You will see a one-of-a-kind setup and high-complication pieces that are on display for a limited time.
For the first time, the luxury watchmaker Vacheron Constantin opened their flagship boutique in Sydney, Australia. This is the second boutique for the brand in Australia. The first one opened in Melbourne in 2019. After a successful year at the Watches of Wonders 2022, releasing some seriously cool watches, the brand wants to extend its success to down under.
Located at 104 King Street, in the heart of the CBD, this three-level luxury boutique showcases what watchmaking is all about. So what will you get to see at this boutique?
The ground floor showcases some of the watches available from Vacheron Constantin’s eight collections, particularly the Patrimony, Traditionnelle, Fiftysix, and the highly sought-after Overseas collection.
The brand currently displays the latest release from the overseas collection, the Panda chronograph.
The second level is where things get interesting. This level is reserved for VIP clients and is the location for a “Strap bar”. This one-of-a-kind strap bar lets clients customise straps of their choice, from selecting the strap colour to the stitching of the leather straps. If that is not enough, clients can also emboss or monogram inside of their leather straps. The second floor is also the location of the in-house watchmaker, who will host watchmaker classes for clients to better understand the watches and the brand.
“It’s a series of agile spaces that respond to the needs of our clientele across Oceania,” says Amy Jackson Lai, director of Vacheron Constantin Oceania. “We are excited to bring a slice of Switzerland to the east coast of Australia”.
The third and top floor is a multi-use space for the brand to host private functions or hands-on workshops for their clients. To celebrate the Flagship boutique opening, this space has been used to display the high-complication heritage pieces flown in from the brand’s headquarters in Switzerland. Out of the many high-complication pieces on display, we have shown snippets of four pieces to indicate what you can find when visiting the boutique.
The first one is the scarab pendant watch. Made from 18k gold, the scarab pendant has green, and black enamel wings with rose-cut diamonds and rubies.
The second is the grand complication 1910 pocket watch with its enamel dial showing the day, date, months, hours, and leap year function.
The third high-complication piece is the Tour de I’lle Grand Complication (2005). Considered one of the most complicated wristwatches in the world, the Tour de I’lle Grand Complication has six complications on a double-face display.
Lastly, the fourth high-complication piece is the Perpetual Calendar retrograde model 47032 (2008). This open-faced timepiece shows the full complexity of the movement underneath whilst also having the date retrograde feature on the dial.
This is a rare opportunity to see all these high-complication watches, so we strongly recommend visiting the boutique. They will be on display until the end of March 2023 before they are flown back to Switzerland.
Boutique Location: 104 King Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000.
Contact Number: (02) 7205 6090
Boutique Opening hours:
- Monday — Wednesday 10 am – 6 pm
- Thursday – 10 am – 7 pm
- Friday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
- Sunday – 11 am – 5 pm