Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Tourbillon
In case you haven’t heard, Vacheron Constantin launched a brand new collection earlier in the year named the FiftySix. This watch was based on a historical model known as Reference 6073 which was first introduced in1956. Watches in the collection feature clear design codes reminiscent of the 1950s such as a sectortype dial, a box-type sapphire crystal and alternating hour numerals and markers. In addition, all were equipped with selfwinding movements because Reference 6073 was one of the first self-winding Vacheron Constantin watches ever made. The FiftySix collection debuted with three classical variations: one with a simple date window, a second model with day, date and power reserve, and finally a complete calendar with precision moon phase.
But a bigger surprise lay in store which the manufacture had only just released, alongside the announcement of its exclusive partnership with London’s famous Abbey Road Studios. The FiftySix Tourbillon is the first major horological complication in the collection and this ultra-thin selfwinding movement had been released a little earlier at the 2018 SIHH within the Traditionnelle Tourbillon. Calibre 2160 is a new movement, beautifully finished and Geneva Seal-certified, featuring an elegant gold peripheral oscillating weight that obscures none of the gorgeously finished plates and bridges. Like the lugs, the tourbillon carriage pays homage to the Maltese cross, which is the official emblem of the manufacture, and took over 12 hours to chamfer and polish by hand.
FiftySix Tourbillon is a Vacheron Constantin boutique exclusive model and will be available only from April 2019. www.vacheron-constantin.com