Vacheron Constantin Launches The Ultra Complicated Reference 57260, Plus Multiple Drop Dead Gorgeous New References At Watches & Wonders 2015
Let’s beginning with a watch we fell head over heels in love for the moment we saw the photos: the Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955. The name is only one of the numerous things that sound better in French; it signifies “cow’s horns” – and the watch is essentially a strong, unadulterated portion of horological joy. This isn’t the first occasion when you’ve seen it , on the off chance that you follow HODINKEE, yet having seen it in the metal, we can guarantee you, it’s just as great as you, and we, thought it was when it was announced.
Price, we’re told, is €62,000 yet what value magnificence. What’s more, with Vacheron Constantin’s own type 1142 too. Everything you don’t require anything, you don’t.
Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache, 38.5 mm x 10.9 mm, platinum clasp with blue gator tie. Type 1142, hand wound, segment wheel chronograph, 3 hz, running in 21 jewels.
There are likewise two new watches – one enormous, one little (alluded to by Vacheron Constantin as women’s and men’s models) in the Éloge de la Nature family: the Éloge de la Nature Swan (or Swans, we should say). These watches are essentially a gathering place for various horological enlivening expressions, including pearl setting, guilloché, plating, and engraving.
The two watches are 42 mm and 39 mm in distance across. Both are in 18k white gold; light blue Grand Feu champlevé plating and hand-guilloche; jewel set 18K white gold swan (322 round-cut precious stones), snow setting on the body of the swan, hand-engraved feathers, Limoges white plating on clear Grand Feu plating. 39 mm model, 76 loaf cut and 322 round-cut jewels, all out weight of around 4.9 carats; 42 mm model 76 roll cut and 432 round-cut precious stones, absolute weight of roughly 6.1 carats. Unique pieces.
Next, Vacheron Constantin has declared three new watches as a feature of a women’s watch assortment they’ve named “Heures Créatives” (Creative Hours, pretty much). This assortment comprises of three watches that are showcases for both plan, and for horological sertissage (gem setting). As a matter of first importance, these watches go particularly contrary to what would be expected of a considerable lot of even the most extravagantly bejeweled watches, in utilizing a mechanical development. Each of the three use Vacheron Constantin’s type 1055, which is an exquisite piece of work.
The three watches presented are the Heure Romantique, the Heure Discréte, and the Heure Audacieuse.
The Heure Audacieuse is, just like all the Heures Créatives watches, in view of historic models – for this situation, a watch roused by a belt clasp, which Vacheron Constantin originally appeared in 1970. Of the three, it’s the most appropriate for day by day wear, yet it’s a truly adaptable plan (the public statement speaks somewhat about the ’70s as a period of freedom of women from customary imperatives of style) that would match well with anything from a tailored suit to mixed drink clothing. There will be two references – one with snow-set, and one with loaf diamonds.
The Heure Romantique depends on a 1916 model from Vacheron Constantin, impacted by Art Nouveau, featuring 104 round-cut jewels, and a mother-of-pearl dial. A full pavé dial model will likewise be offered.
Finally, the Heure Discréte is a perfectly done “secret” watch, in the shape of a fan. An uncommon event watch on the off chance that we at any point saw one.
Next, we have two new references in Traditionelle Collection – both new translations of the Traditionelle World Time. One is in white gold, and one in pink gold (5N, explicitly) and, similarly as with the first, which we wrote about right here, the watches allow you to tell the time in any of the 37 time regions, incorporating those with half or quarter hour balances from GMT (most world time watches, as you likely know, show just time regions with entire hour GMT counterbalances). The significant takeoff from the first model is the utilization of engraved guides of the world, versus the hued map utilized in the first model from 2011. This isn’t the main such treatment of the Traditionelle World Time – it’s the approach Vacheron Constantin utilized for the Excellence Platine rendition, in 2014, and like that model, the impact is, if less promptly attractive than the first, perhaps more harmonious by and large also. Handsome increments, we think.
The Malte Collection has two new references. Both are hand wound, time-just models, with tonneau-shaped cases (the characterizing characteristic of the Malte Collection) utilizing Vacheron Constantin’s type 4400 AS. The news here is the utilization of a record shaded dial in both watches.
In expansion, two new Malte high jewelry pieces have been presented. There are two models, one bigger. The greater uses Vacheron’s type 2795 (hand-wound tourbillon, two-day power hold and has 1170 loaf cut jewels, in a 38 mm x 48.24 mm case. The other, more modest model is fitted with type 1400, measures 29.30 mm x 39.60 mm, and has a sum of 742 diamonds.
Remember Vacheron Constantin’s type 1731? You know, the remarkably rich and thin moment repeater that, at launch was (and we accept still is) the world’s thinnest? We sure do , and for Watches & Wonders, it’s been declared that you would now be able to get it in platinum (it was initially presented in red gold) with either a record or silver opaline dial.
Finally, there’s an intriguing unique piece: the Maître Cabinotier Perpetual Calendar Regulator. The watch utilizes a new development, Vacheron Constantin type 2460 RQP. The dial highlights guilloché etching, handsomely done, for a situation fitted with a sunken bezel – which lightens the watch and separates it from more regular watches in unobtrusive yet clear fashion. Development 2460 RQP, created and made by Vacheron Constantin Mechanical, self-winding 25.6 mm width, 5.4 mm thick. Roughly 40 hours of power hold, 4Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour) 334 components running in 27 jewels.