Vacheron Constantin presented a great range of timepieces at the Watches and Wonders 2022, from an openworked watch to a perpetual calendar. For the brand, an icon also returns as it reissues its legendary 222, unveiled in 1977 for the 222nd anniversary of the maison. Let's see what we have in store for us at the Geneva event from the watchmaker.
The Historiques 222 Ref. 4200H/222J-B935 is a re-edition of the legendary 1977 'Jumbo'. The contemporary model has a 37mm body crafted 18K 3N yellow gold. The ultra elegant timepiece is powered by the Calibre 2455/2 movement, which achieves a power reserve of around 40 hours. Operating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz), the movement promises enhanced precision. The oscillating weight of movement was specifically developed for this model and has been engraved with the original 222 logo, surrounded by a fluted motif echoing the bezel. The caseback is openworked, revealing the calibre.
The vertical-satin-brushed crown and bracelet, circular satin-finished bezel and polished hour-markers, hand-chamfered gear trains and bridges adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif, as well as a circular-grained mainplate reflect the maison's attention to detail. Its dial features the vintage font of the 'AUTOMATIC' inscription and the date window is offset from the outer rim of the dial to improve legibility, courtesy the slightly smaller diameter of the calibre compared with its predecessor. The modern Historiques 222 has been paired with an 18K 3N yellow gold vertical satin finished bracelet.
Les Cabinotiers Grisaille - Turtle
The Les Cabinotiers Grisaille - Turtle Ref. 2400C/000G-071C is a themed timepiece coming straight out of the Les Cabinotiers department, paying tribute to the world of the sea and its mythology. Its dial has been enamelled using a rare technique, which brings together miniature enamel painting and grisaille enamel for a marine decor.
This artistic timepiece has been housed in a 40mm 18K white gold case with hours, minutes, and seconds hands. The watch is driven by the self-winding Calibre 2460 SC, achieving a power reserve of around 40 hours, marked at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz). The engine has been equipped with a 916/1000 gold oscillating weight embellished with a guilloché motif pattern. The Les Cabinotiers Grisaille - Turtle piece has been paired with a dark blue alligator leather strap secured by a white gold pin buckle.
Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon - Flying Dutchman
The Les Cabinotiers department delivers another themed timepiece - Les Cabinotiers Minute repeater tourbillon - Flying Dutchman Ref. 6540C/000G-034C. A single-piece edition Les Cabinotiers timepiece, it evokes the legend of the Flying Dutchman with its dial crafted using a rare technique combining miniature enamel painting and grisaille enamel, offering a spooky vision of the ship taking on a stormy sea.
The watch is powered by the in-house Manufacture Calibre 2755 TMR movement, regulated by a one-minute tourbillon and equipped with a minute repeater mechanism, beating at 18,000 vibrations per hour (2.5Hz) and endowed with a 58-hour power reserve displayed on the back. The timepiece has been housed in an 18K white gold case measuring 45mm in diameter and 13.52mm thick. This marvellous timepiece has been fitted with a dark blue alligator leather strap secured by a white gold folding clasp.
Les Cabinotiers Tourbillon Jewellery - Sea Horse
Another sea creature appears on the dial, courtesy the Les Cabinotiers department. The Les Cabinotiers Tourbillon Jewellery - Sea Horse Ref. 6007C/000J-056C employs four artistic crafts at work -guilloché, engraving, enamelling, and gem-setting. Its bezel is adorned with a colour gradient of sapphires, ranging from intense blue to a slightly lighter shade. The single-piece edition comes housed in a 39mm 18K 5N pink gold case, perfectly suiting all wrists.
The Sea Horse is powered by the in-house Calibre 2160 manual-winding movement featuring a self-winding tourbillon regulator, delivering a power reserve of around 80 hours. The 188-component engine operates at 18,000 vibrations per hour. On the dial side, the mainplate is circular-grained, while the bridges are decorated with a Côtes de Genève motif on the caseback side. The beautiful timepiece has been paired with a dark blue leather strap secured by a folding clasp set with 14 baguette-cut sapphires and is water resistant upto 30 metres.
Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-thin Skeleton
The Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-thin Skeleton Ref. 4300V/120R-B642 features an entirely skeletonised ultra-thin Manufacture movement - the Calibre 1120 QPSQ/1, with perpetual calendar. This movement is extremely thin at just 2.45mm thick, complemented by a perpetual calendar module to form a total thickness of 4.05mm. Operating at 19,800 vibrations per hour, the engine delivers a power reserve of around 40 hours.
The watch indicates without any need for correction months of 28, 30, and 31 days, as well as leap years. The day and date display along the horizontal axis is complemented on the vertical axis by the month indication across four years, while the moonphase indication is symmetrically positioned at 6 o'clock beneath an opaque glass. The 41.5mm 18K 5N pink gold case has been paired with an 18K 5N pink gold bracelet (half Maltese cross-shaped polished and satin-brushed links), secured by an 18K 5N pink gold triple-blade folding clasp with push-pieces and comfort-adjustment system. The manufacture offers additional straps in blue calf leather and blue rubber.
Overseas Tourbillon Skeleton
The Overseas Tourbillon Skeleton Ref. 6000V/110R-B934 and 6000V/110T-B935 are the first tourbillon skeleton watches in the Overseas collection. It is available in two versions - 18K 5N pink gold and Grade 5 titanium. The titanium version is also the first by the maison to be completely made of this same metal, from crown to bezel and from bracelet to case. The sapphire crystal serving as the dial reveals all the details of the calibre and the hour-markers, secured to this crystal, are in rhodium-plated 18K 5N pink gold or 18K white gold, depending on the model.
The dial ring has been featured in black lacquered 18K 5N pink gold or in blue PVD-treated 18K white gold. These models come with two straps in calfskin and rubber - black with two 18K 5N pink gold pin buckles for the gold model and blue with an interchangeable titanium folding clasp for the titanium model. The 42.5mm case houses the self-winding Manufacture Calibre 2160 SQ, delivering a power reserve of around 80 hours.
Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Ultra-thin and Patrimony Self-winding
Aimed at women, the Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Ultra-thin and Patrimony Self-winding are technical and minimalist watches. The Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Ultra-thin timepiece displays the days, dates, months, and years on a four-year cycle, including a leap-year indication, without any need for correction before 2100. Its calendar display also incorporates a moonphase indication at 6 o'clock. Some of its special features include stepped lugs and case, fluted caseback, as well as Dauphine-type hands flying over a railway minutes track, punctuated by baton-type hour-markers. The Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Ultra-thin is available in 18K white gold and 18K 5N pink gold versions.
The dial features a blue-grey tinted mother-of-pearl for the white gold model and a white mother-of-pearl for the pink gold model. Talking about its attention to detail takes us to its moonphase disc, bearing the same colours as the dial. The bezel and top of the lugs are set with 76 round-cut diamonds, while the crown is adorned with a round-cut diamond. Each model comes with an alligator leather strap - grey blue or rosy beige, secured by a white or pink gold pin buckle set with 17 round-cut diamonds. Driven by the in-house Calibre 1120 QP self-winding movement, the references deliver a power reserve of around 40 hours.
The Patrimony Self-winding watch has its date disc at 6 o'clock, which has the same colour as the dial, housed inside the 36.5mm case in 18K white gold or 18K 5N pink gold. Each of the two versions features either a bezel set with 72 round-cut diamonds embellishing the circular-grained minutes track, or a minutes track itself composed of 48 round-cut diamonds, which has been positioned between the applied gold hour-markers.
These four new references are powered by the Manufacture 2450 Q6/3 self-winding movement, driving displays of the hours and minutes along with central seconds and an aperture-type date. Beating at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour, the movement delivers a power reserve of around 40 hours. These new Patrimony watches feature interchangeable straps in night blue or rosy beige alligator leather with an iridescent satin finish. They can be removed and replaced at the touch of a push-button.
Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
The Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5000T/000P-B975 features a new face combining a salmon-toned dial with a platinum case. This model is available in limited annual production and will only be sold at Vacheron Constantin boutiques. The timepiece features Dauphine-type hands, a railway-type minutes track, and a stepped case with distinctive fluting on the back. The time indications are provided by white gold hands and hour-markers, while the chronograph and date functions are displayed by blued steel hands. The phases of the moon are displayed on a platinum disc at 6 o'clock, integrated within the pointer-type date display.
Housed inside the 43mm 950 platinum case, which is water resistant upto 30 metres, the Manufacture manual-winding Calibre 1142 QP powers the watch. Operating at 21,600 vibrations per hour, the engine churns out a power reserve of around 48 hours. The platinum case has been paired with a dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather strap and the watch is delivered with a corrector pen.