The embodiment of the wildest dreams
Secrecy and confidentiality surround the majority of these special requests. Insane, daring and extravagant, these pieces tell more than they show.
Everything starts with a story, one which can be told by its owner. One, a fervent art lover, desires the reproduction of a master painting in Grand Feu enamel on his dial; the other, lover and poet, imagines a sonnerie that would come alive only once a year, on the birthday of his loved one; a third, an expert knowledgeable about great complications, dreams of a mechanical masterpiece which has never before been attempted. Everything is possible, it just needs to be imagined before creating it.
The most complicated watch ever made
The dial is like a field of artistic expression illustrating the union of two stars.
A technical and aesthetic work of art with 891 hand-decorated components
The paradox of masterfully integrating Fine Watchmaking with poetic time
Since its founding in 1755, the Maison has maintained privileged relations with its clients and benefits from the expertise of master watchmakers capable of making made-to-measure watches. Listening and constant exchange are the keywords for making each person’s aspirations come true.
A number of anecdotes perfectly illustrate this great tradition. From Tsar Aleander II to the New-York banker Henry Grave Jr., from the automobile manufacturer James Ward Packard to the crowned heads of Fuad I and Farouk of Egypt, all were great collectors of unique pieces created by Vacheron Constantin. Understanding the specific expectations of these prestigious clients and knowing how to translate them into a unique timepiece is an art form that cannot be underestimated.
King Farouk of Egypt
At the peak of refinement, this pocket watch with a three gong sonnerie.
An exceptional timepiece with sophisticated complications and fitted with 8 needles.
James Ward Packard
Hidden underneath deceptive simplicity, this piece reveals an exceptionally complex mechanism.
Sir Bhupinder Singh, Maharajah of Patiala
Time, now intimate, belongs only to the one who wears it on their wrist.
Les Cabinotiers Westminster Sonnerie
The Les Cabinotiers Westminster Sonnerie – Tribute to Johannes Vermeer is a bespoke, singlepiece edition incorporating the full palette of skills cultivated by Vacheron Constantin, from Haute Horlogerie to the decorative arts. It is equipped with a new in-house movement, Calibre 3761, specially developed by the team of watchmakers responsible for the Reference 57260 watch.
The craftsmanship adorning this timepiece is equally extraordinary. The case is hand-engraved on its bezel, back and sides using various artisanal techniques, as well as topped by a bow adorned with two hand-sculpted lion heads. The officer-type caseback is stunningly enhanced by a miniature enamel reproduction of Vermeer’s famous painting Girl with a Pearl Earring, created by enameller Anita Porchet.
Les Cabinotiers Grande Complication Bacchus
The single-piece edition Les Cabinotiers Grande Complication Bacchus combines Vacheron Constantin’s expertise in grand complication watches with its mastery of artistic crafts. This double-sided wristwatch comprises 16 complications, essentially astronomical and calendar-related, powered by Calibre 2755 GC16 with minute repeater and tourbillon. A technical feat housed in an 18K 5N gold case whose middle is sculpted in bas-relief. In tribute to the god of vines and wine, this "Bacchus" watch finds another source of inspiration in Johannes Kepler, resulting in a captivating association between mythology and astronomy.