The legacy of the famous Vacheron Constantin house can be traced back to the 1820’s, when one of the first pocket watches designed especially for women was available in Switzerland. This remarkable story of the baguette-shaped wrist watches can be seen in the Kalla Haute Couture à Pampilles watch set today. It is made up of approximately 28.70 carats of gems. The unique feature is its ‘secret’ and extraordinary way of viewing the face of the dial. It vividly reflects the 19th century tradition of discreetness and elegance. The precious stones conceal and cover the top in a fluid manner. When unfolded, they rhythmically reveal the white gold silhouette set with diamonds all along.
This hand-wound Calibre 1005 is an incredible timepiece so distinct, its dazzling flame and princess cuts is unmistakeable. The flame cuts shine with the radiance of 77 facets. This craftsmanship is highly practised and is a dedicated art that is followed by the highest quality gem setters. This of course has now become a signature design of the famous Vacheron Constantin creations.
Technical Data -Reference - 17626/S13G-9479 Kalla Haute Couture à pampilles
Movement - 1005
Energy - Mechanical, manual-winding
Movement thickness - 3.6 mm
Movement diameter - 6.2 x 17.9 mm (2’’’ ¾ x 7’’’ ¾)
Jewels - 17
Number of components - 89
Frequency - 2.75 Hz (19,800 vibrations/hour)
Indications - Hours and minutes
Power reserve - Approximately 35 hours
Case - 18K white gold
40 x 56 mm
Paved with 58 flame-cut diamonds, total weight of approx. 16.20 carats and 54 brilliant-cut diamonds, total weight of approx. 0.18 carat
Dial - 18K white gold set with 130 brilliant-cut diamonds, total weight of approx. 0.32 carat
Bracelet - 18K white gold set with 29 flame-cut diamonds, total weight of approx. 4.00 carats and 39 princess-cut diamonds, total weight of approx. 8.20 carats
Clasp - Jewellery clasp in 18K white gold
Finally, the world’s oldest watch manufacturer, Vacheron Constantin, opened doors to its first US boutique on Madison Avenue with grandeur and splendor. The three-day event hosted a series of black tie dinners featuring the creations of world-class chefs Chef Eric Ripert, Chef Thomas Keller and Chef Sergi Arola. Three exclusive pieces were launched at the opening – 64 limited pieces of the Overseas Chronograph Perpetual Calendar Boutique New York which is a 42mm stainless steel case with sapphire crystal, 20 limited pieces of the Historiques American 1921 Boutique New York which is a 40mm 18kt yellow gold case with sapphire crystal, and the exclusive Patrimony Traditionnelle calibre 2755 Boutique New York featuring 44mm 18kt rose gold case with AR-coated sapphire crystal. Each night guests were taken on a tour around the display of the treasures and then taxied by Rolls-Royce cars to a private mansion to experience the delectable treats.
This new ladies wrist watch, Overseas Small Model Date Self-Winding by Vacheron Constantin is specially targeted at women who appreciate class and elegance. Housed in 36mm casing this timepiece is designed in 18K pink gold, and has mechanical self-winding movement. The round bezel is decorated with brilliant-cut 88 diamonds weighing approximately .36 carats.
Other features such as satin-brushed silver toned dial, 8 black round hour and 4 minute markers, pink gold applied Arabic numerals makes it one of a kind, yet ideal for daily wear. The strap is available in bracelet form of 18K pink gold as well as taupe colored hand-sewn alligator leather. For the women who prefer the watch with leather strap, a bonus of grey vulcanized rubber strap is included. The Overseas Small Model Date Self-Winding timepiece is a perfect combination of function, beauty and elegance for the classy lady.