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Vacheron Constantin unveils its first new ladies collection in 17 years

Vacheron Constantin unveils its first new ladies collection in 17 years

Moon phase, interchangeable bands and pavé diamonds part of the new Égérie Collection.

Vacheron Constantin has just released its first new women’s watch line in 17 years: the Égérie collection. The new collection is vastly different from the Swiss watchmaker’s 2003 release – also named Égérie – and draws influences from the world of haute couture.

The original Égérie line was characterised by large numerals at 12 and 6, and, most importantly, its tonneau case. The new line is significantly more outgoing – a Ferrari to the old collection’s Mercedes-Benz – both classy, but one has all the bells and whistles.

There are three models to choose from: Égérie self-winding (with a 35-millimetre case), Égérie moon phase (with a 37-millimetre case) and Égérie moon phase diamond-pavé (also with a 37-millimetre case). The self-winding and moon phase watches are available in stainless steel or pink gold and set with diamonds (34 for the self-winding, 36 for the moon phase). The flashiest of the bunch, the moon phase with pavé diamonds, is only available in white gold. But when it’s set with just over 800 diamonds – 292 on the case and 510 on the face – do you really need another option?

But lots of jewellers cram their watches with diamonds. What we’re particularly excited about (call us vain) is the interchangeable watch bands. The pink-gold watches come with three interchangeable straps (alligator leather in night blue, candied chestnut and raspberry pink), and the pavé diamond moonphase comes with two (blue alligator leather and blue satin). No tools are required to swap the straps, just a simple clip.

The Égérie collection is on sale in all Vacheron Constantin boutiques and authorised points of sale from 1 March, with prices starting at $28,300.

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