This past week, Vacheron Constantin celebrated its campaign dubbed The Anatomy of Beauty at a sprawling private estate in Beverly Hills. The lavish affair drew in an extensive celebrity guest list, including the likes of Dakota Johnson, Chris Paul, Riley Keough, Nicole Richie, Kate Mara, and Aldis Hodge, among others, alongside well-heeled watch collectors and fans of the brand.
The driving factors behind the event were twofold — on one hand, the brand presented a short film produced jointly with renowned Director, Producer and Cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg (which can be watched below). On the other, the event provided attendees the opportunity to preview a pair of new releases for the first time in North America — the Overseas Tourbillon Skeleton, and the Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Skeleton. With a bit of extra access, we secured ourselves a bit of extra hands-on time to examine these two new releases up close and personal.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon Skeleton
While arguably simpler than its counterpart, this skeletonized execution of the Overseas Tourbillon is anything but entry level. Listed as Price upon request, you can expect it to be well into the six figures, considering that the steel tourbillon with a dial is already a $136,000 watch without any of the added work (not to mention this version is made of titanium). Measuring 42.5mm in diameter, this new reference is shockingly lightweight on the wrist, and its openworked dial is nothing short of mesmerizing. The significant handwork involved in all of the movement bevelling and polishing is extensive, and thanks to the use of a peripheral rotor for its self-winding movement, the view from both front and back remain unobstructed.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Skeleton
Its name might be a mouthful, but such is often the case with a perpetual calendar with additional noteworthy qualities. This isn’t the first skeletonized treatment to be had on one of these perpetuals, but the rose gold and blue colour combination make it hands-down the best looking of the bunch. Unlike its counterparts, the use of blue with white printing for its open subdials vastly improves legibility. As with other Overseas references, this perpetual calendar is sold with a gold bracelet alongside both rubber and leather straps for added versatility. The full gold is always a good look — especially on a piece like this with a $164,000 sticker — but there’s something about the blue rubber strap on this slender 8.1mm thick case that ticks all of the right boxes for us.