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Watches and Wonders 2015: Vacheron Constantin Heures Créatives Collection

by Robin Lim on October 3, 2015

During the past few days, we have highlighted quite a few mesmerizing Vacheron Constantin pieces from this year’s Watches and Wonders exhibition. They include the ultra-complicated 57260, the alluring Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955, as well as the extremely gorgeous Maitre Cabinotier Perpetual Calendar Regulator. Now, for a breath of fresh air, we shall be introducing Vacheron Constantin’s latest collection for the females: the Heures Créatives.

The Heures Créatives, in the words of Vacheron Constantin, is a collection that is inspired by “a stimulating dialogue with sparkling diamonds, timeless feminine lines, and a delightfully mischievous touch“. These watches are designed with three different time periods in mind: the Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and the 1970s. Each of these time periods are represented by a timepiece in the collection, and the trilogy is a dedication to the women who shared the same vision for elegance despite the differences in era that they were living in.

 

Vacheron Constantin Heures Créatives Heure Romantique

The Vacheron Constantin Heures Créatives Heure Romantique.

The Vacheron Constantin Heures Créatives Heure Romantique.

The first watch in the collection would be the Heure Romantique, a timepiece that was set in the era when Art Nouveau was born.

The Heures Romantique, as its name suggests, follows the elegant and classy nature of Romanticism and the Belle Epoque during the period of Industrial Revolution. The dainty 15.7mm timepiece is cased in white gold, and it is paired with a bezel that is adorned with 104 round-cut diamonds. It is also fitted with a Mother-of-Pearl dial, in which it accentuates the sophisticated nature of this watch. Finally, it is fitted with a black satin strap, and it is secured with a white gold gemset folding clasp.

Another variant of the Heure Romantique.

Here is another variant of the Heures Romantique, fitted with a diamond encrusted dial and bracelet.

There are also several other variants of the Heures Romantique, which includes one that features a fully diamond-encrusted dial, case, and bracelet. In this version, the watch is actually fitted with a staggering 621 diamonds, weighing up to approximately 9.7 carats. Another option, in which the watch is set in baguette-cut diamonds, is also available. Either way, we reckon that this watch might be sufficient to satisfy the missus.

 

Vacheron Constantin Heures Créatives Heure Discrète

Now you see me...

Now you see me…

... And now you don't

… And now you don’t

Following the Heure Romantique, we have the Heure Discrète. Based on the various social media platforms that we have surfed on the past few days, we reckon that this is one of the more popular pieces in the Heures Créatives collection. It is not that much of a surprise, considering that the watch is fitted with a rather interesting mechanism that hides the dial based on one’s whims and fancies.

The Heure Discrète is a by-product that is inspired by the Art Deco era, in which geometric symmetry and clean lines are featured extensively. Its design is based on a fan, in which it is also interesting to note that Vacheron Constantin had introduced a similar product in 1919, but only to be featured in pendant form. The entire watch is cased in white gold, and it is fitted with 286 diamonds in total.

The highlight of the watch, without a shadow of doubt, would be the “fan”. The fan, as mentioned, is able to showcase or hide the Mother-of-Pearl dial of the watch with a pivot. It is carved intricately in white gold, and it is fashioned like with guipure lace with diamonds encrusted on it. It is truly a work of art, admittedly.

Similar to the Heure Romantique, the watch is can be fitted with either a black satin strap or a paved 18k white gold bracelet that is set with 143 round-cut diamonds.

 

Vacheron Constantin Heures Créatives Heure Audacieuse

The Vacheron Constantin Heures Créatives Heure Audacieuse, fitted with a baguette-cut diamond set bezel.

The Vacheron Constantin Heures Créatives Heure Audacieuse, fitted with a baguette-cut diamond set bezel.

Finally, we have the Heure Audacieuse, which is inspired by the women of 1970s. Based on a similar watch that is produced by Vacheron Constantin at that time, the Heure Audacieuse is a throwback to the days when stylistic devices is the name of the game.

The watch generally derived its design scheme and inspiration from a waist belt. To look at it from another perspective, it is akin to modifying a waist belt and making it into a timepiece that can be worn on the wrist. It is intriguing, but the result is simply stunning. We thought that this watch looks rather unique, and it certainly adds an interesting touch to the Heures Créatives collection.

The watch, as usual, comes in various variations. It is available in either the baguette-cut diamond version, or the round-cut diamond variant. It is, however, only fitted with a black satin strap.

 

Movement

All of three watches in the collection are fitted with Vacheron Constantin’s Calibre 1055, a manual-winding movement that features a power reserve of approximately 40 hours. The 15.7mm movement is only 2.1mm thick, and it consists of 115 components in total.

For more information about the Heures Créatives collection, please do check out Vacheron Constantin.

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