Heures Créatives Heure Romantique from Vacheron Constantin
The Heure Romantique model immediately fires the imagination, conjuring up images of the refined and inventive women who embraced the Art Nouveau style almost a century ago. Graceful volutes, flowing curves and arabesques inspired by nature nurtured Vacheron Constantin’s artistic creativity. Delicately engraved pocket watches, precious pendant watches and richly decorated wristwatches testify to an abundant offering dedicated to women, particularly in the 1920s and 1930s.
The Maison revisited this rich heritage in 2015 by inaugurating the Heures Créatives collection, composed at the time of a watch trilogy inspired by landmark historical models ranging from the Belle Époque to the 1970s. Today, Vacheron Constantin presents a new variation on the Heure Romantique model, a precious watch imbued with a timeless elegance enhanced by a dial adorned with black mother-of-pearl.
Inspired by a 1916 timepiece emblematic of the Art Nouveau style, the Heure Romantique model was born from an intimate dialogue between the art of jewellery-making and horological virtuosity.
The case takes the form of a dainty 18K white gold flower whose curves are set with 104 diamonds on two levels. This craftsmanship is further accentuated by the airy leaf-type lug design. To underline this harmonious composition, the crown is topped with a diamond and the circumference of the case is studded with finely engraved small beads.
The dial is made of shimmering black motherof-pearl, thereby adding an extremely chic touch to this new Heure Romantique which is particularly in its element at gala events, clasped to the wrist with a black satin strap. A second black alligator leather strap accompanies this model exclusively available from Vacheron Constantin boutiques.
To mark off the hours and minutes, the Heure Romantique model houses manual-winding Calibre 1055, whose extreme slenderness provides space for Vacheron Constantin to show its creativity. This movement with its 115 components and 21 jewels beats at a rate of 21,600 v.p.h. and has approximately 40-hour power reserve. With a tiny diameter of barely 15.70 mm (6¾’’’), the mechanism fits seamlessly into the Heure Romantique case.