Vacheron Constantin has constantly striven to preserve and highlight the traditional decorative arts, as well as exploring techniques from many different horizons.
A watch becomes an ideal field of expression, providing an opportunity to reveal the contemporary character of age-old crafts such as guilloché, enamelling and engraving; and to celebrate the combination of decorative techniques with arts less traditionally associated with watchmaking, such as wood marquetry.
Vacheron Constantin celebrates the naturalistic aesthetic through three one-of-a-kind creations driven by an exclusive calibre providing an original hand-free reading of time. Each dial depicts various wild animals captured in their natural environment and testifies to a realistic and graphic aesthetic stemming from a unique form of collaboration between several master artisans.
The Manufacture perpetuates the watchmaking art by offering a hand-free reading of time through four apertures respectively revealing the hours, minutes, day and date. These indications, of the trailing type for the hours and minutes and jumping for the day and date, appear through four openings symmetrically arranged around the dial, leaving plenty of space for a central motif.
The mechanical self-winding movement beating at a cadence of 28,800 vibrations per hour is equipped with a 22-carat gold oscillating weight adorned with a dynamic geometrical pattern inspired by the brand-emblem Maltese cross. Graced with exceptional finishing, the 237 parts of the movement are housed in an 18K 5N pink gold case with a transparent sapphire crystal caseback providing a chance to admire the fine workmanship of the calibre. The engravings are in rose gold.
These three one-of-a-kind creations are stamped with the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva.
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