In the beginning from the twentieth century, Europe experienced a time of intense industrialisation. It had been as reply to this energetic whirlwind that Art Nouveau was created. This movement sent a brand new breeze blowing through artistic circles which started promoting coming back to Nature, with undulating shapes, organic swirls and effusive arabesques. The elegant and artistic women of the era required refuge in pastel-hued, vaporous, voluptuous romanticism. The Heure Romantique model is inspired with this delicate trend. Crafted in 18-carat white-colored gold and adorned with 104 round-cut diamonds (roughly 2.5 cts), its bezel undulates around a parent-of-gem dial. Four gemset lugs deliciously accentuate the graceful contours of the slightly curved case interspersed with a winding crown enhanced having a gemstone. Inspired with a model highly representational from the Belle Epoque and dating from 1916, this reinterpretation is lacking of superfluity and maintains only its essential elegant roundness. This exceptional timepiece is worn on the black satin strap, guaranteed with a white gold gemset folding clasp.
The Manufacture’s artists have pressed virtuosity to the extremes by developing a second version that’s fully paved with round-cut diamonds such as the dial, case and bracelet. The second is articulated around 30 crescent moon-formed links set with 264 precious gemstones (roughly 6.3 cts), extending the graceful curves from the case. Bearing vibrant testimony towards the mastery from the artistic crafts cultivated at Vacheron Constantin, the fully paved version is graced with 621 diamonds totaling roughly 9.7 cts. The contours from the Heure Romantique are further highlighted within the version set with baguette-cut diamonds. The flicker of faceted precious gemstones (totaling roughly 17 cts) forms a river of crystalline light poised to nestle within the hollow of the elegant wrist.