The Historiques assortment by Vacheron Constantin has just proffered up some shocking watches. At the point when the brand goes vintage, it essentially is the most awesome aspect what they can do. Consider the American 1921 (more on that watch and another rendition in a coming article) or the 1955 Cornes de Vache Chronograph . A similar formula of refreshed “vintage” is presently applied to two uncommon 1940s watches considering triple calendar complication, to make the new Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendar 1942 and 1948.
The 1940s Vacheron Constantin Triple Calendar Ref. 4240
To understand the new Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendar 1942 and 1948, we need to return to the 1940s, on the grounds that these two oddities utilize a particular vintage look by reworking the tasteful of notable watches brought into the world in that post-Art Deco, pre-fifties time. One was brought into the world in 1942, the other, a marginally unique adaptation with an additional moon-stage show, was made in 1948 – clarifying the names of these new watches. In any case, the two of them included one notable complication: the triple calendar (likewise called complete calendar).
In 1942, Vacheron Constantin presented a watch – now profoundly collectable, as it was created in extremely low numbers – under the reference 4240. A 35mm breadth, with notorious “Cornes de Vache” carries, a case with Triple gadroon profile and a particular showcase, with the date on the outskirts and the day of the week and the month found in windows at 12. While a large portion of the 4240 watches were delivered in yellow or pink gold, a couple of models have been made in steel – clarifying why today’s re-version likewise shares this particular. Inside was the hand-wound type 485.
Later, in 1948, the watch would advance with the expansion of a moon-stage show, situated inside the little second counter at 6 – one of the most notorious presentations ever – with a somewhat extraordinary case and dial – many varieties existed – becoming the reference 4240L (L for Lune). These two watches, including some particular shading codes figured out around then, have been reissued today with the new Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendar 1942 and 1948.
The Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendar 1942
The first watch that Vacheron Constantin have presented in this new assortment is the Historiques Triple Calendar 1942, a watch unequivocally motivated by a steel variant of the ref. 4240 (no moon), although as consistently with VC, we’re not taking a gander at a basic duplicate glue measure, however more a translation of the past in present day measurements and with exceptional specialized solutions… regardless of whether the previous model has been broadly tested here.
Everything begins with the showcase and the dial. Much the same as the 1942 model, we have the ordinary vintage “triple calendar” format: date-by-hand on the fringe, day and month at 12, focal hours and minutes, and little seconds at 6. Obviously, as a cutting edge watch, the signs are a lot more modest now, the watch being diversely measured. However the sensation of the past is as yet present. The equivalent goes for the style of this dial, which takes incredible motivation from its 1942 archetype in the design and numerals: there is same two-tone dial, similar adapted Arabic numerals, similar utilization of cold and warm tones and a similar stick hands in blued steel for the time, just as a similar bolt hand for the date… The general likeness is very striking, and the 1940s codes are unmistakably present, bringing about a truly alluring dial.
As for the state of the case, if the measurement has been expanded from 35mm to 40mm, the plan stays consistent with the past. Vacheron Constantin is never bashful in making unique shapes, consistently with an entirely controlled polish, and this Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendar 1942 highlights a “triple gadroon” case (see the particular style of the caseband), onto which are appended re-formed “cornes de vache” hauls (slightly more rakish than in the past). Profoundly unique, very extraordinary and still entirely unobtrusive. One other huge point here with the Historiques Triple Calendar 1942 is that the case is made of hardened steel, which means a more open price.
Inside the instance of the Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendar 1942 is another hand-wound development, in view of the notable type 4400 (used in different Patrimony, Traditionnelle or Historiques VC watches). Here it becomes the Calibre 4400 QC (QC for “Quantième Complet”, French for complete calendar). Entirely completed, as ensured by the Geneva Seal, it beats at a cutting edge recurrence of 4 Hz and offers a comfortable 65h force hold. Seen from the back, it’s not the most marvelous development made by VC, in any case, it actually includes impeccable enhancement and some pleasantly planned bridges.
The Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendar 1942 will be accessible in two varieties, one with burgundy emphasizes for the calendar signs and an earthy colored lash, and the other with blue accents for the calendar signs and a blue tie – references 3110V/000A-B425 & 3110V/000A-B426. Retail cost will be EUR 19,800.
The Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendar 1948
The second watch to be presented is a dressier, more sumptuous and somewhat more refined variant of the vintage triple calendar. Undoubtedly, the Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendar 1948 takes motivation from the vintage ref. 4240L, which means the incorporation of a moon show, yet with the vintage-motivated complete calendar display.
While the focal piece of the 40mm x 10.35mm instance of this Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendar 1948 is indistinguishable from the past 1942 variant, it has two principle contrasts. In the first place, it is just accessible in 18k pink gold, and besides the hauls are done with a “claw” profile, slimmer, longer and more tightened than the “cornes de vache”. The two components make a marginally extraordinary insight and a watch with more traditional tastefulness and more extravagant appeal.
Such subtleties can likewise be found on the dial of this Historiques Triple Calendar 1948. There are no adapted Arabic numerals here, however rather a combination of appliques, molded in faceted triangles or as Roman numerals. Along these lines, the hands are gold and the two-tone dial has a hotter tone, such a grayish, velvety silver (called opaline silver by Vacheron), which coordinates entirely the rich shade of the pink gold case. While the presentation (date-by-hand, day and month at 12, little second at 6) is the equivalent, we can see the expansion of the moon-stage at 6 – the conventional area of this complication in complete calendar watches.
The instance of the Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendar 1948 houses a similar development, in light of the 4400, with the expansion of the moon show – under the name 4400 QCL. This watch will be accessible in two forms, one with burgundy emphasizes for the calendar and an earthy colored lash, and one with blue accents for the calendar and a blue tie – references 3100V/000R-B359 & 3100V/000R-B422. Retail cost will be EUR 35,400. Nonetheless, dissimilar to the 1942, these Historiques Triple Calendar 1948 will be restricted versions of 200 pieces for every colour.
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