“At the Geneva Conference in July 1955, our House won the privilege of being chosen as a supplier of the watches given to the Big Four and their ministers by a group of citizens of Geneva”…
Back in 1955 Vacheron & Constantin celebrated their T.W.O hundred years anniversary.
In this ad from 1955 it is mentioned “to their spirit of invention, to their inexhaustible patience, to their perseverance in the way of the new realisations that we are indebted for this invaluable inheritance which is the tradition of supreme quality“…
This part “to their inexhaustible patience” makes me smile!
It may sound like a cheesy sales pitch… But its true! Without patience, how would you keep a manufacture like Vacheron Constantin to follow their historical values?
Do you remember my “Rule #3“? I have discussed this rule a lot with friends who also are watch collectors. Very few of them , if any agrees with my rule…
What made me react on this ad is not the text but the watch included and the year – a time only (not even a seconds hand) ultra fine watch from 1955…
That made me think of the Vacheron Constantin Historiques Ultra-fine 1955 – A very similar watch which I encountered for the first time back in 2012. Since then I have been back several times to admire this pieces…
At first I almost didn’t even try it on, as from afar it may look a bit too plain… Once on the wrist it is hard to take your eyes off this super elegant beauty!
It is difficult to describe in words what I find so special about this watch.
If you look at separate parts of the watch nothing will stand out as really special… The stick hands, the thin linear index, the plain dial, not even the elegant case… But all together – it really looks and feels special!
The profile really lives up to its name: Ultra-fine!
The case is only 4.1 mm thick, 36 mm in diameter.
Inside is the Calibre 1003 which is only 1.64 mm!
My photos do not make this beautiful movement justice, so I have borrowed an image from the Vacheron Constantin web-page.
Yes, this is a great example of “less is more”!
I wonder if we will see some new Vacheron Constantin Historiques for their 265 Years Anniversary next year..?