Vacheron Constantin celebrates the codified, disciplined and imaginative universe of Haute Couture through a selection of watches from the House's private collection. On display in the boutique in Via Verri in Milanl until November 14, these timepieces bear witness to the feminine creativity that the Manufacture has been cultivating for over two centuries. To illustrate its two centuries of women's watchmaking, Vacheron Constantin has selected pieces from the Heritage collection. Like the great couturiers, the House has chosen the timepieces to be associated with the various outifits, evening, tea, breakfast or cocktail timepieces, not forgetting the accessory watch, indispensable for clients with refined tastes. Haute Couture and Haute Horlogerie are closely linked. Since the mid-twentieth century, the Maisons of Haute Couture have been governed by a set of rules that codify their activity, from the creation of garments in the atelier to fashion shows. This rigorous and uncompromising discipline naturally stimulates the Maisons' imagination, giving rise to a whole world of style, luxury and quality. Likewise, Haute Horlogerie's counterparts such as Vacheron Constantin adhere to a set of rules that govern the creation of timepieces in a perfect balance between art and knowledge. Vacheron Constantin shares with Haute Couture a focus on impeccable quality aimed at creativity and an approach to craftsmanship. The contiguity between these two fields is expressed in particular in the female universe, a privileged sphere of expression of Haute Couture and a place where Vacheron Constantin's artistic sensitivity has been at the highest level for over two centuries. The Vacheron Constantin Heritage collection, which comprises over 1300 pieces, bears witness to the formidable creative drive in women's watches. With the first historical reference in 1815 - a pocket watch in yellow gold with a finely engraved case middle and floral motif embellished with garnets - the House gave a first demonstration of its special attention to the feminine universe. The timepiece displays the time through an off-center subdial that leaves plenty of room for decoration - of the dial itself - using two ancient craft techniques, hand engraving and setting. This timepiece directly inspired the design of the Egérie collection. From functional to ceremonial models, from jewelry to sports watches, Vacheron Constantin's creations have always captured artistic trends, adapting them to the evolution of fashion, social status and the innermost desires of women since the 19th century.
Below is a selection of what can be admired at the exhibition:
- Pendant watch in yellow gold with diamonds. Guilloché case with translucent water-green enamel, decorated in platinum with pink-cut diamonds. Silvered dial with guilloché center, black Arabic numerals, external "chemin de fer" minute track, 1908.
- Vest button watch in yellow gold, silvered dial with 12 enamelled Arabic numerals and external chapter ring, 1923.
- Pink gold "chemin de fer" watch, integrated shiny square link bracelet, silver dial with 12 gold applied indexes, 1946.
- Pink gold jeweled watch, diamond-paved lugs. Golden dial with 4 diamond indexes. Double cylindrical fine link bracelet, 1953.
- White gold jeweled watch, bezel and lugs set with brilliant-cut diamonds. Satin-finished silver dial with sunray finish, white gold Maltese cross applied at 12 o'clock, 1977.