Defying the restraint and moderation that has settled over the watchmaking scene of late, it’s refreshing to see such a powerful show of mechanical luxurious and grandiose craftsmanship. Unleashing a menagerie of majestic wild animals, Vacheron Constantin offers a riveting show of its inexhaustible creativity and mechanical experience. Mécaniques Sauvages is a bespoke assortment of distinctive items made in Vacheron Constantin’s very personal customisation division – Les Cabinotiers – the place horological fantasies spring to life. To offer you an thought of what the watchmakers at Les Cabinotiers are able to producing, assume again to Reference 57260, a personal fee delivered in 2015 with no fewer than 57 issues beneath its belt, making it essentially the most sophisticated timepiece on our planet.
There are reportedly 20 Les Cabinotiers animal-themed watches within the Mécaniques Sauvages assortment. For the second, the model has shared 5 fashions demonstrating a strong mixture of grand issues and creative crafts. Unleash the beasts…
Les Cabinotiers Armillary Tourbillon Snake
Horological fireworks for the fortunate proprietor of this watch are assured. A derivation of the aforementioned Ref. 57260, the armillary tourbillon (six patents filed) places on a hypnotic present and occupies the totality of the left facet of the dial. With its cut up character, the fitting facet of the dial is openworked and shows the retrograde hours and minutes. Excessive-tech materials like silicon for the pallet lever and escape wheel and an aluminium tourbillon carriage improve the precision and sturdiness of the mechanics. Coiling across the sides of the 45mm pink gold case is a formidable snake, every scale and minute element lovingly engraved by Vacheron’s specialised artisans.
Fast information: 45mm diameter x 20.12mm top – 18ok pink gold – caseband hand-engraved with Snake – VC calibre 1990 – manual-winding – 299 elements – 2.5Hz – 65h energy reserve – retrograde hours, minutes, armillary tourbillon – openworked dial – distinctive piece – worth upon request solely
Les Cabinotiers Calibre 2755 Eagle
Brace your self. On the horological entrance, this 45mm pink gold beast is filled with seven issues: a minute repeater, a tourbillon, a perpetual calendar (date, day of week, month, intercalary year) and an influence reserve indicator. The minute repeater is a rara avis of its style and encompasses a centripetal system enabling efficient sound diffusion and a mighty 55-hour energy reserve. The motion continues on to the case flanks which can be engraved with an eagle. The craftsman behind this spectacular engraving has used intaglio fantastic line approach and delicate pounced decoration engraving, which consists in eradicating materials to create reliefs and produce gentle to the paintings.
Fast information: 45mm diameter x 13.54mm top – 18ok pink gold – case flanks hand-engraved with Eagle – VC calibre 2755 – manual-winding – 602 elements – 2.5Hz – 48h energy reserve –hours, minutes, small seconds on tourbillon carriage at 6 o’clock – minute repeater – perpetual calendar – energy reserve indicator – blue guilloché dial – distinctive piece – worth upon request solely
Les Cabinotiers 14-Day Tourbillon Lion
On this distinctive mannequin, the King of the Jungle serenely surveys his environment, which embrace a tourbillon topped with VC’s hallmark Maltese Cross image. On a par with the mighty feline’s power, the motion roars for a full 14 days. The majestic lion is delivered to life with a mix of strategies. The gold plate of the dial is roofed with a darkish brown layer and positioned within the kiln. After this the artisans at CV work with ‘Blanc de Limoges’, a uncommon kind of white Grand Feu enamelling that creates delicate shades of gray, brown and white. The edges of the 42mm pink gold case and the bezel have additionally been engraved with a decorative sample.
Fast information: 42mm diameter x 12.97mm top – 18ok pink gold – hand-engraved case flanks and bezel – mixture of Grand Feu and grisaille enamelling to render Lion – VC calibre 2260 – manual-winding – 2.5Hz – 336h (14-day) energy reserve – hours, minutes, tourbillon, small seconds on tourbillon carriage – energy reserve indication – distinctive piece- worth upon request solely
Les Cabinotiers Mysterious Animals Tiger
The penetrating gaze of a tiger as its head friends out from a jungle of bamboo has been rendered with fantastic realism. Due to the ingenious structure of the features on the dial – hours and minutes within the high two apertures and day of the week and date within the backside ones – the dial is a clean canvas for VC’s Inventive Crafts. Effective line engraving, that requires years to grasp, and intaglio-type sculpting carry this white gold tiger to life surrounded by the yellow gold bamboo bushes.
Fast information: 40mm diameter x 12.4mm top – 950 platinum polished – VC calibre 2460G – automated – 4Hz – 40h energy reserve – hours, minutes, day of week and date in apertures – dial hand-engraved with yellow gold bamboos and white gold Tiger – distinctive piece – worth upon request solely
Les Cabinotiers Grisaille Falcon
Virtually like a black and white in its realism, the imperial falcon gracing the dial of this distinctive piece is executed utilizing the uncommon ‘Blanc de Limoges’ enamel approach. Counting on porcelain powder as an alternative of vitreous enamel, the powder is utilized layer after layer and, identical to Grand Feu enamel, fired at very excessive temperatures in a kiln. Nonetheless, not like enamel, the powder doesn’t flatten and wealthy 3D results are obtained. Housed in a 40mm white gold case, the automated motion encompasses a stop-second machine.
Fast information: 40mm diameter x 9.2mm top – 18ok white gold – gold dial with Grand Feu translucent and grisaille enamelling representing a Falcon – VC calibre 2460 SC – automated – 4Hz – 40h energy reserve – distinctive piece- worth upon request solely
All of the Mécaniques Sauvages items show the Hallmark of Geneva. Extra particulars on www.vacheron-constantin.com.