Watches And Wonders 2022: Vacheron Constantin
Hot 2022 watch releases from Vacheron Constantin.
Vacheron Constantin’s horological lineage is on full, unabashed display this year with creations of stunning technical quality and artisanship for both men and women. One can really appreciate the time-hewn watchmaking know-how from the 267-year-old Manufacture as you discover the new assortment that spans decorative perpetual calendars and tourbillons, to piece-unique métiers d’art creations.
So often an underserved audience, women watch collectors are treated to two delightful offerings in 2022: the Patrimony Self-winding and Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin. Though both come dressed in lovely pastel colours and, for some references, a sprinkling of diamonds, one should not assume that the feminine expressions equate a lack of technical sophistication. In fact, the opposite is true.
The Patrimony Self-winding (above) holds its own as a Geneva Seal-certified line-up powered by the in-house Calibre 2450 Q6/3 that also drives the men’s Patrimony models. The Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin, on the other hand, is the brand’s first complication of its kind for women. Although it is driven by the same automatic movement as the men’s Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar models, the Calibre 1120 QP, this version is smaller with a 36.5mm case and slimmer at 8.43mm, compared to a 41mm diameter and 8.96mm thickness for the men’s version.
For the men, Vacheron Constantin presents three exquisite complication models to whet the appetites of technical watch aficionados. The Overseas Perpetual Calendar Skeleton Ultra Thin (below) may be considered this year’s masculine take on the calendar complication. Like the Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin for ladies, the Overseas Perpetual Calendar Skeleton Ultra Thin runs on the automatic Calibre 1120 QP, and is housed in a 41.5mm case that is just 8.1mm thin. On this pink gold model, however, the movement is beautifully displayed via an openworked dial that showcases the beauty and intricacies of its complex mechanism.
Staying with visually dramatic skeleton watches, collectors have another equally mesmerising option in the Overseas Tourbillon Skeleton (below). Available in 42.5mm titanium or pink gold, the watches feature the in-house Calibre 2160 with periphery rotor and tourbillon at six o’clock and a carriage in the shape of the brand’s Maltese Cross logo. The same movement that is also found in models like the Traditionnelle Tourbillon, Fifty-Six Tourbillon and the previous incarnation of the Overseas Tourbillon with full dial, now appears even more stunning with its exposed web of gears and bridges.
For collectors who prefer something more restrained, there is the new Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Chronograph (below). Previously available in pink gold with silver dial and platinum with black dial, the dual-complication is now offered in platinum case with salmon dial, easily the most refreshing combination of the reference to date.
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