers its discerning clientele of connoisseurs the rare opportunity to acquire unique and bespoke timepieces by means of its “Les Cabinotiers“ department.

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Traditionnelle calendario perpetuo ultraplano y Patrimony automático: relojes femeninos

Traditionnelle calendario perpetuo ultraplano y Patrimony automático: relojes femeninos

  • Vacheron Constantin ha añadido nuevos modelos a sus colecciones Traditionnelle y Patrimony, dirigidas a la mujer.
  • El reloj ultraplano Traditionnelle con calendario perpetuo, equipado con el calibre interno 
    1120 QP, se ofrece en dos versiones de 36,5 mm con engaste de gemas en oro blanco y oro rosa, respectivamente.
  • El reloj automático Patrimony, impulsado por el calibre interno 2450 Q6/3, se interpreta a través de cuatro referencias en oro blanco y rosa con engaste de gemas en el bisel o la esfera, y con nuevas esferas con efecto degradado.
  • Estas seis nuevas referencias están provistas de correas intercambiables con solo pulsar un botón.

Ginebra, 30 de marzo de 2022 – La atención que Vacheron Constantin ha dedicado a los relojes de mujer durante más de dos siglos se interpreta de nuevo a través de los modelos presentados en Watches and Wonders 2022. Como respuesta al creciente deseo de las mujeres por relojes mecánicos complejos, el calendario perpetuo Traditionnelle ultra -el reloj fino muestra su naturaleza técnica de una manera eminentemente femenina; mientras que el reloj automático Patrimony hace alarde de una silueta minimalista que exuda una elegancia atemporal que simboliza un tipo distintivo de clasicismo relojero.

Vacheron Constantin y las mujeres: una historia tejida a través del tiempo

Las mujeres se interesaron muy pronto por la relojería, a menudo para adornar sus prendas con objetos que a veces eran inusuales pero generalmente diseñados como verdaderas joyas. Sin embargo, esto no fue en detrimento de sus aspectos prácticos, como lo confirman los numerosos relojes llamativos o de calendario hechos pensando en las mujeres. Las mujeres también jugaron un papel como las primeras en adoptar los relojes de pulsera.

Vacheron Constantin ha dejado su huella en cada época, desde los primeros relojes de bolsillo para mujer fabricados a principios del siglo XVIII hasta las elegantes creaciones contemporáneas. Ya sean objetos funcionales o ceremoniales, joyas o relojes deportivos, las creaciones femeninas de Vacheron Constantin han reflejado constantemente la evolución de las sensibilidades artísticas, así como de las tendencias de la moda. Son testigos de una creatividad estética y técnica perpetuamente renovada dirigida a las mujeres, dentro de la cual la atención al detalle da forma a una anatomía de la belleza relojera que es única en la Maison.

Los archivos de Vacheron Constantin permiten rastrear los orígenes de los relojes de mujer encargados muy temprano en la historia de la Manufactura, incluido un reloj de oro amarillo esculpido con repetición de cuartos y segundero pequeño descentrado que data de 1838. Las décadas siguientes fueron testigos de una sucesión de creaciones –a veces con complicaciones relojeras y a menudo preciosas con sus cajas tipo cazador– que conducen a la aparición de los primeros relojes de pulsera, un accesorio femenino del que el primer ejemplar de la colección Vacheron Constantin data de 1889.

Con la llegada del siglo XXsiglo, las creaciones femeninas de la Maison encarnaron admirablemente el espíritu de los tiempos, inicialmente inspirados en el Art Nouveau, luego en el Art Deco, con una clara inclinación por los relojes joya. La cooperación con el agente francés de Vacheron Constantin, Verger, duró hasta 1938 y también trajo su parte de nuevos modelos dedicados a las mujeres, algunos de los cuales presentaban cameos inspirados en el arte asiático o la antigua Grecia. A partir de la década de 1940, las mujeres comenzaron a usar relojes casi exclusivamente en la muñeca. Las líneas geométricas del período Art Deco dieron paso gradualmente a formas más voluptuosas. Diseñados como joyas que indican la hora, los relojes “secretos” con tapas que ocultan la indicación del tiempo eran particularmente populares en ese momento, y Vacheron Constantin mostró una inventiva estilística impresionante a través de sus diseños que reflejaban vívidamente la era moderna.

A raíz de la década de 1970, Vacheron Constantin se atrevió a experimentar con formas nuevas y desinhibidas para relojes de mujer, antes de adoptar las líneas más deportivas de la gama Overseas dedicada a la mujer contemporánea. Además, las colecciones Traditionnelle y Patrimony fueron diseñadas para transmitir la sofisticación técnica y el refinamiento estético de la medición del tiempo para mujeres. Este enfoque se acentuó aún más con el reciente lanzamiento de los relojes Égérie: inspirados en la Alta Costura, encarnan la experiencia relojera y una sensibilidad por los códigos femeninos que se ha reafirmado constantemente a lo largo de los siglos. Aprovechando este legado, Maison ahora está agregando nuevos modelos a sus dos colecciones Patrimony y Traditionnelle.

Calendario perpetuo ultrafino tradicional

La marca presenta un nuevo reloj femenino en su colección Traditionnelle, una línea imbuida de la gran herencia relojera de Ginebra y cuyo diseño estaba pensado para adaptarse a todo tipo de relojes, ya fueran simples o equipados con sofisticadas complicaciones. El reloj ultraplano con calendario perpetuo Traditionnelle corresponde al deseo de las mujeres por los relojes con complicaciones mecánicas.

Este reloj equipado con el calibre interno 1120 QP juega con elegancia con los aspectos distintivos del calendario gregoriano. Muestra los días, fechas, meses y años en un ciclo de cuatro años, incluida una indicación de año bisiesto, sin necesidad de corrección antes de 2100. Esta visualización del calendario se complementa con una indicación de fase lunar a las 6 en punto. Otro rasgo distintivo de este movimiento es su delgadez: con un grosor de tan solo 4,05 mm, está alojado en una caja de 8,43 mm de grosor y 36,5 mm de diámetro, lo que garantiza una perfecta armonía visual.

El calibre 1120 QP refleja la experiencia de la Maison en movimientos ultraplanos que le ha permitido establecer varios récords en términos de delgadez desde la década de 1950. Con sus 276 componentes perfectamente visibles a través del fondo de caja de zafiro, también refleja las nobles tradiciones de la relojería a través de su acabado extremadamente meticuloso: una placa de grano circular en el lado de la esfera, platina y puentes adornados con un motivo Côtes de Genève en el reverso, biselado a mano , agujeros circulares satinados y tren de arrastre con dientes pulidos. La masa oscilante con un segmento de oro de 22 quilates también está adornada con un motivo Côtes de Genève y calada con la forma del emblema de la cruz maltesa de la Maison.

Este reloj cuyo refinamiento estético se hace eco de su sofisticación técnica rinde homenaje a los códigos de identidad de Vacheron Constantin, donde la búsqueda de la excelencia se expresa a través de los detalles más pequeños, incluso invisibles. Disponible en versiones de oro blanco de 18 quilates y oro rosa de 18 quilates 5N, está inspirado en los modelos de Vacheron Constantin de la primera mitad del siglo pasado. Presenta el fuerte sentido de subestimación que caracteriza a la colección, adornado con algunas características especiales, como las asas y la caja escalonadas, el fondo de caja acanalado, así como las manecillas tipo Dauphine que vuelan sobre una pista de minutos de ferrocarril puntuada por marcadores de hora tipo bastón. De acuerdo con el espíritu metódico de la época, que sostenía que la función debía dictar la forma,

La esfera está adornada con nácar teñido de gris azulado para el modelo de oro blanco y nácar blanco para el modelo de oro rosa. El disco de las fases lunares tiene los mismos colores que la esfera, mientras que la representación de la luna y las estrellas adopta el mismo tono dorado que la caja, con un acabado opalino. En un toque final de elegancia, el bisel y la parte superior de las asas están delicadamente engastados con 76 diamantes de talla redonda, mientras que la corona está adornada con un diamante de talla redonda.

Por primera vez en la colección, este reloj ultraplano Traditionnelle con calendario perpetuo está equipado con una correa intercambiable que se puede colocar con solo tocar un botón y sin necesidad de herramientas. Cada modelo viene con una correa de piel de aligátor, azul grisáceo o beige rosado, asegurada con una hebilla ardillón de oro blanco o rosa engastada con 17 diamantes de talla redonda.


Patrimonio automático

El reloj automático Patrimony simboliza el arte minimalista expresado a través del refinamiento relojero. Inspirada en un histórico Vacheron Constantin de 1957 con un estilo clásico redondo, ultraplano y una elegancia atemporal, la colección Patrimony se ha distinguido desde su lanzamiento en 2004 por una estética relojera sobria y refinada. De acuerdo con el espíritu de pureza característico de la línea, se han revisado las proporciones de los nuevos modelos Patrimony. La curva de la caja de 36,5 mm de diámetro en oro blanco de 18 quilates o en oro rosa de 18 quilates 5N se ha rediseñado, mientras que la corona se ha redondeado sutilmente.

La esfera ligeramente convexa barrida por manecillas en forma de hoja que siguen sus curvas presenta sutiles tonos de azul profundo para la versión de oro blanco y rosa rubor para la versión de oro rosa. Estos colores aparecen en una composición de efecto degradado que se aclara en el centro y se oscurece progresivamente hacia el borde de la esfera, aportando luz y profundidad a la visualización de las horas, los minutos y los segundos. El cuidado de cada detalle se refleja en el disco de fecha a las 6, del mismo color que la esfera, y en el sutil juego de engastes de los modelos. Cada una de las dos versiones presenta un bisel engastado con 72 diamantes de talla redonda que iluminan la escala de minutos de grano circular, o una escala de minutos compuesta por 48 diamantes de talla redonda colocados entre los marcadores de hora de oro aplicados. El engaste de la pista de minutos,

Estas cuatro nuevas referencias están impulsadas por pantallas internas de conducción de movimiento 2450 Q6/3 de las horas y los minutos junto con un segundero central y una fecha tipo apertura. Latiendo a un ritmo de 28.800 alternancias por hora, un excelente compromiso entre precisión y fiabilidad, está dotado de una reserva de marcha de 40 horas. Este movimiento automático de 196 componentes tiene un grosor de apenas 3,6 mm. Su acabado, al igual que el de la caja, cumple con los criterios de Hallmark of Geneva, como una platina de grano circular, puentes biselados a mano adornados con un motivo de Côtes de Genève , resortes de acabado de grano recto, tren de rodaje con lavabos pulidos y piñones bruñidos. . El fondo de caja transparente también revela una masa oscilante calada de oro de 22 quilates inspirada en la cruz de Malta.

Estos nuevos relojes Patrimony cuentan con correas intercambiables en piel de aligátor azul noche o beige rosado con un acabado satinado iridiscente. Se pueden quitar y reemplazar con solo tocar un botón, sin necesidad de herramientas.

La Anatomía de la Belleza®

Estos nuevos modelos Traditionnelle y Patrimony ilustran a la perfección el tema “The Anatomy of Beauty®” de Maison 2022, celebrando la atención al detalle. Este cuidado extraordinariamente minucioso se expresa a través de las elecciones y preferencias estéticas de los diseñadores, así como en el minucioso trabajo de acabado realizado por los artesanos. Todos los componentes de un reloj Vacheron Constantin se benefician de esta atención escrupulosa, incluso aquellos que permanecen invisibles una vez que se ha ensamblado el movimiento. Un buen ojo notará el fino trabajo guilloché en un dial o la escala de minutos engastada con gemas; distinguirá los contornos de la Maisonemblema de la cruz de Malta en los eslabones de una pulsera; notará el pequeño tornillo azulado que sirve como indicador de segundos en un carro de tourbillon y el brillo de espejo de un martillo repetidor de minutos; apreciará el toque delicado de los artesanos al biselar una placa o redondear un puente; y, por último, admirará la pintura de esmalte en miniatura que representa un barco sacudido por un mar tormentoso salpicado de rayos. En Vacheron Constantin, la preocupación por los detalles da forma con delicadeza a una anatomía de la belleza en la que nada se deja al azar.



Desde los primeros relojes de bolsillo de principios del siglo XVIII hasta los relojes de pulsera contemporáneos, Vacheron Constantin siempre ha sabido captar el espíritu de la época y satisfacer las expectativas de las mujeres.

Muy apreciado por los conocedores, el calibre interno 1120 QP de 4,05 mm da vida a un nuevo calendario perpetuo Traditionnelle ultraplano diseñado para las muñecas de las mujeres. Este modelo de 36,5 mm de diámetro refleja la gran tradición de complicaciones relojeras de Vacheron Constantin, interpretada en particular a través de versiones ultraplanas. Su caja de oro blanco de 18 quilates o de oro rosa 5N de 18 quilates lleva los códigos de identidad de la colección Traditionnelle con un minucioso acabado artesanal. Su bisel engastado con gemas y su esfera adornada con nácar delicadamente brillante se han diseñado meticulosamente para garantizar una legibilidad óptima de las indicaciones del calendario.

Fiel a su elegancia sobria y atemporal heredada de la década de 1950, el nuevo reloj automático Patrimony revela una anatomía femenina más estilizada adornada con curvas rediseñadas y una esfera ligeramente abombada con un degradado profundo y luminoso. Este modelo de 36,5 mm de diámetro está disponible en oro blanco con esfera azul intenso o en oro rosa con esfera rosa rubor, completo con un bisel engastado con 72 diamantes y un minutero “perla”, o con un bisel dorado y un minutero engastado con 48 diamantes. La aparente simplicidad del reloj de cuerda automática Patrimony se deriva de la meticulosa atención a los detalles, como lo demuestra el acabado de sus pantallas de conducción internas Calibre 2450 Q6/3 de cuerda automática de las horas, los minutos, los segundos y la fecha.

Estos nuevos modelos de las colecciones Traditionnelle y Patrimony cuentan con correas intercambiables que se pueden soltar con solo tocar un botón y sin necesidad de herramientas.

Calendario perpetuo Traditionnelle ultraplano


1120 QP
Desarrollado y fabricado por Vacheron Constantin
Mecánico, automático
29,6 mm (12½””) de diámetro, 4,05 mm de grosor
Aproximadamente 40 horas de reserva de
marcha 2,75 Hz (19.800 vibraciones por hora)
276 componentes
36 joyas
Reloj certificado Hallmark of Geneva

Horas, minutos
Calendario perpetuo (día de la semana, fecha, visualización de 48 meses con indicación de año bisiesto)
Fases lunares                                                          

Oro blanco de 18 quilates/oro rosa de 18 quilates 5N
36,5 mm de diámetro, 8,43 mm de grosor
Bisel y asas engastados con 76 diamantes talla redonda
Corona engastada con 1 diamante talla redonda Fondo de caja de
cristal de zafiro transparente Estanqueidad
probada a una presión de 3 bar (aprox. .30 metros)

Gris azulado/
Nácar blanco Oro blanco de 18 quilates/Índices y agujas de oro rosa de 18 quilates 5N

Gris azulado (4305T/000G-B948) / Beige rosado (4305T/000R-B947) Piel de aligátor Mississippiensis con cubierta interior de piel de becerro, punta cosida, escamas cuadradas Con sistema autointercambiable integrado          

Hebilla Hebilla                                                        
de oro blanco de 18 quilates/oro rosa de 18 quilates 5N con 17 diamantes talla redonda engastados

Total de                           
94 diamantes de talla redonda en engaste de diamantes, para un peso total de aprox.
1,20 quilates (quilates mínimos garantizados)


Patrimonio automático


2450 Q6/3
Desarrollado y fabricado por Vacheron Constantin
Mecánico, automático
26,20 mm de diámetro (11¼””), 3,60 mm de grosor
Aproximadamente 40 horas de reserva
de marcha 4 Hz (28.800 alternancias/hora)
196 componentes
27 rubíes
Sello de Ginebra reloj certificado

Horas, minutos, segundero central

Oro blanco de 18 quilates/oro rosa de 18 quilates 5N
Bisel engastado con 72 diamantes talla redonda de
36,5 mm de diámetro y 8,45 mm de grosor Fondo de caja de
cristal de zafiro transparente Estanqueidad
probada a una presión de 3 bar (aprox. 30 metros)

Azul profundo / rosa rubor, efecto degradado
Zona externa convexa con minutero circular “perlado” compuesto por 48 perlas pulidas de oro de
18 quilates Índices y agujas de horas/minutos aplicados en oro blanco de 18 quilates/oro rosa de 18 quilates 5N

Correa Piel de aligátor Mississippiensis
azul noche/beige rosado con efecto satinado, carcasa interior de becerro, punta cosida, escamas cuadradas Con sistema autointercambiable integrado

Oro blanco de 18 quilates/Oro rosa de 18 quilates 5N Hebilla
ardillón Media cruz de Malta pulida

Total de
72 diamantes de talla redonda en engaste de diamantes, para un peso total de aprox.
0,74 quilates (quilates mínimos garantizados)

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2450 Q6/3
Desarrollado y fabricado por Vacheron Constantin
Mecánico, automático
26,20 mm de diámetro (11¼””), 3,60 mm de grosor
Aproximadamente 40 horas de reserva
de marcha 4 Hz (28.800 alternancias/hora)
196 componentes
27 rubíes
Sello de Ginebra reloj certificado

Horas, minutos, segundero central

Oro blanco de 18 quilates/oro rosa de 18 quilates 5N
36,5 mm de diámetro, 8,45 mm de grosor Fondo de caja de
cristal de zafiro transparente Estanqueidad
probada a una presión de 3 bar (aprox. 30 metros)
Azul profundo/rosa rubor, efecto degradado
Zona externa convexa con circular minutero “perla” compuesto por 48 diamantes talla redonda
Índices y agujas de horas/minutos aplicados en oro blanco de 18 quilates/oro rosa de 18 quilates 5N

Correa Piel de aligátor Mississippiensis
azul noche/beige rosado con efecto satinado, carcasa interior de becerro, punta cosida, escamas cuadradas Con sistema autointercambiable integrado

Oro blanco de 18 quilates/Oro rosa de 18 quilates 5N Hebilla
ardillón Media cruz de Malta pulida

Overseas tourbillon skeleton: Un soplo de aire fresco para una complicación emblemática

Overseas tourbillon skeleton: Un soplo de aire fresco para una complicación emblemática

  • Primer reloj tourbillon skeleton de la colección Overseas
  • Dos versiones en oro rosa 5N de 18 quilates y titanio grado 5 respectivamente 
  • Primer modelo Vacheron Constantin totalmente de titanio con brazalete integrado
  • Calibre Manufactura 2160 SQ, rediseñado y esqueletizado con un nuevo espiral con espiral Breguet

Ginebra, 30 de marzo de 2022 – El tourbillon, una de las complicaciones más emblemáticas de la Alta Relojería , se une a la colección Overseas en una versión esqueletizada. El Calibre Manufactura 2160 ha sido rediseñado para la ocasión con un espíritu contemporáneo, completamente calado. Disponible en oro rosa 5N de 18 quilates y titanio de grado 5, el primer modelo de Vacheron Constantin fabricado íntegramente en este metal, en versiones con brazalete integrado, este reloj se acompaña de una meticulosa atención al acabado del movimiento y la caja.

Vacheron Constantin continúa el espíritu viajero de los relojes Overseas con este nuevo modelo de esqueleto de tourbillon, el primero en esta colección lanzada en 1996. Bellamente aerodinámico con su movimiento totalmente calado; sofisticado con su caja robusta; rigurosamente disciplinado con su movimiento impulsado por tourbillon que garantiza una cómoda reserva de marcha de más de tres días, este reloj está diseñado para los mejores viajes, exactamente como lo haría sin duda François Constantin, el viajero incansable que firmó una alianza duradera con Jacques-Barthélémi Vacheron en 1819. haberlo presentado.

El reloj se presenta en dos versiones, una en oro rosa 5N de 18 quilates y la otra en titanio grado 5. El modelo de titanio es el primero de la Maison fabricado íntegramente con este mismo metal, desde la corona hasta el bisel y desde el brazalete hasta la caja. El calibre de cuerda automática 2160 de la Manufactura que impulsa estos relojes ha sido completamente esqueletizado en un espíritu contemporáneo con un grado de atención al detalle que surge de una auténtica búsqueda estética celebrada a través del tema “Anatomy of Beauty ®” de Vacheron Constantin para 2022.

Un movimiento finamente elaborado, Calibre Manufactura 2160 SQ

El trabajo de esqueletización llevado a cabo en el calibre automático 2160 ha permitido no solo una reducción del 20 % en el peso del movimiento, sino también un replanteamiento completo de su arquitectura. Su curvatura es, por tanto, muy esbelta, con apenas 5,65 mm de espesor, una verdadera hazaña técnica teniendo en cuenta los requisitos vinculados a la integración de un carro de tourbillon. Esta delgadez se debe en particular a la elección de una masa oscilante periférica de oro, que también permite una visión completamente clara de la parte trasera del movimiento. Se puede admirar claramente el trabajo realizado en la placa base y los cuatro puentes, con el tratamiento superficial NAC (N-acetilcisteína) aplicado por electrólisis que le confiere un tinte gris antracita. Este toque contemporáneo dado al movimiento se mezcla perfectamente con la clásica alta relojería.acabados en forma de flancos dibujados a mano y biselados a mano con biseles pulidos para acentuar el juego de luces entre los componentes. La placa principal y los puentes también están delicadamente decorados para crear un acabado de ranuras muy finas y perfectamente horizontales. Tal preocupación por los detalles es un credo que sostiene que incluso la parte más pequeña merece la misma atención meticulosa que las que son perfectamente visibles.

El mismo tratamiento de superficie NAC se puede encontrar en el barril, cuyo tambor y tapa han sido completamente calados, creando una forma de rosa de los vientos en el lado de la esfera, otra característica original del Calibre 2160 SQ. Para completar el calado de este movimiento de 186 componentes, las ruedas también se han aligerado, mientras que el tourbillon está sostenido por un puente superior redondeado. El regulador del tourbillon, que gira una vez por minuto, funciona a una velocidad de 18.000 alternancias por hora (2,5 Hz) y sirve de pequeño segundero mediante uno de los cuatro tornillos de fijación del carro, que es gris en la versión de oro rosa y flameado en la versión de titanio.

Para este nuevo calibre, los relojeros de Vacheron Constantin también han rediseñado el órgano regulador alojado en el carro del tourbillon junto con el escape. Se diseñó internamente un nuevo resorte de equilibrio, equipado con una bobina Breguet (curva terminal). Al plegar la espiral exterior del resorte hacia el centro, fuera de su plano horizontal, esta disposición fuerza un desarrollo plano del resorte, asegurando así un mejor isocronismo.

El arte de los detalles

El cristal de zafiro que sirve como esfera revela todos los detalles del calibre, como una anatomía relojera que toma forma con cada componente. Los índices fijados a este cristal son de oro rosa 5N de 18 quilates con baño de rodio o de oro blanco de 18 quilates, según el modelo. Los mismos metales nobles se utilizan para las agujas que, al igual que los índices horarios, están recubiertas de Super-LumiNova®, lo que garantiza una perfecta visibilidad nocturna. El aro de la esfera está disponible en oro rosa de 18 quilates 5N lacado en negro o en oro blanco de 18 quilates con tratamiento de PVD azul.

Se ha prestado especial atención al acabado de la caja y el brazalete. El anillo del bisel tiene un cepillado satinado circular en la versión de oro rosa 5N de 18 quilates y pulido con chorro de arena en la iteración de titanio de grado 5. La caja y el brazalete de ambos modelos están satinados verticalmente con ángulos pulidos en los eslabones del brazalete, cuya forma está inspirada en el emblema de la Cruz de Malta de Vacheron Constantin.

Ambos relojes cuentan con el sistema de correa intercambiable específico de la colección Overseas. Se presentan con dos correas de piel de becerro y caucho: negra con dos hebillas ardillón de oro rosa 5N de 18 quilates para el modelo dorado; y azul con cierre desplegable de titanio intercambiable para el modelo de titanio.

La Anatomía de la Belleza ®

El reloj Overseas tourbillon skeleton presenta una arquitectura y acabados meticulosos en cada detalle, lo que refleja la búsqueda de la excelencia apreciada por la Maison, cuyo tema “Anatomy of Beauty®” de 2022 rinde homenaje al extraordinario trabajo de sus artesanos. Este cuidado extraordinariamente minucioso se expresa a través de las elecciones y preferencias estéticas de los diseñadores, así como en el minucioso trabajo de acabado realizado por los artesanos. Todos los componentes de un reloj Vacheron Constantin se benefician de esta atención escrupulosa, incluso aquellos que permanecen invisibles una vez que se ha ensamblado el movimiento. Un buen ojo notará el fino trabajo guilloché en un dial o la escala de minutos engastada con gemas; distinguirá los contornos de la Maisonemblema de la cruz de Malta en los eslabones de una pulsera; notará el pequeño tornillo azulado que sirve como indicador de segundos en un carro de tourbillon y el brillo de espejo de un martillo repetidor de minutos; apreciará el toque delicado de los artesanos al biselar una placa o redondear un puente; y, por último, admirará la pintura de esmalte en miniatura que representa un barco sacudido por un mar tormentoso salpicado de rayos. En Vacheron Constantin, la preocupación por los detalles da forma con delicadeza a una anatomía de la belleza en la que nada se deja al azar.***********************


Varias “primicias” caracterizan el nuevo modelo Overseas tourbillon skeleton. Es el primer reloj de la colección equipado con un movimiento tourbillon en una versión esqueletizada. El nuevo Calibre Manufactura 2160 SQ, con acabados artesanales característicos de la alta relojeríapero en un espíritu contemporáneo, está equipado con un órgano de regulación original que presenta una espiral con una bobina Breguet. El calado del cuerpo revela una tapa con forma de rosa de los vientos, un diseño novedoso para Vacheron Constantin. Disponible en oro rosa 5N de 18 quilates y titanio de grado 5, esta última versión es el primer reloj Vacheron Constantin fabricado íntegramente en este metal, incluidos el bisel y la corona. Este soplo de aire fresco, totalmente en consonancia con el espíritu viajero de la colección Overseas, va acompañado de una meticulosa atención al acabado del movimiento y de la caja. Cada componente se reelabora y se acaba a mano, ilustrando a la perfección el tema Anatomía de la belleza de Maison para 2022, que destaca toda la riqueza y sutileza de los detalles que aparecen en un reloj Vacheron Constantin.



2160 SQ
Desarrollado y fabricado por Vacheron Constantin
Mecánico, automático, rotor periférico
31 mm (13½””) de diámetro, 5,65 mm de grosor
Aproximadamente 80 horas de reserva de
marcha 2,5 Hz (18.000 vibraciones por hora)
186 componentes
30 rubíes
Distintivo de Reloj certificado de Ginebra.

Horas, minutos, segundero pequeño en carro de tourbillon (tornillo de color)

Oro rosa 5N de 18 quilates / Titanio de grado 5
42,5 mm de diámetro, 10,39 mm de grosor
Anillo de la caja de hierro dulce que garantiza protección antimagnética Fondo de caja de
cristal de zafiro transparente Hermeticidad
probada a una presión de 5 bar (aprox. 50 metros)


Índices y agujas de horas y minutos de oro rosa de 18 quilates 5N/oro blanco de 18 quilates resaltados con Super-LumiNova®

Brazalete Brazalete
de oro rosa de 18 quilates 5N / Titanio grado 5 (eslabones en forma de media cruz de Malta pulidos y satinados), asegurado con un cierre desplegable de tres hojas de oro rosa de 18 quilates 5N / Titanio grado 5 con pulsadores y sistema de ajuste cómodo

Correas adicionales
Piel de becerro negra/azul con pespuntes blancos Goma

6000V/110R-B934: cada correa adicional viene con un cierre desplegable intercambiable de oro rosa 5N de 18 quilates
6000V/110T-B935: titanio de grado 5

Árbitro. 6000V/110T-B935 (versión de titanio) solo disponible a través de las Boutiques Vacheron Constantin.

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“Uno de los pocos programas de tutoría” dedicado a transmitir habilidades: una nueva expresión del programa de tutoría en colaboración con Abbey Road Studios y Woodkid

“Uno de los pocos programas de tutoría” dedicado a transmitir habilidades: una nueva expresión del programa de tutoría en colaboración con Abbey Road Studios y Woodkid

  • Transmitir y perpetuar habilidades es fundamental para las preocupaciones de Vacheron Constantin.
  • La Maison continúa con su programa de tutoría que comenzó en el Medio Oriente.
  • Socios desde 2018, la fabricación de relojes y Abbey Road Studios ofrecen una oportunidad única para que los jóvenes talentos musicales graben una pista en los legendarios estudios de Londres.
  • Woodkid, el mentor del programa, ha elegido a un primer artista joven en ciernes.

Ginebra, 16 de marzo de 2022: Vacheron Constantin continúa con su programa de tutoría iniciado en Oriente Medio con el apoyo empresarial brindado a seis jóvenes mujeres emiratíes. Basado en el intercambio de habilidades y experiencia, una tradición profundamente apreciada por la Maison, este nuevo “Programa de tutoría One of Not Many” es parte de la colaboración creativa entre Vacheron Constantin y Abbey Road Studios, que permitirá y apoyará el desarrollo de, y grabar todos los temas de One of Not Many de los artistas de base del programa. Los talentos musicales emergentes se beneficiarán del conocimiento de un mentor de renombre internacional, Woodkid.

Compartir conocimientos y transmitir habilidades se encuentra en el corazón de la herencia de Vacheron Constantin, que comenzó con la fundación de la Maison el 17 de septiembre de 1755, cuando el joven maestro relojero ginebrino Jean-Marc Vacheron contrató a su primer aprendiz. Esta escritura notarial contiene la mención más antigua conocida del primer relojero de una dinastía prestigiosa y representa el certificado de nacimiento de Vacheron Constantin. Desde entonces, el aprendizaje, la formación y el intercambio de conocimientos ha sido siempre una misión y una responsabilidad dentro de la Manufactura.

Para ampliar el alcance y el impacto de esta misión, la Maison puso en marcha su “Programa de mentores One of Not Many”, una iniciativa diseñada para alentar y guiar a los jóvenes talentos para que alcancen sus aspiraciones. El programa, que es parte del impulso para estimular el impulso creativo, comenzó en el Medio Oriente, con seis jóvenes mujeres emiratíes que tuvieron la oportunidad de disfrutar de la orientación de seis empresarias para lanzar sus propios negocios. Después de una experiencia de tutoría inicial de seis meses, los seis candidatos pudieron continuar su proceso de aprendizaje con una pasantía de seis meses en Vacheron Constantin o Richemont Group para desarrollar sus habilidades y conocimientos del mundo empresarial.

Estudios Vacheron Constantin y Abbey Road

El “Programa de mentores One of Not Many” continúa como parte de la colaboración creativa en curso desde 2018 entre Vacheron Constantin y Abbey Road Studios, los legendarios estudios de grabación de Londres propiedad de Universal Music. Durante estos cuatro años, esta asociación ya ha dado lugar a varios eventos y proyectos significativos. El lanzamiento oficial de la colección Fiftysix, que tuvo lugar en este marco excepcional que ha acogido a artistas como Adele, The Beatles, Shirley Bassey, Pink Floyd o Kanye West. En esta ocasión, los invitados pudieron disfrutar de la actuación de Benjamin Clementine, uno de los rostros de la campaña “One of Not Many” de Vacheron Constantin y que grabó su tema “Eternity” en Abbey Road Studios como coproducción con la Maison.

Este programa de tutoría inicia un nuevo capítulo en la colaboración creativa entre Vacheron Constantin y Abbey Road Studios. A través del programa de mentores de Vacheron Constantin, la atención se centra en los jóvenes talentos que aún no han firmado con una etiqueta. Al primer mentor del programa, Woodkid, se le sugirió una lista seleccionada de nombres elegidos por Spinnup, un servicio creado por Universal y dedicado a descubrir nuevos artistas.

Woodkid y Ewan J Phillips

Woodkid, un músico y director francés de renombre mundial, eligió a un joven cantautor del área de Londres, Ewan J Phillips, para ser el primero en unirse al “Programa de mentores One of Not Many” de Vacheron Constantin dedicado al mundo de la música. “ Poder transmitir conocimientos y sensibilidad artística trabajando con jóvenes talentos es un privilegio para mí como músico ”, dijo Woodkid. “ Más allá de la relación mentor-aprendiz, el intercambio y las discusiones que Ewan y yo hemos disfrutado son un enriquecimiento para ambos ”.

Ewan J Phillips se benefició así del consejo y la experiencia de Woodkid al grabar una pista de su repertorio. “ Fue una oportunidad inesperada tener a Woodkid como mentor y Abbey Road como estudios de grabación ”, dijo Ewan J Phillips. “ Hasta ahora no había logrado obtener el tono adecuado para esta canción, así que trabajamos en una nueva voz y piano. única versión para recrear esa atmósfera íntima propia de las primeras ‘tomas’ de una composición .”

La pista de Ewan J Phillips “Say You Never Loved Me” se imprimirá en vinilo, completa con una cara B con una entrevista con el mentor y su aprendiz. Esta canción también estará disponible como un archivo DSP listo para transmitir en plataformas de música. El programa va acompañado de fotos y videos de cómo nació el proyecto y que ilustran la transmisión del conocimiento apreciado por Vacheron Constantin. A través de este programa de tutoría, Vacheron Constantin destaca el intercambio y la transmisión de conocimientos que son indispensables en el mundo del arte en general y en particular en la medición del tiempo.

Vacheron Constantin – Traditionnelle Tourbillon China Limited Edition

Vacheron Constantin – Traditionnelle Tourbillon China Limited Edition

  • Inspirado en la cultura china del jade, el modelo de tourbillon Traditionnelle está dedicado al mercado chino, numerado y grabado en edición limitada de 30 piezas.
  • Una edición limitada completamente vestida de Imperial Green, un color que representa el más puro y más alto grado de jadeíta verde.
  • Con el movimiento mecánico de cuerda automática ultrafino, calibre 2160/1.
Traditionnelle Tourbillon China Limited Edition

Traditionnelle Tourbillon China Limited Edition

Ginebra, 29 de noviembre de 2021 – El fabricante suizo de alta relojería Vacheron Constantin presenta un reloj de edición limitada de alta complicación, exclusivo para el mercado chino.

Un caballero de jade

“Un caballero de jade” es una frase conocida desde la antigua China para describir a un hombre de carácter noble. Los chinos creen que un verdadero caballero es elegante y digno al igual que el Jade, lo que inspira la creación del primer reloj de pulsera de alta complicación especialmente diseñado para el mercado chino. Considerado como un espejo de la civilización china, Jade ha sido un tesoro de la tradición china durante miles de años. Esta piedra preciosa ha sido un símbolo de alta moralidad a lo largo de la historia de China.

“Verde imperial”

El color verde se describe en la poesía china como suave, relajante y lleno de vigor y energía. Vivir en un entorno verde o agregar toques de verde a su entorno puede traer sorprendentemente sofisticación, tranquilidad y vitalidad a la vida.

El conocido Dragón de Jade Hongshan (Verde) del Período Neolítico, la talla de dragón de jade más antigua conocida en China, define la naturaleza imperial de las tallas de jade verde. En los tiempos modernos, la jadeíta, una forma más dura de jade conocida por los chinos, es muy apreciada por su color suave, translúcido, lujoso, pero no exagerado.

La calidad de un jade está determinada en gran medida por la pureza de su color. El verde imperial, el color con el que se vistió el primer reloj de pulsera de edición limitada de China de alta complicación de Vacheron Constantin, es conocido por representar el tono más puro y sofisticado de la jadeíta verde, y tiene una fuerte audacia sin dejar de ser discreto y cálido.

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Traditionnelle Tourbillon China Limited Edition

Este reloj tourbillon Traditionnelle presenta una elegante caja de 41 mm de diámetro en oro rosa de 18 quilates 5N que alberga un movimiento automático desarrollado por Vacheron Constantin.

Además del refinamiento de su carro de tourbillon calado en forma de cruz de Malta, el emblema de la Manufactura y completamente biselado y acabado a mano, el Calibre 2160 se distingue por su increíble delgadez: este movimiento ultradelgado de 188 partes dotado de un diámetro aproximado de 80 -Horas de reserva de marcha mide solo 5,65 mm de grosor. Su frecuencia relativamente tranquila (2,5 Hz), junto con su peso oscilante periférico pulido con chorro de arena de oro de 22 quilates, brindan la oportunidad de admirar el ritmo constante de su mecanismo y el nivel excepcional del acabado tradicional de Côtes de Genève visible a través del fondo de caja de cristal de zafiro.

El nuevo reloj Traditionnelle tourbillon China Limited Edition muestra las horas y los minutos con agujas centrales, mientras que el segundero pequeño aparece a las 6 en punto en el tourbillon, enmarcado por una esfera de tono verde imperial adornada con marcadores de hora dorados y Dauphine bifacético. -tipo manos.

Como dice un viejo refrán chino, como el Jade, aquellos que logran grandes cosas son modestos en cuanto a sus capacidades. Como epítome de resplandor, proporciones equilibradas y detalles sutiles, el nuevo Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Tourbillon China Limited Edition honra e interpreta a un caballero de jade.



El refinamiento técnico se une a la elegancia estética en este modelo imbuido de una masculinidad exquisita. Representa el epítome de la luminosidad, las proporciones equilibradas y los detalles sutiles. Fiel a los orígenes de Vacheron Constantin y dedicado a los clientes chinos enamorados de relojes bellamente elaborados que son a la vez discretos y distinguidos. Emitido en una serie limitada de 30 piezas exclusivamente para China continental, reafirma el estilo en los acordes tonos de verde: desde la elegante esfera con acabado en tono verde imperial con acabado sunburst hasta la correa de piel de aligátor Mississippiensis con hebilla de oro rosa de 18 quilates 5N. Impulsado por el calibre 2160/1 de cuerda automática, este reloj tourbillon Traditionnelle muestra las horas y los minutos con agujas centrales, mientras que el segundero pequeño aparece a las 6 en punto en el tourbillon.




Reference 6000T/000R-B972

Desarrollado y fabricado por Vacheron Constantin
Rotor periférico mecánico, de cuerda automática
31 mm (13½ “”) de diámetro, 5,65 mm de grosor
Aproximadamente 80 horas de reserva de marcha
2,5 Hz (18.000 vibraciones / hora)
188 componentes
30 joyas
Reloj certificado Hallmark of Geneva

Horas, minutos, segundero pequeño en carruaje tourbillon

Oro rosa de 18 quilates 5N
41 mm de diámetro, 10,4 mm de espesor
Fondo de caja de cristal de zafiro transparente
Resistencia al agua probada a una presión de 3 bar (aprox.30 metros)

Imperial Green, acabado sunburst
Marcadores de hora aplicados en rosa 18K 5N y cruz de Malta

Piel de aligátor Imperial Green Mississippiensis con capa interna de cocodrilo, cosida a mano, acabado en silla de montar, escamas cuadradas grandes

Hebilla desplegable de oro rosa de 18 quilates 5N
Media cruz de Malta pulida

Edición limitada de 30 piezas, numeradas individualmente.

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Vacheron Constantin – High Watchmaking: Astronomical watches

Vacheron Constantin

High Watchmaking: Astronomical watches

  • Horology stems from the observation and study of the stars dating right back to the earliest ancient civilisations
  • Twenty years after its foundation in 1755, the first watches with astronomical indications appeared at Vacheron Constantin.
  • The Manufacture has developed a rare breed of expertise in Grand Complication watches dedicated to the movement and influence of the moon, stars and planets.

Geneva, November 17th 2021 – Horology, the science of time measurement, was born from the observations of heavenly bodies and natural cycles. The mechanical instruments developed by horologists stem from these observations, reflecting an art that has continued to progress since the late Middle Ages. Founded in 1755, Vacheron Constantin developed a perfect mastery of astronomical indications at a very early stage, progressively enriching it over the two and a half centuries of the Manufacture’s existence. Today, the Maison produces watchmaking masterpieces of great astronomical complexity.

Astronomical watches remind us of the origins of watchmaking. Born of the observation of the great physical laws of Nature, the measurement of time is in fact a material extrapolation of the movement of the stars and cycles. This mechanically translated interpretation has given rise across the ages to timepieces capable of offering a wide variety of functions, and of varying degrees of complexity, linked to the singularities of the Gregorian calendar, to the various temporalities governing our universe, or to the motion of heavenly bodies and their impact on the Earth. Although many of these functions are not of practical use, they nonetheless testify to expertise that is all the rarer in that it lends a cosmological dimension to these watches forming a link between humankind and the universe. From its earliest days, Vacheron Constantin has shown great interest in watches with astronomical functions, including various types of calendar displays and indications of the phases and age of the Moon, often combined with other horological complications. Since the 2000s, this technical mastery has been illustrated in particular through its Les Cabinotiers department, whose astronomical watches are masterpieces of their kind.

Astronomical functions

The astronomical functions of a wristwatch include indications related to the particularities of the Gregorian calendar, as well as a wide variety of displays related to the movement of the stars. In addition to the main functions listed below, the most complex of them may offer a system for predicting lunar and solar eclipses, the position of the stars as seen from the Earth, displays of the ephemerides (solstices, equinoxes, seasons), the signs of the zodiac, a tideograph, sunrise and sunset, the duration of day and night, the annual deviation or angular movement of the Moon, etc. All this bearing in mind that a good number of these functions are valid exclusively for a given location. The most “common” astronomical watches include one or more of the following indications.

  • Calendars

A simple calendar watch is a watch that, in addition to the time, provides calendar information – usually the date – but whose mechanism does not automatically keep step with the irregularity of successive months. When such a calendar also provides indications including the day of the week, phases of the moon and even the year, it is called a complete calendar. This type of complication requires five adjustments per year. Unlike a simple calendar, an annual calendar automatically takes into account the irregularity of 30- or 31-day months, except for February, meaning that manual adjustment is required on March 1st each year. A perpetual calendar, on the other hand, indicates calendar functions such as the date, month and day of the week, taking into account months with 28, 30 or 31 days, as well as leap years.

  • Moon phases

The moon-phase indication is frequently associated with the perpetual calendar. It serves to reproduce the cycle of Earth’s satellite (new Moon, first quarter, full Moon, last quarter) on the watch dial. The phases of the Moon should not be confused with the age of the Moon which indicates the time (in days) elapsed since the last new Moon.

  • Equation of time

The equation of time is defined by the difference between solar time – or true time – and civil time – or mean time. The former is the time as shown on a sundial, while the latter is the time displayed on a watch. The difference between the two ranges from -16 minutes to +14 minutes and occurs during the course of the year, due to the Earth’s elliptical orbit and the tilt of its axis.

  • Sidereal time

The time it takes for the Earth to complete one full spin on its axis (360°) is 23 hours, 56 minutes, 4 seconds, and is called the sidereal day. Because of the Earth’s revolution around the Sun and its rotation on its own axis, the solar day – the time difference between two passages of the Sun through the zenith point (meridian) – lasts a few extra minutes. Using a fixed star in the sky instead of the Sun as a reference point, this sidereal time is used as a basis for astronomical observations.

  • Sky map

The sky chart is a planispherical representation on a disc or dial of the sky at a given location on the globe. This surface is rotated at a rate of one revolution per year – thereby offering a ‘snapshot’ of the sky at a given time – or of one revolution per sidereal day, which provides a view of the sky in real time.

Advanced mechanics

The perpetual calendar is often considered one of horology’s finest gems for its ability to display the exact date for an all but infinite duration (with the exception of secular years not divisible by 400), taking into account the variable length of the months and the leap-year cycle. To accomplish this mechanical feat, the movement must have a “memory” of 1,461 days, equivalent to four years. The essential component of these mechanisms is the month cam on which the different monthly durations are programmed. Equation of time mechanisms are also governed by a cam – which is in this case asymmetrical, performs one revolution in a year and features a shape derived from the analemma.

This results in a one-day discrepancy for this type of mechanism that must be corrected every 2 years and 7 months. Watches with a precision moon-phase display have a wheel with 135 teeth. With this system, the deviation from the lunar cycle is reduced to one day every 122 years. Another astral representation is the rotating sky chart, of which the visible part corresponding to the skyline is delimited by an ellipse, and which generally makes one revolution in one day in order to offer a vision of the sky in real time.

This rotation is calculated according to sidereal time, which is 3 minutes and 56 seconds shorter than the average day. Technically, the simplest solution consists of integrating two kinetic chains in the movement, from the barrel to the regulating organ, the first beating at the mean solar time rate of one revolution in 24 hours and the second at the slightly faster sidereal time rate of one revolution in 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds.

Astronomical paternity

The appearance of megalithism around 5000 BC owes nothing to chance. These thousands of precisely oriented stone monuments – of which one of the best-known is the circle of menhirs at Stonehenge – are regarded as the first astronomical observatories. It was however not until around 4200 BC that these first observations took on a more scientific nature, when the birth of writing played a decisive role by making it possible to record events, perform calculations, establish chronologies and make forecasts. Writing appeared in Mesopotamia, and gradually became established in Egypt in the following century – and then some 2,000 years later in China and the Mayan Empire. Each great civilisation then set about developing its own calendar based on the visible movement of the Sun or the Moon, or both.

It was the Mesopotamians, around 2400 BC, who invented a common unit of measurement for calculating distances and time, which is still the basis of our sexagesimal system of degrees of angle and minutes today. This spatialisation of time was decisive when it came to sequencing it according to the course of the stars. The development of mechanical engineering, which already emerged at the time of Aristotle, was thus able to give shape to the counting of time and its astronomical dimension. As soon as the first clocks appeared in the 13th and 14th centuries, mechanical horologists set out to reproduce on dials the movements of the solar system’s main planets. The pocket watches of the Renaissance were direct heirs to these large astronomical clocks. Well before the invention of the minutes hand, these watches already indicated the time, the date, the days of the week, the months and their duration, the moon phases and the signs of the zodiac. These astronomical watches, which were very popular in the 17th century, are still considered to be models of their kind today.

From that time onwards, ingenious watchmakers redoubled their efforts to make their mechanisms more accurate – resulting in the appearance of minutes and then seconds hands – and more compact. This miniaturisation naturally made it difficult to depict certain astronomical functions, except for the date and its most sophisticated perpetual calendar interpretation, accompanied by a moon-phase display. As of the 19th century, any Grand Complication watch had to incorporate a mechanism capable of following the irregularities of the Gregorian calendar. At that time, some exceptional pocket watches also reproduced celestial mechanics by displaying the equation of time, sunrise and sunset times or sidereal time. These functions can be found in the highly complicated timepieces of the first half of the 20th century. The advent of the wristwatch, however, put a stop to these technical masterpieces – while nonetheless not provoking their complete disappearance. Since the revival of the mechanical watch at the end of the 1980s, the astronomical watch has enjoyed a clear resurgence in interest and currently represents a supreme demonstration of expertise.


Vacheron Constantin and calendar watches

The first mention of a pocket watch in Vacheron Constantin’s records dates back to a period prior to 1773, i.e. the early years of the workshop founded by Jean-Marc Vacheron in 1755. A decade later, the range of complications developed under the leadership of Jean-Marc’s son Abraham Vacheron, notably exemplified by the first complete calendar dating from 1785 and appearing on a brass dial with a floral motif. The archives of the Maison accurately retrace this progressive mastery of astronomical complications, beginning in 1829 with the first recorded order for a watch featuring a simple calendar and moon phases, and again in 1884 for a perpetual calendar integrated into a double-sided yellow gold pocket watch now belonging to Vacheron Constantin’s private collection. This achievement marked the beginning of an epic mechanical saga that was to take on greater significance at the turn of the century.

As early as 1900, the company set up a workshop exclusively dedicated to the assembly of watches with complications, and orders poured in for complicated and even very complicated watches. The perpetual calendar was thus combined with other technical feats, as in this 1901 pink gold pocket watch incorporating a minute repeater, chronograph and perpetual calendar with phases and age of the moon. This masterpiece of mechanical artistry typifying Grand Complication watches prefigures the historic golden age of complicated watches at Vacheron Constantin. An era that culminated in the 1920s and 1930s, notably with the astronomical pocket watch made in 1929 for King Fouad I of Egypt. This masterful timepiece combines a split-seconds chronograph, a perpetual calendar, a minute repeater and a Grande and Petite Sonnerie mechanism.

The heyday of the perpetual calendar

Throughout most of the 20th century, Vacheron Constantin remained faithful to its classic and elegant approach to horological complications, including the perpetual calendar in pocket watches until the 1960s. These decades were thus punctuated by a number of exceptional creations, including this gold pocket watch from 1946 with minute repeater, chronograph and perpetual calendar displaying the phases and age of the moon. Elegance was notably expressed by models featuring impressive slimness made possible by their thin movements. In 1955, Vacheron Constantin had already presented its manual-winding Calibre 1003, which was barely 1.64 mm thick, a real feat. Some 12 years later, the company achieved a new feat – this time in the field of self-winding movements – with its Calibre 1120 measuring 2.45 mm thick. It was this specific movement, skeletonised for the occasion, that served as the basis for the first perpetual calendar (Calibre 1120 QP) housed in an ultra-thin wristwatch introduced by Vacheron Constantin in 1983.

While complete calendars, triple calendars with moon phases and retrograde calendar indications are part of the grand traditions of the Maison, the perpetual calendar remains one of its preferred complications, currently interpreted in the Patrimony, Traditionnelle and Overseas collections. This inclination has notably been reflected in a major new model presented in 2019 with the Traditionnelle Twin Beat perpetual calendar . With its two going trains operating at different rhythms, the watch can be slowed down to a “resting position” ensuring at least 65 days of power reserve. In its “classic” version, the perpetual calendar also remains a basic function of grand complication mechanisms, an unchanging tradition at Vacheron Constantin. In recent years, the Manufacture has distinguished itself with timepieces whose complexity has become an art in itself, such as the Tour de l’île with its 16 watchmaking and astronomical complications, produced in 2005 for the 250th anniversary of the Maison. Ten years later, for its 260th anniversary, Vacheron Constantin presented another timepiece destined to make watchmaking history, the Reference 57260 and its 57 complications, making this one-of-a-kind model the most complicated watch in the world.

Astronomy at its peak

At Vacheron Constantin, mastery of astronomical functions is by no means confined to calendar functions. In the world of pocket watches, the Manufacture responded at an early stage to specific requests from customers and collectors who were particularly sensitive to this dimension of watchmaking. In 1890, for example, at the request of a Parisian client, the Manufacture created a watch indicating sidereal time. Some 20 years later, the company archives mention a movement blank designed to power a display of true solar time, associated with a simple calendar as well as sunrise and sunset indications. The year 1919 was also marked by the delivery of a perpetual calendar movement with moon phases, sunrise and sunset and retrograde equation of time, a true mechanical rarity. This tradition of astronomical indications based on the course of the stars – which been put on hold for a time due to the miniaturisation requirements of the wristwatch – has made a major comeback in the Maison’s collections since the powerful late 20th century craze for mechanical watches and has been further strengthened since the creation of the Les Cabinotiers department.

Responsible for special orders and exceptional creations for the Maison in the form of one-of-a-kind timepieces, this department has produced veritable masterpieces in the field of astronomical watches with highly sophisticated complications. Among these is the Celestia Astronomical grand complication 3600 (2017) and its 23 functions inspired by astronomy, including a reading of civil, solar and sidereal time. This same reading is found on the Astronomical striking grand complication – Ode to music (2020) and its 19 essentially astronomical functions coupled with a minute repeater. The theme chosen for the Les Cabinotiers watches introduced in 2021 was Le Temps Céleste (celestial time), masterfully expressed through three exceptional timepieces. Among them are the Armillary perpetual calendar – Planetaria watch, featuring a jumping retrograde perpetual calendar regulated by a double-axis tourbillon and complemented by a 3D depiction of the two hemispheres for the 24-hour and day/night indications. Expressed at this level, astronomical complications are undoubtedly both science and art.

A beautiful tribute

In the 19th century, Vacheron Constantin’s reputation was well established, particularly in the world of accuracy, which earned the company numerous prizes for excellence in chronometry (precision timekeeping) awarded by the Geneva Observatory, among others. The Manufacture’s customers therefore increasingly placed orders for timepieces meeting their needs, which were strictly formulated when it comes to astronomical observations. A letter addressed to Vacheron Constantin on February 24th 1853 by Count Hyppolite Salino, secretary of the Sardinian Legation in Paris, features a request for a thermometer and date watch: “(…) as I intend to use this watch for astronomical observations, I would like it to be a true chronometer, crafted with the perfection that the works emerging from your workshops come so close to attaining”. A glowing tribute to the watchmaking excellence of Vacheron Constantin.


Watch selection

Double-sided yellow gold pocket watch with 48-month perpetual calendar and moon phases –1884

This is the first recorded Vacheron Constantin pocket watch to incorporate a perpetual calendar and features a double-sided display. The display of time including small seconds appears on the front enamel dial with Roman numerals and external minute-track, while the perpetual calendar is displayed on four counters visible through the transparent caseback. The vertical axis features the date and the day of the week, while the age and phases of the moon appear on the horizontal axis opposite the month display. This subdial divided into four quarters is staggered over 48 months with the leap year indicated by the same hand. This timepiece is all the more remarkable in that it won a First Prize for chronometry at the Geneva Observatory competition.

Grand Complication yellow gold pocket watch with tourbillon, perpetual calendar, moon phases and split-seconds chronograph – 1931

This extremely complicated watch is a collector’s item. A very rare model for its time, it displays a perpetual calendar with the age and phases of the moon, together with a split-seconds chronograph as well as a 32-hour power reserve indication. Regulated by a tourbillon, which can be seen by lifting the cover protecting the caseback, this watch won First Prize in the 1934 Geneva Observatory competition. Produced in 1931, it is a perfect example of the golden age that Vacheron Constantin experienced at that time in the production of pocket watches with multiple complications, perfect readability and infallible chronometry.

King Farouk yellow gold Grand Complication pocket watch – 1934

One of the most complicated watches of its time. This imposing model – measuring 80 millimetres in diameter and which took more than five years to complete – is equipped with 13 hands. Its calibre incorporates 820 components that drive 14 complications. This double going-train watch in 18K yellow gold was presented to King Farouk of Egypt in 1946 and remained in his collection until 1954. It includes a chiming minute repeater and Grande and Petite Sonnerie equipped with three gongs and three hammers, a split-seconds chronograph with a 30-minute counter, a perpetual calendar, an indication of the phases and age of the moon, an alarm clock and two power-reserve indicators.

“Cioccolatone” yellow gold square curved wristwatch with triple calendar and moon phases – 1954

In the 1950s, post-war exuberance led to new forms of design that were both functional and unrestrained. Vacheron Constantin’s response to this new trend took the form of this large, organically square wristwatch with rounded lugs and bezel, as well as a slightly curved case. Nicknamed “Cioccolatone”, this watch has become an iconic symbol of the design typical of that period. Introduced at the beginning of the decade, it has been interpreted through several variations, including this most emblematic Reference 4764 with triple calendar and moon phases.

Ultra-thin platinum wristwatch with perpetual calendar and moon phases – 1988

At the height of the hegemony of quartz watches in the 1980s, Vacheron Constantin took a gamble on the mechanical watch by producing this complication watch, the first perpetual calendar with moon phases on a wristwatch from the Maison, which was also offered in an ultra-thin version. This model played an important role in the renewed interest in high-end watchmaking and its complicated mechanical watches. Presented in 1983, this reference –interpreted through several iterations including a skeleton version – remained in production until 2006. The watch is particularly elegant thanks to its movement measuring barely 4.05 mm thick: the ultra-thin Calibre 1120 QP complete with date module.

Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600 – 2017

The unique double-sided Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600 combines astronomy and the art of watchmaking in a “celestial” white gold composition. The watch incorporates 23 mainly astronomical horological complications appearing on both sides of the case, offering a reading of the time in three different modes – civil, solar and sidereal – each driven by its own gear train. Its new fully integrated calibre has nearly 514 components housed in a thickness of barely 8.7 mm, while six barrels guarantee it a three-week autonomy.

Les Cabinotiers Tourbillon armillary perpetual calendar – Planetaria – 2021

Equipped with the new manual-winding Calibre 1991, the result of four years of development, this one-of-a-kind timepiece features a perpetual calendar with a retrograde display of the date, day and month. It also features a rare 3D depiction representing the Earth’s Northern and Southern hemispheres. The two titanium globes perform a complete rotation in 24 hours complete with a day/night indication. The movement is regulated by a dual-axis tourbillon whose interlocking cages move at a speed of 60 seconds per rotation.

Vacheron Constantin - Client-First Service Expansion to Singapore and Australia

Vacheron Constantin – Client-First Service Expansion to Singapore and Australia

Client-First Service Expansion to Singapore and Australia

• Vacheron Constantin meets client expectations in Hong Kong SAR, China, Singapore and Australia with the launch of customer advisor supported phone sales, starting July 2021.
• This comes after successful launches in the United States, Europe, Japan and China.

Geneva, July 2021 – Vacheron Constantin, the world’s longest continuously operating watch manufacture will now offer phone sales service to APAC region starting July 2021.

Clients from Hong Kong SAR, China, Singapore and Australia will now have the opportunity to select and purchase their timepiece of choice from those styles currently available on Vacheron Constantin’s website, www.vacheron-constantin.com. In a centralized effort, timepieces on the Maison’s website are available for sale over the phone, with a specific tab indicating the number to call to place orders.

Service-first customer advisors are now available to guide clients in their choices, answer questions, and facilitate a comfortable and easy purchasing journey. Once the phone order has been confirmed, c lients c an choose to pick up at a nearby boutique or complimentary shipping with turnaround times ranging between one and three days for Hong Kong and Singapore, and four to eight days for Australia.

Ever-focused on providing clients the services they deserve, Vacheron Constantin will also propose express delivery to clients in Singapore and Hong Kong. If the phone order is confirmed before noon on a weekday, the delivery will be scheduled on the same day, during the afternoon.

“It is part of Vacheron Constantin’s mission to offer a superior service to its clientele of connoisseurs, thanks to our concierge team and boutique sales associates who are now available over the phone or in-person. We are therefore delighted to be introducing new ways to purchase a Vacheron Constantin timepiece to APAC region”, says Laurent Perves, Vacheron Constantin Chief Marketing Officer.

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Vacheron Constantin – New Flagship in New York City

Vacheron Constantin – New Flagship in New York City

  • Vacheron Constantin opens North American Flagship in New York City
  • The new two-story Boutique celebrates the long-standing relationship between the Maison and America since 1831
  • Client-first experiences include in-house watchmaker, strap customization, interactive digital archives, rotating exhibition space, and the first ever permanent “Les Collectionneurs” vintage offer.

New York, June 2021 – Vacheron Constantin, the luxury Swiss watchmaking Maison with over two hundred and sixty-five years of expertise, is delighted to announce the opening of its North American Flagship in the heart of New York City, at 28 East 57th Street. The boutique pays tribute to the Maison’s deep roots in the United States and commitment to outstanding client service.

The new Vacheron Constantin Flagship in North America celebrates the relationship between our Maison and America that has existed since 1831. Engaging with the creative spirit of America and its many diverse cultures, Vacheron Constantin is ready to make 28 E 57th Street its new North American home. This Flagship exemplifies Vacheron Constantin’s dedication to excellence and our motto, Do Better if Possible, and That is Always Possible.” – Louis Ferla, Chief Executive Officer, Vacheron Constantin

A 190 year love story with New York

The selection of New York for the location of Vacheron Constantin’s North American Flagship carries powerful symbolism for the Maison. In 1831, Jacques Barthélémi Vacheron wrote a letter stating his intent to expand business to the United States, and in 1832 the company established its first agent in New York. By the twentieth century, Vacheron Constantin timepieces could be found on the wrists of eminent Americans from members of the Rockefeller family, Henry and William James, automobile manufacture James Ward Packard, and actors Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor to name a few. Of the many innovative and historically important Vacheron Constantin timepieces, special references inspired by American clients include one of the first large wristwatches for aviators, a series of pocket watches for the U.S. Corps of Engineers during WWI, and just a few years later, the cushion-shaped “American 1921”, a classic yet daring tilted-dial design created for the American market. This iconic timepiece celebrates its 100th Anniversary in 2021 and is the focus of the New York Flagship opening exhibition.

Immersive experience

Located between Madison and Park Avenue, the new Vacheron Constantin Flagship spans over 4,500 square feet and covers two floors. A distinctive glass façade opens directly onto 57th Street and features a sleek brass-toned design in the shape of the Maison’s emblem, the Maltese Cross. The transparent glass invites collectors and visitors into a discovery of the Maison’s creativity and fine craftsmanship in a harmonious old-meets-new environment fitting the spirit of Vacheron Constantin’s contemporary watchmaking.

Upon entering, visitors are greeted by an atrium filled with natural light and a double floor height. A striking blue straw marquetry wall with Maltese cross motif creates a focal point that conveys Vacheron Constantin’s dedication to high watchmaking artistry. To the left, an open discovery table welcomes watch collectors and visitors alike to discover beautiful crafts and techniques amongst an assortment of Métiers d’art timepieces.

American 1921 Unique Piece Historique Restoration Restauration Calibre 1921 Making-of 100th anniversary

A large eye-catching screen offers an immersive tour through the history of Vacheron Constantin in the United States via an exclusive interactive experience: the “Chronogram”. Developed in partnership with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Chronogram is an innovative tool that uses emerging technologies to digitize Vacheron Constantin’s exceptional body of archives accumulated since 1755, shared with the public for live exploration of the Maison’s heritage.

In-house watchmaker, rotating exhibitions and family-friendly accommodations

A dedicated area within the first floor displays the restoration capabilities of the Maison and rotating exhibitions of historic timepieces from the Vacheron Constantin private heritage collection in Geneva. In a striking design, visitors are met with a sweeping staircase animated with bronze vertical columns inspired by 19th century architecture. As a demonstration of the Maison’s commitment to client-centered service, the second floor opens to an expansive watchmaking bench intended to encourage interaction with an in-house watchmaker as well as a custom strap station presenting both engraving and embossing customization options. A VIP Lounge encourages lingering and a family-friendly bar upstairs is equipped with games and refreshments that truly embody Vacheron Constantin’s dedication to clients.

A window into Vacheron Constantin’s collections

The new Flagship houses the complete Vacheron Constantin timepiece collection 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 newly unveiled American 1921 Pièce Unique re-creation timepiece will also be presented for the occasion of the Flagship opening.

“Les Collectionneurs”

Chosen with patience and talent by the Maison’s heritage department specialists, “Les Collectionneurs” curated collection of vintage Vacheron Constantin watches from the 20th century have been restored and are offered with the same warranty given to contemporary collections. Previously only available at dedicated annual events in Vacheron Constantin boutiques around the world, a rare assortment will be featured in the North American Flagship as the world’s first “Les Collectionneurs” permanent boutique offering.

Les Cabinotiers

Les Cabinotiers, Vacheron Constantin’s approach to single-piece editions, showcases the Maison’s amazing wealth of creative and engineering talent. The department of Les Cabinotiers combines excellence and dedication with a group of master watchmaking professionals who use their wide-ranging scientific knowledge in the latest technical breakthroughs and 18th century watchmaking crafts to perpetuate Vacheron Constantin’s tradition of innovation. Creating both bespoke timepieces on demand from clients as well as timepieces conceived by Vacheron Constantin master watchmakers, Les Cabinotiers translate dreams into reality in mechanical and artistic terms and consistently push the boundaries of what is possible in watchmaking today.

A One of a Kind American 1921

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 American 1921 original timepiece, emblematic of an era. Stemming from an impressive technical feat and epic human saga pushing the limits of fine craftsmanship, the creation of the American 1921 Pièce Unique watch mobilizes the remarkable expertise of the Maison’s Restoration workshop and 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 skills.

Inspiration from American Art

In homage to great American art, display windows on 57th Street and the boutique’s first floor exhibition area will be fully encompassed during the opening by a dream-like bronze city including a car and track installation inspired by the masterpiece, Metropolis II (2010), by American artist Chris Burden (1946-2015). From his action-based works in the 1970s that focused on his own body and the relationship of the viewer to it, to the technical feats of his later sculptures that intervened in spaces, artist Chris Burden consistently challenged limitations. By doing so, he reflected on the surreal realities of contemporary life and invited the viewer to join in these contemplations. Vacheron Constantin and Chris Burden’s work share a commitment to craft, and an exploration of the beauty found in scientific exploration. The installation on view pays tribute to a cosmopolitan love of movement and “the idea of a city”. This is the Chris Burden Estate’s historic first ever brand collaboration.

Boutique Address:
Vacheron Constantin
28 East 57th Street
New York, NY 10022

Monday – Saturday: 10am to 6pm
Sunday: 12 to 6pm

Vacheron Constantin | “Les Collectionneurs” London, 8th June – 8th August, 2021

Vacheron Constantin | “Les Collectionneurs” London, 8th June – 8th August, 2021

  • Eleven vintage watches spanning the 20th century; 
  • London, from 8th June to 8th August 2021
  • Models sourced by Vacheron Constantin’s experts, then restored and delivered with a digital certification of authenticity with Blockchain technology and a two-year guarantee.

Les Collectionneurs

Chosen with patience and talent by the Maison’s heritage department specialists, vintage watches covering the 20th century are now part of the aptly named “Les Collectionneurs” collection. The latter continues to evolve over time and is regularly offered for sale to brand aficionados at dedicated events organised in Vacheron Constantin boutiques around the world. “Les Collectionneurs” models all come with a digital certification of authenticity with Blockchain technology and a two-year guarantee – an offer unmatched in the watchmaking world.

When vintage is second nature
The notion of vintage is second nature to Vacheron Constantin. It is expressed through a strong attachment to everything relating to its heritage. In more than 265 years of existence, the Maison has accumulated a unique set of archives in the field of time measurement. Engaged in uninterrupted production since its origins, the Manufacture is also able to take care of – and restore if necessary – any timepiece from its workshops, whatever its age.

A closer look at its archives and its private collection of more than 1,500 timepieces offers an excellent insight into this historical depth and the means used to nurture it. From the watchmakers and craftspeople of its restoration workshop to the historians of the Style & Heritage team, the experts at Vacheron Constantin possess all the necessary skills to best honour this vintage watchmaking service that now enjoys such an excellent reputation.

“Les Collectionneurs”
Vacheron Constantin wanted to unite connoisseurs and aficionados of the Maison around their passion for vintage timepieces, leading to the creation of “Les Collectionneurs”: an approach consisting in using the Manufacture’s considerable resources to gather and restore a series of historical Vacheron Constantin pieces, subsequently offered for sale at dedicated events in Vacheron Constantin boutiques around the world.

“Les Collectionneurs” represents another facet of Vacheron Constantin,” comments Christian Selmoni, Style & Heritage Director. “The collection perpetuates this precious link between past and present, enabling our clientele of connoisseurs and collectors to acquire restored vintage pieces directly through the Maison, which is a real guarantee. As for the events organised around the world to unveil these pieces, they attract both seasoned collectors and young generations eager to delve more deeply into watchmaking history.”

Watches ready for a new life
The Vacheron Constantin Heritage team works to bring together these vintage watches, whether pocket or wristwatches. The objective is to create a representative range of timepieces offered by Vacheron Constantin over the years. All kinds of channels are used in order to locate them: auction rooms, personal contacts with private individuals – bearing in mind that an expert eye is decisive in the choice of these timepieces, be they simple or striking models, calendars or chronographs…

Pocket watches mainly covering the years 1910 to 1930 and wristwatches prior to 1970 – with a preference for the period from 1940 to 1960 – are then subjected to a dual appraisal. First of all, a historical evaluation is undertaken in order to authenticate the piece with reference to the in-house archives, which have been listing cases and movements by serial number for a century and a half. Then comes the technical assessment aimed at determining which interventions may be necessary, from simply cleaning the timepiece, to its restoration – the objective being to preserve these timepieces in a state as close as possible to that of their origins. If necessary, they are restored to working order using period components, of which Vacheron Constantin maintains a large stock, or else reproduced the old-fashioned way and in identical form within the Manufacture. Once the process is complete, each timepiece is accompanied by a digital certificate of authenticity and a two-year guarantee, the latter being the same as that delivered with all models within the Maison’s standard collections.

Models unveiled at dedicated events 
Throughout the year, Vacheron Constantin organises special events or exhibitions of historical models from its private collection in its boutiques. These are all special experiences that give connoisseurs an opportunity to discover this “Les Collectionneurs” collection; and Vacheron Constantin’s experts a chance to share the history related to the “experience” of these models. Thanks to its extremely well documented archives, the Maison can retrace the destiny of these timepieces that have survived through the ages as testimony to their time and to its watchmaking expertise. Rare and doubtless unique for those who cherish them, these Vacheron Constantin timepieces bearing the patina of age as a badge of honour are thus ready for a new life.

Watches highlight
18K yellow gold minute-repeater gentleman’s wristwatch (Inv. ref 11761) – 1951
Tear-drop lugs soldered to the middle. Silvered dial, circular guilloché hour-circle, 4/4 Roman numerals and 8 lapidated and pointed indexes, external pearled minute-circle. Yellow gold pointed baton hands.An exception grand complication, the reference 4261 combines an impressive thinness and superb aesthetics.The minute repeater mechanism was the third type of complication to be miniaturised enough to fit into the space of a wristwatch after the calendar and the chronograph mechanisms. It has been developed around 1930.The model 4261 was the first ultra-thin minute repeater produced by Vacheron Constantin. When it was launched in 1943 it was considered as one of the thinnest minute repeaters ever made. Less than 40 pieces were produced between 1944-1951, in yellow gold, pink gold and platinum. This watch is one of the last pieces produced.The reference 4261 is most probably the most sought-after Vacheron Constantin timepieces, from the collector’s perspective.

Les Collectionneurs

18K yellow gold open-face worldtime pocket watch (Inv. Ref 10394) – 1949
Silvered dial made in 3 parts. 24 hours disk divided in two zones, dark blue zone for the night hours and silvered for the daylight hours. external fixed disk graduated with the name of 41 cities and placesIn 1932 the Vacheron Constantin first World Time pocket watch displays the Cottier system capable of displaying the 24 time zones on the same dial, rotating with the movement. The Maison assigns model ref 3372 to this brand new watch. Watches indicating 24 time-zones were progressively named “Universal time, “international time” (ref. Vacheron Constantin archives) and then “World time” for most contemporary watches. In 1936 seeking to show that the complication was worth perfecting. Vacheron Constantin presented two new version of its international time model whose featured 31 international cities for reference 3650. In 1946 Vacheron Constantin assigned reference 4414 to the world time model with a dial comprising 41 cities. This reference was ordered by famous watches collectors as well as the Agnelli family in 1941. King Farouk of Egypt in 1946 or 52nd United States secretary of States John Foster Dulles who received a world time 4414 model from dramatist and diplomat Mrs Clare Booth Luce in 1955.Vacheron Constantin Worldtime watches are not indexed on political/state time zones but under the Meridian for each of 24 time zones (a kind of geographic hour). Following this concept, each time zone is spaced by 15° longitude.

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.



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.


American 1921 Pièce unique

Reference 1921H/000J-B949

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

Hours, minutes
Small seconds

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

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

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

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

Hand-crafted in the Vacheron Constantin restoration workshop