Written by Selena DiGiovanni
Vacheron Constantin is one of the oldest watchmaking companies in the world. They specialize in fine movements and precision combined with rich designs, and their new line for the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) is no different in terms of keeping with the classics. But there is a something new about this line which has surprised many: the entire line is comprised of women’s watches.
While a line consisting entirely of women’s watches is a bold move, it is somewhat less surprising when you consider Vacheron Constantin’s history. Vacheron Constantin has always seen the necessity of creating timepieces for women. In 1810, the company began to produce timepieces for women celebrating their high status. Throughout history they have continued to support strong women with their beautiful timepieces. And with this new line, Vacheron Constantin hopes to continue to celebrate the beauty and strength of women.
The new line is described by Vacheron Constantin as “an interpretation of time from a feminine perspective”, and consists of three new models in separate collections. These collections have officially been named the Patrimony Contemporaine Lady, Malte Lady, and Métiers d’Art Florilége. The last of these three pieces is stunning, and immediately became the centerpiece of this new line.
The Métiers d’Art Florilége collection was inspired by “The Temple of Flora” by Robert J. Thornton, a book of botanical illustrations. Three illustrations from the book were chosen and then used in the designs of each watch dial. Several different techniques were used to recreate these images, including guillochage, enamelling, and gemsetting. The dial of each piece is hand-crafted to ensure that each piece is of the highest standards.
The Métiers d’Art Florilége collection employs the use of the Calibre 4400, which was developed and crafted in house by Vacheron Constantin. This 127 piece calibre contains 21 rubies and functions at a frequency of 4Hz, or 28,800 vibrations per hour. Timepieces in this collection are manual-winding, and has a power reserve of 65 hours.
To learn more about Vacheron Constantin’s SIHH 2013 collection, visitwww.vacheron-constantin.com/en.