Vacheron Constantin is not just releasing just a few new models this edition of the SIHH, but an entire array of complicated masterpieces! It starts with a whole new collection, the FIFTYSIX, which is inspired on Vacheron Constantin’s reference 6073, which the brand launched in 1956. Elegant yet masculine lines envoke the style of this era, and transform it into the 21st century. The FIFTYSIX will be available in three different varieties, a date model, one featuring day of the week, date, power-reserve indicator, and the final version features a complete calendar with precision moon phase.
The new Overseas Dual Time, which was already pre-announced at the end of last year. Fitted with the all new manufacture caliber 5110 DT, this versatile travel companion is available in either steel or 5N pink gold. It will be joined by a new Overseas ultra-thin perpetual calendar with a 5N pink gold case. This gives the watch a more precious look compared to its white gold sibling that we already knew. It is however powered by the same ultra-slim caliber 1120 QP, which is just 4.05mm in height.
The Traditionelle collection will also be expanded with two new models: a tourbillon and a complete calendar. Both will be available in 18 karat 5N pink gold, as well as in Vacheron Constantin’s exclusive Collection Excellence Platine limited series, in which details such as the dial, clasp, and even the strap stitching are made from platinum.
The Traditionelle Tourbillon is powered by an entirely new caliber, which is, in fact, the very first automatic tourbillon movement of Vacheron Constantin. It does take a keen eye to notice this though, as the watch is fitted with a peripheral oscillating weight, so a clear view of the movement remains.
With the Métiers d’Art Les Aérostiers does Vacheron Constantin not only pay tribute to some of the earliest aviators: the people who took to the skies in hot-air balloons, but also shows once again the craftsmanship that they are capable of. By combining engraving, pounced ornament, and plique-à-jour enamel, they really bring the scenes to life, while they also allow seeing a glimpse of the complicated movement inside. Five different versions display the most important events in early aviation history.
More indepth reviews of these watches will follow soon on Haute Time!