Combining the useful with the pleasant—this is the Geneva manufacturer’s mission with this model dressed in this year’s standout color, blue. Balanced composition and readability await.

The last of the Vacheron Constantin collections, FiftySix is filling out this year with new references. What do they have in common? All have a sublime petroleum blue dial with an opaline finish in the center and a sunny periphery! On the FiftySix Calendrier Complet presented at the last Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, the date is read off with a central hand, the day and the month in their respective windows. In an indicator housed at 6 o’clock, the Moon phases are displayed accurately for 122 years without needing correction. The hour and minute hands, enhanced with luminescent material, point to white gold hour markers and Arabic numerals. Everything is then topped by a “box”-type glass that lends the timepiece a vintage touch.

vacheron constantin fiftysix complete calendar casebackAll time information is masterfully orchestrated by the 2460 QCL/1 caliber. This self-winding movement has a “stop second” mechanism for precise time setting. Once wound, it offers the watch a power reserve of roughly 40 hours. Its lock, gears and openwork oscillating weight in pink gold are revealed via the sapphire back of the 40mm diameter and 11.60mm thick steel case. Note that each data in the complete calendar can be adjusted independently thanks to a dedicated corrector discreetly integrated into the case middle.

vacheron constantin fiftysix complete calendar closeupThe FiftySix Calendrier Complet is worn on a dark blue alligator leather strap with a folding clasp. As with most of the Manufacture’s timepieces, this model is certified by the rigorous Poinçon de Genève.

vacheron constantin fiftysix complete calendar movementPrice: 22,600 EUR

By Dan Diaconu