VACHERON CONSTANTIN EGERIE
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.
It offers the right balance of whimsical design and fine execution