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Three Fresh Bucherer Blue Editions by Vacheron Constantin were presented in the sumptuous H?tel Crillon in Paris on 26th September by Patrick Graf, Chief Commercial Officer in Bucherer, Laurent Perves, Chief Marketing Officer in Vacheron Constantin and Christian Selmoni, Style & Heritage Director in Vacheron Constantin.
The place could scarcely have been more fitting for either name. The hotel building dates back to 1758, only 3 years after the base of Vacheron Constantin, and Paris is home to Bucherer’s — and the world’s — biggest multi-brand watch shop.
All three new models are from the Traditionnelle set, the signature elements of which would be the stepped case, the slim bezel, the fluted case back, the railway-track minute circle, the closely applied”ba?tons de Gene?ve” indicator hour markers along with the elegant dauphine hands. All 3 timepieces also bear the Poinc?on de Gene?ve (also called the”Hallmark of Geneva”) — guaranteeing the origin, savoir-faire, precision and durability of the watch. The Blue Editions present a blue dial to this collection for the first time, that has been developed specifically for Bucherer using rose-gold applied hour markers and a fitting hand-stitched blue alligator leather strap with rose-gold buckle.
“The Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Bucherer Blue Editions are prime examples of outstanding aesthetic and technical expertise,” stated Patrick Graf, Chief Commercial Officer at Bucherer. Vacheron Constantin — based in 1755 and consequently the world’s oldest watch manufacturer in constant operation — has perfected and developed these skills over the course of its history, which currently spans nearly 300 decades. The Bucherer Blue Editions models present an ideal case of the Swiss watch making tradition upheld by both companies, which have come to symbolise the pursuit of continuous innovation and unique elegance.”
The women’ model has a 33mm diameter case in 18-carat rose gold set with 54 diamonds (approximately 0.87 carats). It’s equipped with the brand’s Calibre 1400 hand-wound in-house motion which displays hours and minutes and offers a power reserve of approximately 40 hours. Cost: CHF 30,000.
The gents’ model has a bigger 38mm diameter instance in 18-carat increased gold and is powered by the in-house Calibre 2455 self-winding movement that displays hours and minutes with a tiny seconds dial at 9 o’clock. Cost: CHF 29,000.
The selection of the bunch is your Blue Edition of Vacheron Constantin’s signature Traditionnelle Tourbillon. It shares the same aesthetics as another two versions but using a larger 42 mm case. Indoors, however, things are different. The tourbillon is powered by the hand-wound Calibre 2260, which vibrates at a lesser 18,000 vibrations per hour (compared with 28,000 for another two models). It includes no fewer than 231 components and four mainspring barrels, mounted in pairs, that offer a total power reserve of 336 hours, or 14 days. Cost: CHF 282,000.