Another of the strikingly elegant, one-off minute repeaters that’s part of Vacheron Constantin’s 2019 Les Cabinotiers line-up is the Minute Repeater Ultra-Thin ‘Dance of the Gemstones’. Well, it is actually two repeaters, a matched pair of his-and-hers watches (that are available separately nonetheless) with eggshell grand feu enamel dials and ruby hour markers.
The dials are extravagant yet elegant, evoking prominent watches of many decades ago. They are inspired by high-end gentlemen’s wristwatches of the 1950s that combined silvered or enamel dials with ruby hour markers, with baguette-cut stones for the quarters and brilliant-cut in between.
These were often special orders for royalty or as royal gifts, with the best known being the pocket- and wristwatches made for King Saud bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia that bore his portrait on the enamel dial.
Both the repeaters share a similar case design, but different diameters and decoration – the men’s version is 41mm while the ladies’ watch is 39mm with a diamond-set bezel and crown.
The watches are otherwise identical, powered by the same cal. 1731, an extra-flat, hand-wound movement that was developed in-house.
Key facts and price
Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Ultra-Thin ‘The Dance of the Gemstones’
Men’s model – ref. 6630C/000R-B662
Ladies’ model – ref. 6605C/000R-B661
Diameter: 41mm / 39mm
Height: 8.52mm / 8.53mm
Material: 18k pink gold
Water-resistance: Not water-resistant
Movement: Cal. 1731
Functions: Hour, minutes, and minute repeater
Frequency: 21,600 beats per hour (3Hz)
Power reserve: 65 hours
Strap: Alligator with pin buckle
Limited edition: Unique piece
Availability: Only at Vacheron Constantin boutiques
Price: Upon request (as a reference, the standard Patrimony repeater is priced at about US$350,000)
For more information, visit Vacheron-constantin.com.
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