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Vacheron Con­stantin FiftySix Tour­bil­lon

Robb Report Singapore - - Perfect 10 -

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

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