Betteridge: a quick guide to buying vintage watches… with better knowledge

Would you describe an old-looking timepiece as being “vintage”? In the very first place, what does “vintage” mean? Having consulted our trusted Oxford English Dictionary, we discovered that contrary to what many may perceive, “vintage” does not only mean “old”. Two main definitions are listed if used as a noun: firstly, “vintage” refers to “the year or place in which … More

Vacheron Constantin Overseas ultra-thin perpetual calendar: Mechanically Smart

There is no denying that watch connoisseurs will also appreciate the offerings of electronic smartwatches available now and the foreseeable future. After all, these very same people will perhaps want to be among the first to experience the smartcars of the future, as technology is already making these available at our doorsteps. Moreover, communicating with these smartcars remotely will mean … More

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Fabuleux Ornements: Beauty Marks

The four ladies wristwatches that make up the Métiers d’Art Fabuleux Ornements launched in 2014 are the result of the craftsmanship from ten different master artisans from the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture. Together, they have combined their skills to create feminine timepieces that are their re-interpretations of Ottoman architecture, Chinese embroidery, Indian manuscripts and French lacework respectively. The artisans’ skills cover … More

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Florilège: Floral beauties

Vacheron Constantin’s Constantin’s Métiers d’Art Florilège collection launched in 2013 takes its inspiration from floral illustrations and paintings found in Robert John Thornton’s The Temple of Flora. Said to be published in 1799, The Temple of Flora comprises 90 plates and three floral paintings have been chosen by Vacheron Constantin for its Métiers d’Art Florilège collection: the China Limodoron, white … More

SPOT ON: The power of the colour orange

So how was the recently concluded annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) held in Geneva at the end of January 2013? From what we observed during the watch fair, artistic pieces stood out even more for us this year. Interestingly, one colour also caught our attention – orange. Coincidentally, we spotted a butterfly with an orange spot on … More