The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève has awarded the Mechanical Exception Watch Prize to Vacheron Constantin’s Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600. Five years of development and the involvement of a dedicated master-watchmaker were required to create this model that pushes the limits of innovation and excellence.
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This tourbillon watch with a three-week power reserve features 23 essentially astronomical complications appearing on the front and back dials, providing time read-off in three modes – civil, solar and sidereal – each driven by its own gear train. This model acknowledged by the industry, collectors and connoisseurs for its engineering and its technical sophistication houses a fully integrated 514-part calibre measuring a mere 8.7 mm thick.
In accepting the award during the GPHG prize-giving ceremony, Louis Ferla, CEO Vacheron Constantin, said: “It is truly an honour for a Maison of connoisseurs such as Vacheron Constantin Watches Ladies Replica to win this prize for excellence, awarded by a jury also composed of recognised experts and connoisseurs. The Celestia is a model perfectly reflecting our DNA: watchmaking expertise and a profoundly human adventure perpetuated since 1755, along with a spirit of innovation and a consistently forward-driven approach that enables us to continually push technical boundaries.”
Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600 © Vacheron Constantin
Pursuing the path traced by Reference 57260 – the world’s most complicated watch equipped with 57 complications – which won the Special Jury Prize in 2015, the Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600 is a bright new star in the Fine Watchmaking firmament.
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An 18K 5N pink gold cased version is also available (reference 7900V/000R-B336), which dresses up this version even further. The gold option omits the bracelet completely in favour of a brownish leather and rubber strap. A tool-free fitting system empowers the wearer to change between strap choices with ease, providing on-the-go style versatility. The hour markers, hand, and second hands are made of 18K white gold to the steel-cased variations, or a matching 18K pink gold to the gold-cased version.With a case dimensions of 41mm by 12.8mm, the more Vacheron Constantin Watches Price Replica Overseas Double Time is stylistically versatile yet modern in proportion, and should occupy that sweet spot of sense large on the wrist without wearing too big. The case is water-resistant to 15 bar (or roughly 150m), making it suitable for wearing during most water, even though this isn’t a diving watch and isn’t designed for wearing over a wetsuit. A soft iron casing ring round the motion also provides enhanced magnetic resistance, but unlike the typical Faraday Cage, it still allows for viewing the movement via the sapphire exhibition caseback.The high water resistance together with soft iron casing ring make this a somewhat durable timepiece, particularly the steel cased variations, which is quite uncommon from high-end watchmakers such as VC. Lots of Vacheron Constantin’s peers have a tendency to generate beautiful yet fragile works of wrist art, which I can not help but believe shackle their owners into wearing their watches quite cautiously, or worse, so keeping them at the safe because of fear of damaging them. A watch is meant to be wornout, and the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Double Time is one of the rare pieces that combines beauty and pedigree with a certain nonchalance about the lifestyle of its wearer.