The Swiss manufacture has a new muse and her name is Égérie

The oldest surviving watch manufacture in the world is also an expert when it comes to courting the ladies. In February, Vacheron Constantin launched a new mechanical feminine collection whose name is the French word for muse, Égérie.

The whole premise of this collection is elegance and timelessness, which is achieved by combining a classic element in high fashion and good ol’ Swiss timekeeping.

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The former refers to the art of tapestry, adapted on the dial as a beautiful pleated pattern. To get this look, the artisans have to make some adjustments to a 1905 pantograph-type machine to reproduce a large format motif in miniature version, a process that took months. The tip of the burin has to be regularly sharpened in order to achieve the drape-like effect.

There are two other couture-related designs: the raised numerals evoke fine embroidery while the slim hands allude to the needles used by seamstresses.

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Apart from the pleated motif, another signature touch that makes the Égérie timepiece immediately recognisable are the intertwined circles, a traditional shape for Vacheron Constantin. The smaller counter is fitted with either a date or a moon phase.

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Switching things up too is the position of the crown, which is not where one usually finds it; it now sits comfortably between 1 o’clock and 2 o’clock. The strap too is interchangeable with just a click, making it easy for one change the watch’s look.

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Égérie is available in four versions, all powered by in-house movements. The most basic watch is the automatic with date in stainless steel or 18k pink gold. Also available in steel and pink gold is the moon phase; another version with the moon phase is paved with diamonds and accompanied by a leather strap with satin effect.

Last but not least, a high jewellery version is in white gold and set with more than 1,000 brilliant-cut diamonds.

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