First, Vacheron Constantin led the pack with pre-SIHH announcements and now it seems they’re again leading on with SIHH 2017 announcements proper. While there have been a few leaks already — such as the certain blue dialed bronze watch — this is then the first formal SIHH announcement to come in the closing days of 2016.
Continuing on their Métiers d’Art narrative, the maison has just announced the Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières collection: a trio of timepieces, each of which bear depictions of night-time, aerial views of three major cities from around the world, realised in exquisite Grand Feu champlevé & translucent enamel.
The cities of choice, says Vacheron Constantin, are those that have profoundly affected the universe of art in recent human history. It is, therefore, not surprising that these three cities are: Geneva, Paris and, lastly, New York.
Geneva, because of the pertinent role it’s played in incubating and nurturing all things horology. Specifically, in the case of Vacheron Constantin, their very first band of cabinotiers had set up workshop in the heart of town in the St-Gervais district of Geneva. Hence the city holds great significance in the history of the 261 year old maison.
Next, Paris, because it is difficult to discuss art without bringing up the name of the “City of Lights”, or in French, la Ville des Lumières — co-incidentally from which the watch collection’s name seems to have been coined. Lastly, New York, because very few aspects of modern day human culture stand untouched by the city that never sleeps.