The Heures Créatives models encompasses three emblematic artistic periods: Art Nouveau, Art Deco and the 1970s. The Heure Romantique, Heure Discrète and Heure Audacieuse timepieces form a stunning trilogy dedicated to three women with very different appearances, yet all drawn to the same vision of elegance. These 18-carat white gold watches exclusively set with diamonds are an illustration of the imaginative powers that Vacheron Constantin has been demonstrating for the past 260 years.
They are all powered by the same mechanical hand-wound movement, calibre 1055 that accurately counts off the hours and minutes. The 115-part, 21-jewel movement with its almost 40-hour power reserve beats at a cadence of 21,600 vibrations per hour. As always, the decoration and finishing vividly reflect the Manufacture’s expertise. Featuring a dainty diameter measuring barely 15.7 mm, this movement fits smoothly and seamlessly into the three form cases to ensure an aesthetically appealing design.
Heures Créatives Heure Discrète
The era of geometric symmetry and clean lines, Art Deco was a reaction to the contortions of Art Nouveau. The Roaring Twenties saw the appearance of slender, modern women exuding a certain distinguished nonchalance. Feathers and sequins adorned low-waisted dresses at sparkling evenings throbbing to the beat of jazz and Charleston steps. An exquisitely luminous embroidery dressed in 286 diamonds, the Heure Discrète is entirely in tune with this spirit. Its design is inspired by the fan, a highly prized accessory at the time. Vacheron Constantin already proposed this motif in the form of a pendant introduced in 1919, and now reprises it nearly a century later by reinterpreting it as a wristwatch. In doing so, it also revives the tradition of secret watches, enabling women to check the time discreetly.
The fan is carved in white gold, fashioned like guipure lace and then carpeted with a crescendo of precious stones to emphasize the geometry. When pivoted, it reveals a small white mother-of-pearl window with finely textured stripes and swept over by two hands. For a touch of elegant sobriety, Heure Discrète is worn on a black satin strap. The sparkling version is extended by three undulating white gold ribbons, set with nearly 11 carats of diamonds. Lavish radiance in pure Art Deco spirit. A worthy heir to the 1920s woman, the Heure Discrète embodies more than just a watch. It represents all the light, airy feel of the Roaring Twenties, shattering codes and using mystery as a means of exalting beauty.