Vacheron Constantin’s Métiers d’Art les Aérostiers watches are true feats of engineering. Presented at 2018’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva, the five designs were inspired by five seminal hot air balloon flights made in France between 1783 and 1785. The emerald green model pictured commemorates the flight of Jean-Pierre Blanchard in 1784. It features a reproduction of the balloon used by Blanchard, which is beautifully engraved in pounced gold and plique-à-jour enamel, and took three weeks to produce. Vacheron Constantin also harnesses great technical expertise, with a sophisticated self-winding mechanical movement and with the date and time shown through four apertures on the outer rim of the dial. Founded in 1755, Vacheron Constantin is one of the oldest watchmakers in Switzerland, and with these very special creations it combines a sense of heritage and pioneering spirit.
Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art les Aérostiers watch, price on request,
Vacheron Constantin, 1 place de Longemalle, 1204 Geneva, +41 (0)22 316 1740,