Watch exhibitions, particularly those that serve as a noble but often rather dull vehicle for reminding us of just how long a brand has been around, typically have one major failing. You rock up, stare at a replica watch uk through a pane of glass and then go home. You’ve really got to love pre-war high complications – or be a watch journalist – to consider leaving the house for that.
It’s for this reason that high quality copy Vacheron Constantin’s Les Collectionneurs exhibitions of vintage watches have always spurred more enthusiasm. Because at these, not only can you try the old timers on, but if the moment takes you, you can actually buy them too. Consumers these days want experiences – and Vacheron is here to deliver them.
News of the arrival at the brand’s Bond Street and Harrods boutiques of eleven vintage and highly collectible best Vacheron Constantin replica watches online today is therefore more noteworthy than it might be. The near half dozen are all 20th-century pieces, with highlights including an 18-carat yellow-gold minute-repeater created in 1951 (£342,000) that’s one of the last in a series of around 40 Vacheron ever produced, and a two-tone quartz 222 from 1981 (£13,000), which, while only being a bijou 25mm in diameter, will titillate the brand’s aficionados because of its significance to watch design, and its rarity.
Each of the eleven was sourced and then restored by Vacheron’s in-house teams and is sent out into the world with a digital certificate of authentication underwritten by blockchain technology, plus a two-year guarantee. That doesn’t make it the same as buying a new watch, but then if you’re acquiring the exquisite 1955 Model 6026 yellow-gold chronograph (£55,000), you probably won’t want it to be.
Quite reasonably, Les Collectionneurs is a source of considerable pride to Vacheron Constantin super clone. The venerable maison has made a big play of the fact that it will take in and restore any piece it’s ever made, even if that means re-creating parts last produced centuries ago. Of course, there’s an exponential cost attached to such a service, but even so, it’s far from universal in Swiss watchmaking and the romance attached to it is deserved. Indeed Swiss movement copy Vacheron Constantin cares about its past so much that it claims to have a private collection of 1,500 of its own historic watches.
The Les Collectionneurs collection will be open for viewings on Bond Street and at Harrods until 9 August. If you want to sample all eleven, go early – once they’re gone, they’re gone.