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We dedicated two separate chapters to Vacheron Constantin novelties: “Reference 57260” – the most complicated watch ever made – and the Maison’s new jewellery watch collection, the Heures Créatives.

Here is an overview about a few other, no less great new pieces from the brand, presented at Watches and Wonders 2015.

Maître Cabinotier Perpetual Calendar Regulator

Similarly to the 57260, this timepiece is also one-of-a-kind and created in the “Atelier Cabinotiers”. This department produces unique timepieces, entirely custom-made and created on an individual, commission basis. The 42 mm diameter pink gold watch has a beautiful brown opaline dial, decorated with fine hand-guilloché motifs, dainty leaf-type gold hands, “clous de Paris” hour-markers (tiny gold pyramidal shapes) and Roman numerals. The hours at 12 o’clock, the date and moon phase function at 6 o’clock for date and two smaller windows for the weekday and month – create a very balanced look for the watch face. The 2460 RQP movement with perpetual calendar is designed specially for this model.

Maitre Cabinotier Regulateur QP
Maître Cabinotier Perpetual Calendar Regulator

Historiques Cornes de vache 1955

There are timepieces in the field of fine-watchmaking which seem never to be outdated. The Historiques collection, originating in the 50s and revamped in 2007 is among these. The reference 6087 from the 50s is a highly coveted chronograph among collectors. If you are hunting for one, here is one on the upcoming Geneva auction of Phillips watches.

The latest addition to this collection is a 38.5mm platinum model, powered by a hand-wound Caliber 1142, similarly to the Harmony Chronograph Small (hours, minutes, column-wheel chronograph with 30-minute counter, small seconds at 9 o’clock). The case is completed with polished “Cornes de vache” meaning “cow-horn” lugs and classic construction of twin round pushpieces. The 30-minute counter is at 3 o’clock and small seconds at 9 o’clock as on the fifties’ model, but in a more contemporary design. The 12 and 6 are two applied gold Roman numerals (the 1955 version featured Arabic ones). The central seconds hand, the 30-minute counter hand and the tachometric scale feature a royal blue shade, matching perfectly with the hand-stitched, dark blue “Mississippiensis” alligator leather strap.

Traditionnelle WorldTime

The Manufacture brought the Traditionnelle WorldTime to Watches and Wonders with two new dials. One is in pink the other is white gold and as the previous model, it shows the 37 time zone indication (including zones offset by 30 mins or 45 mins, marked with red letters).
It was interesting to see that the different precious metals give a pretty much different look to the WorldTime models.

Métiers d’Art Eloge de la nature: Swan

Dance of the Swans – Métiers d’Art Eloge de la nature: Swan a ladies’ model with a 39 mm-diameter case and a 42 mm men’s model. Both white gold cases are each set with 76 baguette-cut diamonds, surrounding the blue guilloché motifs – which are coated with a translucent grand feu enamel – and the diamond set rising swan. Around the swan there are four fan-shaped apertures – hours and minutes on the top, and day and date on the bottom.

Metiers dArt Swan
Métiers d'Art Eloge de la nature: Swan


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