Vacheron Constantin Unveils One-of-a-Kind Watches ahead of SIHH

By Paul Joseph

With a few months to go until the 2019 edition of the SIHH watch fair in Geneva, historic Swiss watch brand Vacheron Constantin has introduced two bespoke new timepieces to be showcased at the event.

Part of its Les Cabinotiers collection, the new watches pay tribute to the skilled watchmakers – known as cabinotiers - whose ingenuity help to create Vacheron’s stunning pieces.

The first of the two is called the Grand Complication Phoenix, which is being billed as one of the most complicated watches the brand has ever made. The timepiece incorporates 15 horological complications, which includes a minute repeater, a tourbillon, and a perpetual calendar.

Additionally, there are a number of astronomical indications such as the Equation of Time, sunrise and sunset times, a sky chart with sidereal hours and minutes, the age and phase of the Moon, the signs of the zodiac, and the seasons.

The complications are spread over two dials and the timepiece is powered by the 839-component manual-wound caliber 2755 BOSS.

Furthermore, the watch’s 47mm, 18-karat rose gold case features intricate hand engraving depicting the legendary phoenix bird, which took 300 hours to complete and is every bit as complex as the movement.

The second watch is called the Minute Repeater Tourbillon Sky Chart, which has a white gold case set with a total of 5.80 carats of baguette diamonds on the bezel, lugs and hour markers.

It is contrasted by the black dial depicts the night sky above Geneva, including the Milky Way, constellations and stars. The dial rotates on its axis once every 23 hours and 56 minutes, corresponding to sidereal time.

The two watches will be on display at SIHH from 14-17 January 2019.

By Paul Joseph