Vacheron Constantin in 2014 opened a new boutique in Moscow. As is the brand’s tradition when opening a new flagship store, new limited edition watches are being introduced to coincide with it. (For example, Vacheron inaugurated its Paris boutique with a series of very nice pink gold and guilloche-dial watches and with the very stylish 1972 Prestige. For its new Russian store, Vacheron introduced black-dial versions of 4 of its most iconic models.
The boutique, which opened on June 20, 2014, is located in the Russian capital city and offers 352 square meters in which to discover and enjoy the entire Vacheron Constantin watch collection in a very pleasant setting; the space is beautifully appointed in every detail, as is every VC boutique; we at Monochrome Watches can attest to these boutiques’ atmospheres, having been recently inside the Parisian boutique to get some hands-on time with a stunning vintage chronograph.
Vacheron Constantin now presents four limited editions of existing watches, presented in white metals with a black dial – a color combination quite unusual for Vacheron Constantin dress watches, which we are used to seeing in rose gold or yellow gold with bright dials.
The first model we’ll look at is a mighty Traditionnelle Calibre 2253. This Grande Complication watch is equipped with no less than a tourbillon, a 14-day power reserve, a perpetual calendar, an equation of time as well as sunrise and sunset times for the city of Moscow. It comes in a 44-mm platinum case with an onyx black dial. The movement is adorned with the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva (Poinçon de Genève), which is an independent and sovereign guarantee of workmanship. The Calibre 2253 represents the highest level of precision, complexity and finishing for Vacheron Constantin (and, it could be said, for of all the watch industry). Only one very lucky owner will be able to enjoy this beauty: it is a unique edition.
The second watch Vacheron presented is a 30-piece limited edition of the very elegant Patrimony Perpetual Calendar. This watch comes in an 18k white-gold 41-mm case with a black, opaline, domed dial. It features the automatic Calibre 1120QP, a movement known to be very well finished (it also bears the Hallmark of Geneva) but also very thin, as it measures only 4 mm thick. The watch itself is only 8.90 mm thick.
The opening of the Moscow Boutique also brought us the very nice and modern Patrimony Retrograde Day and Date in a 20-piece limited edition; this one comes with an 18k white-gold case and a black opaline dial. The Patrimony Retrograde has something special in its layout, with two retrograde indications – one in the center for the date and one at 6 o’clock for the day. This watch represents the contemporary and less conservative side of Vacheron Constantin.
The final edition brought forth is a 30-piece edition of the Traditionnelle that comes here with a very nice hand-guilloché slate-grey dial in a 41-mm 18k white-gold case. The very fine geometric pattern of the dial is inspired by the façade of Moscow’s main attraction, the Kremlin, headquarters of the Russian Government). The Traditionnelle features the extra-thin (2.45 mm thick) self-winding Caliber 1120 (for connoisseurs: that’s the non-date version of Caliber 2121, which is used in the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.)
Last but not least, all of the watches are delivered with a pair of cufflinks in 18k white gold matching the dial of the timepiece. These limited editions and the opening of the new Russian Vacheron Constantin boutique could be a good excuse to make a nice summer trip to Moscow, don’t you think?