Inspired by the bestselling watches of the 1940s, Vacheron Constantin has created two new Triple Calendar watches in its Historiques collection. These watches, slated to be in store next month, are the first new pieces in the Historiques line in two years. This is a collection we love because it offers new renditions of archival pieces.
The two new Triple Calendar Historiques watches also feature new movements. One watch takes its inspiration from a piece built in 1942, while the other is inspired by a 1948 watch with moon phase indication.
These watches also use design codes of the 1940s and are offered with silvered dials sporting calendar indications in either rich burgundy or midnight blue. The 40mm cases of these watches feature a triple gadroon edge (stepped and curved) with ergonomically engineered lugs. As with all Vacheron Constantin watches, these timepieces carry the Hallmark of Geneva Seal.
Our friends over at ATimelyPerspective wrote extensively about these watches:
"The Historiques Triple Calendrier 1942 watch (Ref. 3110V) is crafted in stainless steel and is inspired by the legendary reference 4240 that was made in 1942 in yellow and pink gold, as well as in steel. For this watch, the hours, minutes and seconds are indicated via blued steel hands (with the seconds read off of a subsidiary dial at 6:00). Additionally, the date is read via a red-arrow hand on the outer edge of the dial. Positioned at 12:00 beneath the logo, two windows display the day of the week and the month of the year. On this version the hours are indicated using Arabic numerals. The watch is powered by the 225-part Caliber 4400 QC, developed in house by Vacheron Constantin. It is a mechanical manual-wind movement with 65 hours of power reserve.
The Historiques Triple Calendrier 1948 watch (Reference 3100V) offers the day and month indication via apertures beneath the logo at 12:00, and has hour, minute, and calendar hands. However on this version, the subsidiary seconds dial at 6:00 also boasts an astronomical moonphase indication. This watch is created in 18-karat 4N pink gold and has Roman numerals and triangular markers on the silvered dial instead of Arabic numerals for the hours. Also offered with burgundy calendar functions or with blue calendar functions, this watch is created in a limited edition of just 200 pieces in each of the two colors. The Caliber 4400 QCL – with the L representing the high-precision lunar function — powers this timepiece. The manual wind caliber consists of 253 components and 21 jewels, and offers 65 hours of power reserve."