Vacheron Constantin just kicked off Watches & Wonders 2020 with a bang! The company introduced seven new production watches and several more exotic Les Cabinotiers models. For today we’ll be focusing on the production watches, and you can see all of the Vacheron Constantin watches we carry from today’s announcements right here.
We’ll start with my personal favorite from this release, the Traditionnelle Tourbillon Chronograph. As you may have guessed, it combines a tourbillon and what is presumably a monopusher chronograph, but I love it for its avant garde asymmetrical layout that places the tourbillon in a position of extreme importance. Despite its complexity, it’s a reasonable 42.5mm diameter and an impressive 11.7mm thick, powered by a beautiful hand wound movement.
Likely the most popular, however, is this, the Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin. The gold and blue contrast quite nicely, but it’s that perpetual calendar complication, and its shocking 8.10mm thickness (despite being an automatic), that will impress most. The diameter is also quite reasonable at 41.5mm.
Perhaps even more impressive is the boutique-exclusive Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Skeleton. What it lacks in brevity, it makes up for in beautiful skeletonization. Probably no brand in the world is Vacheron’s peer when it comes to skeletonization, and it really shows on such a watch like this. The automatic perpetual calendar is so complex that you don’t get the clear view right to your wrist that a simpler watch has, but that just means you get to enjoy the inner workings even more.
The Traditionnelle also received this lovely 39mm watch, a clean tourbillon two-hander with a mother of pearl dial and an abundance of diamonds, both on the case and surrounding the tourbillon aperture. This one’s also quite thin, although perhaps not quite an ultra-thin, at 11.22mm, not bad for a tourbillon automatic.
It’s paired with this new boutique-only Traditionnelle Tourbillon Jewellery, an exercise in excess if there ever was one. It’s quite similar to the last watch we looked at, except that it’s almost entirely covered in diamonds (if you couldn’t tell).
Lastly, we look at two boutique-exclusive new members of the Fiftysix collection, beginning with this Fiftysix Complete Calendar. It features a rich brown dial with gold accents, and, of course a complete calendar complication. The size is very reasonable at 40mm, making this a great choice for daily wear.
For those who prefer a cleaner dial, that color combination is also available in the Fiftysix Self-Winding, a practical three-hander with date watch that can be dressed up or down depending on the need. Like the Complete Calendar, it’s 40mm, but it’s significantly thinner at 9.6mm vs 11.7mm, so fans of ultra-thins may also prefer this one.
So ends an exciting Watches & Wonders for Vacheron Constantin, not counting their literally unique Les Cabinotiers models, of course, but Vacheron may yet have more in store for us in 2020.