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Live From SIHH 2017 – The mighty Vacheron Constantin Celestia

| By Brice Goulard | 1 min read |

Here we are, live from the SIHH 2017. And as you can imagine, things are quite hectic. That’s why we will be bringing you some short stories introducing some of the best novelties we’ve seen so far. No long articles, just the pleasure of live photos. Don’t worry, we have dozens of longer articles coming too. To start the show, here is the mighty (understatement) Vacheron Constantin Celestia.

What you’re looking at is a sibling of the ultra-impressive ref. 57260, the most complicated watch in the world. Of course, this Vacheron Constantin Celestia has less to offer compared to this masterpiece but still, it is a hell of a watch. Listen to this:

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  • 23 complications on twin dials
  • six barrels for a three week, or 504-hour, power reserve
  • its calibre 3600 comprises 514-part, some of them coming from the 57260
  • three types of time – civil, solar (these two on the front and sidereal (on the back)
  • Each time indication is powered by its own gear train
  • equation of time
  • perpetual calendar
  • mareoscope (meaning the tide levels, in the aperture at 11)
  • sunrise and sunset times at 5 and 7
  • indicator for the zodiac signs, seasons, solstices and equinoxes at 4

  • on the back,
    • star chart that shows the night sky when seen from the Northern Hemisphere
    • month of the year
    • power reserve
    • sidereal time
    • tourbillon

Yes, you’ve read that correctly. All of this is included in a single watch, measuring a reasonable diameter of 45mm (rather small considering the six barrels and all the complications). The Vacheron Constantin Celestia will be offered in a very limited production, and don’t even bother asking for the price… this one’s for serious players only. And now, enjoy the view on the wrist.

Vacheron Constantin Celestia - SIHH 2017

4 responses

  1. Breathtaking…But if I can add my two cents, curved lugs would have allowed for a better wrist-fit….


  2. Yes, insanely complex and impressive, but too much data and too difficult to actually see what the time is!

  3. Image the $$$ when it needs servicing ! Its a feat of complex mechanical engineering but even IF I could afford it I’d prefer to have one of their more basic offerings .

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