The affiliation between haute couture and haute horlogerie is being celebrated at an exhibition (running until 9th October) which has delved into the private collection of a manufacture which has boasted expertise in the field of ladies’ watches since the early 19th century.
Women’s engagement with watchmaking goes back to a very early stage of its history (they wore timepieces on their wrists long before wristwatches became widespread in the first half of the 20th century). Vacheron Constantin has left its horological mark on women’s timepieces ever since, from the first ladies’ pocket watches made at the turn of the 18th century to more contemporary creations.
Comprising more than 1,300 pieces, the Vacheron Constantin Heritage collection testifies to this formidable creative impetus in the field of ladies’ watches. Included are a historical reference dating back to 1815 – a yellow gold pocket watch featuring a caseband finely engraved with a floral motif enhanced with garnets – as well as a diamond-set and enamelled yellow gold pendant brooch watch from 1899, a platinum diamond-set “surprise” watch with shutters from 1929 and a yellow gold wristwatch with gold “ladder” style and twisted chain integrated bracelet from 1959.
See below for a few selected highlights from the exhibition.