Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières Sydney 86222/000G-B916 | Image: Vacheron Constantin

Vacheron Constantin Unveils Sydney-Exclusive Tribute Model for One Special Reason

Swiss watchmaking legend Vacheron Constantin is well known for its boutique experience. A trip to one of its expansive showrooms allows fans to immerse themselves in the world of Haute Horlogerie, and of course, there’s always the chance to get your hands on an exclusive model. But for Australian fans of high-end watchmaking, there’s only been one way to get this experience – a visit to the brand’s Melbourne store. Well, that’s now changed with the unveiling of a new boutique in Sydney. And to really whet the appetite of Sydneysiders, there’s the simultaneous launch of a boutique-exclusive watch, the Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières Sydney.

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Vacheron Constantin Sydney boutique | Image: Vacheron Constantin

Vacheron Constantin Sydney boutique | Image: Vacheron Constantin

Located in the heart of the Harbour City, the new boutique spans three floors, each with its own role to play in the unique experience. At ground level, you’ll find the Maison’s discovery area, offering the complete range of Vacheron Constantin watches. The first floor is reserved for VIPs and the second floor will feature ongoing exhibitions.

To mark the opening of the Sydney boutique there are two new VC exclusives, the first being Canberra-based artist Lisa Cahill’s glass installation that features the brand’s Maltese Cross emblem. The second exclusive is a stunning new addition to the Métiers d’Art Villes Lumieres collection, a series of watches that showcase the world’s best cities, from a nocturnal and aerial perspective.

Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières Sydney 86222/000G-B916 | Image: Vacheron Constantin

Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières Sydney 86222/000G-B916 | Image: Vacheron Constantin

Needless to say, a watch made by one of the holy trinity of watchmakers and featuring one of the world’s great cities was bound to be a winner. Like the previous models – created in tribute to Geneva, Paris, New York, Beijing and Tokyo – the new Sydney model offers a view of the city from above, including the Sydney Harbour and landmarks like the Opera House, Walsh Bay and Harbour Bridge.

The exquisite dial was fashioned by Japanese artisan Yoko Imai and features a miniature tableau that faithfully recreates Sydney at night. The enamel dial is decorated using tiny calligraphy brushes to lay down the city lights in gold, platinum and diamond powder. The dial – with its wonderful birds-eye view of Sydney – is housed in a 40mm case forged from 18k white gold. It’s classically styled and is equipped with sapphire crystals at the front and rear. The exhibition back reveals the wonderful Calibre 2460 movement, an attractive engine created entirely in-house and boasting a decorated 22K gold rotor.

Vacheron Constantin’s Sydney boutique offers fans of high-end watchmaking the ultimate in-store experience. And if there was any further enticement needed, it’s got to be the Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières Sydney – an outstanding salute to one of the world’s premier cities.

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Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières Sydney 86222/000G-B916 | Image: Vacheron Constantin

Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières Sydney 86222/000G-B916 | Image: Vacheron Constantin

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières 86222/000G-B916

Diameter: 40mm
Height: 8.9mm
Case: 18K White Gold
Movement: In-house Calibre 2460S
Bracelet: Mississippiensis alligator leather
Crystal: Sapphire
Water Resistance: 30M

Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières Sydney 86222/000G-B916 | Image: Vacheron Constantin

Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières Sydney 86222/000G-B916 | Image: Vacheron Constantin

Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières Sydney 86222/000G-B916 | Image: Vacheron Constantin

Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières Sydney 86222/000G-B916 | Image: Vacheron Constantin

Vacheron Constantin Sydney boutique | Image: Vacheron Constantin

Vacheron Constantin Sydney boutique | Image: Vacheron Constantin

Vacheron Constantin Sydney boutique | Image: Vacheron Constantin

Vacheron Constantin Sydney boutique | Image: Vacheron Constantin

Vacheron Constantin Sydney boutique | Image: Vacheron Constantin

Vacheron Constantin Sydney boutique | Image: Vacheron Constantin

Vacheron Constantin Sydney boutique | Image: Vacheron Constantin

Vacheron Constantin Sydney boutique | Image: Vacheron Constantin

Vacheron Constantin Sydney boutique | Image: Vacheron Constantin

Vacheron Constantin Sydney boutique | Image: Vacheron Constantin


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Lee Smith lives in Tynemouth, England. Having graduated with a BA(Hons) from Sheffield University (1996) he spent several years at a FTSE 100 software company. He left to pursue his love of literature and opened a bookstore. As well as exhibiting books at events around the UK, he also became manager of the annual Alnwick Bookfair. In 2016 Lee switched to his other passion - watches. He began retailing niche brands and launched his own microbrand. He then used his extensive knowledge of watches to write a popular blog. Since 2020 he's written about watches full time.