Watches and Wonders 2024: Vacheron Constantin introduces a new concept watch combining Haute Horlogerie, Haute Couture, and Haute Parfumerie

New models join the Traditionelle, Patrimony, and Overseas lines, along with a haute jewellery necklace timepiece, and a concept watch
Chronograph, whose first model was launched in 2020. This 50-piece limited edition watch is crafted in 950 platinum which includes the 42.5mm case, dial, crown, clasp, and the stitching on the strap, whose hallmark “Pt950” can be found on the dial between 4 and 5 o’clock. 

Marking its presence at the Watches and Wonders 2024 in Geneva, Vacheron Constantin has added new models to its renowned collections Traditionelle, Patrimony, and Overseas which include new dial colours, case dimensions, and materials. The novelties are joined by the new gem-studded necklace watch, the Grand Lady Kalla. 

Traditionnelle Tourbillon Chronograph
Vacheron Constantin has added another feather to its Collection Excellence Platine (a collector’s timepiece) cap with the new Traditionnelle Tourbillon. On the sandblasted dial there’s a tourbillon at 12 o’clock with small seconds with a blued screw that marks the seconds indication, a 45-minute chronograph counter at 3 o'clock, power-reserve indicator at 6 o'clock, and the brand’s Maltese cross is found at 9 o’clock while the tachymeter scale encircles the dial at the periphery. The indices and hour and minute hands are made with 18K white gold, while the seconds hands and the hands on the counters are blued. 

Vacheron Constantin’s in-house manual wound calibre 3200 powers the watch that beats at 2.5Hz and drives the timepiece for about 65 hours once fully wound. The watch comes flanked with a dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather strap, hand-stitched with platinum 950 and silk, and completed with the half Maltese cross-shaped folding clasp also made with 950 platinum.

The watch is a limited edition of 50 and is available only at the brand’s boutiques. 

Patrimony Manual-Winding and Patrimony Moon Phase Retrograde Date
Vacheron Constantin added three new models to the Patrimony collection, which also celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. There are two manual winding models in a new 39mm size crafted in white and pink gold, and a 42.5mm moonphase model in white gold with retrograde date.
The manual winding models feature an antique silver-toned sunburst convex dial with slim hands and hour markers in pink gold, and the circular ‘pearl’ minutes track with 48 18K gold pearls. On the flip side, the closed caseback allows for personalised engraving. Powering the timepieces is the in-house manual-winding Calibre 1440 which offers about 42 hours of reserve. The timepieces come flanked with alligator leather straps in new azure blue or olive-green colours.

The Moon Phase Retrograde Date also comes in a silver-toned dial with pink gold hands and hour markers. The moonphase indicator can be seen at 6 o’clock with a graduated scale that reads precisely to the moon's cycle of 29 days, 12 hours and 45 minutes, and the retrograde indicator swiping between 9 and 3 o’clock marked in black. On the caseback side, the automatic Calibre 2460 R31L with its 18K gold open-worked oscillating weight can be seen through the sapphire crystal. The watch comes with an alligator leather strap in a new shade of olive green.

Overseas Tourbillon
The brand has now expanded its Overseas Tourbillon line with the new model crafted entirely in titanium grade 5, from case, bezel, and crown, to bracelet and clasp. The dial is the collection’s renowned translucent, blue-lacquered with sunburst satin finish and velvet-finished flange. It features the tourbillon regulator at 6 o’clock which has the small seconds read through the blued screw. The hour markers and hours and minutes hands are made with 18K white gold and highlighted with blue Super-LumiNova®. 

Through the sapphire caseback, you can see the in-house automatic calibre 2160 driving the watch with about 80 hours of reserve. A soft iron casing ring provides anti-magnetic protection to the watch and the water resistance is about 50 metres. The bracelet has satin-brushed links and the clasp is integrated with a comfort-adjustment system. Two additional straps come with the interchangeable bracelet, blue calfskin leather with grey stitching and a blue rubber one.

Overseas Collection
For the first time, the band has coloured the Overseas collection in intense green colour which includes four models - 42.5 mm chronograph, 41 mm dual time, and date in 41 mm and 35 mm gemset. All are crafted in 18K 5N pink gold and flanked with an integrated bracelet.

The translucent lacquered dial is accentuated with sunburst satin finishing and velvet-finished at the flange. On the dark green backdrop, the hour markers and hands are enhanced in 18K 5N pink gold and filled with blue Super-LumiNova®.

Automatic movements power the timepieces, calibre 5200 powers the chronograph model, calibre 5110 DT runs the dual time, calibre 5100 is housed in the 41mm date model, and the gemset 35mm is driven by calibre 1088/1. All models except the 35mm gemset come with two additional straps, green calfskin leather and green rubber.  

Grand Lady Kalla
Extending the maison’s jewellery and pendant watch collection, the Grand Lady Kalla joins the list of Watches and Wonders 2024 novelties - the brand’s first gemset timepiece was unveiled in 1812, and the first Kalla was presented in 1980. The novelty takes its design inspiration from the original and is set with emerald-cut diamonds weighing more than 45 carats. A total of 268 diamonds are used for the necklace which is made of 18K white gold.

The piece derives its name from the Greek word ‘kallista’ meaning ‘the most beautiful’. The watch case, the jewel element, and the tassel come with an interchangeable system that allows to wear the Grand Lady Kalla in four different ways. The watch can be removed from the bracelet and the jewel element of the necklace can take its place, or the necklace can be connected with the watch. 

The diamonds on the bracelet and the case-middle are triangular or pyramid-shaped to form the Maison’s Maltese cross that would sparkle when light hits the stones. The necklace takes inspiration from the 21st-century art deco. The silk thread is adorned with onyx and diamonds, and Akoya pearls and one onyx bead are chosen for the tassels.
The dial features the 18K white gold hour and minute hands which are driven by quartz 1212 calibre. 

Created in collaboration with fashion designer and the brand’s "One of Not Many" talent, Yiqing Yin, Vacheron Constantin unveiled two new timepieces in the Égérie collection. One of these is a concept watch, called ‘Pleats of time’ that combines Haute Horlogerie, Haute Couture, and Haute Parfumerie. The other is the Égérie Moon Phase, a limited edition of 100 bearing Yin’s name engraved on the caseback.

The Égérie, The Pleats of Time timepiece in 37mm is crafted in 18K 5N pink gold and embellished with diamonds on the bezel and a moonstone at the crown. The dial encompasses lilac-hued mother-of-pearl intricately patterned with "pleats”. The moonphase indicator rests amidst a pink gold ring set with diamonds, with a gold moon and mother-of-pearl clouds, at 2 o’clock. There’s a polished minutes track with 18K gold ‘pearls’and the hours, minutes, and seconds hands are also made with gold.

The case with flanked with a unique Haute Couture strap, meticulously woven with delicate embroidery and fragments of mother-of-pearl. Yiqing Yin collaborated with master perfumer Dominique Ropion to craft a fragrance infused within the strap, releasing sporadically with wrist movements. 

Automatic calibre 1088 L drives the watch with a power reserve of about 40 hours. The watch is a single edition is not for sale.

The Égérie Moon Phase watch is also 37mm crafted in 18K 5N pink gold. The bezel and the crown are also the same as the concept watch and the dial also follows the same aesthetics, only that there are 18K 5N pink gold applied Arabic numerals. Powering the watch is the same automatic calibre 1088 L. The timepiece comes with three self-interchangeable straps - lilac Mississippiensis alligator leather, powder pink grained calfskin leather, and night blue satin-effect calfskin leather, all completed with a pink gold pin buckle.

Additionally, three interchangeable straps in lilac, powder pink, and night blue, crafted by the couturier, are available to choose from.

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