After a gap of nearly 20 years, Vacheron Constantin has jumped onto a niche and timely little bandwagon with the revival of Égérie, a collection for women who want to go beyond the ‘think pretty thoughts’ school of women’s watch collecting. Meaning ‘muse’ in French, Égérie is a fresh collection from a line first introduced by VC in 2003. Like many an upmarket female-targeted product, the inspiration for the name is steeped in time obscured Roman mythology. Egeria is reputed to have been a wood nymph who dictated the laws of Rome to one King Numa Pompilius. Upon his death, it is said she melted into tears of sorrow. It’s safe to say that while we can speculate, we will never really know.
But for 2020 Égérie lays down some laws of its own for growing demand from women for watches that not only look dazzlingly feminine but also offer the highest levels of mechanical dependability of the kind normally reserved for high-end men’s watches. The collection, particularly the distinctive Breguet style numerals, was inspired by a vintage Vacheron driving watch known as the American 21, but there are also some Heures Créatives Heure Discrète influences thanks to the fan style guillochage dials.
Vacheron describes the new Égérie collection as the encounter between two worlds, Haute Horlogerie and Haute Couture, through the prism of craftsmanship, precision, excellence, and beauty. The Haute Couture aspect is represented by the look of the dials, reminiscent of delicately pleated fabric finishing. Note also the fine needle-like hands. While the mechanical movement, the off-centered asymmetrical displays, and the crown, together with the horological complications amply display Vacheron’s 265-year old signature Haute Horology expertise.
The collection offers cases in all the favorite metals a girl loves to own including pink gold, white gold or utilitarian steel, and a choice set with diamonds for the evening. The watches come in a choice of a dainty 35 mm for the self-winding model or a more imposing 37 mm with a moonphase complication. This version also comes in a deluxe pavé edition comprising over 500 sparkly little rocks.
As an extra practical touch, there’s a mix and match concept on offer as the watches have an interchangeable strap system for easy swapping to instantly change the mood of the watch. No tools are required, the owner can switch straps with just a simple clip. The movements are the self-winding caliber 1088 with a 40-hour power reserve and the 1088 L adapted to carry the moonphase complication. So far, the Égérie collection is the only one to carry this movement. While on-trend for 2020, Vacheron Constantin has always, since the earliest days, been something of a market leader in the development of meaningful watches for women. They offer no less than eight different collections, including the Overseas, the Patrimony, the Traditionelle, and the Historiques 1921.
In total there are 6 models on offer including a quartz version at US$17,800. The mechanical range is priced from US$20,200 for the steel self-winding to US$62,000 for the moonphase in white gold with the pavé diamonds. The Égérie collection will be on sale in all Vacheron Constantin boutiques and authorized points of sale from March 1st, 2020.
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