As you know, our initial introductions of the 2018 dispatch of the Fiftysix collection were blended. Presented as the brand’s more easygoing assortment, with steel alternatives and programmed developments, and selection of complications. The Fiftysix taps into the progressing pattern for vintage-style watches by taking motivation from a VC model of 1956 and has helped up the temperament of the dial with contemporary and more easygoing contacts. Promoted by VC as a “modern, exquisite and loose collection” with a “resolutely cosmopolitan style”, our main goal today is to decide whether the model we had for our involved meeting satisfies Vacheron Constantin’s idea. The proof is in the pudding, so we should investigate the Fiftysix Day-Date steel model.
Complex Case, Elegant Proportions
Like its kin in the current line-up – Complete Calendar and the programmed time-and-date model (barring the tourbillon with its 41mm case) – the case estimates 40mm with a thickness of 11.6mm. Repeating to certain plan signals of the 1956 reference 6073, the hauls address the four arms of Vacheron’s symbolic Maltese cross.
Worn on the wrist, you can truly begin to value the style of the extents and the manner in which the light plays with the cleaned surfaces.
Available in steel and pink gold, the case is an agreeable mix of various shapes. Simply take a gander at how those carries tighten in the middle (around the recessed crown) and afterward thicken and plunge towards the tie. The triangles wedged between the round bezel and the hauls, a key plan highlight of the 1956 model, bring out the arms of the Maltese cross and add interest and character. Another immediate connect to the reference 6073 is the case type precious stone ascending high over the bezel. Albeit the first was produced using mineral glass, the Fiftysix has a scratch-safe sapphire crystal.
Compared to the pink gold adaptation of the Day-Date, the steel model comes across as more severe, ‘techier’ and somewhat edgier. Basically; considerably more contemporary. A particular component of all the Fiftysix models is the area type dial. Mainstream during the 1950s, area dials, with their ‘retro science lab’ look, have certainly made a comeback (see Jaeger-LeCoultre’s fruitful Master Control Collection with area dials or even Laurent Ferrier’s Galet Square ).
The more I take a gander at the dial, the more I understand what an essential job the little force hold marker plays in the general mind-set of the watch. Roosted simply over 6 o’clock, the force save is shaped by a quarter circle and goes from a hazier dark to a lighter dim to show the measure of fuel left in the tank. This little curve breaks the inflexible balance of the dial making it fresher, less old style and limitlessly cooler.
Two concentric section rings delineate the hours and minutes while the dark opaline focus of the dial highlights two evenly adjusted sub-dials for the day of the week and date. Every individual region contained inside the rings is enlivened with an alternate complete the process of playing with various tones of grey.
The completes are flawless, in accordance with VC quality and liven up a conceivably ‘plain’ monochrome background – look how well the day and date counters stand apart with their snailed foundations. You can see the exquisite sunburst-brushed completion of the hours track facilitating the applied white gold Arabic numerals (lovely typography picked!) and rod hour markers with a piece of iridescent material (the hour and moment hands are additionally gold with luminescence).
Beady-looked at perusers will see that the overall format of the schedule and force save signs on the Fiftysix Day-Date dial is a clone of the Traditionnelle Day-Date and as such offers a very much like development, but with various finishes.
Automatic Caliber 2475 SC/2
Like the Fiftysix Complete Calendar model, the programmed development of the Day-Date bears the pined for Hallmark of Geneva seal and has been created and made by Vacheron Constantin. Turning the watch over offers a perspective on the openworked 22k gold swaying weight with a cleaned Maltese cross, the Côtes de Genève stripes on the scaffolds and the round graining on the plates. With a recurrence of 4Hz, the development has a force hold of 40 hours.
Seeing this watch in official photos is a long ways from taking care of the genuine article. What may come across as cold and specialized in the photographs comes bursting at the seams with the refined subtleties and completions on the dial. With its intriguing case shape, area style dial, relaxed monochromatic shading plan and lavishly executed and differentiating completes, the Day-Date is at last a very rich watch. Shy of arranging this watch as “cosmopolitan”, I would say that this is a watch with a great deal of mentality and lashings of style. It’s the sort of watch that gets seen without yelling. With a particularly planned force save pointer on the dial, it’s a disgrace that the force save is on the low side…
The Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Day-Date comes with a dim gator tie and steel collapsing catch and retails for EUR 17,300 (incl. charges). For more data, kindly visit vacheron-constantin.com .