Historiques American 1921 by Vacheron Constantin sets time off to another dimension – one that’s a little bit askew and a lot more fun.
Don’t you agree there’s immense satisfaction in geometry, in precision, in symmetry? And yet, we have the leaning Tower of Pisa. Were it not for it’s ‘leaning,’ it wouldn’t be half as much interesting. And then there are those colourful houses in Japan, with uneven flooring. They’re designed to keep you on your toes constantly. Inspired by the non-traditional and answering the innate desire to be different, Vacheron Constantin has given us the Historiques American 1921 watch.
Time takes off at a tangent
Chic and sleek, the new Historiques American 1921 has a design that baffles you. It makes you feel that you haven’t worn the watch correctly. Every time you check the time, your mind goes into a whizz trying to figure it out. And yet, it is an uncomplicated timepiece that accurately and precisely tells the hours, minutes and seconds (yes, it has a seconds sub-dial that’s equally askew like the rest of the watch).
The construct of the watch is based on a diagonal display and off-centred crown. While the framework of the watch is classical, the treatment of elements is quirky. The diagonal dial has shifted the numerals to the right, with 12 o’clock being replaced roughly by 10 and 11 o’clock. The seconds sub-dial is placed at 3 o’clock, which is now actually at 4 o’clock.
The diagonal read-off makes it easier for you to read time if your hand is on the steering wheel or if you are holding a microphone in your hand. Ergo, the diagonal shift of the dial is not merely a fantastical experiment, it has its functional appeal.
Revisiting historical creations
One of the primary requirements of this departure from tradition is that of a highly distinctive display. Vacheron Constantin achieves that with the grained finishing of the dial along with black painted Arabic numerals and minute track of the Historiques American 1921. Another striking feature of the watch is its cushion-shaped case.
These creative models were fashioned and released by Vacheron Constantin as a tribute to the Roaring Twenties of the American market. These iconic watches had a special appeal back then amongst vintage watch connoisseurs. By reimagining the watch for the 21st century, the maison has added a rare timepiece to its Historiques collection.
Historiques American 1921 flaunts a diagonal dial, which is courtesy of the 45-degree counter clockwise rotation of the movement. The creative boldness of the watch is understated by its clean lines and sleek edges. The highlight of this watch, however, is the 36.5 mm diameter, making it an absolute gem for those with slim wrists. The 18k pink gold adds to the nuance of the watch’s intricate built.
As a true signature of fine watchmaking, Historiques American 1921 as a transparent caseback, revealing the hand-crafted finish of the movement. The bold appeal and the sophisticated style of the watch is complemented by the brown alligator leather strap with large square scales. Vacheron Constantin also offers its patrons the option to choose a red alligator leather strap.
You can pick any classic watch from Vacheron Constantin collections if you want to dress up to the nines. But choose only the Historiques American 1921 because that’s the watch that allows you to hold a couple of cool tricks up your sleeve.