The 29th edition of the SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) located in Geneva, Switzerland, opened the doors to worldwide retailers and press yesterday morning. Here is The Eye of Jewelry’s recap on Day 1!
Recognized as the world’s oldest watch manufacturer in continuous operation for the past 260 years, Vacheron Constantin perpetuates a tradition in watchmaking that has become the standard against which contemporary timepieces are measured.
The exceptional combination of artistic crafts, cultural symbolism and technical prowess provides an excellent scope for expressing the masterful skill of the brand’s artisans in instilling unique character into each model.
Founded in 1755, Vacheron Constantin hasn’t stopped in developing calibers, complications and watch collections ever since. As an example, their reference 57260 makes it the most complicated watch every created which took over eight years of development including 57 complications. But this is just an example.
Drawing upon a rich palette of techniques for modelling metal, the team of committed designers, engineers and goldsmiths at Vacheron Constantin create pieces that are the epitome of stylistic pureness. Striking a beautiful balance between delicate lines and curves inspires the poetic expression of time and the extreme complexity of their models. Their signature collections such as the 1974 odd shape, the classical Harmony cushion shape case or the Overseas collection that has been re-launched in 2016 are a vivid representation of Geneva’s finest watchmaking traditions from the 18th century situated in a modern context. Imbued with rigorous standards, the models highlight technical sophistication and horological aesthetic of unparalleled calibre. Their distinctive architecture is the ultimate proof of a relentless quest for excellence. Vacheron Constantin has also built their reputation on the making of their Heures Créatives feminine dazzling timepieces set with not only numerous carats of diamonds but set in a particular shape. Last but not least, their Métiers d’Art collection is a true expression of an art they master. From guioché to enamel, mother-of-pearl carving or gold filigree, the team of experts inside the Vacheron Constantin manufacture can surely be imitated but never equalled.
Every collection honour the brand’s unique expertise with a signature motif and combination of precious materials that shapes its distinctive aesthetic and aura of elegance. Vacheron Constantin continues to build on its prestigious heritage by introducing emblematic models in tribute to its continuous creativity and superior technical know-how is evidenced by their newer collections – the perfect balance between horological expertise and gemsetting aesthetic.