A new exhibition at the Vacheron Constantin boutique at Marina Bay Sands shines a light on the watchmaker’s dedication to supporting humankind’s never-ending curiosity for what lies beyond.
From the “hermetic” steel wristwatches of 1895 to the quintessential modern luxury sports watch – the Jörg Hysek-designed 222, Vacheron Constantin has a long legacy of engineering precise timekeeping for high-risk exploration.
It is this spirit of open-ended exploration that is beautifully captured and presented through the eye of the American photographer and premiere alpinist Cory Richards – in a series of ten photographs spanning twenty years of his expeditions around the globe.
At times stunning and raw, the exhibit’s awe-inspiring mountain shots in Switzerland, Pakistan and Antarctica take us inside an alpinist’s journey, while portraits from Nepal, India, Abu Dhabi, Peru and the United States bring a powerful message of shared humanity to the surface.
From 6 to 13 May, Vacheron Constantin will be hosting Cory Richards’ “Exploring the Space Between” exhibition at the Marina Bay Sands boutique, along with selected Overseas timepieces – fittingly so, as the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time prototype watch was the timepiece selected by Richards himself on an Everest expedition in 2019.
On display will also be the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon Squelette – first tourbillon skeleton watch redesigned in an entirely openworked spirit, resulting in a whopping 20 percent reduction in the movement’s weight.
Another key timepiece is the 37mm-diameter yellow gold 222 Jumbo, a re-edition of the iconic Historiques 222 from the 1970s. With its monobloc flat-based tonneau-shaped case topped by a fluted bezel, this timepiece embodies a robust, functional and sporty spirit with elegance in the purity of its lines and curves.
A third novelty is the Overseas perpetual calendar ultra-thin skeleton, an entirely skeletonised ultra-thin Manufacture movement, Calibre 1120 QPSQ/1 with perpetual calendar, measuring just 8.1 mm thick. Acknowledged for its technical brilliance and innovative character, the model won the Calendar and Astronomy Watch prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in 2020.
Images courtesy of Vacheron Constantin, artwork by Curatedition. All rights reserved.