Introduced in early 2020 as an all-new collection, the Egerie is Vacheron Constantin’s latest foray into the genre of modern-classical ladies’ watches that can be worn day and night. It is a study of elegance and simplicity with just the right amount of flair, and proof that some design elements seem to be timeless and, one might also observe, seductive in the composition of its parts.
The Egerie collection was launched with two mechanical models, one with moonphase and one with a date window. The latter is simply known as ‘the self-winding model,’ and the maison has recently added a new version to the line-up, with its 35mm case offered in pink gold and a bracelet to match (RM173,000).
It makes for a warm, welcoming hue of precious metal, and combined with the diamond-set bezel and supple links of the bracelet, exudes a softness that is not quite so evident in the stainless-steel model. The hands and numerals are in a similar material, a complement to the textured, silvered opaline dial that is a signature of the Egerie. This dial features a guilloche-like pleated pattern created using an old tapestry technique. This is created by hand via a pantograph-like machine that dates to 1904, and the result is reminiscent of precious fabric with subtle textures and depth
The pleat pattern also reveals the haute couture inspirations behind this Egerie watch – the second hand was also designed to resemble a sewing needle. The upper-right positioning of the date indicator adds a touch of asymmetrical playfulness to the watch and is ringed with 34 diamonds to join the 58 on the bezel. The total weight of the diamonds on this watch is approximately 0.97 carats.
Other returning features of this Egerie timepiece are the automatic movement visible through the display caseback, showcasing its striped Cotes de Geneve finish, and openworked rotor styled after Vacheron Constantin’s Maltese cross logo.