Harrods will serve as the venue for two days of immersive horological discussion on June 14 and 15 when the famed Knightsbridge department store stages its World of Watches event, featuring everything from a “style council” advising on how to create an outfit around a timepiece to a talk with Breitling-backed environmentalist David de Rothschild about his crusade against ocean pollution.
To mark the occasion, Vacheron Constantin has followed the lead of brands such as Hublot, Tudor and Roger Dubuis in creating a pair of limited edition “Harrods” watches that will be available only from the maker’s in-store boutique. Based on models from the Traditionelle range, the “his and hers” rose-gold editions comprise a diamond-set, 36mm model with a hand-wound movement, moonphase display and power-reserve indicator; and a plain, 38mm self-winding watch with a date window at the three o’clock position and small seconds display at nine o’clock.
Priced at £37,600 and £25,600 respectively, each model will be available in just 20 examples, all with gold “Dauphine” hands and applied hour markers on silvered dials decorated with an intricate guilloche pattern. The Harrods connection is highlighted by special straps made from dark-green alligator leather.
Founded in 1755, Vacheron Constantin lays claim to being the oldest watchmaker to have remained in continuous production – and on the evening of June 14, World of Watches will see the brand’s style and heritage director, Christian Selmoni, explain the enduring appeal of the clockwork timepiece in a discussion with Danish watch expert and horological author Kristian Haagen.
Admission to the event is free.