Defying the restriction and control that has settled over the watchmaking scene of late, it is invigorating to see a particularly radiant showcase of mechanical extravagance and affected craftsmanship. Releasing a zoo of magnificent wild creatures, Vacheron Constantin gives an arresting showcase of its endless inventiveness and mechanical mastery. Mécaniques Sauvages is a bespoke collection of remarkable pieces made in Vacheron Constantin’s own special customisation division – Les Cabinotiers – where horological dreams spring to life. To give you a thought of what the watchmakers at Les Cabinotiers are equipped for creating, recall Reference 57260 , a private commission conveyed in 2015 with no less than 57 complications added to its repertoire, making it the most complicated watch on our planet.
There are supposedly 20 Les Cabinotiers creature themed watches in the Mécaniques Sauvages collection. For the occasion, the brand has shared five models exhibiting an incredible combination of stupendous complications and imaginative specialties. Release the beasts…
Les Cabinotiers Armillary Tourbillon Snake
Horological firecrackers for the fortunate proprietor of this watch are ensured. An induction of the previously mentioned Ref. 57260, the armillary tourbillon (six licenses documented) puts on a mesmerizing act and involves the entirety of the left half of the dial. With its split character, the correct side of the dial is openworked and presentations the retrograde hours and minutes. Cutting edge material like silicon for the bed switch and getaway haggle aluminum tourbillon carriage upgrade the accuracy and strength of the mechanics. Winding around the sides of the 45mm pink gold case is a considerable snake, each scale and moment detail affectionately engraved by Vacheron’s particular artisans.
Quick facts: 45mm width x 20.12mm stature – 18k pink gold – caseband hand-engraved with Snake – VC type 1990 – manual-winding – 299 components – 2.5Hz – 65h force save – retrograde hours, minutes, armillary tourbillon – openworked dial – special piece – cost upon demand only
Les Cabinotiers Caliber 2755 Eagle
Brace yourself. On the horological front, this 45mm pink gold monster is loaded with seven complications: brief repeater, a tourbillon, a never-ending schedule (date, day of week, month, jump year) and a force hold indicator. The moment repeater is a rara avis of its type and highlights a centripetal framework empowering viable sound dissemination and a strong 55-hour power reserve. The activity proceeds to the case flanks that are engraved with a falcon. The specialist behind this staggering etching has utilized intaglio scarcely discernible difference procedure and fragile jumped decoration etching, which comprises in eliminating material to make reliefs and carry light to the artwork.
Quick facts: 45mm distance across x 13.54mm tallness – 18k pink gold – case flanks hand-engraved with Eagle – VC type 2755 – manual-winding – 602 components – 2.5Hz – 48h force save – hours, minutes, little seconds on tourbillon carriage at 6 o’clock – minute repeater – interminable schedule – power hold pointer – blue guilloché dial – special piece – cost upon demand only
Les Cabinotiers 14-Day Tourbillon Lion
In this exceptional model, the King of the Jungle peacefully studies his environmental factors, which incorporate a tourbillon delegated with VC’s trademark Maltese Cross image. On a standard with the strong cat’s solidarity, the development thunders for an entire 14 days. The grand lion is rejuvenated with a combination of methods. The gold plate of the dial is covered with a dull earthy colored layer and put in the furnace. After this the craftsmans at CV work with ‘Blanc de Limoges’, an uncommon sort of white Grand Feu plating that makes unpretentious shades of dark, earthy colored and white. The sides of the 42mm pink gold case and the bezel have likewise been engraved with a fancy pattern.
Quick facts: 42mm width x 12.97mm tallness – 18k pink gold – hand-engraved case flanks and bezel – combination of Grand Feu and grisaille plating to deliver Lion – VC type 2260 – manual-winding – 2.5Hz – 336h (14-day) power save – hours, minutes, tourbillon, little seconds on tourbillon carriage – power save sign – interesting piece-cost upon demand only
Les Cabinotiers Mysterious Animals Tiger
The entering look of a tiger as its head peers out from a wilderness of bamboo has been delivered with superb authenticity. On account of the keen design of the capacities on the dial – hours and minutes in the best two gaps and day of the week and date in the last ones – the dial is a fresh start for VC’s Artistic Crafts. Scarcely discernible difference etching, that expects a very long time to dominate, and intaglio-type chiseling rejuvenate this white gold tiger encompassed by the yellow gold bamboo trees.
Quick facts: 40mm measurement x 12.4mm stature – 950 platinum cleaned – VC type 2460G – programmed – 4Hz – 40h force save – hours, minutes, day of week and date in gaps – dial hand-engraved with yellow gold bamboos and white gold Tiger – exceptional piece – cost upon demand only
Les Cabinotiers Grisaille Falcon
Almost like a highly contrasting photo in its authenticity, the supreme bird of prey gracing the dial of this one of a kind piece is executed utilizing the uncommon ‘Blanc de Limoges’ lacquer method. Depending on porcelain powder rather than glassy finish, the powder is applied many a layer and, much the same as Grand Feu lacquer, terminated at exceptionally high temperatures in a furnace. In any case, in contrast to veneer, the powder doesn’t smooth and rich 3D impacts are gotten. Housed in a 40mm white gold case, the programmed development includes a stop-second device.
Quick facts: 40mm distance across x 9.2mm stature – 18k white gold – gold dial with Grand Feu clear and grisaille plating addressing a Falcon – VC type 2460 SC – programmed – 4Hz – 40h force hold – exceptional piece-cost upon demand only
All the Mécaniques Sauvages pieces show the Hallmark of Geneva. More subtleties on www.vacheron-constantin.com .