Vacheron Constantin Launches Métiers d’Art Florilège Collection

By Paul Joseph

Swiss luxury watch brand Vacheron Constantin has launched its new Métiers d’Art Florilège Collection at the 2013 SIHH watch fair which kicked off Geneva, Switzerland.

Limited to just 20 watches, the new range of three women’s timepieces – the Queen watch, White Lily watch and China Limodoron watch – all pay tribute to themes from English botanical life from the 19th century.

The trio of timepieces were inspired by the botanical illustrations of Robert John Thornton’s The Temple of Flora, published in 1799, and interpreted using enameling, guillochage and gem-setting techniques.

A bezel set with diamonds highlights the artwork, whilst five of the watches have also been set with baguette cut diamonds, created exclusively for Vacheron Constantin boutiques.

To create each watch, the Swiss brand employed Anita Porchet, an independent artist specializing in miniatures and fired enamels in the Geneva style.

Other notable features include a mechanical manual winding calibre 4400, a leather strap in a choice of feminine colours, and a power reserve of 65 hours.

The SIHH watch fair runs until Friday 25th January.

By Paul Joseph