Meticulously calculated proportions and the pursuit of harmony reach their pinnacle in the purity of shapes and easily comprehensible lines. When applied to watchmaking and complex mechanical challenges, Vacheron Constantin’s exploration towards the ideal aesthetic results in a sophistication firmly centered on the essential. In the Maison, this minimalist approach to watch design manifests as intrinsic elegance. Technically, it translates into unparalleled mastery of ultra-thin movements, while meticulous attention to detail, delicate material balance, and careful composition give the brand’s creations a discreet yet visually impactful appearance.
Selected from a private collection of approximately 1600 Vacheron Constantin watches, the pieces featured in the LESS’ENTIAL exhibition, which was on display from September 6th to 15th at the brand’s boutique in Lisbon, represent the stylistic research that the Maison is dedicated to. Comprising pocket and wristwatches produced until the second half of the 20th century, this collection becomes a clear manifestation of the intention to subject mechanical complexities to the purity of design and ease of function readability. This type of minimalism in watchmaking, which has gracefully evolved through different eras, exemplifies the ability to adapt to all styles and materials. Whether in classic dials or in dials that challenge daily conventions, such as jumping hour dials, the goal remains the same: to achieve beauty through simplicity, to focus on what is truly “LESS’ENTIAL.”