Welcome to our guide to all things Vacheron Constantin. Rather than to go through the very, very long history of the brand, which would probably require an entire book, the guide is to acquaint you with virtually every model the brand makes at the time of this writing. The way I intend for this to be used is for readers to scroll down until they find watches that catch their eye, and then you can read my brief introduction to the watch. Keep in mind that, for brevity, I’m not including a picture of every different version of a given watch, so if you find a model you love but wish it were in white gold instead of pink gold for instance, make sure to look a little deeper. When you’re ready to look at the product page for a given watch, please click here or scroll all the way to the bottom for another link to go to our Vacheron brand page!
The first collection we’ll take a look at is perhaps the most popular, the Overseas (click here to visit our Overseas catalogue). This line of watches is, despite being nearly 45 years old, among the most contemporary and fresh feeling. The name Overseas might invoke notions of diving, but the Overseas is really more of a sporty do-everything watch. In truth, the name Overseas is more related to world travel than to any sort of aquatic activity. The Overseas, like many iconic watches, emerged in the 1970s alongside classics like the Royal Oak and Nautilus. It was part of a broader trend in high-end design where cases and bracelets finally received the attention they deserved, whereas up until this point the emphasis in design was very dial-centric.
Originally called the 222 (released on the 222th anniversary of Vacheron Constantin), the Overseas first emerges in ’77 as one of, at least in my opinion, the greatest designs of the decade. Although not designed by Gerald Genta himself (rather by the also-influential Jörg Hysek), the 222 has been for years my favorite of what I call the “Genta-esque” designs, beyond even standard-bearers like the Royal Oak. I’ve long adored its unique case, particularly the small Vacheron logo on the bottom right.
It’s a fitting legacy for Vacheron Constantin, an instance of refinement over time, from 222 to 333 and even to the relatively banal Phidias, ultimately culminating in the modern Overseas we know and love in ’96. In many ways, the Overseas was an abrupt throwback to the 222, as its distinctive styling had slowly escaped and the watch was getting more ordinary by the year. It is a very clear update, of course, a model easily distinguished from the 222, but its core elements are all there. From ’96 onward, the Overseas has received more subtle refinements, rather than total overhauls, and remains one of the three great high-end sports watches (alongside the also-iconic Nautilus and Royal Oak).
While there are more exotic Overseas to start with, I wanted to kick it off with my favorite, which is just the simple three-hander plus date, available in blue, silver (my favorite of the three), and black dials, in addition to blue and silver dials in pink gold cases. At 41mm, it’s a simple, yet highly-distinctive, watch that you really could wear everyday and everywhere. It’s neither ostentatious or boring. At $20,900, it’s also one of the most affordable Overseas models too, which is certainly a nice bonus.
With my favorite out of the way, we can return to the more exotic end of Overseas. Although intended to be an everyday watch, because it’s a Vacheron collection, you shouldn’t be surprised to find tourbillons. Vacheron’s tourbillons, with their signature Maltese Cross, are among the best looking in the world, so there’s no good reason not to use it on every model you can. The size for this model goes up a bit to 42.5mm, but it’s still not enormous, and it’s also available, quite interestingly, in steel, also with a blue dial.
In the pantheon of high-end complications, the perpetual calendar is among the most popular and, somewhat unusual among exotic features, actually somewhat useful. More impressive than the complication itself are the dimensions of the watch; it is, after all, called the Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin. At 41.5mm, it’s only a tiny bit large than the three-hander, but astonishingly it’s just 8.1mm thin. It’s one of the most diverse models in the Overseas lineup, available with and without skeletonized dials, in white and pink gold, and with either a silver or blue dial. Prices start at $78,500.
One of the most popular Overseas models is simply the Overseas Chronograph, and it’s easy to see why. I particularly like this black dial which, due to its bold yet timeless styling, has an almost art deco feel. Interestingly, the size increases a bit to accommodate the chronograph complication and, quite likely, to create space for the subdials (no overlap to be seen, thankfully). It’s also available in blue and silver dials, in addition to a pink gold case with a silver dial.
The next watch is the Overseas Dual Time, and it always seemed like an obvious choice given the Overseas’ penchant for travel. It’s also among my favorites as it arguably has the most character of the entire collection thanks to its unique dual-time complication and pointer date subdial; I frequently vacillate between this and the basic three hander as my favorite Overseas model. A particularly avant garde touch is the pointer AM/PM subdial. It’s available in steel with a silver, blue, or black dial for $25,200, or pink gold and silver dial for $40,300.
Similarly, we find the Overseas World Time, which will let you see the time in major cities. Due to its complex dial, the size increases to 43.5mm, making it one of the larger Vacherons available. There’s also a fairly significant price increase, up to $36,700, despite remaining in stainless steel. Nonetheless, for the dedicated world traveler, it’s probably still worth it. As for me, I prefer the dual-time; it just has a bit more personality. Unlike other Overseas models, this one’s currently only available in blue.
The Overseas is also available in smaller sizes, like this 37mm two-tone version. The 37mm adds a tasteful 9:00 seconds subdial and, in addition to two-tone cases, it also makes available diamond-covered bezels. You can still get it in steel or pink gold as well. Unique to the 37mm Overseas Self-Winding is a light pink dial offering. Prices for this model vary quite a bit, from $19,400 all the way to $51,000, depending on the metal chosen and whether diamonds are present. Unusually for me, I actually really like the two-tone model seen above.
The last model we’ll look at is also the smallest, at just 33mm, the Overseas Quartz. As you might have picked up from the name, it’s also the only quartz watch in the Overseas lineup. The advantage of that is not only accuracy, but price: the Overseas Quartz starts way under the rest of the collection at $14,200.
The Patrimony collection is the other that most people immediately think of when they hear the name Vacheron Constantin. Indeed, it is often considered among the finest pure dress watches ever made. Despite extreme restraint in the design of every Patrimony, it never becomes boring; they somehow have a very distinct character to them. Click here to see our entire Patrimony catalogue.
Sure, it’s not going to match the Overseas (or Nautilus, for that matter) for sheer charisma, but note the sharp hour markers, for instance, as well as the thin ones, both quite elongated. In my mind, this is so much bolder than, say, a 5196G, and although Patrimony ultimate derives from Vacherons made in the 1950s, it has just a hint of art deco influence; the hour markers, and even the hands, remind me of the Chrysler Building’s terraced crown, for example. There are few tools available to the watch designer to give a truly classical dress watch a lot of character; too much of which it and it ceases to be a dress watch, after all, but Vacheron has managed to create something very distinct.
We will begin, as usual, with my favorite of the collection, in this case the Patrimony Manual-Winding Collection Excellence Platine. I love the “Collection Excellence Platine” (literally the Platinum Excellence Collection in English) in general, a version of watches that appears across multiple lines of Vacherons. I’m a sucker for subtle blued accents, and this is found in the seconds hand. I also love the sand-blasted texture of the platinum dial. There are only two small issues with the model: because it’s entirely in platinum, it’s quite a bit higher priced than most Patrimony watches, at $39,200, and secondly, that it’s a limited edition of just 150 pieces.
Of course, there are other versions of the 42mm Patrimony Manual-Winding if you can humble yourself to accept a gold case (although there is one other platinum one to choose from). They’re considerably more accessible, as well, at $21,500. This particular watch is one of my personal favorite Vacheron models.
The most elegant Patrimony, or indeed, the most elegant Vacheron Constantin in general, is simply the Patrimony Manual-Winding in 40mm. I particularly like this blue and pink gold combination. Of course, you’ll have to go without a seconds hand in order to achieve maximum dressiness, but if you value simplicity above all else, there’s no other way to do it.
But if you’re looking for a Patrimony Manual-Winding that flies under the radar, there are a few better options, like this one in yellow gold. Sans a date and even a seconds hand, it’s a bout as clean as a watch can get. I particularly love the crazy 6.79mm “thick” case. These start at $19,200, making them among the most affordable watches Vacheron offers. They’re also available in a smaller 36mm size, although I prefer the thinner bezel of these 40mm versions.
Of course, for those who would prefer an automatic there’s the Patrimony Self-Winding. Normally, I prefer hand wound movements in my dress watches as they keep the watch thin and elegant, but Vacheron has managed to keep the automatic, date and all, down to just 8.55mm. That said, I would certainly prefer a no date version. The 40mm model is $27,700, but there’s also a 36mm model for $25,200.
Moving away from austere beauty, the Patrimony Retrograde Day-Date adds a touch of the avant garde. It has not one but two different retrograde complications, which is very rare. A retrograde compilation is basically one which that, instead of rotating in a complete circle, pops back to the start and begins again. To fit all of this, the size has been increased to 42.5mm, but in spite of the complications and automatic movement, it remains under 10mm thick. What does go up quite a bit is the price; each is $43,700.
Naturally, there’s a lovely 41mm perpetual calendar option, but what’s surprising is just how thin the watch is in spite of this complication (and being automatic). The whole watch is just under 9mm thick. Naturally, the price is higher for the privilege of owning a perpetual calendar: $78,500 in gold or $111,000 in platinum.
Lastly, we have one of the simplest, yet most complex Patrimony watches, the aptly-named Minute Repeater Ultra-Thin. When activated, a minute repeater will play back the time in a series of chimes, one of the rarest and most sophisticated complications in all of watchmaking.
The Historiques collection is an increasingly popular line of watches from Vacheron based on the simple, but diverse, concept of reimagining watches from the brand’s extensive past. As a result, there’s very little connective thread across the models here, unlike, say, Overseas. Click here to visit our Historiques page.
At the moment, there are essentially four collections in Historiques, but one has really stood out above all the others, the American 1921. Indeed, while Overseas and Patrimony are Vacheron’s most visible brands, the 1921 has emerged as a serious competitor for attention.
It’s easy to see why. Based on a much older model designed for an American car enthusiast, the dial is rotated so that it aligns naturally when your hands are on a steering wheel. That, in addition to its truly unique cushion case (complete with crown at 2:00, or is that 12:00?), makes it a very special, and very compelling, offering that you can only get from Vacheron. They’re available in two sizes, 36.5mm and 40mm, with prices starting at $29,600 for the smaller size.
My second favorite of the Historiques (and it’d be a harder pick for me if this model were larger than 36mm) is the Ultra-Fine 1955. Available in either platinum with blue accents ($39,700) or pink gold as seen here ($30,500), it’s powered by the Vacheron 1003, one of the thinnest mechanical movements ever made. At just 1.64mm it’s about half the width of many ultra-thins available today. As a result, the watch is also astonishingly thin, at 4.13mm.
The Historiques Triple Calendrier 1942 is, long name aside, a lovely and faithful throwback to the watches of yore. It’s named a triple calendar, of course, because it shows the month and day in windows near 12:00 alongside a classical pointer date. It comes in two versions, the only significant difference between them being that one comes with red accents and one comes with blue. Both are priced near the entry-level of Vacheron at $21,400.
Lastly, we look at the only chronograph in the Historiques, the Cornes de Vache 1955, famous for its “cow horns,” large lugs with plenty of personality. Interestingly, it’s available in steel, gold, and platinum. As a result, the price is highly variable on this one, from $42,200 all the way up to $71,500.
Next we move to the rather plainly-named Traditionnelle, which is Vacheron’s largest and most complex collection. Traditionnelles tend to be refined dress watches, like their Patrimony counterparts, but aesthetically they’re a bit bolder; the bezels and hands are thicker, while the hour markers a dash more sober. They come off as a bit more practical looking as a result, albeit still very dressy. Click here to see every Traditionnelle model.
At a glance, the easiest way to differentiate Patrimony and Traditionnelle is probably the hands. Traditionnelle prefers dauphine hands, while Patrimony adopts simpler stick hands. Basically, I’d say that if you’re looking for the ultimate dress watch, Patrimony is probably your best bet. Conversely, if you want something slightly more utilitarian, or alternatively if you want truly the greatest in watch complications in the world, Traditionnelle is where you ought to look. Nonetheless, they’re still dressier than even most dedicated dress watches, so they can perform that role very well.
We’ll start with the Grandes Complications, of which there are three versions (a grey dial and also a black dial), but I prefer this one. As a grand complication, it must tie together several of the most difficult feats in watchmaking. Here we find a tourbillon, a perpetual calendar, and even more impressively, a minute repeater. It’s 44mm and 13.5mm thick, making it one of the largest watches Vacheron offers, but if you’re into watches like this, flying under the radar probably isn’t a priority.
If you can somehow manage to survive without a perpetual calendar, Vacheron offers a far more legible version with “just” a minute repeater and tourbillon. The Traditionnelle Minute Repeater Tourbillon is a much dressier option thanks to removing a ton of subdials, but it’s still quite large at 44mm. It does get a lot thinner, however, at 12.4mm. It’s also available in black and silver dials.
If you’ve really fallen on hard times, you can skip both the minute repeater and perpetual calendar and somehow make do merely with a tourbillon. Jokes aside, this is not only the cleanest of the complex Traditionnelles, but it’s also one of the best-sized. At 41mm and just 10.4mm thick, this makes a plausible argument for an exotic everyday watch. It’s also available with a mother of pearl dial and with a case covered in diamonds.
Alternatively, you could reintroduce some complexity with a chronograph. To keep the case streamlined and distinctively dressy, however, Vacheron’s gone with a monopusher chronograph design. It’s fairly large at 42.5mm, but impressively thin (at least for something this complex) at 11.7mm.
The Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Chronograph is one of the sportiest models in the collection, thanks to its 43mm case with chronograph pushers. The (relatively) bold bezel and thick lugs also give it an air of toughness. The dial, conversely, is exquisite, somehow managing to combine two of the most dial-hungry complications without creating an unreadable mess. It’s also available in platinum with a black dial, but I prefer this gold thanks to that matching moon phase complication.
Returning to the land of practicality we spy the Traditionnelle Complete Calendar. Unlike many of those above, it’s not a perpetual calendar, but rather a “complete calendar,” a term of art that means it has all of the basic calendar functionality, including day, date, month, and moon phase, or basically everything other than year or leap year. You still have to change the date at the end of short months manually, but this is quite easy thanks to discreet (and discrete) pushers on the side of the case. The size, too, is relatively good, at 41mm and an impressive 10.7mm thin (when compared to most similarly complicated watches, that is), making this a solid everyday option for $40,300. It’s also available in a beautiful Platine (platinum) model, although that moves the price up to $69,500.
A somewhat more avant garde option is the Traditionnelle Day-Date. It’s got ordinary day and date subdials at 9:00 and 3:00, but more interesting is a power reserve indicator near 6:00. It’s sized more reasonably as well, at 39.5mm and 10.65mm thick, not bad for an automatic. This one’s $44,900 and it’s also available with a silver dial.
I quite like this relatively simple 40mm Traditionnelle Manual-Winding, available in only two styles (the other one is similar but has a diamond-covered bezel). It has a power reserve and date complication, as well as sub seconds, for a moderately busy dial, while the clous de Paris texture gives it a classical flair. It’s also among the more affordable Vacherons with complications at $32,900.
Arguably the best everyday watch from Traditionnelle is the simply-named Self-Winding. As you may expect, it’s an automatic, but it also has a date and sub-seconds, everything you need in a watch for all occasions. You can also dress it down a bit with a white dial in white gold. It’s very versatilely sized at 38mm and an impressive 8mm thin. Perhaps best of all, at $26,300 it’s among the most affordable automatic Vacherons. This is definitely one that must be considered when shopping for a first Vacheron.
Of course, there’s always the possibility of going in exactly the opposite direction and getting a completely dedicated dress watch. This Traditionnelle Self-Winding Ultra-Thin is one of the best options in the world, eschewing even a seconds hand. Despite its modern 41mm size and automatic movement, it remains just 7.3mm thick. There is a price increase for the privilege of thinness, however; at $32,000, it costs as much as some of the more complicated Vacherons. Still, it makes an excellent case for itself when absolute restraint is the priority.
My personal favorite Traditionnelle, however, is just this, the Manual-Winding. Not only is it more affordable (this platinum version is $27,900, while the gold versions are $20,600) than the ultra-thin, but it adds a beautifully executed seconds subdial that gives the watch just a bit more visual interest. The 38mm size is very versatile, and although it’s not called ultra-thin, it’s still just 7.8mm thick, almost imperceptibly thicker than the Ultra-Thin. Perhaps best of all, it has a manual-winding movement instead of an automatic. This watch is not only among my favorite Vacherons, but one of my favorite dress watches available from any company.
Naturally, you can also get the Traditionnelle in a much smaller 30mm case with quartz. This particular example is in white gold with a lovely mother of pearl dial.
The next collection to examine is Fiftysix, a stylish everyday line that’s inspired by the Vacherons of the 1950s. The angular facet above each lug is designed to represent the edges of the Maltese Cross motif, which takes a bit of imagination; picture a large Maltese Cross in the middle of the dial where the bottom and top ends of the cross terminate just before the lugs. One thing that I love about Fiftysix is that it’s one of only two collections, alongside Overseas, that offers a lot of steel watches. Similar to the Overseas, it’s also among the most liberal of Vacherons with luminescent paint. Click here to see every Fiftysix watch.
Regardless of the symbolism, the Fiftysix, as a collection, is probably Vacheron’s most versatile. It’s a watch to be worn on flights, to bars, or to the boardroom. It lacks the tough, adventurous edge of the Overseas, of course, so it alone can’t cover all your bases, but it gets pretty close. Fiftysixes are easy to distinguish from other Vacherons thanks to their prominent use of applied even-number hour markers on each dial. The emphasis on numerals is right there in the name, but I am perhaps alone in finding it ironic that the Fiftysix lacks a 5 on the dial.
We’ll start with one of the simplest models in the collection, the Fiftysix Self-Winding. This lovely three hander makes an exceptional case for itself as your next everyday watch. Aside from its aesthetic versatility, the size is also basically perfect; 40mm across and just 9.6mm deep, this is ideal for contemporary wear. Also available in gold, and in silver or chocolate dials, and even with a bracelet, I think that this simple blue model is the one to have. As a cherry on top, it’s easily among the most affordable watches Vacheron makes, at a surprisingly reasonable $12,000.
If you want to step up the complexity, you can also get this Day-Date, which throws in a power reserve indicator as a bonus. Despite the addition of two complications (the date was already in the three-hander), it’s still reasonably thin for an automatic at 11.6mm and remains 40mm overall. The price does go up quite a bit to $17,400, but this is still well below a comparable Traditionnelle or Patrimony.
I prefer this Complete Calendar, however, which, thanks to the use of windowed day and month complications, as opposed to pointers, creates a much cleaner dial. I also appreciate the use of a blued pointer-date hand which matches its elegant moon phase complication nicely. The size remains the same as the Day-Date, but the price continues to go up to $22,900 on steel.
Finally, there is a lovely Tourbillon model that really works. I think it may be one of my favorite Vacheron tourbillons, perhaps because the applied numerals balance the dial a bit against the visually heavy tourbillon, or perhaps because those hard-angled facets on the lugs complement the shape of the Maltese cross. Regardless, this model isn’t available in steel, and the price is somewhat predictable: $117,000.
Harmony is by far the smallest collection from Vacheron, and the only one with cushion cases (although Malte is available for those looking for tonneau cases). Harmony tends to be one of the more fun collections from a dial design standpoint, with interesting layouts and even exotic rattrapante chronographs. Click here to see the brand pages for the entire Harmony collection.
This one’s my favorite, the Harmony Dual Time. I like cushion cases in general, but this one stands out to me for its bold painted numerals (albeit committing the grave sin of cutting into two of them) and its beautifully executed complications. Naturally, you can see a second time zone at the bottom, in addition to an AM/PM subdial to the left. It’s reasonably sized at 40mm and thin at 11.4mm, and it’s priced $31,000. If you’re looking for something a bit more provocative, you can also get it with a bezel covered in diamonds for not all that much more ($35,900).
Like most Vacheron collections, a Complete Calendar model is available, and looks quite fetching with a combination of small red accents and a blue moon phase. The whole thing gives it a lovely 1930s vibe. It does come at a slightly increased price than the Dual Time at $36,800, however. On balance, I’d probably stick to the dual-time; it just feels more unique.
By far the most exciting of the Harmony models is the exotic platinum Split-Seconds Chronograph Ultra-Thin. What it lacks in brevity it makes up for in complications, specifically with its special form of chronograph.
I don’t normally bother showing off movements in these guides, but for this one it just made sense. At any rate, despite this truly special and complex movement, the 42mm watch manages to be an astonishing 8.4mm thin.
Yet another Maltese Cross-inspired collection, Malte is entirely composed of tonneau-shaped cases. These dressy watches add panache via their unique case alongside their elongated applied markers and Roman numerals. As a result, they make a bit more of a statement than their Patrimony or Traditionnelle counterparts. You can see our entire Malte catalogue by clicking here.
We’ll start with the Malte Manual-Winding, a 39×47.6 millimeter case in pink gold (also available in white gold). As the name would suggest, it features the manual-winding 4400 AS movement, which allows the whole watch to be fairly thin at 9.25mm. It starts at $25,400, which isn’t bad for a Vacheron, but it can go way up if you opt for one of the diamond-covered models.
A diamond-covered bezel in white or pink gold takes it up to $34,000, while covering the dial in diamonds as well moves the price up to $59,000. It should be noted that the diamond models have a smaller 31.4×39.5 millimeter case. Alternatively, the smaller size is available in a pink gold case without diamonds for $20,600.
This is one of two Malte Quartz models, which, quite interestingly, aren’t the most affordable Maltes. Due to the diamonds on either model, the price actually increases to $24,100 for a diamond-covered bezel, or $34,500 if you want to cover much of the dial too.
My favorite of the Maltes is the Malte Moon Phase, thanks to its rather avant garde dial layout. The complications, particularly the oddly placed moon phase, give it a classical look that I quite like. Amusingly, the power reserve actually goes down from 65 hours to a more ordinary 40 when you add the power reserve complication, although I suppose that makes the complication more necessary. At $38,100, it’s the only Malte available with these complications right now.
It’s a Vacheron, so you know there’s going to be an assortment of tourbillons. Right now, Malte has two versions of this tourbillon, both in pink gold; the other has the silver dial.
There is only one truly wild watch from the Malte collection, which is the Tourbillon Skeleton. The differences aren’t merely aesthetic, however, as it adds an illegible date and power reserve complication because more is more. Naturally, the case is platinum.
The next collection is Égérie and it was designed entirely for women. In practice, the Égérie is a bit more youthful than the feminine alternatives from other collections. The Breguet numerals are bolder, the 2:00 subdial is a touch avant garde, and there’s some experimentation with tapestry-inspired textures throughout. I think they look great. You can check out every variation of the Égérie collection here.
We’ll start with the only quartz model right now which, despite the gold case and diamonds on the bezel and subdial, is $18,700; not bad for a Vacheron Constantin. It’s definitely aimed at smaller wrists at 30mm, and it’s reasonably thin at 8.1mm. I really like the avant garde approach to the date complication. The whole watch feels light and playful.
Moving now to the entry-level automatics of the collection, this Self-Winding model moves up to a larger 35mm case but is stylistically very similar to its quartz counterpart. It’s available in a lot more versions, however, including models in steel and with diamond-covered dials. You can also get it on bracelet, which gives it a slightly sportier touch. The Égérie starts at $21,200 in steel (and on bracelet), moves up to $29,600 in pink gold (or $40,000 on bracelet), and goes all the way up to $64,000 if you want the diamond-covered dial.
In my opinion, this, or its pink gold counterpart, is the Égérie to aim for. The addition of a moon phase adds a touch of color and artistry to the dial which I think complements the playful attitude of the collection. These are also slightly larger at 37mm, which is something to keep in mind for smaller wrists. In steel, they start at $26,100, but as you move to diamond-covered dials they go up to $65,000.
Next we’ll look at the Heures Créatives (French for Creative Hours) collection, a high-end line that uses exotic case design to come up with very unique, and very eye-catching, design. Every model uses white gold and plenty of diamonds, although the cases vary quite a bit in some instances. It’s also worth mentioning that this entire collection is available exclusively through Vacheron boutiques.
This new Heure Romantique is a good example of the collection with four very similar watches. The 29.2×36.2 millimeter watch features 123 round-cut diamonds and a lovely black mother of pearl dial for $54,500. This same basic case design is available with a white mother of pearl dial, a dial covered in diamonds, and even one with a diamond-covered bracelet.
The Heures Créatives Heure Discrète is one of the most interesting watches Vacheron makes. The Art Deco-inspired “watch” features a fan covered in diamonds that obscures a watch underneath. The way it works is that one section of the fan slides over to the right, revealing the hidden dial. In a sense, it’s kind of like the Reverso, except that the protective covering is made of white gold and diamonds.
The Heures Créatives Heure Audacieuse (something akin to the Bold Hour in French?) takes the concept of a belt, and belt buckle, and converts it into a watch face. It’s an interesting concept, clasp-as-watch, and I imagine you won’t have to worry about running into someone else that has something like this on.
Finally, we take a look at Métiers d’Art, a collection that’s hard to even identify as a collection, since each piece is a different work of art. From the perspective of craftsmanship and dial work, these are the finest watches Vacheron makes, and arguably, among the finest watches anyone makes.
The first we’ll look at is the Tribute to Great Explorers, specifically Bartolomeu Dias, but there are also currently two more, one to Vasco da Gama and one to Pedro Alvares Cabral. Each depicts a map of the region that made them famous, which is quite beautiful. The unique complication that makes the thing work is also pretty amazing. Suffice it to say that below the dial rotates three separate gears, each of which has four different numbers (1-12) which are also rotating. When it’s the appropriate time, the correct number is rotated to the outer edge where it can be viewed by the wearer, and then it sails clockwise across the 0-60 minute markers indicating the minute. Each of these is $121,000.
One of my favorites is the Copernicus Celestial Spheres, an absolutely gorgeous piece inspired by the famous astronomer and early star charts. The time is told by those small gold indicators on the outer edge of the dial, which is cool enough, but the really amazing part is that the miniature earth actually turns on its axis and goes around the sun at the same time. It has to be one of the coolest watches available today.
The Métiers D’Art Les Aérostiers is one of the most popular models from the collection and one you’ll often see on Vacheron imagery. This one is inspired by one of the first hot-air balloon flights in France, back in 1783. It’s an interesting series of complications, because while we’re all familiar with windowed day and date complications, we rarely see time presented this way. On this model hours, minutes, day, and date are all presented in windows, which keeps the dial clear so the wearer can focus on what’s important, namely the artistry. In a sense, it’s the exact opposite of a tool watch.
Similar models are available in the Legend of the Chinese Zodiac, one per Zodiac animal. These are available in either $107,000 in pink gold or $130,000 in platinum.
The Mécaniques Ajourées, which more or less translates to skeletonized movement, is a series of three absolutely gorgeous skeletons which have removed any extraneous elements of the movement to give the wearer an extremely clear view of what remains.
And last of all we look at the Mécaniques Gravées Tourbillon, or in English, something akin to the engraved mechanical whirlwind. The name is fairly self-evident when you look at it. This amazing work of art has, obviously, a tourbillon, but almost as impressively a 14-day power reserve. Naturally, its 41mm case is made from platinum.
That concludes my brief overview of pretty much every current Vacheron Constantin model available today. Hopefully you combed through it and found some you wanted to take a closer look at it. If you haven’t already, please click here to see our product pages for (almost) all of these watches (as some are boutique-only).