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Pre-SIHH 2016: Vacheron Constantin

The development in these watches is Vacheron’s type 1003, which was first utilized by Vacheron in 1955 (and which is the core of one of t beneficiary most wonderful watches ). At 1.64 mm thick this development and its variations are the most slender traditionally built hand-wound developments underway and the openworked rendition utilized here – type 1003 SQRH2 – is an exceptionally refined piece of work. Type 1003 even in its non-openworked form is an activity in beautiful extremist mechanical moderation; you wouldn’t think, on examining it, that there was a lot of left in the way of metal to eliminate. The openworked rendition is staggeringly straightforward, with the primary components of the development decreased to hair-fine shimmering bends interfacing the different practical components, including the fountainhead, wheels, escapement, and equilibrium. Development measurements are 21.1 mm x 1.64 mm by and large, coincidentally, with the equilibrium vibrating at 18,000 vph, and a 31-hour power reserve.

The new form of the French Lace Métiers d’Art Fabuleux Ornements watch (above) has a red-gold case, 37 mm x 8 mm, with a bezel set with 64 round-cut jewels. The dial enhancement is polish over rose-motor applied guilloché, fabulous feu enamel laid over guilloché is known as flinqué enameling.

The new form of the Chinese Embroidery Métiers d’Art Fabuleux Ornements watch (above) has a white-gold case and precious stone set bezel indistinguishable from that utilized for the French Lace watch. However for this situation, the dial is set with green jade held set up by cells framed of slender gold wire, with etched mother of pearl, pink opal, and hand-engraved gold leaves and stems shaping a flower beautiful motif.

The new Ottoman Architecture Métiers d’Art Fabuleux Ornements watch (above) is now in white gold, with a jewel set external bezel and engraved inward ring around the development. The case measurements are equivalent to for the other Métiers d’Art Fabuleux Ornements watches. The dial is pink mother-of-pearl, under an openworked 18k pink-gold plate, hand-inclined and set with applied half-pearls.

Finally, the new form of the Indian Manuscript Métiers d’Art Fabuleux Ornements watch (above) has a similar precious stone set bezel as the other new watches in the Métiers d’Art Fabuleux Ornements family; the inward ring around the development is reflect cleaned, and the dial – which reflects flower themes found in Indian compositions – is hand-engraved, with champlevé enameling (this is a technique in which shallow discouragements are engraved into a metal surface, which are then loaded up with enamel.

See the Métiers d’Art Fabuleux Ornements Collection at Vacheron on the web.