In-Depth The Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600
The Vacheron Constantin Celestia is a watch we covered when it was announced by Vacheron at the 2017 SIHH, but it is, to put it mildly, a watch that rewards repeated exposure, which is what I got a couple of weeks ago when I had an opportunity to photograph it at Vacheron’s headquarters in Switzerland. The Celestia is an extremely complex watch, but it’s also somewhat unique amongst highly complicated watches – it’s the most complicated wristwatch Vacheron Constantin has ever made. While in Geneva, I had an opportunity to interview Jean-Marie Bouquin, the master watchmaker at Vacheron’s Les Cabinotiers department, and he described in detail the inspiration behind the Celestia, as well as key aspects of its design, engineering, and operation. Bouquin has been with Vacheron Constantin for six years (prior to that, he was at Christophe Claret for 11 years, as technical director) and the Celestia was his idea: to create a watch that “faithfully recreates what happens in the sky,” in his words.