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.