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Introducing Égérie – An Entirely New Ladies Collection From Vacheron Constantin

Snappy Take

2003 was a major year. Chicago won the Oscar for Best Picture (don’t even get James Stacey going), the Concorde took its last flight, the last VW Beetle was created (the former one), Arnold Schwarzenegger became Governor of California, and Vacheron Constantin delivered its last women just devoted watch assortment. This assortment of watches was called Égérie and zeroed in on a basic tonneau-formed watch. Quick forward to now, and we have the second cycle of the Égérie (which signifies “muse”) assortment including an absolutely new design.

This women’s-just assortment is planned around the complexities of haute horlogerie and haute couture (top of the line, carefully assembled attire). Égérie highlights subtleties, for example, a fan-finished dial, off-focus crown, date window or moonphase, Breguet(ish) numerals, and obviously, diamonds.

First, you have oneself winding model (35mm), trailed by the moonphase model (37mm), lastly a moonphase with pavé jewels (37mm). Oneself winding and the moonphase are available in tempered steel or pink gold, both set with jewels. The moonphase with pavé jewels is available just in white gold. 

The movements are oneself winding type 1088 and 1088 L (for moonphase). Oneself winding and moonphase models in pink gold are accompanied by three compatible lashes, while the steel version comes with a steel arm band with twin-collapsing catch. The pavé moonphase comes with two exchangeable straps.

Overall, these five watches are an exemplary expansion to the ladies’ line up at Vacheron Constantin. They range in retail from $21,100 for the prepare self-twisting to $52,200 for the moonphase in white gold with pavé diamonds.

Beginning Thoughts

It isn’t lost on me that Swiss brands are pulling together on ladies’ watches. Every day, I am asked how the business is doing be more inclusive in their watch discharges and the proof that the needle is moving is here in the Égérie assortment. Hot closely following Patek Philippe’s Automatic Twenty~4 delivery (and ensuing stopping of the standard quartz Twenty~4), Vacheron has come to play with a refreshed and expound women’s assortment. However, I should take note of that Vacheron is no more odd to women’s watches: They have eight distinct assortments that incorporate ladies’ pieces, the most conspicuous being the Overseas, the Patrimony, the Traditionelle, and the Historiques 1921. However, Égérie is the first completely devoted women’s assortment created by the production since they dispatched the previous (and very unique) cycle of Égérie 17 years ago.

While Égérie probably won’t be for every lady, the smart subtleties, for example, the fan-structure dial surface (a return to the Heures Créatives Heure Discrète watch that in a real sense resembles a fan), Breguet(ish) numerals, and compatible tie (like the Overseas) persuaded that they needed to keep things customary however contemporary. The greatest thing for me here is the tradable lashes, not on the grounds that I don’t have a clue how to change my own tie, but since a ton of customers reasonably never do (and truly, who needs to go to the store every time you need to spruce up your trickle?). It additionally shows that Vacheron believes in redoing your watch, a little yet significant detail that a great deal of brands, for example, Bulgari and JLC are offering around their ladies’ pieces. 

Two more central issues for me are the programmed in-house movement and the size of the watches. A self-winding movement ought to be obvious here, yet I’ll say it once more: While I love an appropriate movement, honestly, winding can be a trouble when you are running out the entryway. I’m a self-twisting lady completely, and there is no disgrace in my game. Besides, it’s reviving to see Vacheron keep on making to the 35mm and 37mm cases. While a 28mm case is fine, the pattern of bigger watches on ladies is not, at this point simply a trend – it’s a definitive style that is here to stay.

Overall it’s incredible to see Vacheron keep on investing in their female customers, and I’m eager to perceive what occurs in the following 17 years.

The Basics

Brand: Vacheron Constantin

Model: Égérie

Reference Number: Self-winding, 4605F/000R and 4605F/110A; Moon-Phase, 8005F/000R and 8005F/120A; Moon-Phase Pavé Diamond 8006F/000G

Diameter: 35mm or 37mm

Thickness: 9.32mm thick for the 35mm or 10.53mm thick for the 37mm

Case Material: Steel, pink gold, or white gold

Dial Color: Silvered or pavé precious stone set

Indexes: Applied Breguet

Lume: None

Water Resistance: Up to 30m

Strap/Bracelet: The self-winding and moonphase model in pink gold are delivered with 3 exchangeable ties; the treated steel versions are delivered with a steel arm band; the moonphase with pavé jewels is delivered with two tradable straps

The Movement

Caliber: Automatic in-house type 1088 and the 1088 L

Functions: Time, date, moonphase (depending)

Diameter: 20.8mm

Thickness: 3.80mm

Power Reserve: 40 hours

Winding: Automatic

Frequency: 4 Hz

Jewels: 26

Chronometer Certified: No

Evaluating & Availability

Price: Self-twisting in pink gold, $28,800; self-twisting in steel, $21,200; moonphase in steel, $25,900; moonphase in pink gold, $33,400; and moonphase in white gold with pavé precious stones, $52,000.

Availability: NA

Limited Edition: No

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