Vacheron Constantin has opened a new exclusive boutique in the capital of Russia. At the grand opening, the Swiss watchmaker has also presented four new limited editions of its previously seen models which will be available only in the new shop. All of these watches are made in a somewhat unusual style, at least when Vacheron Constantin is concerned, since they include the combination of dark dials and lighter-colored case materials. The most exclusive of these is a unique version of grand complication Calibre 2253 model. Additionally, the selection of restricted Moscow issues also includes 20-piece watch with two retrograde calendar indications, as well as two more 30-piece series of ultra-thin watches. The former of these is much more intricate and made with a perpetual calendar complication, while the latter is with just a pair of central hands as its indications, but with an even slimmer profile.
From Prince Potemkin to Berlin House Boutique
The new Vacheron Constantin’s exclusive shop in Moscow called Berlin House Boutique spreads to nearly 3800 square feet and is located in the Petrovka street of the Russian capital. Although the boutique is brand new, the same cannot be said for the ties of the Genevan company and Russia. The first Vacheron Constantin came to the largest country in the world nearly two centuries ago. It was a repeater model made especially for Prince Potemkin in 1819. Logically, this commission was followed by a number of additional timekeepers which were sent to Russia and which were ordered by the Russian noblemen who followed the prince’s lead.
Vacheron Constantin’s Treasures at Display
Besides the models from the manufacturer’s regular palette of products, the early visitors of Berlin House Boutique will be able to see the iconic models by the Swiss brand, rounded up in the exhibition named “Vacheron Constantin’s Treasures”. The display which will last until July 13 includes top watches from all periods of its proud history. Thus, the Muscovites can admire both vintage (like The King Fouad I pocket watch from 1929) and contemporary models (like Tour d’Ille from 2006).
The Oppositely Styled Restricted Series
More importantly, the new boutique is also the only place to buy four new limited editions. These special editions are made with dark faces coupled with housings in platinum or 18 k white gold, which is quite unusual for Vacheron Constantin. The Swiss brand is commonly much more inclined to the opposite style of watches which are made with lighter faces and supplemented with cases from red or yellow gold.
Undoubtedly, the most amazing of these new limited edition models made for the Moscow boutique is a grand complication piece whose exclusivity is underlined with the fact that it is made in just a single copy. The watch in question is Traditionelle Calibre 2253. This highly complex watch has a 457-component movement whose astounding list of traits includes a tourbillion, an equation of time and a two week power reserve. A wonderful personalized touch and the final among very demanding astronomical complications of the piece is the indication for sunset and sunrise times in Moscow. The quality of the movement and the entire watch with an Onyx black dial are guaranteed with the Poinçon de Geneva certification. As for the material used for the making of the housing of the most impressive in the quartet of the Moscow boutique limited edition watches, it is the only one that comes in a platinum housing. The rest of the models are with 18 K white gold cases.
The second of the restricted editions is more contemporary looking Patrimony Retrograde Day and Date model. As its name suggests, this 20-piece series model has two arching indications for its calendar. The retrograde date indication lays at the top of the dial, while the day of the week is placed at the opposite end.
Next, we have another watch with the Geneva seal certification of quality and an impressive complication enabled with its automatic housing with exceptionally thin profile of just 4 mm. It is Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Moscow Boutique Edition timekeeper with a 41 mm wide and 8.9 thick housing, as well as a lovely domed face.
The final limited edition piece which will be exclusive to the brand’s boutique in the Petrovska street is another ultra-thin automatic timepiece. Traditionelle Moscow Boutique watch is based on Caliber 1120 whose thickness measures to minute 2.45 mm. This piece also has another subtle and clever nod to the city to which it is exclusive since it comes with a hand-guilloched gray dial which features a motif inspired by the one visible on the Kremilin, one of the Moscow’s best known landmarks.