Introducing the Kalla Haute Couture A Pampilles

press reseale and press photos hereunder but having seen the watch in the flesh all I can say is that is is a vibrant tribute to the fairer sex and a bewilderingly elegant work of art

Kalla Haute Couture à Pampilles: The embodiment of passion

In the world of time and precision, the craftsman’s hand plays an essential role. Through gestures inherited from past centuries, it sets out to conquer matter, lingering over the smallest details, while finding the path to perfection armed with patience and concentration. Within the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin, the experienced exponents of the Métiers d’Art (artistic crafts) orchestrate their skills to sublimate watch mechanisms and transform them into works of art.
 
Among these numerous manual talents, jewellery and gemsetting accompany watchmakers in fulfilling their wildest decorative dreams. Like the alchemists of old, gemsetter-jewellers give life to the raw material by turning it into an eternally sparkling treasure. Precious stone by stone, these artisans of light shape a vision of time that is not counted off, but instead lived to the full.
 
An authentic work of art in its own right, the new Haute Joaillerie Haute Couture à Pampilles brilliantly illustrates the magical, indissoluble ties that the Manufacture continues to weave with both Art and Craftsmanship

 Contemporary and yet timeless, the epitome of jewellery craftsmanship and horological skills, the new Kalla Haute Couture à Pampilles pays dazzling homage to the Métiers d’Art of the Manufacture. Its name proclaims its heritage of the finesse, sophistication and originality characterising the finest Haute Couture creations. Its supple, airy aesthetic provides a fresh illustration of the constantly renewed creativity of the in-house designers.
 
Like a delicately luminous embroidery on which time has no hold, the Kalla Haute Couture à Pampilles, adorned with approximately 28.70 carats of gems, revives the tradition of “secret” watches that enabled 19th century watches to check the time in an exquisitely discreet manner. The precious stones concealing the hours and minutes beneath a paved cover are enhanced by the graceful motion of four mobile strands. Far more than just a watch, this splendid bracelet unfolds its ethereally dainty white gold silhouette entirely set with diamonds.
 
Combining brilliant, flame and princess cuts, this piece literally comes to life on the wrist. Introduced into the watchmaking world by Vacheron Constantin in 2009, the flame cut shines in dazzling radiance as its 77 facets infinitely reflect and refract the light. The unique radiance is further enhanced by a tapering asymmetrical profile that opens up unexplored creative paths in which feelings supersede rigorous rules. The originality of the flame cut, the only one to feature both a right and left cut, required the development of a dedicated gemsetting technique.
 
In order to accentuate this sensation of vibrant life, the Vacheron Constantin designers and jewellers have created an escort for the flame-cut diamonds composed of princess- and brilliant-cut stones, thereby playing with varying shapes and carats to impart a magnificent overall visual rhythm. The entirely hand-crafted mesh construction keeps material to an absolute minimum in order to let the diamonds do the talking. Like delicate lacework, they settle gently on the wrist to clasp it in a splendid embrace. Once revealed, the dial entirely paved with a glittering bed of brilliant-cut diamonds serves as a vivid reminder that time is infinitely and eternally precious.
 
The two ribbons of the bracelet play on a contrast in styles by confronting princess and flame cuts: one in a rigorously geometrical Art Deco spirit, and the other in a more fluid, organic Art Nouveau style. This jewellery inspired means of securing the watch to the wrist sets the perfect aesthetic finishing touch to a model beating to the rhythm of a prestigious mechanical heart: the famous hand-wound Calibre 1005 with the crown on the back of the movement, designed after the historical Vacheron Constantin baguette movement.


Introducing the Kalla Haute Couture A Pampilles

Introducing the Kalla Haute Couture A Pampilles


 Introducing the Kalla Haute Couture A Pampilles Introducing the Kalla Haute Couture A Pampilles

Vacheron Contantin Kalla Pampilles

Vacheron Contantin Kalla Pampilles

Vacheron Contantin Kalla Pampilles

Vacheron Kalla
Technical Data Reference                                    17626/S13G-9479
                                                                    Kalla Haute Couture à pampilles
 
Movement                                   1005
 
Energy                                         Mechanical, manual-winding
                                                  
Movement thickness                     3.6 mm
 
Movement diameter                      6.2 x 17.9 mm (2’’’ ¾ x 7’’’ ¾)
 
Jewels                                         17   
 
Number of components                 89
 
Frequency                                    2.75 Hz (19,800 vibrations/hour)
 
Indications                                   Hours and minutes
 
Power reserve                             Approximately 35 hours
 
Case                                            18K white gold
                                                   40 x 56 mm
                                                   Paved with 58 flame-cut diamonds, total weight of approx. 16.20 carats and 54 brilliant-cut diamonds, total weight of approx. 0.18 carat
                                                  
Dial                                             18K white gold set with 130 brilliant-cut diamonds, total weight of approx. 0.32 carat
                                                  
Bracelet                                       18K white gold set with 29 flame-cut diamonds, total weight of approx. 4.00 carats and 39 princess-cut diamonds, total weight of approx. 8.20 carats
 
Clasp                                           Jewellery clasp in 18K white gold  

Re: Introducing the Kalla Haute Couture A Pampilles
10/26/2011 - 03:09
Thanks Alex.  It was amazing to see this being worked on when I visited the factory a few of weeks ago... Truly a work of art!!! :)
Amazing piece of work !
10/26/2011 - 16:24
Thanks Alex for the presentation smiley
I wonder what it would look like on your wrist, Alex ;)
10/27/2011 - 15:08
Maybe another "Bling special" post coming up? wink
you just gave me a great idea ;-)
10/27/2011 - 15:35
e
VC is in the same league as Van Cleef and cartier with this one!
10/27/2011 - 15:50
nt
Beautiful V-C watches.
10/27/2011 - 21:43

Timeless elegance, for one true lady. Beautiful :)