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Vacheron Constantin - Historiques Triple Calendar 1942 and 1948

Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendar 1942 and 1948

These two new Historiques models, with complete calendar and vintage look, are reinterpretations of iconic timepieces born in the 1940s.

The most legendary Vacheron Constantin creations have been successively reborn in the Historiques collection for more than 20 years. This highly exclusive range revisits the creative archetypes punctuating the history of the Manufacture since 1755. An approach that results in contemporary models with vintage overtones breathing new life into the technical and aesthetic heritage of Vacheron Constantin.

A steel triple calendar timepiece and another 18K 4N pink gold triple calendar with moon phase version are now back in the spotlight. The 40mm case crafted in the Vacheron Constantin style features a number of character traits typical of the era, such as the distinctive “triple gadroon” caseband bearing “claw-type” lugs.

Historiques Triple calendrier 1942 et 1948

Historiques Triple calendrier 1942 and Historiques Triple calendrier 1948 © Vacheron Constantin

Topped by a box-type glass of which the slightly thicker nature enables the use of an extremely slender bezel, the case which is water-resistant to 30 metres, reveals through the caseback the Fine Watchmaking finishing of the new complete calendar calibre – interpreted as reference 4400 QC and 4400 QCL for the moon-phase version. Beating at a frequency of 4 Hz, this mechanical manual-winding movement, entirely developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin, preserves the original spirit of the mid-20th century calendars, while providing a 65-hour power reserve thanks to its imposing barrel.

Historiques Triple calendrier 1942

The first model, made of steel, is inspired by reference 4240, of which the first executions in yellow gold, pink gold or steel were introduced in 1942. In keeping with the original, this understated and elegant model drives the hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock, along with hand-type date and day and month by aperture. The calendar indications appear in a choice of burgundy or dark blue, on a two-tone silvered dial typical of the era. The sunburst satin-finished centre and the outer zone punctuated by Arabic numerals clearly enhance the legibility of the respective functions and accentuate its retro-chic elegance.

Historiques Triple calendrier 1942 et 1948

Historiques Triple calendrier 1942, References 3110V/000A-B425 and 3110V/000A-B426 © Vacheron Constantin

Historiques Triple calendrier 1948

Like its vintage predecessor, the Historiques Triple calendrier 1948 is crafted in 18K 4N pink gold, a tone that is closer to the original version. Issued in two limited series of 200 pieces each, it revives the reference 4240L presented in 1948: a triple calendar enriched with a high-precision lunar cycle along with small seconds at 6 o’clock. The dial features a silvered opaline centre with a sunburst satin-finished external zone, applied Roman numerals and triangle-type hour-markers swept over by slim baton-type hands. Its calendar functions and its moon disc appear in a choice of burgundy or dark blue, teamed with a brown or dark blue leather strap secured by a pin buckle.

Historiques Triple calendrier 1942 et 1948

Historiques Triple calendrier 1948, Reference 3100V/000R-B359 and 3100V/000R-B422 © Vacheron Constantin

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An exploration of the history of Vacheron Constantin is a voyage of discovery, revealing the excellence of age-old watchmaking. Each timepiece is the result of the creative inspiration of the watchmaker or craftsman, dedicating their knowhow to the birth of outstanding watches. The Manufacture also works within a social and environmental code of ethics, and has had Responsible Jewellery Council certification since 2012.

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