Last year, Vacheron Constantin introduced a new collection of watches called FIFTYSIX®, positioning it as an ‘Entry Level’ collection. We support the whole ‘Entry Level’ concept from a price point of view, but from an aesthetic and mechanical angle, there’s definitely a lot more to the line. With a reputation of manufacturing some of the finest movements and designs for over 250 years, any watch enthusiast will vouch for Vacheron Constantin’s versatility.
Casually styled and eminently suited to daily wear, the FIFTYSIX® collection welcomed two new models in shades of BLUE at SIHH 2019 … a complete calendar and a self-winding version.
Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Complete Calendar With a Petrol Blue Dial
From a technical stand point, the new Vacheron Constantin FIFTYSIX® Complete Calendar is essentially the same watch you loved ever since it was first announced at SIHH 2018. Fitted with a self-winding 2460 QCL/1 movement, the new FIFTYSIX® Complete Calendar watch displays the date, day and month as well as a precision moon-phase indication at 6 o clock offering 122 years of accuracy. Calibre 2460 also features a stop-seconds system. The sector type dial is super retro and takes the watch to a whole new level. Two subtle tones of blue are applied to the centre (Opaline effect) and exterior (Sunburst effect) portions of the dial… This works beautifully against the 18K white gold Arabic numerals, 18K white gold hour-markers highlighted by white luminescent material and 18K white gold moons. The watch is offered in a 40mm stainless steel case with 3 bar water-resistance. The subtly omnipresent Maltese cross also appears on the integrated crown and dial, as well as on the new 22K pink gold oscillating weight, and even more discreetly in the lug design. Complementing the overall look, is a blue Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with calf inner shell and tone-on-tone stitching.
Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Self-Winding With a Petrol Blue Dial
The new Vacheron Constantin FIFTYSIX® Self-Winding with a Petrol Blue Dial scores a wondrous win in the maison’s ‘Entry Level’ category. It runs on a self-winding 1326 calibre which is also visible through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback. The movement is equipped with a stop-seconds device enabling extremely accurate time-setting.
In terms of the exterior, the baton-type hands and 18k white gold hour-markers coated with Super-LumiNova® make a perfect match with the 40 mm-diameter stainless steel case. One distinctive final detail that is sure to delight connoisseurs is the box-type crystal topping the bezel and preserving the intrinsically retro-contemporary style of the FIFTYSIX® collection. This model is fitted with a dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with calf inner shell and tone-on-tone stitching.