At SIHH 2018 we were introduced to a new model line by Vacheron Constantin, which was dubbed the “FiftySix”. At the time it was immediately presented with three distinct differing options that covered the basic essential horology complications. It now returns to market in an almost identical casing, but equipped with a tourbillon. Let’s take a closer look at the “Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Tourbillon”.
As aforementioned this “FiftySix” model line was presented by Vacheron Constantin earlier in the year at SIHH 2018 with three different versions: an automatic, a day-date and a complete calendar; each of them available in either stainless-steel or 18k rose gold. At the time of their release we wrote up a review you can find here.
These watches mixed vintage features with modern approaches, in a clear move by the brand to appeal to a younger crowd, as officially stated by the Vacheron Constantin themselves, while also renewing their current clientele’s interest.
Although at first glance this new “Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Tourbillon” seems to be in the exact same case as its other three previous iterations, in fact it has increased from a 40mm case size to a 41mm to better accommodate the tourbillon movement. The case is made out of 18 rose gold (with no stainless-steel option yet announced) and has a transparent case back, which also to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement.
It maintains the shape seen on the previous models with those integrated lugs, which have straight flanks that seamlessly morph into the elegantly designed lugs. The inter-lugs provide an effective connection to the strap for a smooth wrist fit. These lugs and the box-shaped sapphire crystal that tops it all off are vintage elements, reminiscent of some vintage 1950’s models in their back catalog. It also comes equipped with a slightly recessed setting-crown, which assists with water-resistance on this watch being able to reach up to 30 meters (98 feet).
Time is exhibited on a silver-toned dial composed of an alternating mix of Arabic numerals and baton-type hour index markers, in-between two chapter rings. These rings are made up of small black printed minute index markers, with thicker markers for each five-minute increment. Plus a third chapter ring with the same design layout, representing a seconds instead of minutes can be seen along the tourbillon circumference.
It is basically the same dial we encounter on the previous versions, although here it features the cut out spot for the tourbillon at the 6 o’clock position, outlined by the aforementioned third chapter ring. This tourbillon is held in place by a black polished transversal bridge, with a cage in the shape of the Maltese Cross.
The dial color may be overall silver-tones, but at its surface there are two noticeable subtle tones (like on the previous versions), with a central opaline silvered matte color, while the hour ring has a brushed finish. A distinctive trait of this new generation Vacheron Constantin model line, which deserves a second look. The 18k rose gold central hands and hour index markers have all been fitted with a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility.
Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Tourbillon
This “Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Tourbillon” (Ref#: 6000E/000R-B488) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 2160/1 with 30 jewels, 188 components and 18,000 Vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 80 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a dark brown Mississippiensis strap with exposed matching stitching, while secured to the wrist by an 18k rose gold pin buckle. For more up to date information visit the official Vacheron Constantin website here.
MSRP: $113,000 USD
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