Straight from NYC where we are with Vacheron Constantin and Cory Richards, the renowned climber and photographer. Embodying the beauty of the Earth and Nature, the photographs and videos taken on the dizzying slopes of Everest during Cory Richard’s new attempted ascent will be exhibited at the Vacheron Constantin boutiques around the world. This creative collaboration with the Manufacture has also given rise to an extremely good looking Overseas Dual Time prototype that the explorer wore on his wrist during his ascent. To set the pace for his adventure on the slopes of Everest, Cory Richards wanted to have a watch enabling him to keep track the time in Nepal, as well as back home in the United States. For that purpose, he chose an Overseas Dual Time.
Eye Candy: Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Mécaniques Sauvages Majestic Tiger. The Art of Wood Marquetry and Gold Engraving.
For three centuries, Vacheron Constantin has perpetuated the tradition of “Les Cabinotiers”, the name originally given to the prestigious watchmakers who exercised their art in light-filled workshops located on the top floors of Geneva buildings. Exceptional bespoke timepieces were devised at the time, brimming with a rare degree of technical and aesthetic complexity, inspired by astronomy, science and art
An emblematic model from the Patrimony collection is adopting the midnight blue shade specially created for the line. The Patrimony perpetual calendar ultra-thin watch beats to the rhythm of the legendary 1120 QP calibre, an ultra-thin automatic movement. Introduced with an 18K 5N pink gold case measuring 41 mm in diameter and less than 9 mm in thickness, the warm hue of the case is a perfect match for the sunburst satin-finished blue shade of the dial. With its sleek lines embodying quintessential elegance, this version treats connoisseurs to unrivaled contemporary refinement.
Insider: Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar. A Feat of Horology that Blends Classic and Modern Watch Design Cues.
A big highlight of the SIHH 2019 and a true feat of horology is the new Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar. Inspired by the seasonal system from the Japanese Edo Period which divided day and night into six segments —of which the length varied from day to night and from one season to another—, the clocks from this period were equipped with a single or double foliot balance enabling automatic changes in their operating speed. And just like those clocks, the Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar beats at a high frequency when worn and on demand, it can be slowed down by pressing a pusher in order to guarantee an extended outstanding power reserve of at least 65 days when the watch is not been worn.
The new Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon is the very first automatic tourbillon in this sporty collection. Housed in a 42.5 mm stainless steel case, the new Overseas Tourbillon features a striking translucent lacquered blue dial —sunburst satin-finished base with velvet-finished flange— in the exact same glossy finish as the one on the Overseas Dual Time released last year. With a tourbillon carriage shaped like a Maltese cross, the opening at 6 o’clock reveals its intricate beauty taking the center stage.
When we received the press release about the new Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Petrol Blue dial we couldn’t wait until we could see the watches in person at the SIHH 2019. Finally, last week we had a real treat when we got to peruse these two new watches in the metal. This gorgeous new Petrol blue dial with opaline center and sunburst exterior is now available for the stainless steel versions of the FiftySix Self-Winding and the FiftySix Complete Calendar ref. 4000E with moonphase indicator. With an extremely well balanced dial thanks to its double apertures at 12 and a gorgeous moonphase indicator at six o'clock, this is without a doubt, one of the best looking Vacheron Constantin watches out there. Hopefully, these live pictures will get as close as possible to the real beauty of the dials in person.
SIHH 2019: Vacheron Constantin Overseas Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar ref. 4300V on 18K Gold Bracelet. Live Pictures and Pricing.
The Vacheron Overseas Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar ref. 4300V/000R-B064 was released last year in 18K 5N pink gold. Today, at the SIHH 2019, this watch just got infinitely better as it is now available on matching 18K gold bracelet. Back in 2018, the Overseas Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar ref. 4300V/000R-B064 came only with a blue alligator and a blue rubber strap and everyone was wondering when our friends from Vacheron would release a bracelet for it. Featuring the new interchangeable strap system that was released with the new generation of the Overseas line, this amazing perpetual calendar is now as hot as it could ever possible get.
SIHH 2019: Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Self Winding and FiftySix Complete Calendar with Petrol Blue Dials
The Vacheron Constantin FiftySix collection was released last year and for this year at the SIHH 2019 it just got even better —if that’s even at all possible. Inspired by the iconic reference 6073 —launched in 1956— two of the three models are now also sporting a gorgeous Petrol Blue dial. The blue dial with opaline center and sunburst exterior is now also available for the stainless steel versions of the FiftySix Self-Winding and the FiftySix Complete Calendar ref. 4000E with moonphase indicator. With an extremely well balanced dial thanks to its double apertures at 12 and a gorgeous moonphase indicator at six o'clock, this is without a doubt, one of the best looking Vacheron Constantin watches out there.
Eye Candy: Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Tourbillon Collection Excellence Platine. A Platinum Case and a Platinum Dial at Its Best.
Endowed with a 41 mm platinum case and a dial also made in platinum, the Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Tourbillon Collection Excellence Platine ref. 6000T/000P-B347 is what watch dreams are about. Powered by the Vacheron Constantin automatic calibre 2160 composed of 188 parts and 30 jewels, this amazing movement with peripheral oscillating weight provides a power reserve of more than 3 days when fully wound.
Experience: Vacheron Constantin Launch of the FiftySix Tourbillon in London. A Short but Very Memorable Trip.
When you fly across the globe for the launch of a new watch, you know something really special is coming. And when Vacheron Constantin is the one taking you there, you know you’re in for a real treat. After flying from Dallas to London aboard British Airways’ First Class in our favorite aircraft —the Boeing 747—, we arrived at LHR as fresh as lettuce leaves. Upon arrival, we headed straight to the swanky Hotel Café Royal that would be our home away from home for the next two nights. Located in the Soho area not far from Piccadilly Circus, this was the perfect setting for two incredible days with Vacheron Constantin and to celebrate the launch of the new FiftySix Tourbillon we featured here.
Insider: Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Tourbillon ref. 6000E. The First Major Complication in this Collection.
Adding up to the already amazing lineup of the Vacheron Constantin FiftySix collection —first unveiled at the SIHH 2018— comes the new FiftySix Tourbillon ref. 6000E/000R-B488. Not only this is the first major complication in the new FiftySix collection, but this is also an automatic tourbillon powered by an ultra-thin movement with a peripheral oscillating weight that enables an even slimmer construction and unobstructed views of the full movement that often gets somewhat blocked by the use of a solid central oscillating weight. The FiftySix collection is a retro-contemporary new line of timepieces that takes its inspiration from the iconic Vacheron Constantin reference 6073 from 1956, hence the name FiftySix.
Insider: Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Complete Calendar ref. 4010T. A Timeless Classical Complication in a Very Contemporary Modern Execution.
Released at the SIHH 2018 the Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Complete Calendar ref. 4010T is one of those watches that screams Vacheron a mile away. Available in platinum ref. 4010T/000P-B345 or in 18K 5N pink gold ref. 4010T/000R-B344, this new watch is the perfect modern expression of the grandeur in watchmaking from the oldest watch manufacture in the world. The new Traditionnelle Traditionnelle Complete Calendar ref. 4010T features a generous 41 mm case with a stepped round construction, angular lugs, slender bezel, a fluted rim on its display case back, railway-type minute track, “bâtons de Genève” hour-markers and dauphine hands.
Insider: Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time ref. 7900V. With In-House Movement and a Blue Dial, it is an Absolute Winner.
The first generation of the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time was discontinued a couple of years ago with the release of the updated Vacheron Constantin Overseas collection presented in 2016. Released at the end of 2017, the new Overseas Dual Time is now powered by an in-house calibre and boasts a new case design and dial layout. Fitted with a 41 mm case —1.5 millimeters smaller than the previous iteration of the Overseas Dual Time ref. 47450—, the watch is available in either 18K 5N rose gold or stainless steel with its iconic bezel evoking Vacheron Constantin’s famous Maltese cross emblem.
News: Vacheron Constantin Launches a Reverse Panda Dial for the Overseas Chronograph and a Black Dial for the Overseas Date
Originally launched in 1996 and revamped in 2004 and in 2016, the Vacheron Constantin Overseas is the perfect sporty yet elegant option offered by this manufacture. While in 2016 the Overseas received its biggest facelift ever, today, Vacheron Constantin has decided to add two new dials to the collection. As a first for the brand and for the Overseas collection comes a glossy black reversed panda dial with silvered chrono registers. The second one is a jet black glossy dial for the Overseas Date model.
Experience: Visiting the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture. An Incredible Morning at the Oldest Watch Manufacture in the World.
As you all know, Vacheron Constantin is not only one of the three brands that integrate the 'Holy Trinity of Watchmaking' but also the oldest watch manufacture in the world with an uninterrupted history that spans across almost three centuries —263 years to be precise. Therefore, a visit to the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates —a municipality in the outskirts of Geneva, Switzerland— is a fascinating experience that as watch collectors and scholars, we will cherish forever.
Watch Art: Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Les Aérostiers. Five Incredible Creations with Pounced Ornament and Plique-à-Jour Enamel Dials.
One of our favorite releases at the SIHH 2018 were the five incredible Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Les Aérostiers with their pounced ornament and plique-à-jour enamel dials featuring five different hot air balloons to celebrate the five flights taken in France between 1783 and 1785. A faithful reproduction in miniature of the historical depictions of these flights are carefully and splendidly hand engraved and micro-sculpted in gold against a translucent plique-à-jour enamel background.
Last week, we brought you the live pictures on the new FiftySix Self-Winding here and the FiftySix Day-Date Power Reserve here; well, today, we bring you our live pictures of our second favorite watch within this new collection. The FiftySix Complete Calendar ref. 4000E with moonphase indicator. With an extremely well balanced dial thanks to its double apertures at 12 and a gorgeous moonphase indicator at six o'clock, this is without a doubt, one of the best looking Vacheron Constantin watches out there.
The new Vacheron Constantin collection inspired by the iconic reference 6073 —launched in 1956— is one of our favorite watch releases at the SIHH 2018. Available in stainless steel or 18K 5N pink gold, the three new watches have been very well received by the press community, authorized dealers and our readers. Yesterday, we brought you the live pictures on the new FiftySix Self-Winding here and today, we bring you live pictures of our favorite model among the three new watches that were just released.
Today, a new collection makes its way to the Vacheron Constantin lineup. The new collection named FiftySix is inspired by a historical Vacheron Constantin watch from 1956. With a retro-contemporary style the new FiftySix is a modern interpretation of the iconic reference 6073, launched in 1956. Available in stainless steel or 18K 5N pink gold, there are three new watches that are part of this new collection and which are distinguished their shape and lugs, each representing a branch of the Maltese cross which has become an emblem of the Manufacture.
SIHH 2018: Vacheron Constantin Overseas Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar ref. 4300V. Live Pictures & Pricing.
Finally here are our live pictures of the new Vacheron Constantin Overseas Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar ref. 4300V/000R-B064 with a slender case in 18K 5N pink gold case measuring just 8.1 mm thick and powered by a new calibre 1120 QP/1. This new Overseas Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar is simply stunning in the metal and is powered by one of the slimmest movements on the market.