Vacheron Constantin – Kalla Haute Couture à Pampilles


Kalla Haute Couture à PampillesVacheron Constantin is probably not the first name that springs to mind when the words haute joaillerie are uttered, but nevertheless, Vacheron Constantin decided to step outside their comfort zone and voilà – the new Kalla Haute Couture à Pampilles was born!
That is not to say that VC hasn’t done their share of the “blingy” timeware, au contraire! The most recent exhibition in Singapore showed us the real scope and amazing artistic abilities of the manufacture’s master craftsmen, and now, as if Vacheron Constantin would like to bring the point home even further, they unleashed this diamond beauty.

Kalla Haute Couture à Pampilles

Vacheron Constantin Kalla Haute Couture à Pampilles

Now, to better understand this radiant masterpiece, it would be wise to first learn something from the watchmaking and Vacheron’s own rich history. Back in the first half of the 19th century, 1820 to be more precise, first pocket-watches designed especially for ladies have emerged in Switzerland. Smaller and more delicate than their counterparts designed for gentlemen, ladies (pocket) watch required a different set of talents for their decoration. By the 1880s, Vacheron Constantin has already realized the potential of this alluring new market, and in 1887, there was a first series of 30 wristwatches for ladies, a historic moment, as it was also one of the first series of wristwatches in the world. By the way, there was another notable ingenious engineering feat employed in these pioneering timepieces – a rotating bezel which served as both the winding screw and time set.
Vacheron Constantin Kalla Haute Couture à Pampilles
Fast forward to the 1979. As you might know, there is an atelier within the Vacheron Constantin manufacture dedicated exclusively to the artistic crafts aptly named Métiers d’Art. The craftsmen artists employed there are solely dedicated to one goal – to transform the soulless mechanical contraption aka the watch, into the beautiful work of art. In the said year, those magicians, turned theirs attention and skill towards one of the most amazing watches in the VC’s history. Kallista was one of the most expensive watches ever made, consisting of 118 emerald-cut stones weighing a record total of 130 carats. It was exclusive, only one piece, but it inspired the current Kalla collection of which Kalla Haute Couture à Pampilles is a part of.
Bejeweled with approximately 28.70 carats of gems, this dazzling timepiece is hardly recognizable as such at first glance. This is yet another nod and homage to the immeasurable heritage of the oldest manufacture in the world, and the tradition of “secret watches”.
Of course, this being a Vacheron Constantin watch, it features an equally beautiful movement: a manual winding 1005 caliber with power reserve of approx 35 hours. Price was not disclosed. Yet.

Vacheron Constantin Kalla Haute Couture à Pampilles

Vacheron Constantin Kalla Haute Couture à Pampilles

Vacheron Constantin Kalla Haute Couture à Pampilles

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