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SIHH 2017 Highlights: Vacheron Constantin

Evocative artistic techniques and technical innovation come together beautifully in Vacheron Constantin’s new Métiers d’Art Copernicus celestial spheres watches.

Vacheron Constantin’s fascination with the stars and celestial bodies this year culminates most beautifully in the new Métiers d’Art Copernicus celestial spheres, a trio of watches inspired by mathematician and philosopher Nicolaus Copernicus and his theory on heliocentrism. In his book, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (1543), he theorised that the earth revolved around its own axis and around the sun, starting a major astronomical revolution that eventually led to the discovery of the elliptical trajectories of the heavenly bodies.

Métiers d’Art Copernicus celestial spheres


Drawing on their mastery over traditional watchmaking métiers d’art, Vacheron Constantin revealed three heartachingly beautiful watches that offer individual interpretations of Harmonia Macrocosmica. Authored by 17th-century Dutch-German cartographer Andrea Cellarius, the baroque-styled star atlas is one of the most important known to exist.

Each watch features a dial divided into two distinct parts that are separated by an elliptical groove: The oval centre bears a hand-engraved gilded sun, while the outer area serves as a canvas for three decorative craft variations: Grand feu enamelling, hand-engraving on gold and crystal engraving.


Animating each watch is the new mechanical self-winding manufacture-made movement, calibre 2460 RT. It shows the hours and minutes via two pointers attached to large dedicated wheels (positioned on the outer part of the calibre) and features two complications that allow the domed globe to replicate the way earth travels through space. Travelling along the trajectory of the elliptical groove, the earth disc revolves on its own axis once every 24 hours and orbits around the sun once every tropical year (or 365.2421898 days) thanks to a tropical gear train.

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