A time­less trio

Vacheron con­stant in reaches into its archives to re-in­tro­duce three Vinta ge-in­spired time­pieces

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Vacheron con­stantin has launched the his­torique col­lec­tion, which in­cludes three icons said to be for those whose love is de­voted to vin­tage style cre­ations. these mod­els were orig­i­nally cre­ated decades ago, but have been re­man­u­fac­tured and re­vived to suit a more con­tem­po­rary taste.

in­spired by the orig­i­nal wa­ter-re­sis­tant chrono­graph de­sign, the cornes de Vache 1955 is rein­ter­preted into a clas­sic 18-karat pink gold case and a trans­par­ent sap­phire crys­tal case­back that fea­tures the en­tire man­ual wind­ing move­ment. this greatly sought-af­ter piece bears the ex­clu­sive hall­mark of Geneva. it re­mains cre­ative by fea­tur­ing the stylised “cow horn” lugs, as well as also manag­ing to con­tinue tra­di­tion by show­cas­ing the col­umn wheel shaped em­blem of the man­u­fac­turer, the Mal­tese cross.

the sec­ond de­sign, the amer­i­can 1921, was orig­i­nally cre­ated for the amer­i­can mar­ket in the in­fa­mous Jazz age. this piece per­haps re­mains most loyal to its orig­i­nal cre­ation as it still bears the cam­bered case and di­ag­o­nal time read off as well as the off­set ball shaped crown. Fea­tur­ing ara­bic nu­mer­als, the 65-hour au­ton­omy drives hours, min­utes and small sec­onds in­di­ca­tions. this un­de­ni­ably debonair watch is fur­ther com­ple­mented with a deep blue coloured al­li­ga­tor leather strap, com­plete with a glossy plat­inum buckle.

Mea­sur­ing a mere 1.64 mm and thus be­ing one of the thinnest in the world, the ul­tra-fine 1955 is a true tes­ta­ment to Vacheron con­stantin’s abil­ity to make ex­cep­tion­ally slim watches. this time­piece fea­tures 18-karat gold bridges adorned with a hand man­u­fac­tured sap­phire crys­tal back that is wa­ter­proof till up to 30 me­tres. Placed on a sil­vered opa­line dial, the watches hours and min­utes func­tions are of a sim­plis­tic style. the blue hour marker works beau­ti­fully in con­juc­tion with the dark strap and the shin­ing plat­inum buckle. this as well as the slen­der and clear-cut dial dis­play re­flect the for­ever stylish na­ture of this clas­sic time­piece.

Pi­aget’s new Polo s presents a beau­ti­ful cush­ion dial sur­rounded by a 42mm case, as well as the see-through, pris­tine sap­phire case back in which the watches in­ter­nal move­ments are dis­played. a num­ber of stain­less steel links snake their way all around the piece to com­plete this new and re­vamped de­sign. the re­sult is a watch good enough for the brand’s spokesman, Hol­ly­wood ac­tor Ryan Reynolds, as well as a new gen­er­a­tion of clas­sic watch wear­ers.

the ver­sa­til­ity of the time­piece is one thing that makes it as func­tional as it is beau­ti­ful, a watch you can wear with a tuxedo or just as well with ca­sual clothes. the brand wanted to cre­ate some­thing that would ap­peal to those who em­body “the spirit and ethos” of the unique watch. the au­to­matic Pi­aget Polo s is avail­able with a blue, sil­vered or slate-gray dial as well as sil­vered or blue dial.

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