Vacheron Constantin’s Ode To Diamonds! The New Égérie Is A True Showstopper
Not so long ago, in 2020, Vacheron Constantin released its second iteration of the Égérie collection with a completely new design. Today the new Égérie comes out! Indeed, it is a high jewelry timepiece but very contemporary regardless. For me, it’s a very significant design that changes perspective on ladies’ watches, and here’s why…
We have two new models to assess: the 18k white gold and the 18k 5N pink gold Vacheron Constantin Égérie. These watches are set with 912 round-cut diamonds, turning what would otherwise be a demure 35mm case into a devastating glitter explosion. Among the (beautiful) noise, it is almost lost that the crown sits at 1 o’clock — a nice touch that gives the case more to crow about than just a ton of frosted carbon…
Not-so-typical Vacheron Constantin Égérie
When it comes to the Vacheron Constantin Égérie, it is the little things that count. The small details make all the difference. Firstly, I’m in love with the offset date window positioned between 1 and 2 o’clock. Studying it and its location reveals the stunning complexity of the dial decoration.
Additionally, another detail I appreciate is the easiness of alternating between straps. With the Vacheron Constantin interchangeability system, anyone will swap the strap without any need for tools. Both versions come with two different straps that match the colors of the Arabic numerals placed on the dial.
The caliber 1088
Inside we find Vacheron Constantin’s self-winding caliber 1088. This movement is 20.8 mm wide and 3.82mm thick. You can appreciate the decorative finishes through a sapphire crystal case back. With 26 jewels, a rate of 28,800vph, and a 40-hour power reserve, caliber 1088 offers hours, minutes, center seconds, and date. The movement itself is beautifully finished with a Côtes de Genève motif and signature Vacheron Constantin 22K gold rotor.
It’s been an exciting week full of new releases, with more brands going into a more experimental sphere and presenting a glimpse of the ladies’ watches future. In my opinion, this one is about as good as it gets. It is creative. It is characterful. And despite being covered with diamonds, it could just as easily pack a punch without. That, to me, is the mark of successful design. But what are your thoughts on the matter? Do you love diamonds? Do you hate them? What should ladies’ watches look like today, tomorrow, and in the years to come? Let us know in the comments below.