Flash News: Vacheron Constantin Mécaniques Ajourées Only Watch 2015
By Thierry Ané on July 2, 2015
Last year, as part of their annual display of exceptional craftsmanship with the fantastic “Métiers d’Art” saga, Vacheron Constantin revisited the ancient art of skeletonising with a trilogy of “Mécaniques Ajourées” timepieces also featuring an elegant outer ring in black, blue or grey Grand Feu enamel. I refer the readers to my post-SIHH 2014 articleWatches: Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Ajourées (+live pics) for live pictures of these stunning creations.
The elegantly hollowed-out in-house 4400 SQ calibre that powered this introductory series is back this week on the forefront for the Mécaniques Ajourées Only Watch 2015 that the manufacture has just unveiled. As every watch enthusiast probably already knows, Only Watch is a biennial watch charity auction against muscular dystrophy created by Luc Pettavino and placed under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Since the very first edition in 2005 and the Malte Tourbillon Only Watch 2005, Vacheron Constantin has generously donated a one-of-a-kind timepiece for every auction. This year is no exception and the Mécaniques Ajourées Only Watch 2015 is bound to be an easy sale for watch expert and famous auctioneer Aurel Bacs during the November auction that will take place in Geneva this time and not in Monaco as usual.
The white gold 40 mm timepiece bears the Geneva Seal just like the models presented in 2014 and shares the same contemporary engravings on the lace-like in-house manually-wound movement. What makes this model unique is the presence of a red Grand Feu enamel external ring, the colour of Only Watch as well as the presence of a discreet open-worked “Only Watch” gold plate at the 3 o’clock position.
Mounted on Black Mississippiensis alligator leather with large square scales, this stunning creation is secured by a white gold buckle adorned with a half Maltese cross. It retains all the timelessness one expects from a Vacheron Constantin masterpiece but the bright-coloured enamelled ring also brings an unexpected contemporary touch, making it a truly collectible timekeeper.
For more information please visit the Vacheron Constantin web site.
For a technical description of the timepiece and additional pictures:
Additional timepieces mentioned in this article:
Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon Only Watch 2005 Steel
Vacheron Constantin Mécaniques Ajourées - Black Enamel Diamonds White Gold
Vacheron Constantin Mécaniques Ajourées - Black Enamel White Gold
Vacheron Constantin Mécaniques Ajourées - Blue Enamel White Gold
Vacheron Constantin Mécaniques Ajourées - Grey Enamel White Gold