Something for our better halves. The 2007 ladies' offerings

Even though the vast majority of the Loungers are men I'm more than pleased to know that we have quite a few women part of the community. Our discussions mainly (solely?) revolving around men's timepieces we tend to forget that Vacheron Cosntantin also makes some beautiful watches for the fairer sex.

Here's an overview of the 2007 ladies' timepiece collection:

Egerie

  

Something for our better halves. The 2007 ladies' offerings

Something for our better halves. The 2007 ladies' offerings

Something for our better halves. The 2007 ladies' offerings

1972 Cambrée

Something for our better halves. The 2007 ladies' offerings

Something for our better halves. The 2007 ladies' offerings

Something for our better halves. The 2007 ladies' offerings

Something for our better halves. The 2007 ladies' offerings

Kalla Lune

Something for our better halves. The 2007 ladies' offerings

Something for our better halves. The 2007 ladies' offerings

Probably better for my wallet that my wife in not a Lounger.......
01/11/2008 - 22:48

These are truly gorgeous watches (although one or two might be over the top with "icing").  If my spouse lovingly asked for one of these, how could I say "No"?    Lucky for me, I guess, haute horology is not in her genes. 

Nicholas

Luckily my wife is ...
01/12/2008 - 00:32

jaded against watches that have quartz movements (although I'm not sure what movement is in the Kalla Lune...).  My wife will only consider watches with manual wind movements or automatics, so I think next on her list is a JLC Reverso.

Best regards,

Dino

Ditto Dino
01/12/2008 - 00:44

My wife feels the same way about quartz watches.  She wants an automatic, with some complications, but not covered in diamonds.

So far, I've only found the Blancpain Woman's Leman Moonphase & Complete Calendar.  She really wishes VC makes an automatic watch with some complications.

BR, Dan

Re: Ditto Dino
01/12/2008 - 21:15

Hi Dan,

Yea, I guess my wife has heard too much from me about the merits of manual wind watches or automatics...so now I can't get her to go near a quartz watch (even though I have one quartz watch, a SS Rolex Oysterquartz).  That might have been a mistake on my part, as I have friends who can get away with giving their wives moderately priced quartz watches

Yes, it seem Blancpain is one of the few companies to offer a ladies automatic with a some functions beyond just telling time.  My wife has her eye on the manual wind JLC Reverso Duetto.   I guess our wives can always hope VC will come out with some more reasonably priced non-diamond encrusted watches in the future.

Best regards,

Dino

kalla Lune has manual wind inhouse cal 1410 so I'm sure your
01/12/2008 - 10:29

wife will like it!!

Thanks Alex, nowI'll have to hire a hypnotist...now repeat after me...
01/12/2008 - 21:07

you don't like diamonds...you don't like diamonds

Actually I think my wife would like the way they did the moonphase on that watch, but I think the rest of it would be too much bling for her.  Not to mention, I'm sure upon hearing the price she would opt for a rose gold manual wind Reverso, a new MB, and maybe put the rest toward a small summer cottage. 

Best regards,

Dino

I have a question...
01/12/2008 - 07:30

...Why did'nt VC introduce a women's watch/s as part of its 250th anniversary celebrations?

I'm only guessing but if you're not Cartier or Van Cleef you're not
01/12/2008 - 13:48

going to get much press on your ladies' watches unless you put as many jewels on it as possible and VC's 250th anniversary watches were more technical and the interest for women's tachnical pieces, no matter what, is quite limited.

Re: I'm only guessing but if you're not Cartier or Van Cleef you're not
01/12/2008 - 18:29

 I agree with you; however, VC is famous for its aesthetics as well, and aesthetics is beauty. And one of their most famous and expensive watches is the Kalla which was made (only one piece I believe) and cost in the region of 5 million USD - this being a ladies watch. I think this was in the late 1970's.

Perhaps we can have a feature on this piece...

the original Kalla was in fact a man's watch and estimated today at
01/12/2008 - 18:50

over $11 million!! The price of this watch is only based on the amazing flawless diamonds used.

I did'nt know that...could we have some pictures and info on...
01/14/2008 - 07:53

....this piece?

Erratum, it was called Kallista and not Kalla, made in 1979 after
01/14/2008 - 09:27

almost 2 years of work it consists of 118 emerald cut diamonds for over 60 carats.

The "unofficial" story is that a jeweler had actually bought through time exceptional emerald cut diamonds in view of making something exceptional but since business was bad VC offered the jeweler to borrow the diamonds and set them in a wrist watch with the obligation of not re cutting the diamonds.

Once the watch finished it was to be shown to a king in the Gulf region but the 2nd oil crisis breaks out and the project falls appart. The loan period drawing to an end with no clients in sight (the watch at the time, 1979, was estimated at over $5 million!!) the team at VC with a heavy heart was ready to take the diamonds appart and return them when the proverbial knight shows up at the last minute and saves the show. Contractually VC is not allowed to disclose the name of the owner but rumor has it that the watch never left Geneva and is in fact in a vault.

Alex, thanks for the story. Most "unofficial" scoops are...
01/14/2008 - 11:15

...usually true. :-) As they say, there is no smoke without fire.

When you say it never left Geneva, do you mean its owner has kept it in Geneva, or that VC still owns it?

What kind of movement?

As an object by itself, it is awesome, but still a bit too 'bling' for a man's watch.

If I'm not wrong it uses cal 1003 as for whose vault it is actually
01/14/2008 - 12:19

sitting in...I don't know

nice story... (nt)
01/14/2008 - 18:04

.

Re: Something for our better halves. The 2007 ladies' offerings
01/14/2008 - 18:14

Alex,

Thank you for this post. I must say that I love as much shopping a watch for my wife as I do for me...

The cool thing is that she is not concerned about quartz/mechanical, so I can only focus on the looks (which is why I got her, amongst others, a PP Twenty-4). While I do not like "bling" on men's watches, I must say I can appreciate it on women's...

But me lovely wife doesn't have yet a VC, and this is something that I will have to rectify... The Egerie is lloking quite good, IMO...

Cheers,

Veillotron