Hong Kong recently witnessed Watches&Wonders, the first-ever event of its kind in Asian history. Here is where Vacheron Constantin proudly exhibited its “The Sound of Time” that allowed discerning eyes glinting glimpses into its heritage selection and astute artistry. Treasured timepieces such as the Patrimony Contemporaine Ultra-thin Calibre 1731, Historiques Toledo 1951, Patrimony Contemporaine Small Model, Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-Day Tourbillon Collection Excellence Platine, and the trilogy of the Métiers d’Art Les Univers Infinis II dynamically demonstrated the brand’s excellent expertise. The highlight, however, remained the world premiere of the Patrimony Contemporaine Ultra-thin Calibre 1731 timepiece.
This latest watch from the world’s oldest watchmaking manufacture presents an impressive feat of human ingenuity. The avant-garde timepiece possesses the world’s thinnest minute repeater. Bearing the Seal of Geneva, its 1731 movement stuns through a sapphire crystal case back window. The ultra-thin Calibre 1731 is also endowed, besides elegance, with a large power reserve of approximately 65 hours. A marvel of Haute horology, the Calibre 1731 comprises a delicate balance of mechanisms that produce musical harmony. The Swiss marque’s masterpiece carries 18K pink gold hour-markers and “pearl” minute-track in an 18K 5N pink gold case with the dial-in silvered opaline.
Vacheron Constantin’s CEO, Juan-Carlos Torres, celebrated the success by reiterating the refined philosophies of the Maison and its horological identity, “time for history, time for expertise and time for creation. The Manufacture’s ongoing commitment to these values that it has always striven to uphold pursues its ultimate goal of excellence since continuity contributes to forging quality”. Their latest attempt at excellence, the Patrimony Contemporaine Calibre 1731 Minute Repeater watch, will go for production by the dozen every year and bear a price tag of about $365,000.