Continuing our coverage of the Year of the Monkey watches, we take a look at the Vacheron Constantin “Metiers d’Art, Legend of the Chinese Zodiac” collection — this year with the new “Year of the Monkey” watch. The brand offers two versions, one with a blue dial and one with a Chinese red dial — each bearing the Hallmark of Geneva, demonstrating the brand’s technical excellence.
Each watch features the ancient arts of engraving, enameling and sculpting to depict its monkey. In this case, the outcome is a highly detailed, very realistic rendition of a monkey with foliage motif on the dial created via iconography etched directly into the metal. The Year of the Monkey watch is powered by the Caliber 2460 G4 movement with hands-free time display, achieved via four apertures that show the hours, minutes, days and date. Two different versions will be made: platinum with blue dial ($124,000) and 18-karat rose gold with red dial. Just 12 of each version will be built.
Métiers d’Art The legend of the Chinese zodiac 2016, year of the monkey
References 86073/000P-8972 – Platinum 86073/000R-8971 – 18K 5N pink gold
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces
Pieces only available through the Vacheron Constantin Boutiques
Caliber 2460 G4
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
31 mm (11’’’1⁄4) diameter, 6.05 mm thick Approximately 40 hours of power reserve 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
Indications Hours, minutes, day of the week and date in apertures
Case Platinum/18K 5N pink gold
40 mm diameter, 12.74 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3bar (approx.30 meters)
Dial 18K gold, hand-engraved and Grand Feu enamelled Hand-engraved platinum/18K 5N gold monkey
Strap Dark blue/brown Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish