Contemporary and yet timeless, the epitome of jewellery craftsmanship and horological skills, the new Kalla Haute Couture à Pampilles pays dazzling homage to the Métiers d’Art of the Manufacture. Its name proclaims its heritage of the finesse, sophistication and originality characterising the finest Haute Couture creations. Its supple, airy aesthetic provides a fresh illustration of the constantly renewed creativity of the in-house designers.
Like a delicately luminous embroidery on which time has no hold, the Kalla Haute Couture à Pampilles, adorned with approximately 28.70 carats of gems, revives the tradition of “secret” watches that enabled 19th century watches to check the time in an exquisitely discreet manner. The precious stones concealing the hours and minutes beneath a paved cover are enhanced by the graceful motion of four mobile strands. Far more than just a watch, this splendid bracelet unfolds its ethereally dainty white gold silhouette entirely set with diamonds.
Combining brilliant, flame and princess cuts, this piece literally comes to life on the wrist. Introduced into the watchmaking world by Vacheron Constantin in 2009, the flame cut shines in dazzling radiance as its 77 facets infinitely reflect and refract the light. The unique radiance is further enhanced by a tapering asymmetrical profile that opens up unexplored creative paths in which feelings supersede rigorous rules. The originality of the flame cut, the only one to feature both a right and left cut, required the development of a dedicated gemsetting technique.
In order to accentuate this sensation of vibrant life, the Vacheron Constantin designers and jewellers have created an escort for the flame-cut diamonds composed of princess- and brilliant-cut stones, thereby playing with varying shapes and carats to impart a magnificent overall visual rhythm. The entirely hand-crafted mesh construction keeps material to an absolute minimum in order to let the diamonds do the talking. Like delicate lacework, they settle gently on the wrist to clasp it in a splendid embrace. Once revealed, the dial entirely paved with a glittering bed of brilliant-cut diamonds serves as a vivid reminder that time is infinitely and eternally precious.
The two ribbons of the bracelet play on a contrast in styles by confronting princess and flame cuts: one in a rigorously geometrical Art Deco spirit, and the other in a more fluid, organic Art Nouveau style. This jewellery inspired means of securing the watch to the wrist sets the perfect aesthetic finishing touch to a model beating to the rhythm of a prestigious mechanical heart: the famous hand-wound Calibre 1005 with the crown on the back of the movement, designed after the historical Vacheron Constantin baguette movement.