Watches & Wonders 2020: Vacheron Constantin
Vacheron Constantin banks on measured makeovers.
Meticulous craftsmanship, technical sophistication and a deep respect for traditional watchmaking – the hallmarks that have distinguished Vacheron Constantin and illuminated its legacy as the world’s oldest running watch manufacture - are displayed with ease and aplomb at Watches & Wonders 2020.
Surprisingly, Vacheron Constantin hasn’t held back THAT much, if one were to compare the number of new roll-outs to that of 2019’s. There is a diverse enough selection of new watches to choose from. Highlights include a pair of handsome FiftySix watches in pink gold (automatic and complete calendar), some ultra-thin Overseas perpetual calendar models in gold (top) and, for the first time in Vacheron Constantin’s history, the first automatic tourbillon for women with the Traditionelle Tourbillon (below).
Like many brands, it is customary for Vacheron Constantin to premiere what’s known as a ‘talking piece’ each year – an outstanding technical novelty or collection that guarantees column inches, like 2019’s Traditionelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar or 2018’s launch of the FiftySix collection. For 2020, the brand draws our attention to a series of complications from the Les Cabinotiers line, a made-to-measure collection of highly crafted and highly complicated timepieces considered to be the brand’s most exceptional.
The three Les Cabinotiers watches, collectively themed La Musique du Temps’, are absolutely mind-blowing. There is a two-sided grand complication, christened 'Tempo' (above) with split-seconds chronograph that boasts 24 complications; an ultra-thin double-sided minute repeater with perpetual calendar and astronomical displays totalling 19 complications; and four one-of-a-kind artisanal pieces with champlevé enamel dials with satellite hour and minutes display. For a horological year that is expected to be ‘quiet’, Vacheron Constantin musters a considerable buzz.
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