Watches: Vacheron Constantin Moscow Boutique Limited Editions

By Thierry Ané on June 24, 2014

For watch connoisseurs, the opening of a new Vacheron Constantin boutique is always good news. It first means the existence of another refined salon dedicated to Haute Horlogerie somewhere in the world. But for watch collectors, it also signals the release of new limited edition timepieces. The renowned manufacture has indeed made it a habit to introduce a few customised editions of some of its most legendary models for each new boutique opening. Paris and London were recently honoured with their very own models and it is now Moscow’s turn to be in the limelight with no less than four exquisite creations sharing an intense black colour. These beauties have been officially unveiled on June 20 2014 for the grand opening of the Berlin House new boutique in Moscow, a two-storey venue offering 352 square meters of elegantly furnished space to display the brand’s masterpieces.

The Geneva-based manufacture first presented a unique piece that pays tribute to the noblest horological traditions, namely the Patrimony Traditionnelle Calibre 2253 Moscow Boutique. This impressive model shares the same movement as the Patrimony Traditionnelle Excellence Platine Calibre 2253 introduced in 2010. The manually-wound calibre 2253 features some extremely demanding complications: a tourbillon, a perpetual calendar, an equation of time, as well as the sunrise and sunset times for the city of Moscow. Like the original model, this 44.00 mm watch with a thickness of 15.60 mm is crafted in platinum and bears the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva. The platinum dial of the original version has been replaced by a captivating opaline black dial. It is paired with a hand-stitched black Mississippiendis alligator strap secured by a platinum triple-blade folding buckle adorned with a half Maltese Cross. It is delivered with a pair of white gold cufflinks with onyx centre matching the dial of the timepiece.

Slightly less complicated but still showcasing the brand’s longstanding watchmaking traditional expertise is the Patrimony Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Moscow Boutique. A pink gold version of this stunning timepiece was presented back in 2011. The elegant 41 mm case is now offered in white gold and associated with a black opaline dial and black Mississippiendis alligator strap. It houses the legendary calibre 1120 QP, an ultra-thin self-winding movement with a perpetual calendar and moon phase indication that received the Geneva Seal. Limited to 30 pieces, this exclusive timepiece also comes with a pair of cufflinks.

The Patrimony Contemporaine Retrograde Day-Date Moscow Boutique is limited to 20 pieces and showcases the same black colour as the previous two limited editions. Crafted in white gold, this 42.50 mm watch is based on the iconic Patrimony Contemporaine Retrograde Day-Date model released in 2007. This self-winding timepiece equipped with the 2460 R31 R7 calibre features two retrograde indications on the dial: the date on the upper half of the dial and the day of the week at the 6 o’clock position. The sapphire case back lets you admire the superlative finish of a movement that also received the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva. In an ultimate touch of elegance and refinement, the Patrimony Contemporaine Retrograde Day-Date Moscow Boutique is sold with a pair of white gold and onyx cufflinks.

Limited to just 30 pieces the Patrimony Traditionnelle Automatic Moscow Boutique is clearly the simplest model of this selection. It is, however, crafted with the same outstanding standards are the previous three models and also bears the Geneva Seal. At 41 mm for a thickness of 7.26 mm, this white gold model is the perfect classic watch. Like the Patrimony Traditionnelle Excellence Platine Automatic version introduced in 2011, this new model houses the time-only 1120 calibre. This self-winding movement that can be observed through the sapphire exhibition case back offers a power reserve of 40 hours. Mounted on the same hand-stitched black Mississippiendis alligator strap as the other three Moscow Boutique models, it is the only one without an opaline black dial. Instead, the Geneva-manufacture chose a slate-coloured, hand-guilloché pattern inspired by the façade of the Kremlin in Moscow. Extremely elegant, it compensates for the relative technical simplicity of the watch and makes this model as appealing as the previous three. Here again, a pair of beautifully crafted cufflinks accompanies the watch.

Views of the Moscow Boutique