WATCHES & WONDERS 2020


Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix®

WATCHES & WONDERS 2020

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April 2020


Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix®

Unveiled in 2018, the Fiftysix® collection audaciously mixes eras. Its part-retro, part- contemporary silhouette inspired by an iconic 1956 watch reveals its playfulness through a new sepia brown-toned dial colour. A look imbued with a vintage touch, interpreted through two pink gold models with a calfskin strap designed for everyday wear.

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eir to an iconic watch from the 1950s, the Fiftysix® collection celebrates the skilful marriage of styles and eras. Fiftysix® borrows powerful characteristics from reference 6073, introduced in 1956 and the very first water-resistant automatic watch ever created by Vacheron Constantin. Notably the lugs shape forming a section of the Manufacture’s Maltese cross emblem; the box-type crystal topping the bezel in the manner of post-war watches; along with a retro look that perfectly complements the timeless elegance of its 18 carats 5N pink gold case measuring 40 mm in diameter.

A new sepia brown-toned dial colour now reinforces the vintage character of this watch, available in two versions, automatic and complete calendar, fitted for the first time by a brown calfskin leather strap. A chic and authentic spirit to be worn every day and on all occasions!

Fiftysix® complete calendar

The retro-contemporary character of the Fiftysix® complete calendar watch is imbued with a new vintage aura. Framed by a 40 mm-diameter 18 carats 5N pink gold case, the sepia brown-toned dial is visually extended by a calfskin leather strap. Punctuated by day, date, month indications – as well as a precision moon phase requiring no adjustment for 122 years –, the watch face conceals a wealth of details. The subtle sector-type dial features opaline, sunburst and snailed finishes creating fascinating light effects, setting the stage for 18 carats 5N pink gold moon discs standing out against a blue sky. Around the circumference, the chapter ring bears specially designed Arabic numerals, alternating with gold hour-markers coated in luminescent material, as are the hours and minutes hands also visible in the dark. This results in exemplary legibility of the complete calendar indications, accurately driven by the 2460 QCL/1 self-winding movement, also equipped with a stop-seconds device. The sapphire caseback reveals traditional Côtes de Genève finishes, swept over by a 22 carats pink gold oscillating weight delicately openworked in a shape inspired by the Maltese cross. A strong symbol also evoked in the shape of the lugs and on the notched crown of this watch that stylishly mingles historical influences with the aesthetic codes of contemporary elegance.

Fiftysix® self-winding

With its new sepia brown-toned dial colour matching the colour of its calfskin strap, the personality of the Fiftysix® self-winding watch is further reinforced by an even more resolutely retro touch. Topped by a box-type crystal typical of the 1950s, the sector-type dial is distinguished by the refinement of its opaline, sunburst and snailed finishes. The resulting beautiful interplay of light and shade enhances its legibility. This pleasing composition is punctuated by hands and hour-markers enhanced with luminescent material and matching the 40 mm-diameter 18 carats 5N pink gold case. On the reverse side, the self-winding movement visible through the sapphire crystal caseback provides an admirable view of the meticulous Côtes de Genève decoration swept over by an open worked 22 carats pink gold oscillating weight whose design is inspired by the Maltese cross. A shape that echoes the Vacheron Constantin emblem and is also evoked in the case lugs and on the crown.

Summary

Vacheron Constantin’s retro-contemporary collection adopts a new sepia brown-toned dial colour. Available on the Fiftysix® complete calendar and Fiftysix® self-winding models, this elegant shade perfectly complements the warm hues of the 40 mm-diameter 18 carats 5N pink gold case paired with a brown calfskin strap. A skilful blend of styles and eras for these two models, which are equipped with an openworked 22 carats gold oscillating weight, whose design is inspired by the shape of the Maltese cross.

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