The Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix collection adds a Tourbillon reference
Arguably the biggest launch since the re-make of its Overseas collection, Vacheron Constantin is going strong on a vintage streak that sees another icon getting the retro-contemporary treatment. Enter the Fiftysix; an emblematic model inspired by the design codes of one of the maison's superstars (the reference 6073) that hailed from the '50s — specifically, 1956. So named after its origin year, the new collection was first unveiled at SIHH where Buro got to see and feel the ultra-thin re-design and all of its sleek, ergonomic lines. Now gearing up for its official worldwide debut, the Fiftysix sees its first major complication enriching the collection with the drop of the Tourbillon reference.
Beautifully slender at less than 6mm thick, the masculinity of the watch is tempered by refined ornamentation such as the two-tone opaline dial in a sunburst pattern and its elegant Maltese cross tourbillon carriage. Really, just look at this thing of beauty: It spins to a 2.5-Hertz frequency — a steady beat that you allows you to count along to its rhythm — and it required over a dozen hours of chamfering and various handcrafted finishings.
The slimmer construct doesn't shave off any of the fine watchmaking technicalities either, as a flip over reveals a transparent caseback that displays its intricate self-winding calibre 2160 movement and 22K gold peripheral rotor. Undoubtedly stylish, this is a watch meant to outfit the cosmopolitan man. Now all that remains is the question of which Fiftysix is your speed. Will it be the new Tourbillon that's elegance re-defined, the Complete Calender with its moon phase aperture, or the Day-Date for to keep you on schedule? Vote below:
The Fiftysix Tourbillon will launch exclusively at Vacheron Constantin boutiques in April 2019.