Vacheron Constantin’s theme for this year is travel. With the re-launch of their Overseas collection which we have showcased here, the theme continues with this special exhibition which VC brings to Asia. For the first time, 18 watches highlighting VC’s vision of travel will be shown around Asia, debuting in Singapore at their ION Boutique from August 24 to September 4, 2016. The collection will reveal the major aesthetic and technical horology developments in these watches, and will demonstrate VC’s expertise in watches that reflect the needs of the most demanding travellers. The Vacheron Constantin Travelling Exhibition: “Elegance in Motion”.
The travelling antique exhibition will be held in Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Korea from August to December 2016. The “Elegance in Motion” exhibition features timepieces selected from the more than 1,300 objects composing the Vacheron Constantin private museum collection. Their common denominator is their ability to guarantee a reliable reading of time despite the constraints of travel relating to conquering the world.
Here are some of the highlights of the pieces being shown:
Water resistance and anti-magnetism
Travelling presents special strains on the watches, and it is especially important to protect against magnetism, humidity and dust. In 1885, VC created a watch designed to resist magnetic disturbances by incorporating components in palladium, gold and bronze. In 1895, the first hermetically sealed watches were introduced. In 1933, VC developed a wristwatch with a screw locked case back and bezel which guaranteed resistance to water and pressure. This was the early days of the dive watches. This was about the same time as Omega’s Marine 1932, and pre-dates Rolex’s diving watches. These were the days which saw the birth of the “sports” watches.
These “sports” watch truly emerged with the late 19th century boom in steel and the successive inventions of rustless steel, staybrite steel and stainless steel in the early 20th century. Several iconic models featuring ratcheted bezels and metal bracelets illustrate this steady progress, from the 1930s to the 1970s, such as the Chronomètre Royal presented in 1975 and the 222 released in 1977 to mark the 222nd anniversary of the Maison. The exhibition closes with the Overseas, which has become a reference model and of which Vacheron Constantin is introducing a new version in 2016, complete with a range of new calibers and a design radiating a casual elegance entirely in tune with the 21st century spirit of travel.
“ELEGANCE IN MOTION” Travelling Exhibition in Asia 2016
SINGAPORE – Vacheron Constantin ION Orchard Boutique
24 August -4 September 2016
HONG KONG – Vacheron Constantin Landmark Prince’s Boutique
10-15 September 2016, 2016
MACAU – Vacheron Constantin Studio City Macau Boutique
19 September to 19 October, 2016
TAIWAN – Vacheron Constantin Taipei 101 Boutique
1 – 30 November, 2016
KOREA – Vacheron Constantin AvenueL WT Boutique
1 – 31 December, 2016