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The Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestia from SIHH 2017

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The Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestia follows in the same vein as the Reference 57260 pocket watch introduced by the maison in 2015; it’s the sort of monumental watchmaking we’ve come to expect from the manufacture since 1755.

For those unfamiliar, the Reference 57260 pocket watch was a bespoke pocket watch created in collaboration with one of Vacheron Constantin’s biggest collectors and sold for an untold sum estimated in the ballpark of USD10 million –  Perhaps it’s easier to comprehend the scale of the Reference 57260 by the numbers: 57 complications. 2,826 individual components, 8 years of research and development and 3 watchmakers (2 of them are brothers). The new SIHH 2017 Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestia is the sum of 5 years of development (from scratch), 23 horological complications, 514 components and the work of 1 dedicated master-watchmaker; most importantly, unlike the Reference 57260, the SIHH 2017 Les Cabinotiers Celestia is actually wearable rather than a hefty trophy display piece. read more

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The whole Vacheron Constantin Overseas Collection 2016-Chronograph

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It reminds me of  the first Vacheron Constantin I ever laid eyes on. It was in a magazine for an Australian retailer. It was an Overseas model and it was a chronograph, but thanks to an interesting take on the bezel, it didn’t strike me as ‘just sporty’ like chronos can be. It had an edge to it. Literally. The Maltese cross tips cut out of the polished bezel made it dressy and daring. The backstory told in a full page ad opposite the watch – of a brand founded on an island in the middle of Lake Geneva that’s been in continuous production since 1755 – only added another layer of intrigue. I was fascinated that it was almost Da Vinci Code-like in its imagery and storytelling. read more

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Vacheron Constantin Unveils World Time Overseas Watch

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Vacheron Constantin Unveils World Time Overseas Watch

For those who love to travel, love a luxurious sports watch and want a collectible timepiece, pay attention. Later this month, Vacheron Constantin is officially unveiling the new World Time Overseas watch –but we are bringing details and images now. The watch is a first in many important ways, not the least of which is that it holds the Geneva Seal – attesting to the brand’s quality craftsmanship. Additionally, the watch sports a Manufacture movement and marks the first time the Overseas Collection has a world time watch in its fold.

You may recall that earlier this year at the SIHH, Vacheron Constantin brand watch  unveiled its newly revamped Overseas Collection. The sports watch line (designed by Jorg Hysek and launched first in 1977) has not been re-vitalized in more than a decade, so its new aesthetics and technical improvements were long awaited – and did not disappoint. As seen then, the revamped luxe sport line consists of a three-hands ($19,900 in steel), a ladies watch with nearly a full carat of diamonds, a chronograph (always the star of the show), an ultra-thin and – at the high end in 18-karat white gold, a $91,000 Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar Overseas. read more

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Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time

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Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time

A Vacheron Constantin luxury watch showing 37 zone-times, including zone-times offset by a half-hour or quarter-hour in relation to UTC time. That´s the ultimate travel companion!

Actually 39 timezones with 39 zone-times exist, 38 are in use. The latest prominent zone-time change in a timezone was the one in Venezuela. May 1st the government decided to eliminate the 30 minutes deviation and to return to UTC – 4:00. From 1912 to 1965 Venezuela was at UTC -4:30, then past to UTC -4:00 until 2007. In 2007 Venezuela changed back to UTC -4:30. The recent change is a test, so it is not sure if Venezuela will stay at UTC – 4:00 or change again to – 4:30. The government will decide upon if it could save energy with the change or not. I assume there will be no major energy savings but the country will stay at UTC – 4:00 simply because its easier for everyone to deviate from the rest of the world in full hour steps. read more