Vacheron Constantin Debuts Three Exciting, Upscale Updated Timepieces At Watches & Wonders
At the 2022 edition of Watches & Wonders, Vacheron Constantin presents three new, slenderized timepieces – the Overseas Tourbillon Skeleton, the Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin, and the Patrimony Self-Winding. And these new watches not only express the maison’s love of watchmaking but project hope for a more beautiful future.
Let’s take a look.
Overseas Tourbillon Skeleton
Introduced in 1996, the sport-chic Overseas stands out from the competition because of its design – specifically its thin profile, tonneau-shaped case, and fluted bezel reminiscent of the brand’s signature Maltese cross logo. But with the Overseas Tourbillon Skeleton, Vacheron Constantin pushes the design needle forward.
A sapphire crystal serves as both the dial and window to the soul of the self-winding calibre 2160 SQ. It reveals fine guilloché work on the openwork dial and gem-set minutes track. Additionally, connoisseurs of fine-finishings will notice a small flame-blued screw serving as the seconds indicator on the tourbillon carriage and the mirror polish on the minute-repeater’s hammer.
Fun Fact: The Manufacture Calibre 2160 SQ is 20% thinner than previous models and is a svelte 5.65mm thick.
Secured to the dial crystal are Super-LumiNova coated, rhodium-plated 18K gold hour indices. And the dynamic lines of the case are extended by a distinctive integrated bracelet with geometric links.
The watch comes in two 42.5mm versions – one in 18K 5N pink gold and the other in Grade 5 titanium. The titanium model is the first by Vacheron to be completely crafted – from crown to bracelet – in said metal. However, the most notable feature of these cases is their thickness, only 10.39mm.
Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin
In addition to the Overseas Tourbillon Skeleton, the 36.5mm Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin also showcases Vacheron Constantin’s gift for interpreting grand complications in sleek versions.
Driven by the in-house self-winding calibre 1120 QP that is only 4.05mm thick, these new additions to the Traditionnelle collection display the days, dates, months, and years on a four-year cycle, including a leap-year indication, without need for correction until 2100.
Plus, the finishing of the movement is just as dazzling as its functionality: a circular-grained plate decorates the dial-side of the watch. The main plate and bridges are adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif on the back. The oscillating weight is also adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif and is open-worked in the shape of Vacheron’s Maltese cross emblem.
Finally, available in 18K white or pink gold, the new Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thins are a mere 8.43mm thick, case and all, and feature a gem-set bezel and a pink or blue mother-of-pearl dial.
As the world’s oldest continuously operating watchmaker, Vacheron Constantin has the technical and artistic mastery to convey luxury after even the slightest adjustments. Take, for example, the Patrimony Self-Winding.
The basic design of the watch dates back to the 1950s, but the updated models released this week feature slimmer silhouettes, redesigned curves, and slightly domed, gradient dials. Even the finishings on the new models’ self-winding in-house calibre 2450 Q6/3 feel incredibly luxe. Plus, with a movement thickness of only 3.6mm, the new Patrimony Self-Winding models stand a scant 8.45mm tall on the wrist.
Available versions for this 36.5mm watch include white gold with a deep blue dial and pink gold with a blush dial (with either a bezel boasting 72 diamonds and a “pearl” minute track or plain bezel and a minute track featuring 48 diamonds).
Lastly, the new Traditionnelle and Patrimony models feature interchangeable leather straps that can be swapped out with the simple push of a button.
Pricing & Availability:
Pricing for the new Overseas can be attained upon request. Both versions of the Traditionelle Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin are priced at $87,500. The Patrimony Self-Winding ranges in price from $27,900 to $35,200, depending on the metal.
For more information, please visit Vacheron Constantin’s website.
(Photography by Pierre Vogel)