Mid-century style: Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix

Vacheron Constantin expands its chic Fiftysix collection with two new sepia-toned timepieces

Watches & Jewellery 5 Aug 2020

When Vacheron Constantin launched the Fiftysix collection in 2018, it quickly won over watch connoisseurs with its classic, timeless aesthetic. In particular, it borrowed some of the best features from the reference 6073 introduced in 1956, notably the watchmaker’s first water-resistant automatic watch. Such handsome details include the lugs, taking inspiration from the shape of the company’s iconic Maltese cross motif, along with a box-type crystal topping the bezel that recalls the distinctive style of such post-war watches.

For 2020, this elegant, vintage look is enhanced with the addition of two pink-gold models with sepia dials, a clean and polished three-hander with simple date indication, and a complete calendar. Both immediately catch the eye with their brown-toned dial, which playfully captures the light by utilising a combination of opaline, sunburst and snailed finishes.

On the complete calendar, this is punctuated by the moon phase indication at 6 o’clock, which sees a complementary pink-gold moon set against the blue sky. The calendar is driven by the technically accomplished 2460 QCL/1 self-winding calibre, requiring no adjustment for 122 years. The movement can be admired via the sapphire crystal caseback, from the intricate finishing in a traditional Côtes de Genève pattern to the openworked oscillating weight that once again subtly references the Maltese cross.