VACHERON CON­STANTIN EGERIE

Business Traveller - - WATCHES -

It is down­right stun­ning that, un­til this year, Vacheron Con­stantin – the world’s old­est watch brand in con­tin­u­ous ex­is­tence – did not have a range of watches de­signed specif­i­cally for women. Un­til now, there were only smaller and more gem-en­crusted ver­sions of its men’s watches.

That has all changed with the launch of the Egérie (named af­ter an an­cient Ro­man nymph), a fam­ily of 35mm and 37mm watches that are im­me­di­ately iden­ti­fi­able by the off-set cir­cu­lar open­ing at 2 o’clock and the un­usual place­ment of the crown to match.

That cir­cu­lar win­dow is used to dis­play the date on the en­try-level model (£16,300), but I think is at its best when hous­ing the moon­phase com­pli­ca­tion seen here, with a stylised night sky de­picted in mother-of-pearl and rose gold, ringed by di­a­monds. It’s the right bal­ance of whim­si­cal de­sign and fine ex­e­cu­tion – which you could also say of the handguil­loché pat­terns on the rest of the dial, in­tended to evoke fine lace­work.

£30,000; vacheron-con­stantin.com

It of­fers the right bal­ance of whim­si­cal de­sign and fine ex­e­cu­tion

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