Vacheron Constantin Brings Collectors To Time And Again
CROWN Singapore|Issue 4 - 2021
Excellence in astronomical and calendar complications isn’t so much a pursuit, but a promised land that Vacheron Constantin brings collectors to time and again
Alvin Wong

Vegan straps, space-age alloys, transparent watches, carbon-injected movements… you name it. In a modern horological world that demands a trick every season, it is fascinating to witness the tension and dichotomy as brands submit themselves to the wheels of evolution, while at the same time, proclaim to be the last battling bastions of traditional watchmaking.

So, if change is the only constant, what is the oldest running watch company in all of horological history to do? Well, ‘don’t drop the ball’ seems to be Vacheron Constantin’s short answer. You see, the lofty ambitions and dreams of watchmaking brilliance envisioned by many younger brands have, to put it crudely, already been achieved – many times – by Vacheron Constantin throughout its 266-year history.

But that is not to say that the brand has now ascended to a been-there-done-that pinnacle and is now content to court reverence as it nestles on past glories. Quite the opposite. As richly decorated as Vacheron Constantin is today, the manner in which the brand continues to uphold its impeccable standards to ensure its reputation as the grand dame of horology remains unsurpassed, is what makes the company still such a fascinating force to be reckoned with in modern watchmaking.

THE WATCHES CONNECT THE DOTS BETWEEN VACHERON CONSTANTIN’S STORIED PAST AND IRREPRESSIBLE PRESENT

Connecting The Dots

And as always, the watches are there to connect the dots between the brand’s storied past and irrepressible present; the milestone timepieces that were created at the start of Vacheron Constantin’s history, as well as new ones that signpost its incredible journey and pave the way for the future.

The notion that each new Vacheron Constantin creation stands on the shoulders of what came before is especially pronounced in the new Les Cabinotiers Armillary Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar ‘Planetaria’ and, to a large extent, this issue’s cover watch, the Traditionnelle Complete Calendar ‘Openface’. Both watches draw on Vacheron Constantin’s legacy of astronomical and calendar watches - a rich heritage that started in 1884, when the company created its first perpetual calendar pocket watch and continued over the centuries with such a rich repertoire, that these complications would end up being deeply intertwined with that of the brand’s history itself.

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