Few days back, I read in newspaper abt Kalista watch made by VC. I started downloading information abt it. But alas!!!!!!!! I got only 1 photograph n 1/2 page information abt it. Does anybody here has more information abt it????????? If so, u know what to do.
... all I know is that:
Kallista: "marvelous" in greek
Sold for 5M US$ in 1979 (more than 11M US$ nowadays).
The watch was carved in a gold ingot, the Kallista is crimped of 118 diamonds IF (emerald cut) for more than 130 carats.
With the search function, you have a little more infomation here on its history
I didn't know the diamonds were all IF.
Do you know how hard it is to find IF diamonds in an emerald cut, especially the smaller sizes???
Answer: Very, very, very, very x 10 raised to the 6th
In fact, I am pretty sure that I read somewhere that the diamonds are IF ... all articles I found are so vague, they just specify that diamonds are perfectly homogeneous in color and quality...
In the same time, VC is the master of art isn't it?
I agree, Fred,
The design of the Kallista and the Kala's are extraordinary, even if your not too crazy about such outrageous "bling-bling"
But have a look at the catalogue (on-line) for the upcoming Antiquorum auction. There is a PP diamond bracelet with a watch in it. Its quite impressive but on a completely different (and lower) level than any of the VC's!
KALLISTA which means "THE MOST BEAUTIFUL" in Greek was produced as a single watch in 1979. It was designed by Raymond Moretti.It was considered the most expensive watch ever made (in 1979), consisting of 118 emeral-cut diamonds weighing 130 carats (a bit heavy on wrist, I think).
The case, dial and bracelet were of yellow gold. It had a very thin movement, possibly the 1003 but I'm not sure.. The dial had dauphine hands. Beleive it or not it is a man's watch!
Here's a scan:
In 1993 Vacheron made another diamond-encrusted watch called the Kalla Pagoda with 108 emerald cut diamonds on white gold with a weight of 65 carats and in 1998 there was another version called the Lady Kalla (Ref: 17701) with the same number of diamonds but a slightly different design. These were both women's watches