Robb Recommends: The Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Harrods

The Swiss manufacture has teamed up with the world’s most famous department store

Some call it “racing green”, but the colour of the strap on the beautiful timepiece you see before you is also emblematic of a certain Knightsbridge department store – one which has become synonymous with London luxury. Which is why this new collaboration between Vacheron Constantin and Harrods – two 20-piece limited editions which marry Haute Horlogerie and Harrods’ proud devotion to artistry and artisanal endeavour – has such an evocative British sensibility.

The Traditionnelle Moon Phase edition (£37,600, pictured above) comes in a 36mm-diameter pink gold case, within which beats an in-house mechanical manual-winding movement whose 40-hour power reserve is indicated by a slim hand on the dial at 11 o’clock, and which is clearly visible through the sapphire crystal caseback. The moon phase function – placed between 8 and 9 o’clock, and decorated with 18K gold stars and moons – needs tweaking once ever (wait for it) every 122 years. The silver-coloured hand-guilloché dial has a Maltese Cross-shaped motif while the a bezel, lugs and crown are set with 82 round-cut diamonds totalling 1.15 carats.

The Traditionnelle Self-Winding iteration (£25,600, below) is also crafted in pink gold, but has small seconds at 9 o’clock and a date display at 3 o’clock. The 38mm diameter case has a self-winding movement with a 40-hour power reserve whose 22K gold oscillating weight is cut-out in the shape of the Maltese Cross which, as with the Traditionnelle Moon Phase edition, also appears on the dial.