In 2009, Vacheron Constantin disclosed the Historiques American 1921 , a re-release of one of its exemplary watches from the Art Deco period that was made only for the North American market. A profoundly alluring watch, it gives recognition to what is, without question, quite possibly the most wonderful yet unique Vacheron Constantin models at any point made. In spite of its unobtrusive (on paper) 40mm size, the squared case wears very huge on the wrist, debilitating a few gatherers. Tuning in to this input, the brand declared today that the Historiques American 1921 will currently additionally be accessible in a moderate size, unisex variant with a case estimating 36.5mm. Peruse on for all the details.
The Original Re-Edition
As a brisk boost for those curious about the assortment, the American 1921 is important for Vacheron Constantin’s Historiques assortment, which presents current renditions of particular watches from the association’s 254-year history. The Historique American 1921 isn’t really founded on a solitary Vacheron Constantin watch from the 1920’s, but instead on a blend of two unique models. I’ve incorporated a short rundown underneath from an article we distributed over nine years prior, which you can peruse here .
In 1919, the company made a watch in a pad formed case with a crown put at the upper left corner, at 11. Because of the crown position and the utilization of a traditional development from a pocket watch, the dial was turned somewhat so the 12 position lined up with the crown, at the upper left corner. The thought was that on the off chance that you wore the watch on your correct wrist while driving, you could undoubtedly the read time without grasping your hand off the controlling wheel. This model was created in a restricted run of 12 pieces, which were all initially intended to be delivered straightforwardly to New York. A few, nonetheless, were ultimately made accessible to different business sectors that asked (begged) for this piece.
Two years after the fact, in 1921, Vacheron Constantin circled back to a variety of this model, called the American 1921. The most perceptible change was that the crown had been moved from the upper left corner to the upper right corner, and now sat at the 1 o’clock position. The dial was shifted a contrary path also, so the 12 o’clock position actually lined up with the dial, and the small seconds sub-dial was askew inverse at 6 o’clock. This model was likewise restricted to 12 pieces, which were all sold over a 10-year time frame, with the last one being sold in 1931.
For the Historiques American 1921 re-version, Vacheron Constantin combined the case and crown position of the vintage American 1921 with the more rich dial plan of the prior model from 1919. Introduced in a staggering 18k rose gold case estimating 40mm in measurement (yellow gold and platinum additionally accessible now), it flaunts an in-house development, the type 4400, which was fresh out of the plastic new at that point. This manual winding development includes a small second hand at a 90-degree point from the winding crown and is decorated with the Hallmark of Geneva. Accordingly, the small-seconds subdial on the American 1921 is situated at 3 o’clock, which would compare to 4:30 on a conventional dial. This is as opposed to its archetypes, which utilized a Lépine development with the small seconds and crown in a co-direct formation.
The New Mid-Size Model
Now that you’ve acquainted yourself indeed with the first re-release of the American 1921, we should take a gander at what’s diverse about this new unisex variant. Fortunately, the appropriate response isn’t a lot. Truth be told, the solitary genuine distinction is the size of the case. Believe it or not, Vacheron Constantin has figured out how to reliably repeat the American in a more wearable, 36.5mm pad molded case produced using 18k 5N pink gold and estimating 7.25mm thick (compared to 8.0mm on the prior model).
The finely grained silver-conditioned dial includes similar dark painted Arabic numerals and rail-street minute track, complete with slim open-tipped hands dressed in dark oxidized 18K gold. Inside is a similar Vacheron Constantin 4400AS manual-winding type, beating at 28,800vph and offering a 65-hour power hold. Obvious through the sapphire caseback, the development is pleasantly embellished, with all edges neatly angled, and a beautiful wave design decorating the extensions and cocks. Likewise with the past model, the Historiques American 1921 Mid-Size Model bears the Hallmark of Geneva.
To mirror its unisex status, the watch will be given two lashes. One is hand-sewed in earthy colored Mississippiensis crocodile calfskin with huge square scales, gator inward shell and seat finish. The other is a more female red Mississippiensis crocodile sparkly cowhide with square scales, alsavel inward shell and sewed tip – implying that there’s a possibility for you and your dear wife… Both lashes close with a cleaned 18K 5n pink gold lock looking like a half Maltese cross.
Undoubtedly, gatherers and aficionados the same will welcome this smaller, seemingly more wearable adaptation of the Historiques American 1921. It additionally makes the model more available to female purchasers, which I believe is an extraordinary proceed onward the piece of Vacheron Constantin, as this is an excessively cool, yet completely downplayed looking watch, regardless of whose wrist it is on. Cost is set at EUR 30,300. More subtleties on www.vacheron-constantin.com .
Technical Specifications – Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921 Mid-Size Model
- Case: 36.5mm x 7.25mm – 18k 5N pink gold – sapphire precious stone on front and back – 30m water resistance
- Movement: calibre 4400 AS – manual breeze – 4Hz recurrence – 65h force hold – Hours and minutes, small seconds on sub-dial – Hallmark of Geneva
- Strap: Brown gator calfskin/Red crocodile cowhide with 18k 5N pink gold buckle
- Reference: 1100S/000R-B430
- Price: EUR 30,300