Vacheron Constantin – Historiques Collection


Historiques Triple calendrier 1942
Historiques Triple calendrier 1948

Vacheron Constantin presents two new Historiques models featuring a complete calendar. A deliberately vintage look for these new models reinterpreting the creativity and the aesthetic of the iconic timepieces born in the 1940s.

With their calendar function, round case with triple gadroons, two-tone dial, “claw-type” lugs and mechanical manual-winding movement, the new Historiques Triple calendrier 1942 and the Triple calendrier 1948 are reviving a typical Vacheron Constantin complication and style from this era.

One style, two icons

Vacheron Constantin is reinterpreting two calendar watches from 1942 and 1948, which highlight its expertise in the field of “useful” complications and the associated characteristic design. This results in design codes reflecting those of the original models, but with a contemporary twist. A steel triple calendar timepiece and another 18K 4N pink gold triple calendar with moon phase version are now back in the spotlight. The 40 mm-diameter case crafted in the Vacheron Constantin style features a number of character traits typical of the era, such as the distinctive “triple gadroon” caseband bearing “claw-type” lugs.

Topped by a box-type glass of which the slightly thicker nature enables the use of an extremely slender bezel, the case which is water-resistant to 30 metres, reveals through the caseback the Fine Watchmaking finishing of the new complete calendar calibre – interpreted as reference 4400 QC and 4400 QCL for the moon-phase version (L for Lune, meaning moon in French). Beating at a frequency of 4 Hz, this mechanical manual-winding movement, entirely developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin, preserves the original spirit of the mid-20th century calendars, while providing a comfortable 65-hour power reserve thanks to its imposing barrel.


Historiques American 1921 – 36.5mm

 

The watch of dandies and chic female urbanites. The Historiques American 1921 epitomises the boldness of an era and the technical sophistication of a Vacheron Constantin creation. Reinterpreted in a 36.5 mm diameter, this iconic 1920s model acquires an even more stylish allure. A cushion-shaped case in 18K 5N pink gold, a distinctive diagonal read-off, an off-centred crown between 1 and 2 o’clock: the Historiques American 1921 – 36.5 mm model continues flaunting its vintage credentials while remaining true to its original aesthetic codes. Classical yet quirky.

For almost 20 years, the Historiques collection has been giving a new lease on life to the icons of Vacheron Constantin’s technical and aesthetic heritage. This range composed of legendary watches revisited with a contemporary twist is produced in modest quantities, implicitly extending a discreet invitation to collectors of rare pieces and vintage watch connoisseurs. Among these creative archetypes is a much sought-after original creation designed in the Roaring Twenties for the American market and accordingly named the American 1921. This avant-garde cushion-shaped watch stands out with its diagonal display and its off-centred crown. A fabled model now offered for the first time in a smaller 36.5 mm size.