Vacheron Constantin has created a new sartorially influenced collection with each timepiece bearing the Hallmark of Geneva. The collection gives VC’s own take on the classic masculine wardrobe, using techniques such as guilloché and grand feu enameling to reproduce the art of fine tailoring in a timepiece.
The Métiers d’Art Elégance Sartoriale collection reproduces on the dials an authentic color chart of fabrics stemming from the masculine wardrobe. Each watch is coated with translucent Grand Feu enamel in various colors. The hours and minutes are displayed on a sub dial rimmed with mother-of-pearl, a nod to shirt buttons. At its center, there’s a pattern created using a tapestry machine like a silk pocket square against a suit.
Caliber 1400, a mechanical manual-winding movement developed and produced by the Manufacture, powers the five models composing this new collection. Vacheron Constantin shares with the tailoring profession the discipline of an art passed on from generation to generation. Tailors devote themselves to the same finely adjusted details that convey the stylish sophistication known as sartorialism. The term relates to the refined masculine wardrobe as epitomized by the male stars of Hollywood’s golden age.
Today, a new generation of men with a taste for stylish apparel stride can be seen in thecities of Milan, Tokyo, Paris, London or New York, with suits crafted from fine materials and enhanced by combinations of colors embodying a blend of tradition and daring.
Good dress sense is generally backed by an interest in fine craftsmanship. Aficionados of elegance look for hand-made quality achieved using traditional methods and feel instinctively at home with the exclusivity of bespoke tailoring. Like any true artisan, an experienced apiéceur (piece-maker) spends dozens of hours on a tailor-made jacket. Thousands of stitches, dozens of materials, perfectly cut and fashioned by expert hands, are essential factors in ensuring an impeccable fit. As with haute horlogerie, fine tailoring is an art involving refinement, carefully selected materials and ultra-precise movements, all governed by a determination to achieve a perfectly mastered aesthetic and technical balance.
The Métiers d’Art Elégance Sartoriale comprises five models featuring a variety of patterns. The Prince of Wales check plays on superimposed squares connected by vertical and horizontal stripes, enhanced by a raspberry red colored translucent enamel.
The herringbone motif creates a subtle, sophisticated effect, accentuated by a lavender-toned enamel and its variously contrasting zigzag motif.
The windowpane pattern is emphasized by a warm grey enamel. The slim vertical pin stripes pattern shimmer beneath a soft linen color. Finally, the tartan motif with its criss-crossing horizontal and vertical grooves is coated with a cerulean blue.
The round 40mm case is in 18K white or 5N pink gold. The watches are mounted on alligator leather straps with carefully chosen colors, hand-sewn in saddle-finish tradition, – a nod to the work of fine bootmakers.
To accompany this collection, Vacheron Constantin also introduces a pair of cufflinks picking up the subdial tapestry motif.