Our Predictions In The Mechanical Exception Category Of The 2019 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG)

Five panelists, three to four predicted winners, and a possible Aiguille d’Or winner: the 2019 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève Mechanical Exception category has it all, including an atomic clock and another time indication that is likely to make you think you have taken LSD!

Cory Richards: A Vacheron Constantin ‘One Of Not Many’ And His Unique Piece Overseas Dual Time On Mount Everest

Mountaineer, adventurer, and photographer Cory Richards wore his unique-piece Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time prototype during a summit bid on Mount Everest in 2019. This is very likely to be Vacheron Constantin’s first (and perhaps only) watch on the wrist of an explorer on Mount Everest. But there is definitely more to it than that, which Elizabeth Doerr uncovers here.

How The Watch Industry Is Testing Blockchain And Cryptocurrency, Plus Five Brands That Have Already Waded In

Blockchain may have its place; cryptocurrency remains a subject for debate. One thing is for sure: the watch industry is testing the marketability and benefits of both. Chris Malburg explains how each provides both risk and reward to five industry players.

Aging, perhaps gracefully: dial of the Vacheron & Constantin Reference 4560

Why I Bought It: Vacheron & Constantin Reference 4560 Triple Calendar

Oh, those Geneva auctions! While GaryG’s intention is usually to browse the rare pieces on offer, gain an education from his auction-house friends and escape unscathed, it seems that more often than not there is a piece that puts him into bidding mode. And sometimes, that piece is entirely unanticipated as was the case of the Vacheron & Constantin Reference 4560 triple calendar that he stumbled across at the Sotheby’s preview. Here is why he bought it.

Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Blue Complete Calendar

Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Blue: The Delight Of A Well-Designed Dial

At the 2019 SIHH, Vacheron Constantin introduced the contemporary FiftySix line with blue dials. And while normally a new dial color is less exciting than a new watch or complication, the new blue highlighted just how good the dial design of the FiftySix is!

Pink Floyd’s ‘Animals’ cover art features London’s Battersea Power Station

Vacheron Constantin Hits All The Right Notes: FiftySix Day-Date, FiftySix Tourbillon, And The Rock-And-Roll Magic Of London

Vacheron Constantin’s FiftySix Tourbillon launch, which took place in London alongside the introduction of a new music campaign aimed at a younger generation, hit all the right notes for Elizabeth Doerr. Read on to discover why.

Tutima hot air balloon

Hot Air Magic: How Wristwatches And Hot Air Balloons Soar Upward

Strong stories and captivating histories constantly seduce watchmakers to create various special editions, and ballooning is one of those adventurous feats that has captured some horological imaginations. Here Jan Lidmaňský highlights a few watch brands that have floated through the sky, both literally and figuratively.

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Pig (left) and Petite Heure Minute Relief Pig

Happy Chinese New Year Of The Pig With 8 Auspicious Porcine-Themed Watches From Vacheron Constantin, Chopard, Jaquet Droz, And Blancpain

Chinese New Year of the Pig is upon us, and a few brands have created special edition timepieces to celebrate. Here are eight artistic porcine-themed watches by Jaquet Droz, Vacheron Constantin, Chopard, and Blancpain.

A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Langematik Perpetual

Three Perpetual Calendars Launched At SIHH 2019 From A. Lange & Söhne, Girard-Perregaux, And Vacheron Constantin

The perpetual calendar is a great example of a complication that is outdated by at least a couple of decades. Yet perpetuals still know how to capture the attention of watch collectors and connoisseurs with a very complex movement, even if some components only jump into action once a year. The perpetual calendar is often the perfect way for a watch manufactures to show off craftsmanship and ability – but the way that brands do this varies. Here are three very different examples we found at the 2019 SIHH.

Dual regulators of the Vacheron Constantin Traditionelle TwinBeat

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Twin Beat: User-Controlled Dual Frequency Offers Greater Precision, Less Wear, And Option Of Two-Month Power Reserve

The Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Twin Beat adapts to the needs of its wearer by maintaining two frequencies that the wearer can choose between, resulting in a spectacular 65-day power reserve for this perpetual calendar watch thanks to a reconfigured balance spring beating at 1.2 Hz as desired.