Did you know that the appearance of a celestial dragon grasping a pearl signifies good fortune? Instead of a pearl, however, the dragon on the dial of this stunning Vacheron Constantin timepiece battles with a tourbillon, although it’s going to be a long match since the movement stays powered for a jaw-dropping 14 days.
The Genevan manufacture’s flawless hand-engraving chops are evident throughout the watch. Carved in relief from a solid piece of 5N gold, the dragon is accompanied by two clouds on either side of the tourbillon, while more clouds adorn the case, crafted in 5N pink gold. Its aesthetics deeply redolent of an earlier unique piece named L’Empreinte du Dragon that had been engraved with scales all over, it also demonstrates the immense and error-free artistic excellence possessed by the in-house artisans of this centuries-old manufacture.
Bearing the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva, this watch is as beautiful on the inside as it is out, and not only does it proffer long power reserve, but quality and precision too. Its movement has been lavishly finished; the tourbillon bridge alone took over 11 hours of manual hand-finishing. A timepiece as exquisite as this isn’t destined for the masses. Indeed, only eight will be made, available exclusively in Vacheron Constantin’s Asia Pacific boutiques.