If you’re looking to gently make your way into the big boy leagues, and picking up that hot new release from the catalog down at your local AD isn’t going to cut it, it’s time to head over to Vacheron Constantin and the hallowed halls of Les Cabinotiers.
This specialist department at Vacheron is a place into which few have had the privilege of stepping foot. You quite literally sit down with a blank sheet of paper and create every detail of that watch you’ve always wanted (that watch you’ve spent way too much time talking to your partner about over the years – you know the one that makes him or her nod and smile, as they try to continue faking interest).
Historically, the Cabinotiers watchmakers worked in the attics of ateliers, and crafted one-of-a-kind watches commissioned by collectors and high-profile client. No doubt you will remember that mind blowing horological masterpiece the Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600, a product of the program. Even if you’re not ready to commission a unique complication for yourself, however, I’ve still got good news. If you’re in London between February 14 and March 10, you will have the opportunity to see 11 unique pieces created by the department, but not at the specific requests of clients. This is about as rare a horological experience as exists today.