2014 Vacheron Constantin Collection
by Kyle Stults on January 21, 2014
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Perpetuelle presents the breathtaking new Vacheron Constantin lineup.  Note these are the new models only; Vacheron also is introducing 6 openworked editions of  models already in the collection…those are not featured here.  Also below the listing of new models I have provided more detail on the 2014 theme for Vacheron Constantin:  Openworking (aka Skeletonizing).

Click any heading or image below for our full report with specs, images and more details.

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Patrimony Tradionelle

14-Day Tourbillon

Malte Openworked

 Malte

Tourbillon Openworked

Patrimony Openworked

Metiers d’Art

Mecanaques Ajourees

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Metiers d’Art

Mecanaques Ajourees

MetiersArt Openworked

 Metiers d’Art

Mecanaques Ajourees

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MetiersArt OpenworkedLadies

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Openworking at Vacheron

On the occasion of the SIHH 2014, the Manufacture is enriching its range of openworked watches and presenting its new men’s and women’s models, offering a masterful demonstration of its expertise.  Discover now the 3 phases of openworking, as described by Vacheron Constantin.

The All-Important Initial Touch of the Watchmaker

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The creation of an openworked watch begins with a lengthy consideration of the movement that is to be openworked as much as possible so as to reveal its inner beauty. This calls upon the experience of the finest master-watchmakers in hollowing out as much of the material as possible, while ensuring that the calibre remains perfectly functional. The conceptualisation, design and modelisation phases alone take several hundred hours, a figure that increases in step with the level of sophistication of the calibre, particularly in terms of complications.

Enter the Artisans Chamfering and Hand-Drawing

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The artisans take over from the watchmaking and begin a long period of patient, accurate and rigorously disciplined endeavours. The mainplate, bridges, barrel and other mechanical parts that have been previously drilled and cut out occupy their nimble fingers for dozens of hours. Working by hand with each component in turn, the artisans create subtle contrasts between the finished polish of the chamfering that will catch the light, and the matt effect of the hand-drawing that will accentuate the radiance. While this is in itself a demanding task, it is rendered even more complex by the curved openings and interior angles – some narrower than 45° – favoured by Vacheron Constantin in its openworked watches, and which no machine could possible reproduce.

Hand Engraving – Exalting the Final Result

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The chamfering and hand-drawing are followed by the engraving itself. For around one full week for each calibre, the engraver incises and sculpts the material with meticulous strokes of the burin in order to create the original motifs imagined by Vacheron Constantin, giving them their delightfully rounded relief. Each gesture is highly accurate – in some cases to the nearest tenth of a millimetre – and the aesthetic sensitivity of the artist-watchmaker is finely attuned to instilling each component with unique character.