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With its Elégance Sartoriale collection, Vacheron Constantin has taken the first step towards giving some attitude to men’s wristwatches. The company, in general, doesn’t play around much with the colours and patterns of men’s watches. But the five models in the collection, which are inspired by patterns on men’s suits, are here to change that image of the 270-year-old watchmaker.
Unveiled earlier this month in Paris during the Journées Européennes des Métiers d’Art, the watches feature hand-engraved patterns such as pinstripes, windowpane and herringbone on their faces, and colours such as raspberry red for the Prince of Wales checks pattern, warm grey for windowpane and cerulean blue for the tartan pattern.
The hours and minutes are displayed on a gold subdial at the 3 o’clock position, rimmed with mother-of-pearl, a nod to shirt buttons. At its centre, a pattern created using a tapestry machine draws the gaze, like a pocket square against a suit.
The round case in 18K white or pink gold is 40 millimetres (mm) in diameter and 8.2mm thick. The polished case-back leaves room for personalized engraving.
Inside, the 20.65mm thick mechanical manual-winding Caliber 1400, with 98 components and 20 jewels, beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour and has an almost 40-hour power reserve.
The strap is alligator leather, hand-stitched, in saddle-finish, and with large square scales. To accompany this collection, Vacheron Constantin also introduced a pair of cufflinks, picking up the subdial tapestry motif.
The watches are available at select boutiques around the world and cost upwards of Rs.40 lakh.