FIFTYSIX COMPLETE CALENDAR
Although gold has always been the cherished ‘must’ material for the manufacture’s complication timepieces, the latest FiftySix models are now also fashioned in stainless steel.
Pride of place in Vacheron Constantin’s newly-created collection and unveiled during the last edition of the Salon de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva, its FiftySix Complete Calendar which consolidates the manufacture’s mechanical craftsmanship and its mastery of exquisite design. All the displays are harmoniously set out on the monochrome dial embracing a dual finish… sunburst exterior and opaline centre. Two rectangular apertures nestling at 12 o’clock display the day and the month. The date is read on a discreet scale which caresses the edge of this beautifully-understated composition, which is brushed gently by a fine blue-coloured hand. At 6 o’clock, a carved opening offers the white gold moon a poetic scenescape to unveil its phases with utmost precision because, once set, it only requires adjustment every 122 years. To ensure hours and minutes can be read perfectly well, even in dusky light, the white gold hands and indexes are covered with a white luminescent coating.
All the functions of this complete calendar are driven by a self-winding mechanical movement. The 2460 QCL/1 calibre set in a 40 mm-diameter stainless steel case offers the wearer a power reserve of 40 hours. Its open-worked oscillating weight and a sprinkling of its components may be admired through its sapphire-crystal caseback.
This elegant timepiece espouses a grey-black alligator leather strap fastened with an ardillon buckle. Proof of quality… the FiftySix Complete Calendar meets the stringent Geneva Seal (Poinçon de Genève) criteria.
Price: EUR22,600 vacheron-constantin.com
By Dan Diaconu
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