It is not an everyday occurrence for a major brand to launch a new collection so when they do, it is always worth taking a look at. This is not just about seeing what the new watches look like, but also about seeing where a brand sees its current and future customers.
In the case of Vacheron Constantin, it is about women.
In a nutshell the Égérie, meaning ‘muse’, is characterised by an off-centred dial featuring the use of a new pleated design; this new collection is about contrasting textures and levels on the dial. The pleated decoration was developed in Vacheron’s guillochage workshop, using a 1904 pantograph-type machine to reproduce a the design motif into a miniaturised version suitable for a dial, the new pleated decoration being then engraved for the dial. The numerals are also newly designed for this collection, and are accompanied by leaf-shaped hour and minute hands.
The off-centred circle is where the additional displays happen, be they a moon phase or date. Also, and this may not be evident at an initial glance, the sub circle in fact forms part of a design line that starts at the crown and follows down through to the Vacheron Constantin branding. Depending on the model, the crown either has a cabochon-cut moonstone or a rose-cut diamond.
Coming in either 35mm or 37mm sized models in steel, pink gold, or white gold, the latter two feature Vacheron’s quick change strap system to allow for easy strap swaps.
The launch collection consists of three models – automatic, moon phase, and pavé diamond moon phase.
Firstly, the automatic Égérie, the most ‘everyday’ piece of the collection, which is available in either 18k 5N rose gold or steel for its 35mm sized case.
The bezel has 58 round-cut diamonds, and the crown is set with a cabochon-cut moonstone. The dial is silvered opaline, with the new pleated design. The small circle in this model features a date indicator. On their dials are either 18K 5N pink gold and 18K white gold rings with a further 34 round-cut diamonds, and matching gold applied numerals.
Inside is the in-house Calibre 1088. With Côtes de Genève decoration and an open-worked 22k gold oscillating weight, it beats at 28,800VPH and has a power reserve of 40 hours.
There are three interchangeable Mississippiensis alligator straps (in semi-matte raspberry pink, night blue, and candied chestnut with satin effect) that come with the 18K 5N pink gold version. The steel model comes on a polished metal bracelet with a folding clasp.
Next up is the Égérie Moonphase, which comes in a 37mm case in either 18k 5N rose gold or steel, again with a diamond-set bezel with 58 round-cut diamonds.
In this model, which also has a silvered opaline dial and the pleated design, the offset circle with its 36 diamonds displays an 18k gold moon phase against a starry sky, with mother-of-pearl clouds.
The Égérie moon phase in steel is set with a total of 58 diamonds, a cabuchon-cut moonstone crown, and on a metal bracelet. The 18K 5N pink gold version also has 58 diamonds and a cabochon moonstone on the crown, but it comes with the same three quick-change Mississippiensis alligator straps as previously mentioned for the automatic date model.
The dial is silvered opaline with the pleated pattern. Again, there are either 5N pink gold or 18K white gold rings set with 36 round-cut diamonds on the offset dial, at which there is an 18K gold moon against the backdrop of a blue sky, and mother-of-pearl clouds.
Inside is the in-house automatic Calibre 1088 L. It has an openworked 22k gold oscillating weight, beats at 28,800VPH, and has a power reserve of 40 hours.
Finally, we come to the Égérie Moonphase Diamond Pavé, in an 18k white gold 37mm size case. For this piece, the diamonds go ‘all the way’, with the winding crown featuring a rose-cut diamond to accompany the round-cut ones on the case and dial. The moon phase feature retains its simplicity though, with no additional stones.
Through the case back can be seen the same Calibre 1088 L as is in the regular moon phase model, with its 22k gold openwork oscillating weight.
This ‘luxe’ piece comes on a blue Mississippiensis alligator strap with an 18K white gold diamond-set (21 round-cut) buckle, but you get a second strap in blue satin which has its own gem-set buckle.
All of these new models will be available at Vacheron Constantin boutiques and authorised dealers from March 1, 2020. A collection to go with Pleats Please, perhaps?
[Photo credit : Vacheron Constantin]