Vacheron Constantin’s new watch embraces vintage-inspired design codes

Vacheron Constantin Heures Créatives Heure Romantique watch reinterprets a model dating from 1916 – and is imbued with romance

Vacheron watch with flower shaped diamond bezel
Heures Créatives Heure Romantique watch in 18ct white gold with a diamond-set folding clasp, £49,600, by Vacheron Constantin
(Image credit: Josh David Payne)

A classic with a twist is the motto behind Vacheron Constantin’s offbeat elegance, making its timepieces the natural choice of romantics – and a good bet for the chic watch-loving bride. This piece

builds on the

Heures Créatives collection, originally released in 2015; drawing from the archives for inspiration, pieces were inspired by everything from the curving forms of the Belle Époque era to the slyly humorous design codes of the 1970s. The Vacheron Constantin

Heures Créatives Heure Romantique model borrows from the romance of the art nouveau period, translating the fluid form of a 1916 model into a contemporary silhouette.

The elegance of the watch doesn’t detract from the romance at its heart, and traditional love motifs, while present, are given the edgy interpretation we would expect from Vacheron Constantin. Rather than pastel shades or blood-red silhouettes, we have the suggestion of sentimentality in the curves of the case itself. Flowers, drawn in white gold and studded with diamonds, are sweet not saccharine, while glittering leaves branching from their petals make a brilliant foil for the delicate mother-of-pearl dial.

Vacheron Constantin Heures Créatives: bridal chic

Add this timepiece to a bridal look for a modern take on matrimonial elegance. For further wedding inspiration, let us introduce Weddingpaper*, Wallpaper’s first dip into nuptial nirvana, as seen in the October 2021, 25th Anniversary Issue and coming to throughout this week. Forget the conventional and the staid; here, tradition comes with a twist and frou frou frills with a velvet blue mule.

Whether it’s pairing the cool metal hues of a rose gold wristwatch with the billowing folds of an In-Grid bride gown, or juxtaposing a luminescent Mikimoto pearl brooch against the mischievous polka dots of a Dunhill shirt, brides and grooms are sure to find something style-wise to love. Wedding guests, too, take note: our chic and sculptural guide to timeless gifting puts the days of mismatched china long behind us, making for a very modern take on wedded bliss. Watch this space.


A version of this article appears in the October 2021, 25th Anniversary Issue of Wallpaper*, on newsstands now and available to subscribers – 12 digital issues for $12/£12/€12.

Hannah Silver is the Art, Culture, Watches & Jewellery Editor of Wallpaper*. Since joining in 2019, she has overseen offbeat design trends and in-depth profiles, and written extensively across the worlds of culture and luxury. She enjoys meeting artists and designers, viewing exhibitions and conducting interviews on her frequent travels. 

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