Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Gravées

The acanthus is a symbol of eternity and victory whose large leaves have adorned some Vacheron Constantin timepieces since 1755. The Geneva-based luxury watch brand is celebrating its 260th anniversary this year and has gone back to its roots by engraving the Mediterranean plant on two pieces in its Métiers d’Art collection. In a display of artisan talent, the contrast created by the glossy silver leaves and its matt anthracite background is protected by sapphire crystal. The hour and minute hands burst from the centre of the lush pattern. One of the two watches has a tourbillon spinning at 6 o’ clock beneath an openwork Maltese cross rimmed by a frosted and graduated ring whilst an understated power reserve indicator (14 days) stands at 12 o’ clock all brought to life by the manual wind 2260 calibre in the 41mm platinum case. The 4400 calibre is housed in a 39mm case. Price: 93’500 CHF – 374’000 CHF (tourbillon)