Boldly moving forward in the world of women’s watches, Vacheron Constantin today unveils an all-new collection of women’s watches: Egerie. The round watches — with diamond-bedecked bezels — are powered by in-house-made mechanical self-winding movements and offer design inspiration borrowed from the luxurious world haute couture. Each watch — and there are five different models — boasts a stunning dial with an original “pleated” center dial and outer minute track. The pleating comes from the world of couture gowns and dresses and is considered one of the most feminine couture accents.
The Egerie watches — expected to be in the stores next month — are a deft blend of Vacheron Constantin’s haute horology background and its willingness to look to new realms for inspiration. The series, created by a female-led design team, features an Egerie Self-Winding model in 35mm that offers a date indication in a subsidiary dial off-center at 2:00 on the main dial. The second timepiece is the Egerie Moon Phase, with similar layout structure, but featuring a stunning moonphase indication in the subsidiary dial. The crown on the Egerie is also off-center at 2:00 – upholding an asymmetrical trend that the brand has been known for.
The name Egerie translates as Muse, and in order to create the pleated inspiration, the brand’s master craftsmen borrowed a tapestry technique and invented a texturing effect that it was able to create on the dial using a 1904 hand-worked machine. Each dial offers exceptional texturing and femininity. Each is also further adorned with applied Arabic numerals that are highly sculptural and feminine. Add to the look specially developed couture needle style hands and the upshot is ultra feminine. In addition to the outer bezel being diamond adorned, each of the models features a diamond-set bezel surrounding the off-centered small subsidiary dial.
The Egerie collection includes a 35mm Self-Winding (date indication) model in stainless steel with a five-row asymmetrical link bracelet ($21,100) and an 18-karat gold version sold with three easily interchangeable leather straps (navy, raspberry and chestnut) retailing for $28,800. The 37mm Egerie Moon Phase models are also offered in steel ($25,900) and in an 18-karat gold rendition ($33,400). There is also a full pave’-set version (with 510 diamonds on the dial and 292 diamonds on the case) crafted in 18-karat white gold that retails for $52,000.
The watches are powered by in-house-made 1088 and 1088 mechanical self-winding movements that are comprised of 144 or 164 parts respectively, with both offering 42 hours of power reserve. The movement beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour, or 4 Hz. Thanks to a transparent sapphire crystal case back, the 22-karat gold rotor and other movement parts are visible.
In the self-winding (date indication version) there are 144 movement parts and 26 jewels. The watch offers hours, minutes and central seconds as well as the date. The bezel is set with 58 round-cut diamonds and the crown is set with a moonstone. The inner bezel surrounding the subsidiary dial is set with 34 round-cut diamonds.
The Egerie Moon Phase watch is powered by the 1088 L manufacture caliber with 164 components and 26 jewels. The moon phase indication features an 18-karat gold moon that slips behind a cloud sculpted of mother of pear. The Egerie Moon Phase Diamond Pave version, as mentioned, is set with approximately 800 diamonds weighing a total of more than 5 carats, including a rose-cut diamond crown. For this version, a satin strap and a blue Mississippienis alligator strap, with two 18-kara white gold pin buckles each set wit h21 round-cut diamonds weighing 0.21 carats. All of the Egerie watches are water resistant to 30 meters.
We haven’t gotten to go hands on with the watches yet, as they have been under strict embargo until today, but I imagine that, like all Vacheron Constantin watches, they are extremely comfortable on the wrist, and offer sophisticated elegance that one would be proud to wear.