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Steve McCurry illustrates Vacheron Constantin collection

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A remote location in Scotland that mimics the element of time A remote location in Scotland that mimics the element of time Pictures by Steve McCurry

Vacheron Constantin, the world's oldest and most expensive watch manufacturer, has announced an artistic collaboration with Steve McCurry, the legendary photographer whose "Afghan Girl" on the cover of National Geographic remains one of the most arresting images of the 20th century.

To illustrate its Overseas Collection the manufacture uses McCurry's lens to offer a distinctive perspective on the world. 

Using the 12 hours of the dial as his inspiration, McCurry has immortalised 12 rare and sometimes inaccessible sites which chime in with the fundamental values of the maison as well as its heritage of Métiers d'Art.

"With their casual elegance and practicality, the new Overseas watches embody the spirit of travel in all its glory, an ethos that hones a sharper vision ceaselessly enhanced by new discoveries," says Vacheron Constantin.

"This openness to the world lies at the very core of the philosophy of excellence cultivated by the oldest watch manufacturer since its 1755 founding in Geneva.

"Resolutely looking toward faraway horizons right from its very beginnings, the maison that successfully established a presence on four continents in the 18th century already has built its expansion by exploring the planet.

"Its archives contain historical records named 'Rencontre' in which sales that took place abroad were kept. Its fame has thus been shaped through these encounters taking place in increasingly remote locations over more than 260 years of history and uninterrupted expertise."

Reflecting the essence of modern fine watchmaking which is dedicated to comfort, the new Overseas models make ideal companions for modern travellers who are enriched by their global encounters and every fresh discovery.

McCurry's work has always been guided by a sense of wonder about the planet and the people he meets. His relationship to human beings is unique, as is his relationship with time. His natural curiosity and ability to transcend cultural boundaries make him the finest interpreter of the spirit of travel and the unique Vacheron Constantin Overseas Collection.

McCurry's odyssey of capturing elements of the natural world which reflect the elements within a Vacheron Constantin timepiece and its artistic decorations began in Geneva in February 2016 and will continue across the world for an entire year.


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