A new chapter is being produced by Vacheron Constantin for their FIFTYSIX® collection and they choose the SIHH 2018 for the unveiling. They consist of three new reinterpreted models made out of various steel and gold options.
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These three new models, which reference the historic Vacheron Constantin reference 6073, were originally introduced in 1956, hence the collections designation. We’re talking about iconic pieces that garnered much prestige for the VC brand back in the 1950’s. One of its most defining features were the characteristic lugs, shaped to resemble the Maltese cross branches, used as the company’s emblem.
But, the similarities don’t end there, beside the lugs the box–type crystal rising above the bezel is another vintage-inspired feature. But, Vacheron Constantin has replaced the classic option of a plexi or mineral glass, for the more scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Let’s take a closer look at each individual offering. Also noteworthy is the inclusion of a new polished and satin-brushed 22 carat open-worked rotor, bearing the Maltese Cross applique and frosted-snailed finish, viewable via the exhibition case back, which is a signature feature and present on all these 2018 FIFTYSIX® models.
The watches have a 40mm casing and all the dials are either colored grey on the steel version, or silver-toned on the 18k rose gold versions. But, these sector-dials have more to it than just: grey or silver. Their chapter ring is composed of an alternating mixture of Arabic numerals and baton-type hour index markers. While on the surface there are two noticeable subtle tones, which is achieved by finishing effects that attribute this collection with an elegant touch. The culmination of these enhancing details really attribute them of that 1950’s mystique they were conceived to recall.
Focusing on each individual model, first up there’s the simplest self-winding option with the aforementioned sector-dial options and a rail-road motif minute index ring circling near the bezel, plus another minute-ring toward the inner center of the dial. Equipped with sword-style hands that are fitted with a luminescent coating, just like the minute index markers for an enhanced legibility. There is also a date aperture at the 3 o’clock position.
The “Vacheron Constantin FIFTYSIX® Self-Winding” (Ref#: 4600E/000R-B441 iN gold & 4600E/000A-B442 iN steel) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 1326 with 25 jewels, 142 components and 28,800 Vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 48 hours, when fully wound.
This is the only completely new caliber movement present in this collection, which has been produced by the Richemont Group’s Manufacture Horlogère ValFleurier and afterwards finished, assembled and regulated by Vacheron Constantin.
MSRP: $19,400.00 USD iN 18k Rose Gold & $11,700.00 USD iN Steel
Next up we have the day-date model with the same aforementioned sector-dial options and a rail-road motif minute index ring circling near the bezel, plus another minute-ring toward the inner center of the dial. There are two sub-dials: a date wheel at the 3 o’clock position and a day of the week wheel at the 9 o’clock position. Equipped with sword-style hands that are fitted with a luminescent coating, just like the minute index markers for an enhanced legibility. A power reserve indicator can also be seen at the 6 o’clock position.
Vacheron Constantin FIFTYSIX® Day-Date
The “Vacheron Constantin FIFTYSIX® Day-Date” (Ref#: 4400E/000R-B436 iN gold & 4400E/000A-B437 iN steel) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 2475 SC/2 with 27 jewels, 264 components and 28,800 Vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 40 hours, when fully wound.
MSRP: $32,500.00 USD iN 18k Rose Gold & $17,400.00 USD iN Steel
Finally we have the more elaborate “complete calendar” option with the same aforementioned sector-dial options and a 31-day calendar ring circling near the bezel, plus a minute-ring toward the inner center of the dial. There are two window apertures for the day and month, on the upper-half portion of the dial, just underneath the VC logo. Equipped with a thin blue arrow tipped hand for the calendar function and central sword-style hands that have been fitted with a luminescent coating, just like the minute index markers for an enhanced legibility. Plus a Moonphase aligned with the 6 o’clock position that only requires adjustment once every 122 years.
Vacheron Constantin FIFTYSIX® Complete Calendar
The “Vacheron Constantin FIFTYSIX® Complete Calendar” (Ref#: 4000E/000R-B438 iN gold & 4000E/000A-B439 iN steel) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 2460 QCL/1 with 27 jewels, 308 components and 28,800 Vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 40 hours, when fully wound.
MSRP: $35,800.00 USD iN 18k Rose Gold & $21,600.00 USD iN Steel
All these watches come with either a: dark brown (gold) or dark grey (steel) alligator leather strap with large scales, secured to the wrist by an ardillon buckle matching the case metal of each selected model. For more up to date information visit the official Vacheron Constantin website here.
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