In September of 2011, the world’s oldest watch manufacture, Vacheron Constantin, opened their first ever boutique in North America. The store sits on the prestigious Madison Ave (at 64th street), and acts as a flagship point of sale and service facility for the brand.
Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of visiting the store and meeting with the very knowledgable and friendly management and staff, including the on-site expert watchmaker (who can provide a number of basic and high level repairs in-house). As you would expect, the two story location has exquisite interior design details, and most importantly — a wider selection of timepieces than any authorized retailer in the country. During my visit I was able to peruse the collection, and I photographed five of my favorite pieces for your enjoyment (below).
If you are not in the New York area, it is worth noting that there is a newly opened boutique in Las Vegas, and there are two new locations that will open soon in California as well (click below to learn more).
Overseas Dual Time, Steel/Titanium
Stainless steel 42 mm case with bezel and pushpiece protector in titanium, Self-winding movement caliber 1222 SC, slate colored dial with sunray finish, subdial date indicator, power reserve indicator, second timezone with day/night indicator, center seconds, screwed-down crown and pushpiece, antimagnetic protection, applied 18K hour markers, luminescent hour markers and hands, 40-hour power reserve, water-resistance 150 meters, triple-blade folding clasp, alligator leather strap and rubber strap (Ref. 47450/000W-9511), Retail $17,900
Patrimony Contemporaine Perpetual Calendar, Pink Gold
41 mm pink gold case, ultra-thin self-winding movement (4.05 mm) caliber 1120 QP, silvered opaline dial, perpetual calendar, moon phase, 18K gold applied hour markers, 40-hour power reserve, sapphire caseback (snap-on), water-resistance 30 meters, brown leather strap with triple-blade folding clasp (Ref. 43175/000R-9687), Retail $79,000
Patrimony Contemporaine Date Self-Winding, Pink Gold
40 mm 18K pink gold case, self-winding mechanical movement caliber 2450 SC, silvered opaline dial, date at 6 o’clock, center seconds, applied hour markers in 18K gold, 40-hour power reserve, sapphire snap-on caseback, water-resistance 30 meters, brown leather strap and pin buckle (Ref. 85180/000R-9248), Retail $26,500
Patrimony Traditionelle World Time, Pink Gold
42.50 mm pink gold case, self-winding mechanical movement caliber 2460 WT, World Time indication (37 time zones) with day/night indication via shaded world map in center, metal disc with world map and transferred city names, external ring with transferred minute-track and 18K gold applied hour markers, center seconds, 40-hour power reserve, sapphire caseback (screwed), water-resistance 30 meters, brown leather strap with triple-blade folding clasp (Ref. 86060/000R-9640), Retail $48,900
Historiques Ultra-Fine 1955, Yellow Gold
36 mm ultra-thin 18K pink gold case, Ultra-thin hand-wound movement caliber 1003, silvered opaline dial, polished hour markers, 31-hour power reserve, sapphire caseback, water-resistance 30 meters, brown leather strap with pin buckle (Ref. 33155/000R-9588), Retail $30,600
Following the success of the New York boutique (which opened September 2011), Vacheron Constantin subsequently opened a 2nd North American boutique in Las Vegas (opened July 2012). Coming soon there will be a 3rd North American boutique which will be located at South Coast Plaza mall in Costa Mesa, CA (it will open next month). Finally, there is a fourth boutique currently under construction in Beverly Hills, CA on Rodeo Drive (it is scheduled to open January 2013). Learn more here.