Vacheron Constantin’s Metiers d’Arts Elegance Sartoriale: the watches inspired by men’s tailoring – Telegraph.co.uk
“There’s always a risk in watchmaking that when you do decide to do something that is crafts-led for men the result can feel gimmicky,” the dapper Selmoni admits. “But I think we’ve managed to interpret these patterns in a way that is in good taste.” For the man who speaks of the individuality that bespoke dressing permits him as offering “a kind of hedonism”, one might rest assured that good taste is, indeed, the case with Vacheron’s new collection.
The resulting Élégance Sartoriale watches – five styles, each in an edition of just 15, and each one setting you back £41,600, or the equivalent of around eight bespoke suits – manage to tread that fine line between novelty and originality. Each watch expresses the watchmaking excellence that one might expect from Vacheron Constantin – a manual-winding, super-thin calibre with 40-hour power reserve. But the Swiss manufacture also pays homage to the traditional watchmaking decorative arts in which it excels, including guilloché, enamelling and tapisserie, to recreate examples of Vitale Barberis Canonico’s finest weaves.
Each is given plenty of room on the watch face by using a smaller sub-dial to display the time, with this in turn subtly complemented by the sort of motif one might find on a pleasing tie or the kind of boxer shorts that one receives from the unimaginative at Christmas.