On Wednesday, Vacheron Constantin celebrated its New York Flagship with an evening guests won’t soon forget. The night paying homage to the 100th anniversary of the watchmaker’s American 1921 timepiece, began with a cocktail event, held in the brand-new, two-story boutique on 57th and Madison. Bites and beverages were passed around the crowd, taking in a golden city-scape installation with cruising cars inspired by the work of late artist Chris Burden.
Attendees like Katie Holmes, Nico Tortorella, Michele Hicks, Christian Siriano, and Chanel Iman enjoyed unique-to-New-York features, like the Swiss watchmaker’s “Les Collectionneurs” and “Les Cabinotiers” selections. Before heading to dinner in vintage cars courtesy of Rolls-Royce, guests were captivated by songs from supermodel Karen Elson, including her latest, Lightning Strikes.
Transported to a Roaring ‘20s-themed fête atop the Steinway Tower just blocks away, the night continued with an unparalleled rooftop view of New York’s twinkling skyline. Between courses of gear-shaped ravioli and fish garnished with Vacheron Constantin’s signature Maltese Cross, the lucky crowd witnessed a surprise performance from Tony Award-winner Alan Cumming, with cheeky stories on time and timepieces in between Cabaret songs that brought diners to their feet in applause.
“It was a magical evening celebrating Vacheron Constantin’s new Flagship Grand Opening in New York,” said Alexander Schmiedt, President of the Americas for Vacheron Constantin. “We kicked off the latest chapter in a centuries-old love story with the city, where our guests went on a surreal journey to 1921 and back again to 2021, in honor of our iconic watch, the American 1921– relaunched this year in white gold.”
It was truly the kind of night that only happens in New York. As Cumming shared later on Instagram, “It felt like New York a long time ago, like life and love is back.”