IN THE WEAVE
The Genevan brand puts a poetic spin on classic menswear to adorn gentlemen’s wrists.
Vacheron Constantin is exploring new creative paths by delving into the sacred art of tailoring. Its Métiers d’Art Elégance Sartoriale collection is only available in its stores and is inspired by classic fabrics that tend to be just for suits. With its legendary sophistication, Vacheron Constantin plays on fabric making on the dial of five pieces using traditional decorative techniques true to watchmaking such as engine-turning and enamelling.
Each design has been carefully chosen and paired with a colour: Prince of Wales and raspberry, chevron and blue grey, check and taupe, pinstripes and buttercup yellow, tartan and blue that verges on lavender and azure. An engraver hollows out the gold dial then coats it in translucent and colourful Grand Feu enamel.
The time features appear in a sub-dial off-centre at 3 with a gadroon trim like trouser cuffs. Roman numerals lie on a white mother-of-pearl hour rim like buttons on a shirt. The ivory disc is engraved with 3D patterns that adorn ties and pocket handkerchiefs (Paisley, floral and geometric and abstract figures) with two classic black domed hands and openwork tips tracking the hours and minutes in the centre.
The display and 40-hour power reserve are fuelled by the manual wind 1400 calibre which you can see through a little sapphire crystal display on the back. The 39mm rose or white gold case is suitable for men and women.
Style should ooze from head to toe so to accessorise this premium piece, every watch in the Métiers d’Art Elégance Sartoriale collection comes with a burgundy, brown or taupe alligator strap with saddle-stitching decorated like a boot. The devil is in the detail.
Price: 56,800 CHF
By Sharmila Bertin