Introducing: The Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Elégance Sartoriale, A Collection Dedicated To Matters Of Style (Live Pics, Pricing Information)
Capitalizing on the resurgence of style, as characterized by men who shop only on Saville Row and have Pitti Uomo saved in their schedule for the following ten years, Vacheron Constantin have collaborated with the world’s most seasoned texture maker, Vitale Barberis Canonico, for a fashion introduction of sorts.
Unveiled earlier today in Paris, on the first day of the season of the Journées Européenes des Métiers d’Arts (JEMA), the “Class Sartorial” assortment reliably re-makes acclaimed woven patterns such as the Prince of Wales check, utilizing the maison’s own guilloché and plating expertise.
The association between the two specialties, past their actual gathering on the wrist, isn’t clear from the start. The “Polish Sartorial” assortment is immediately traditionally exquisite, and minutely complex. The watches are worked by normal dress principles, with round cases estimating 40 mm, and meager (2.65 mm) physically wound movements.
But present in their dials are five patterns borrowed from the fashion word. The Prince of Wales check pattern, the Herringbone pattern, the Windowpane pattern, the Pinstripes pattern and the Tartan pattern have all been decisively re-made – following six hours of work – by VC’s master guillocheurs and enamelists.
Each pattern is upgraded by a layer of clear grand feu finish, and complemented by botanical or mathematical themes – motivated by pocket squares – that are etched into the hour and moment subdials. The Roman numerals are then hand painted onto round edges of mother of pearl, intended to review the catches on a plain white shirt.
The greatest challenge, as indicated by the brand’s innovative chief was finding the ideal shade for each watch. Regardless of the maison’s huge involvement with the craft of guillochage and plating, Christian Selmoni says the curiosity of the patterns made sudden finish shades. After thirty deserted tests, Vacheron Constantin chose five finalists.
The most astonishing model in the assortment might be the Prince of Wales check. Its raspberry red veneer is striking yet it additionally consummately mirrors the atypical chic of men’s style today. Different watches are more mild in their appearance.
Powering the new assortment is the assembling made Caliber 1400, a manual-winding development that beats at 28,000 VpH (4Hz) for at least 40 hours. It is incompletely noticeable on the other side, through a roundabout opening molded after the hour and minutes subdial.
The new assortment comes on a croc lash with a pin lock looking like a Maltese cross, and a couple of sleeve buttons echoing the woven artwork theme on the subdial. The five models will be saved for Vacheron Constantin’s boutique network, and will be estimated at $53,600.
1400U/000G-B215 – prince of wales check pattern
1400U/000R-B159 – herringbone pattern
1400U/000R-B216 – windowpane pattern
1400U/000R-B217 – pin stripes pattern
1400U/000G-B218 – tartan pattern
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