Vacheron Constantin Whisks Us Away On A Hot Air Balloon At SIHH 2018

the more the merrier

A metaphorical balloon, at least. It’s a pretty huge year for Vacheron Constantin judging by the sheer number of releases. The Overseas collection welcomes dual time and perpetual calendar models in its family, while the Traditionnelle Tourbillon Ultra Thin comes with a new peripheral rotor (and movement Cal. 2160).

Traditionnelle Complete Calendar Collection Excellence Platine
Traditionnelle Complete Calendar Collection Excellence Platine

There’s also no forgetting the Traditionnelle Complete Calendar Collection Excellence Platine  which, while similar to the Traditionnelle style, sets itself apart with a platinum case, dial, buckle and moon phase disc.

Then comes the debut of FiftySix, a collection that is clearly designed to reach a new target audience. It is inspired by Ref. 6073, a historical model from 1956. Take a closer look and you’ll realise that the shape of its lugs remind you of the brand’s classic Maltese cross.

That said, what really caught our eye was the Metiers d’Arts Les Aerostiers collection (watch the video above). It comprises five watches, each bearing a historically accurate, three-dimensional hot-air balloon used by famous voyagers. The timepieces also feature the use of plique-a-jour enamel, a first for the brand.

We’ll be posting daily roundups of SIHH throughout the week, along with in-depth analyses later on in the month, so stay tuned. In the mean time, follow us on Instagram and watch our InstaStories for the latest happenings at SIHH.

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