It would not be inappropriate for you to engage in a slow, polite clap to congratulate Vacheron Constantin on the release of their new record setting watch that now holds the title as the world’s thinnest minute repeater. Slim and actually quite sexy, the Patrimony Contemporaine Calibre 1731 Minute Repeater was unveiled at the new Watches & Wonders watch show in Hong Kong.
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The color gray needs more respect in the world of watches. People like to use terms like “silver, metal, steel, titanium, etc…” when describing colors, when what they are really talking about is a form of gray. Gray is also a very fashionably diverse hue, as it goes with just about everything.
The hand-wound dress chronograph is a watch aficionado’s watch: slim and unassuming, only those in the know can appreciate the mechanical city that lurks within. The finest hand-wound chronographs are powered by intricate mechanical movements that offer plenty of eye candy when they are not hidden behind a solid caseback.
Some people will probably tell you that a “sporty Vacheron Constantin” is an oxymoron. It sort of is, but that hasn’t stop a lot of traditional formal watch makers from producing high-end sport timepieces meant more for casual wear than actual active abuse. Sometimes I want to think of a sport watch as something that is meant to go deep, go high, or be beaten up.
In the 1920s, Vacheron Constantin built some interesting cushion-cased watches with tilted dials on request. The request came from the United States, and I believe the idea was to produce a driving watch that could be read while you grasped the steering wheel. The era and budget no doubt make you think of some Great Gatsby […]
Say hello to my bulging friend – the Malte. Yea, I said it. Vacheron Constantin redoes its classic Malte watch case for 2012 as a “bulging barrel” design that is not universally liked, but is distinctive. I for one am actually a fan of the new more exaggerated tonneau style case and thin profile of […]
The owner of this watch named it The Vladimir. He was able to call it whatever he liked because he custom commissioned it from Vacheron Constantin. The brand is among the few that will entertain clients who not only want custom watches, but also custom watch movements. This is part of their highly exclusive “Atelier […]
This is how Vacheron Constantin does America. Interestingly enough the prestigious Swiss watch brand has America to thank to a large degree for its success today. About 100 years ago the brand was doing very well here in the US and if you visit Vacheron Constantin’s website there is a history section that discusses this. […]
Last June there was a special Christie’s auction that featured a series of timepieces owned by James Ward Packard – namesake of Packard automobiles. The highlight of the auction was this specially commissioned Vacheron Constantin pocket watch made in 1918. The pocket watch came in a hand-chiseled 20k gold case with J.W. Packard’s insignia on […]
This is THE Vacheron Constantin watch that people are talking about this year. It is the Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time watch, and it tells the time all over the world (37 time zones). See my full article on the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time watch at Haute Living here.
One of my earliest “controversial” articles that made the watch industry raise its brow was on the first release of the Vacheron Constantin Quai de l’Ile watch collection from back in 2008. I more or less panned the concept and execution of the watch. But did so in a way that allowed even Vacheron Constantin […]
Nice watch, but you can’t buy it. No one can. Vacheron Constantin paid a lot of money to make this watch, and they are keeping it for themselves. I guess they enjoy it too much to part with it? Maybe. More likely, the special March Chagall ceiling watch will be on permanent exhibition, traveling around […]
The Hour Lounge is a serious enthusiast oriented forum dedicated almost wholly to Vacheron Constantin watches. If you ever have a questions about Vacheron Constantin watches, The Hour Lounge is the place to go. I’ve enjoying talking with their members on occasion who I can easily say know far more about Vacheron Constantin watches that […]
Vacheron Constantin Returns To What It Is Good At With The Collection Excellence Platine Patrimony Double Retrograde Watch
Vacheron Constantin isn’t good at everything, but they are good at a few things. One of those things is making effectively simple luxury watches. Getting too avant garde really isn’t their thing. Releasing “modern” watches really isn’t their thing either. In my opinion the newer Quai de l’Ile collection was a visual and logical disaster. […]
Vacheron Constantin Metiers d’Art Tribute To Explorers 2008 Watches: Not Particularly Good Tributes To Great Explorers
While I really like the idea, I just don’t think Vacheron Constantin succeeding in getting the point across with these watches. The Metiers d’Art Tribute To Great Explorers 2008 collection is meant to honor Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus with well crafted watches that have old-style maps on them. Solid gold cases frame sophisticated enamel […]
Customized Vacheron Constantin Quai de l’Ile Collection Makes Me Sigh With Despair At The Sheer Pointlessness Of Message Behind This Watch
Do you recall thinking how dumb it was to combine a toaster oven and a radio? Perhaps it could have some conceivable space saving use; but really, What is the point? To prove it can be done? If you haven’t heard of concept, it stems from the idea of unnecessary convergence products. You see combinations […]
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