IN PURSUIT OF PERFECTION

One of the oldest watch brands in the world, Vacheron Constantin have established their importance in the field, and we had the opportunity to talk to Christophe Ramel, Managing Director of Vacheron Constantin for the Middle East, India and Africa, about the brand and new launches at the Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition (DJWE).

OHLALA – Vacheron Constantin has been in existence for more than 260 years. What is the secret to the brand’s logevity? And, what are the creations that you would highlight in the brand’s history?
Christophe Ramel –
At Vacheron Constantin, our 269-year journey is rooted in unwavering commitment and a relentless pursuit of excellence. The secret to our enduring legacy lies in maintaining uninterrupted expertise, preserving the maison’s DNA since its inception in 1755. We value the transmission of knowledge and innovation, ensuring that the artistry and craftsmanship integral to Vacheron Constantin are passed down seamlessly across generations. Our history is punctuated by exceptional creations, each a testament to our commitment to pushing the boundaries of high watchmaking. The legendary King Farouk timepiece, which was crowned the world’s most complicated watch when it was completed in 1935, is a shining example of our dedication to crafting timepieces that transcend mere functionality and become works of art. The quest for excellence persists in every single timepiece we produce, and this commitment is even more evident in our exclusive Les Cabinotiers offer. Each creation is a masterpiece, representing a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation that defines the pinnacle of horological craftsmanship.

OHLALA – How is the past inspiring the creation of new timepieces?
Christophe –
With almost three centuries of archives safeguarded at our manufacture in Geneva, the rich history becomes a crucial reservoir of ideas. By delving into the maison’s heritage, we extract timeless design elements, craftsmanship techniques and horological innovations that have stood the test of time. The past acts as a guiding force in our creative journey, allowing us to seamlessly blend tradition with modernity. It provides a foundation upon which we build new concepts, ensuring that each product is not just a reflection of the present but also a continuation of the brand’s narrative. The retrograde display complication dating from the 20th century serves as a dynamic link to this year’s novelties. The Overseas Moon Phase Retrograde Date is the first-ever sports watch with a retrograde display for Vacheron Constantin. The Patrimony Retrograde Day-Date, the heir to the grand stylistic and technical tradition of the maison, reveals meticulous attention to detail in which the expression of minimalism is combined with technical excellence.

OHLALA – What, in your opinion, gives people a deep appreciation for watches? What do you think causes this fascination?
Christophe –
Collectors deeply appreciate watches for their multifaceted appeal, which arises from a combination of artisanship, technical mastery and precision. The creation of a wearable masterpiece is achieved through meticulous attention to detail, intricate design and skilful craftsmanship that brings each component to life. Furthermore, watches can be passed on from one generation to the next, nurturing a unique and enduring bond. This practice fosters an appreciation for the tangible craftsmanship and an emotional connection that transcends time. In doing so, it contributes to the formation of a community of individuals who share a common appreciation for high watchmaking excellence, exclusivity, craftsmanship and the distinct heritage associated with Vacheron Constantin.

OHLALA – What feminine timepieces showcased by Vacheron Constantin at DJWE this year would you like to highlight?
Christophe –
We were thrilled to present some remarkable feminine timepieces and novelties at DJWE this year. The Overseas Self-Winding series introduced a new silhouette across five references in steel and 18-carat 5N pink gold. Available in 34.5mm and 35mm diameters for non-set and gem-set versions. The case design has been subtly refined, with three models featuring a sunburst blue lacquered dial, one adorned with a pink hue and the most recent one featuring a sunburst satinbrushed finish. The watches have an integrated metal bracelet and two interchangeable leather and rubber straps matching the dial colours. Powered by the Calibre 1088/1, these timepieces boast a stop-seconds mechanism and a 22-carat gold rotor with a 40-hour power reserve. It is a testament to our commitment to offering diverse and elegant options for women within the Overseas collection, exemplifying a fine blend of sophistication and sportiness.

For more information on Vacheron Constantin collections,
please call the boutique at Villaggio Mall on 4142 4842 and
Place Vendôme on 4142 4115.
@vacheronconstantin
@alfardanjewellery

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