At the second annual Watches & Wonders Miami event that took place mid-February, in-the-know collectors had a very rare opportunity to see the 20 new and unique Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers watches that are touring America.
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With 12 different animal symbols, the Chinese zodiac is an amusing as well as exotic theme for animal-loving watch collectors – and not only from China.
A union of expertise in watchmaking and the métiers d'art, this series of unique pieces by the Les Cabinotiers department at Vacheron Constantin portrays wild animals in stunning detail.
On the theme of the great beauties of ancient China, Blancpain has produced a series of four Métiers d'Art watches that reflect its expertise in manual decoration.
Hermès reprises the theme of animal motifs on the Arceau Cavales and the Slim d'Hermès Les Zèbres de Tanzanie. The horse heads and the zebras are crafted in meticulous leather marquetry. Both watches, in white gold, are made as limited editions.
As Industry 4.0 continues to develop, new professions will appear but there will still be a place for rare crafts. Businesses will have to take lucid decisions about where to make cuts in the workforce.
Usually very rare, dials set with aventurine, the sparkly blue mineral with flecks of gold running through it, were as ubiquitous as tourbillons at the 2018 SIHH. An opportunity to question ourselves on the nature of this precious material: natural or manufactured?
Vacheron Constantin's Les Métiers d’Art Les Aérostiers collection is a tribute to the adventurers who, at the end of the eighteenth century, dared to defy the laws of gravity. Copied from historic drawings, the dials beautifully render five hot-air balloons that took to the skies in France between 1783 and 1785.
Should we really be asking what time we have on our wrist? With so many devices to keep us punctual, the luxury watch becomes an ideal canvas for expressing a different vision of time. As well as exceptional mechanisms, SIHH is also the backdrop for poetry, philosophy, even provocation.