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
A project first undertaken in 2013, 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.
This 806-part manual winding calibre with tourbillon regulator features Grande and Petite Sonnerie Westminster chime mechanisms coupled with a minute repeater. Grande Sonnerie have always enjoyed a special aura among horological complications, not only because of the inherent complexity of these mechanisms striking several gongs, but also because of the musical qualities required.
The officer-type caseback cover features a miniature enamel painting, finely crafted using the Geneva technique and reproducing the Girl with a Pearl Earring, a work by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer dating from 1665. Above and beyond the challenge of reproducing the work of a great master, an additional difficulty lies in the small size of the 98 mm-diameter support. The case sides are graced with hand-engraved friezes composed of acanthus leaves and tulips, accompanied by a “pearl” rim, while the bow is adorned with two roaring lion heads carved from a block of gold.