Introducing Metiers d'Art Elegance Sartoriale

Vacheron Constantin presents  surprising new models within the metiers d'Art collection.

These 5 watches (non limited but only available in Vacheron Constantin boutiques) pays tribute to sartorialism, the art of tailoring and the modern dandy.

Through a subtle association of crafts, Vacheron Constantin reproduces on the dials an authentic colour chart of fabrics stemming from the masculine wardrobe. A hand-guilloché decor picking up classic woven motifs occupies a moon crescent-shaped space. It is coated with translucent Grand Feu enamel in various colours. The hours and minutes are displayed on a subdial rimmed with mother-of-pearl, a nod to high end shirt buttons.

 

The 40mm diameter and 8.2mm thick cases house Cal 1400

 

Prince of Wales check pattern: Hand-guilloché “Prince of Wales check” pattern under raspberry red-coloured translucent Grand Feu enamel. Champagne-coloured tapestry gold dial at 3 o’clock, hour circle in mother-of-pearl, black painted Roman numerals

Introducing Metiers d'Art Elegance Sartorial

Introducing Metiers d'Art Elegance Sartorial

 

Tartan pattern: Hand-guilloché “tartan” pattern under royal blue translucent Grand Feu enamel. Champagne-coloured tapestry gold dial at 3 o’clock, hour circle in mother-of-pearl, black painted Roman numerals

Introducing Metiers d'Art Elegance Sartorial Introducing Metiers d'Art Elegance Sartorial

 

Herringbone pattern: Hand-guilloché “herringbone” pattern under lavender-coloured translucent Grand Feu enamel. Champagne-coloured tapestry gold dial at 3 o’clock, hour circle in mother-of-pearl, black painted Roman numerals

 

Introducing Metiers d'Art Elegance Sartorial 

Introducing Metiers d'Art Elegance Sartorial

 

Windowpane pattern: Hand-guilloché “windowpane” pattern under warm grey translucent Grand Feu enamel. Champagne-coloured tapestry gold dial at 3 o’clock, hour circle in mother-of-pearl, black painted Roman numerals

Introducing Metiers d'Art Elegance Sartorial

 

Pin stripes pattern: Hand-guilloché “pin stripes” pattern under linen-coloured translucent Grand Feu enamel. Champagne-coloured tapestry gold dial at 3 o’clock, hour circle in mother-of-pearl, black painted Roman numerals

Introducing Metiers d'Art Elegance Sartorial

 

Introducing Metiers d'Art Elegance Sartorial

 

Introducing Metiers d'Art Elegance Sartorial

Introducing Metiers d'Art Elegance Sartorial

Introducing Metiers d'Art Elegance Sartorial

Whoosh!
03/31/2016 - 21:30

Took my breath away!

 

very suit-able....
03/31/2016 - 23:04

I really like these! Especially the red one.

I've always liked solid enamel over guilloche (like faberge boxes).... And these watches are looking fantastic.

G

As a craft, this is very impressive. But I cannot help wonder if this does not
04/01/2016 - 08:59

look a bit Jacquet Droz-ish in my opinion.

Also, does VC need to introduce so much so soon? Last year they broke new groud with their in-house chronos and the Harmony. Then it was the jaw-dropping Cornes De Vache 1955 and the 57260. This year the awesome new OS.  Then they have the new QDL in steel which is supercool and badass.  Given all this, does VC really need the Sartoriale collection? Not that it is not nice, but is it really adding value to VC? Maybe they need to unleash their creative edge as far as Patrimony and Traditionelle lines are concerned.

With this Sartoriale collecton, I cannot help wonder if VC is trying to do too much too soon and risk falling on its own self. Times are tough and they are letting go of many people (as is Piaget and maybe others at Richemont.)

Maybe it is time for VC to slow down a bit. 

Lead: Not follow
04/01/2016 - 12:21

KK,

What you say seems true on the face of it, but look how long it took to introduce all of these new designs and movements after what seemed like years with little new. Maybe, Vacheron Constantin is taking the lead again and let the other watch companies play catch-up.

Bill, I agree with you. My only concern is that VC should not become so
04/03/2016 - 15:37

overconfident that it risks becoming complacent.

On the other hand, I have sort of digested this collection a bit. It is very impressive craft, and I am sure that even at this price, it will find customers. But it is not my kind of watch. There are many watches acorss many brands that I appreciate from a distance, but would not necessarily want to own.

These watches are definitely controversial as
04/01/2016 - 16:48

they totally take us away from watchmaking or fine arts (as with the majority of the Metiers d'Art watches) but having a keen interest in tailoring and sartorial elegance I'm quite a fan and could see myself wearing these!

thanks for your honest opinion KK

Alex, as I have mentioned to Bill, I have digested this collection a bit
04/03/2016 - 15:42

and like some of the pieces.

Just a quick question: VC does not offer a tranparent caseback on the Patrimony manual wind using calibre 1400 because the movement is too small in relation to the case. But here, they have exposed it. I am guessing this is because the dial is off-centered, right?

Also, why did they not choose the calibre 1003 here? Maybe the calibre 1003 is gold and with transparet caseback would have made this a much more of a "horological"piece as well; as on dial side you have the fabric aesthetic done by watchmaking crafts of enamel etc. and caseback side you have one of the greatest and thinest movements of all time. Just my 2 cents. Even if the calibre 1003 would make this more expensive, the clientele for this kind of watch is able to pay for it.

I think the use of Cal 1400 is twofold
04/04/2016 - 10:18

First, it is an aesthetic decision, the case needed to be a bit thicker design wise and it wouldn't make sense putting an extra thin caliber in a thicker case, secondly the Cal 1003 is more expensive to make and it would have made these watches more expensive

Thanks for your explanation. However...please do read. :-)...
04/11/2016 - 08:55

a) Keep the movement closer to the dial side, and put some kind of magnifying saphire caseback so the owner can get a good look, as the calibre would be way inside.

Both movements have similar diameters.

b) At this price point which i salready high, adding another few thousand for thid calibre would perhaps not dampen its demand.

Just my 2 cents. 

 

I did not know these watches are considered controversial
04/03/2016 - 15:53

They utilize at least 2 of the MDA Crafts (3, if the champagne-coloured tapestry dials are engraved).

I would say they are more subdued for an MDA timepiece, but that is exactly what a sartorially savvy customer would want.  It makes these watches more readily wearable IMO, as opposed to being displayed as pieces of art.  

I can picture Alex, Christian and Vincent sitting together and discussing/developing these watch designs! yessmiley

I'd wear them if I could afford them!

Very cool looking - and elegant
04/01/2016 - 16:38

Interesting, because I think these dials may have been "under construction" in the Metiers workshop at the Manufacture when we got our tour.  I don't know if Kunal or Roberto noticed among all the talk of the proper definition of a watch head, but at the Enameling workbench, there was an array of blue enamel dials with a large cutout.  I assumed the cutout was at 6 o'clock at the time, perhaps for a subdial or complication, but it could have been 3 o'clock.  At the time, our lovely tour guide, Veronique, said something like "I don't think you are supposed to see those!" and hurried us along.  In my minds eye, they looked very similar to these!

Sorry, was Vishal, not Kunal that was with our group... (nt)
04/01/2016 - 19:25
You are correct in your recollection ction of the tour. ;-) (nt)
04/03/2016 - 15:36
Calibre 1400
04/01/2016 - 20:12

is 20,65mm, the case the double. This is incomprehensible to me. Sorry for being frank.

Regards,

 

roberto

Re: Introducing Metiers d'Art Elegance Sartoriale
04/04/2016 - 05:34

Thanks Alex.

These elaborately crafted pieces have many of my favorite elements

(Grand Feu enamel, mother-of-pearl, and Cal.1400smiley).

io