News: Vacheron Constantin Chronomètre Royal 1907 Kidz Horizon – unique piece with blue grand feu enamel dial for charity

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Vacheron Constantin has created a unique Chronomètre Royal 1907 with a blue enamel dial, which will be auctioned in August 2013, with proceeds going to Kidz Horizon Appeal.

For several years now a unique watch created specially for the event is auctioned at the annual Kidz Horizon Charity Ball, with all proceeds going to the charity which helps chronically or terminally ill children. This year Vacheron Constantin has created a unique Chronomètre Royal 1907 with a deep blue, grand feu enamel dial and a platinum case. Long the brand’s flagship chronometer wristwatch, the Chronomètre Royal 1907 is ordinarily available with a white, grand feu enamel dial. Like the dial itself, the minute track, numerals and text on the dial are also fired enamel. Those elements take about 10 hours to produce in black on the regular white dial. 

Creating the white minute track and numerals on the blue dial of this unique piece took more than five times as long, due to the difficulty of creating a pure white colour against the dark dial. Besides the dial colour, the Kidz Horizon Chronomètre Royal 1907 is also distinguished by a secret signature near the eight o’clock marker.

On the back the watch is numbered “No 1/1”, and the display back shows off the cal. 2460 SCC automatic movement. And the presentation box is similarly customised for this unique piece, with a plaque engraved “Kidz Horizon 2013”. Though created by Vacheron Constantin, the watch was contributed by the family of the late Duncan Wang, an American watch enthusiast who made Singapore his home. Last year, a unique cermet and titanium Royal Oak was sold at the dinner, raising US$136,000 for Kidz Horizon, while the year before it was a special, grey dial Lange Zeitwerk. The unique Vacheron Constantin Chronomètre Royal 1907 Kidz Horizon has a retail price of S$88,000, or about US$68,000, though precedent would suggest that it will sell for far more than its retail price.  The Kidz Horizon Charity Ball will take place on 17 August 2013. Kidz Horizon can be contacted for information on placing a bid. – SJX

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