Aging, perhaps gracefully: dial of the Vacheron & Constantin Reference 4560

Why I Bought It: Vacheron & Constantin Reference 4560 Triple Calendar

Oh, those Geneva auctions! While GaryG’s intention is usually to browse the rare pieces on offer, gain an education from his auction-house friends and escape unscathed, it seems that more often than not there is a piece that puts him into bidding mode. And sometimes, that piece is entirely unanticipated as was the case of the Vacheron & Constantin Reference 4560 triple calendar that he stumbled across at the Sotheby’s preview. Here is why he bought it.

Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Blue Complete Calendar

Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Blue: The Delight Of A Well-Designed Dial

At the 2019 SIHH, Vacheron Constantin introduced the contemporary FiftySix line with blue dials. And while normally a new dial color is less exciting than a new watch or complication, the new blue highlighted just how good the dial design of the FiftySix is!

Pink Floyd’s ‘Animals’ cover art features London’s Battersea Power Station

Vacheron Constantin Hits All The Right Notes: FiftySix Day-Date, FiftySix Tourbillon, And The Rock-And-Roll Magic Of London

Vacheron Constantin’s FiftySix Tourbillon launch, which took place in London alongside the introduction of a new music campaign aimed at a younger generation, hit all the right notes for Elizabeth Doerr. Read on to discover why.

Tutima hot air balloon

Hot Air Magic: How Wristwatches And Hot Air Balloons Soar Upward

Strong stories and captivating histories constantly seduce watchmakers to create various special editions, and ballooning is one of those adventurous feats that has captured some horological imaginations. Here Jan Lidmaňský highlights a few watch brands that have floated through the sky, both literally and figuratively.

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Pig (left) and Petite Heure Minute Relief Pig

Happy Chinese New Year Of The Pig With 8 Auspicious Porcine-Themed Watches From Vacheron Constantin, Chopard, Jaquet Droz, And Blancpain

Chinese New Year of the Pig is upon us, and a few brands have created special edition timepieces to celebrate. Here are eight artistic porcine-themed watches by Jaquet Droz, Vacheron Constantin, Chopard, and Blancpain.

A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Langematik Perpetual

Three Perpetual Calendars Launched At SIHH 2019 From A. Lange & Söhne, Girard-Perregaux, And Vacheron Constantin

The perpetual calendar is a great example of a complication that is outdated by at least a couple of decades. Yet perpetuals still know how to capture the attention of watch collectors and connoisseurs with a very complex movement, even if some components only jump into action once a year. The perpetual calendar is often the perfect way for a watch manufactures to show off craftsmanship and ability – but the way that brands do this varies. Here are three very different examples we found at the 2019 SIHH.

Dual regulators of the Vacheron Constantin Traditionelle TwinBeat

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Twin Beat: User-Controlled Dual Frequency Offers Greater Precision, Less Wear, And Option Of Two-Month Power Reserve

The Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Twin Beat adapts to the needs of its wearer by maintaining two frequencies that the wearer can choose between, resulting in a spectacular 65-day power reserve for this perpetual calendar watch thanks to a reconfigured balance spring beating at 1.2 Hz as desired.

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Les Aérostiers – Bagnols 1785

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Les Aérostiers: A Lofty Tribute To The World’s First Aviators

Vacheron Constantin’s Métiers d’Art line includes highly artistic watches featuring a creative movement and artistic expression thanks to a novel display. The manufacture’s Caliber 2460 G4 forms the basis of various Métiers d’Art collection pieces, including the sensational Les Aérostiers collection.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Mécaniques Sauvages Tiger

Wild Things! Vacheron Constantin Introduces One-Of-A-Kind Les Cabinotiers Mécaniques Sauvages Watches

Vacheron Constantin has just revealed a collection of unique Les Cabinotiers timepieces called Mécaniques Sauvages under a homogenous theme of wild animals that adorn their dials and/or cases.

Vintage 1950s Vacheron Constantin Reference 6087 chronograph

Vintage Watch Snobbery AKA How I Met Your Mother (Reprise)

Standing before his eyes was the most perfect of God’s creatures, a wonderful mix of Audrey Hepburn and Penelope Cruz. What Makes Me Tick thought his heart had skipped a beat, and he heard the chimes of every single minute repeater Patek Philippe had ever created – all chiming at exactly the same time! Six months later the gentle creature and he were married. This extraordinary story reflects the marvelous world of vintage watches: finding the rare bird, linking it to a story, and never letting it go.