Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph Reviewed by Tim Mosso

by Tim Mosso

Hey Marvel movie fans, have I got a watch for you. No, not those AP Royal Oaks dubiously decorated with spandex suits. I’m talking about the Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph.

Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph

Follow my train of thought for a moment. If you’re able to keep track of every Marvel plot, sub-plot, character arc, mid-credits teaser, post-credits teaser, streaming TV series, PLUS all of time, space, and the multiverse, then you might understand Vacheron Constantin’s model families.

Avengers Infinity War poster

Just since the year 2000, Vacheron Constantin’s product planners have been in desperate search of an Endgame. The Patrimony Traditionnelle collection split into two freestanding – but indistinct – model lines in 2014. The Royal Eagle and Malte collections reverse split into just the Malte tonneau series in the late 2000s; the Royal Eagle half of this pair blipped away, never to return.

2007 Vacheron Constantin Chronomètre Royal

The grand Chronomètre Royal never got the sequel it deserved. VC suffered its very own Ant-Man III-style critical meltdown by launching the bizarre Quai de l’Ile into the teeth of the 2008 recession.

2015 brought the Harmony collection – since one tonneau-only series just wasn’t enough. And because VC clearly needed more dress watches, 2019 debuted the milquetoast Fiftysix portfolio.

Vacheron Constantin-Collections 2024

As of this writing, Vacheron has ten model families. By comparison, Rolex has two.

While it’s not commonly known outside of the watch industry, 2015 to early 2017 was a difficult period that witnessed lower volume, discounts, closeouts, and even a few business failures. It was an internal recession for the watch industry, and it was exactly the wrong time to launch the Harmony lineup.

Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph

2015’s initial offerings opened to an empty house, and box office wasn’t any kinder to the subject of today’s feature presentation, the 2016 Harmony Chronograph. Consider it more of a cult classic.



Unless your brand is Cartier, Richard Mille, or Jaeger-LeCoultre, shaped watches are niche. In movie parlance, it’s an exploitation genre that plays to a small crowd. While the in-house overlap of the Malte and Harmony was and remains confusing, the size of the Harmony models is prohibitive; only Thanos-sized wrists can wield the mighty Infinity Gauntlet…my bad, I mean, the Harmony Chronograph.

Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph on the author’s 16cm wrist

At 42mm but wearing like a 45, the Chronograph is an option for big-bodied fans of its genre who have a blockbuster budget to match its $65,800 retail. Ironically, the shoebox-sized Devon Tread 1F actually worn by Robert Downey Jr. in “Infinity War” and “Endgame” fits more easily on my 16cm wrist more easily than the celestial-scale Harmony Chronograph.

But nobody scores 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and there’s a strong critical case to be made for the Harmony Chrono.

Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph

For one, it’s beautifully built. The sizable case, which was inspired by a 1928 Vacheron tonneau chronograph, boasts grace of line and proportion that are lacking in Richard Mille’s roboticized constructions. An unexpected and delightful fluting below each lug  pares the impression of bulk.

Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph on the author’s 16cm wrist

This watch wears its mass well, and it comes across as more zaftig than ungainly. Moreover, co-axial crowns and chronograph monopushers go together like Batman and Robin. Sorry, that’s DC’s universe.



Like a proper movie star, this VC has a pretty face. The dial’s printed rather than applied features are historically appropriate but also sharply defined the way only modern methods can achieve. Pulsation scales are as endearing to watch fans as full-cast autographs are to the Comicon crowd.

Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph dial details

Each sub-register glows with a polished rose gold chapter ring and crisply centered concentric grooving. Polished pear-style hands and the subtle opaline texture of the silver surface ensure that this reads like the dial of a $60K+ watch.

Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph dial details

Because Vacheron fits a 32.8mm manufacture movement purpose-built for the Harmony’s incredible hulking proportions, the dial’s hands, registers, and power reserve indictor are properly spaced and proportional.

To its credit, VC refused to fall back on is well-traveled Lemania 2310 evolutions, and the watchmaking staff built a large movement expressly for a large case. It fits like a hand in a glove – and NO, not that glove.

Movement of the Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph_

The caliber 3300 is a different world compared to VC’s aging Lemania-based 114X series. For one, there’s nothing comical about 3300’s majestic tandem of size and detail. Elements that overlap and become partially obscured on the Lemania are spaced out to stand out on the 3300.

Overall finish is worthy of the prominent Poinçon de Genève, but tiny Easter eggs go beyond the minimum.

Polished column wheel of the Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph

Marvel at that column wheel; it’s not capped in Geneva fashion but left open with VC’s Maltese cross logo at center.

The chronograph minute wheel and the clutch’s intermediate wheel feature tiny Maltese crosses hidden underneath. All chronograph levers, horns, hammers, and clutch structures earn rave reviews for their clean horizontal brushed satin and even lateral anglage; this is no simple matter to apply on steel components.

Anglage with sharp internal angles and Poinçon de Genève on the Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph

The rhodium-plated brass bridges boast well-defined bevels. By itself, the chronograph bridge sports three interior creases where bevels meet. A few of Vacheron’s lesser “Poinçon” movements lack even one such flourish.

Movement details of the Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph_

Like the “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the parts of caliber 3300 succeed on the strength of the ensemble rather than a single standout performance. Lateral clutches and column wheels are sexy, and the Harmony’s revealed chrono pieces are enough to warrant a strong PG-13 rating.

Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph balance spring cock and shock protection

Equally impressive is the tandem of a modern free-sprung balance and a very traditional hand-bent overcoil hairspring.



Linear springs for the chronograph lever, the re-set hammers, the clutch, and the chronograph brake are all set on beautifully polished anchoring posts with exposed mirrored caps.

Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph_

The springs themselves speak to VC’s sheer commitment with satin and polished surfaces well defined on surfaces measuring fractions of a millimeter.

Chronograph action is a tactile pleasure, so this feature is the feel-good moment of our feature presentation.

Côtes de Genève on the movement of the Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph

I’d give this movement four out five stars. Points must be deducted for the Côtes de Genève. Although likely laid down traditionally with an abrasive wheel, there’s nothing about these waves to distinguish them from cheaper stamped examples of their genre. They don’t glow, flow, or ripple in the fashion that superb stripes can trick the eye into perceiving depth.

The chronograph bridge, which features laudable sharp inward bevels, has a distinct lack of sharply defined outward points where exterior bevels converge.

In particular, the corner of the bridge looming over the “(35) Jewels” text betrays the first pass by an automated grinder and not enough of the hand-finishing that made the final pass.

Unpolished gear wheel of the Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph

Finally, there’s no meaningful polish on the interior facets of even the largest wheels, but that’s a common shortfall of most series-production calibers even at the “holy trinity” level.

Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph movement details

Not every superhero flick can be an “Infiniti War,” and not every superhero can be “Iron Man.” There’s room in the Marvel universe for the sub-apocalyptic stakes of “Black Widow” and supporting characters like Hawkeye.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Marvel Black Panther Flying Tourbillon (photo courtesy Christies)

The Harmony Chronograph is, without question, a watch that Vacheron doesn’t need to offer. It’s a streaming TV option against the Overseas’ “Black Panther” blockbuster billing.



It is difficult to imagine the Harmony Chronograph as a collector’s only watch, only Vacheron, or even only chronograph. Vintage revival fans will demand a smaller size. Fans of chronographs as a genre tend to prefer sports watches.

The Harmony is so offbeat in character and ergonomically challenging that it’s hard to imagine it anywhere except among the ranks of a sprawling collection that simply must have one of everything.

Marvel’s Taneleer Tivan (played by Benicio del Toro)

Audemars Piguet’s Marvel series will never include a Royal Oak to celebrate a tertiary character like Taneleer Tivan, the prolific “Collector,” but Vacheron may have built that watch already.

Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph

Quick facts: Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, power resever indicator, monopusher chronograph
Case: pink gold
Dimensions: 42 mm x 52 mm (including lugs) x 13 mm high
Movement: caliber 3300, manual winding
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap/buckle: alligator leater strap, pink gold deployant buckle
Price (2016): $65,800 (out of production)

You might also enjoy:

Vacheron Constantin Chronomètre Royal: Flamboyance, Precision, And The “Batman”

Vacheron Constantin Historiques 222: I Never Thought I’d Want This Watch So Badly

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Split-Seconds Chronograph Ultra-Thin: Restrained Glamour and Understated Excellence

In a Royal Oak and Nautilus World, Why I Love the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Deep Stream Chronograph

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *