Easily one of the most beautiful and alluring category of women’s watches on the market, secret watches have roots that are centuries old. Essentially, a secret watch is a timepiece that has a cover over the dial that can be flipped open or moved aside to reveal the dial and the watch time.
Says Hugues de Pins, CEO of Vacheron Constantin, North America. “In the past it was considered rude for women to check the time, so having a piece of jewelry that let them slyly see time made sense.”
Today, secret watches are all about the elegance and beauty – enabling women to wear works of art on the wrist. Vacheron Constantin, a brand with more than 250 years of history, has been making secret watches since its inception.
The newest introduction is the Lady Kalla Haute Couture à Pampilles watch. This stunning timepiece is crafted using 34.64 carats of diamonds meticulously set to form a floral-inspired masterpiece on the wrist. The brand even utilizes the special flame-cut diamonds that are unique to Vacheron Constantin in the watch world.
Because secret watches have hinged covers that slide aside or open, they are not at all easy to create. The mechanics of the case and cover are complex, and so watch brands opt to parallel the technology with equal parts of beauty and elegance. It should be noted that because these watches are typically quite elaborate in design, they often command hundreds of hours of diamond or gem setting or enamel painting. As such they usually are made in limited numbers and can command top dollar for the result. In the case of the Vacheron Constantin Lady Kalla Haute Couture a Pampilles watch, which houses a tiny manually wound movement, just one will be created per year. It retails for $735,000.