Vacheron Constantin: The New Romantic

by Pearlyn Quan

Vacheron Constantin adds new sparkle to its richly decorative Heures Créatives Heure Romantique collection for women.

Watchmaker to the kings Vacheron Constantin has been translating its horological expertise into opulent creations fit for a queen – its growing female audience. Plumbing its rich heritage of women’s watches, the Swiss brand deftly combines its mastery of technical details with exquisite gem-setting.

Earlier this year, it launched an inspired take on its women’s collection Égérie with a flourish of fan-textured details; and followed that up with a particularly decadent women’s update to its classic Traditionnelle collection in rose and white gold.

And diamonds – always the diamonds. The Égérie, Patrimony and Malte collections have all featured stunning iced-out models in its line-up, and it makes no exception this time with its latest women’s offering.

The Vacheron Constantin Heures Créatives Heure Romantique is the final instalment of a collection initially unveiled in 2015, which takes inspiration from a classic 1916 timepiece.

Featuring a chic black mother-of-pearl dial adorned with 104 diamonds and finessed with an outline of finely engraved beads, this exceptionally elegant watch is absolutely steeped in femininity.

Its iconic white-gold floral arabesque design and Art Nouveau flourishes hark back to La Belle Epoque, an era during the late 19th century which experienced an emergence of a new bold female presence in the public and social sphere. Think of the sparkling energy of Renoir, Rousseau and Toulouse-Lautrec – it was a period characterised by a dynamic optimism and cultural innovation, and women were increasingly present at the centre of that change.

Vacheron Constantin seeks to express this aesthetic empowerment and confidence with this new Heure Romantique model, which is particularly in its element at gala events, clasped to the wrist with a black satin strap – eschewing ostentation for quiet brilliance. A second black alligator leather strap also accompanies this model.

The exquisitely-set white gold case houses a slender manual-winding Calibre 1055, with its 115 components and 21 jewel beats at a rate of 21,600 v.p.h. and a 40-hour power reserve. With a tiny diameter of 15.70mm, the mechanism fits seamlessly into the dainty Heure Romantique case, and looks harmoniously in proportion on a delicate wrist.

A beautiful balance of Vacheron Constantin’s legendary expertise in watchmaking and artistic jewellery setting, the new Heures Créatives Heure Romantique is a standout piece in a collection which celebrates femininity and grace. Available exclusively in Vacheron Constantin boutiques only.

Images courtesy of Vacheron Constantin, artwork by Curatedition. All rights reserved.

Related Links:

Vacheron Constantin Égérie: A Muse for Women

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Collection 2020: Motion of Time

Vacheron Constantin: Traditionelle Extraordinaire

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