Swiss luxury watch brand Vacheron Constantin’s Afterwork event in Geneva.
This August, I was invited to the beautifully renovated Vacheron Constantin store in the heart of Geneva on Place Longemalle to discover their new collection of luxury Swiss watches.
Vacheron Constantin is a historically iconic Swiss brand as it is actually the world’s oldest watch manufacture. Founded in 1755 in Geneva, their heritage is deeply rooted in Helvetic quality, watchmaking precision and phenomenal craftsmanship. Vacheron Constantin has a rich heritage and record-breaking ability to create complicated watches. Along with Patek Phillipe and Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin is part of The Big Three or The Holy Trinity of Luxury watches. Which refers to the top three most luxurious grandes maisons of watchmaking in Switzerland.
Vacheron Constantin’s five most iconic watches include the Overseas, the Triple Calendar the FiftySix, the Patrimony Ultra-Thin Calibre 1731 and the Harmony Chronograph. Not to mention the Reference 57260, also known as the world’s most complicated watch ever made. The 57260 has 57 complications, 2,826 individual components, 242 jewels, 957 grams, 10 patents, 31 hands, 85 different prototypes, 16 kg of drawings, eight years all for one client!
At the recent digital Watches&Wonders show (formally called SIHH), the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie 2020, Vacheron Constantin unveiled their ten exquisite new watches as part of Watches&Wonders Novelty 2020. Which where then presented in the Geneva boutique and I had the pleasure of discovering them up close during the private Afterwork event hosted by Vacheron Constantin. Here are some of the highlights from the evening…
The intimate gathering had a live DJ set playing, delicious on-demand cocktails and drinks. The ambience was both elegant and inviting. The newly renovated store had beautiful details that echoed the brand. Even the glass cabinets formed the Vacheron Constantin Maltese cross logo.
The five new Vacheron Constantin models presented beautifully with intricate art pieces on the second floor where the following watches:
1. Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin in pink gold.
2. Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Skeleton in pink gold.
3. Traditionnelle Tourbillon in 18K pink gold.
4. FiftySix Complete Calendar in pink gold and sepia.
5. FiftySix Self-Winding in pink gold and sepia.
Each one has its own personality and paid hommage to a particular aspect of the luxury watch brand.
In the spirit of casual elegance, the Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin and Ultra-Thin Skeleton are sports watches. The Overseas the functions includes hours, minutes, perpetual calendar and moon phases. Timeless yet contemporary, the new Overseas convey the spirit of travel.
Whilst the two Traditionnelle Tourbillons for the Ladies echo the poetic nature of time. On the front, the bar of the open worked tourbillon carriage is inspired by the logo of Vacheron Constantin. This Maltese cross is entirely hand-bevelled. Imbued with elegance and femininity, it is the very first Vacheron Constantin self-winding tourbillon in a lady’s watch.
Whilst the two new watches from the Fiftysix Collection are deeply connected to music. In particular jazz, the saxophone and piano where each projected inside the cabinets illustrated by delicate paper decoupages. Which is a form of traditional Swiss folk art. Their Retro silhouettes are inspired by an iconic 1956 watch.
Overall this was a remarkable collection and I was honored to attend the Vacheron Constantin Afterwork event.
For the occasion I wore a mint green suit set, a silky silver top paired with my silver Bulgari Serpenti Forever bag.