Vacheron Constantin Present Year of the Snake Timepiece

By Paul Joseph

Historical Swiss watchmakers Vacheron Constantin have created a new collection of timepieces inspired by the Chinese Zodiac, starting with the year of the snake.

Available in a choice of gold, platinum or bronze, the “Year of the Snake” timepiece will be launched to mark the Chinese New Year, which begins in February 2013, and features an engraved snake is fixed in the centre of the watch face.

Inspired by traditional Chinese iconography, the gold-enameled dial is produced using the traditional Grand Feu technique found only in Geneva, Switzerland.

The watch’s mechanical self-winding movement features a 22-carat gold oscillating weight which beats at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour.

Each model in the new collection is limited to just 12, with all featuring ’2013′ engraved on the back.

The twelve piece series is only available in Vacheron Constantin boutiques, with prices upon request.

Vacheron Constantin was founded in Geneva, Switzerland by Jean-Marc Vacheron in 1755.

By Paul Joseph