Robb Recommends: Vacheron Constantin Égérie

Haute horlogerie meets haute couture with the Swiss house’s new women’s collection.

In Roman mythology, Egeria was a water nymph, as well as a consort and muse to Rome’s legendary King Numa: a fitting inspiration for the new Égérie collection from one of the oldest Swiss makers around which, the house says, occupies the spot where haute horlogerie and haute couture intersect.

Each model features an off-centre dial, on which a delicate interplay of textures and intertwined shapes plays out, with flat areas juxtaposed with gently raised areas, making to stunning aesthetic effect.

The self-winding and moon phase versions (35 mm and 37 mm diameter respectively) each have a bezel set with 58 round-cut diamonds, and feature a pleated effect reminiscent of beautifully worked fabric.

The 37 mm diameter Égérie moon phase diamond-pavé version comes in a 18K white gold case set with 292 round-cut diamonds  and has a transparent sapphire crystal caseback, while the case is also in 18K white gold set with 510 round-cut diamonds and a mother of pearl moon behind a translucent sapphire crystal cloud.

An interchangeable strap system offers versatility and variety, with alligator leather straps in semi-mat raspberry pink, night blue and candied chestnut with satin effect, all with 18K 5N pink gold ardillon buckles, on the menu. A stainless steel bracelet with triple-blade folding clasp with push-pieces is also an option.

The beating heart within all models is the 1088 calibre in-house self-winding movement with a 40-hour power reserve.

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