Evoking feelings of sentimentality, nostalgia and intrigue, Vacheron Constantin's obscure and vintage-inspired Fiftysix collection is a unique and classical take on some very interesting watchmaking. Iconicity aside, the Fiftysix collection came to the fore in 1956 and walked the fine line, at the time, of modernity, cosmopolitan style, classism and individuality, paving its own path amidst some very tough competition.
The collection heralded in a different direction of watchmaking. It was a far cry from the very conservative and somewhat orthodox aspects of the Traditionnelle and Patrimony families, the Fiftysix was an ode to the expressive personalities, a disdain for the conventional and an air of being nonchalant in an otherwise very hidebound time.
Fast forward to the modern day, and Vacheron Constantin's Fiftysix collection continues to be a staple for the maison, standing head and shoulders beside the maison's other lineage of watches. With a broad range of models to choose from, the Fiftysix collection blends the worlds of modernity with classism and tradition wonderfully well, offering timepieces well versed enough to sit comfortably in any collection.
MR PORTER, the premier online high-end men's fashion destination, is proud to offer the Fiftysix collection amongst its other Vacheron Constantin models. MR PORTER offers pieces like the Fiftysix Automatic, the Fiftysix Complete Calendar and the beautifully complicated Fiftysix Tourbillon, models that are wonderfully expressive and provide the ultimate contrast between old-school watchmaking and contemporary horology.
Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Automatic
Encased in warm pink gold and featuring a lovely sepia-brown dial, the Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Automatic is an alluring piece that balances symmetry, details and finishing remarkably well. The Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Automatic perhaps best represents the collection's style, with its retro-contemporary look paired with the absolute simplicity of a time and date display. This is a particularly rich looking model whose colour palette is accentuated by that brown calfskin-leather strap.
The crowning jewel here is Vacheron Constantin's calibre 1326, which features all of the hallmarks of a bona fide high horology movement, with Côtes de Genève finishing and an oscillating weight inspired by the Maltese cross in 22k pink gold.
Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Day-Date
A particularly complicated version of the Fiftysix is the reference 4400E/000R-B436. The Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Day-Date, like its simpler Fiftysix Automatic sibling, also has a pink gold case, except it has a lovely silvery-white dial which features the day and date in two separate registers, along with a power reserve indicator at the bottom of the dial.
The Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Day-Date is a substantially complicated yet wholly wearable timepiece, with ergonomic dimensions, an air of nonchalance and a distinctly unique look that is as interesting as it is undeniably charming.
Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Complete Calendar
What we have with the Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Complete Calendar is the collection's quintessential look, enhanced by several elements of truly high-end watchmaking. The first is that very easily identifiable complete calendar, categorised by two apertures just below 12 o'clock displaying the day and the month, as well as a date indicator in the form of a blue hand pointing to the passing date around the chapter ring of the dial.
The second is that very beautiful moon phase sitting at 6 o'clock. The Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Complete Calendar's calibre 2460 QCL/1 Hallmark Of Geneva certified movement includes a moon phase that is accurate for the next 122 years. The Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Complete Calendar is a perfect balance of poetic harmony and nostalgic design.
Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Complete Calendar
The Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Complete Calendar takes on a new form in the shape of the reference 4000E/000A-B548. Distinctly different to the aforementioned pink gold 4000E/000R-B438, the Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Complete Calendar 4000E/000A-B548 instead is encased in stainless steel and has a deep petrol-blue dial and was made in collaboration with MR PORTER.
This model is complimented perfectly by that sumptuous Mississippiensis alligator leather strap, completing a very subtle and wholly inconspicuous aesthetic. The Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Complete Calendar is powered by the maison's same calibre 2460 QCL/1, again featuring a moon phase and a complete calendar.
Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Tourbillon
The final piece here is the immense Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Tourbillon. Big in stature and in form, the Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Tourbillon is the epitome of the Fiftysix collection, positioned at its upmost pinnacle. The focal point is on that tourbillon, showcased at the bottom of the dial. Featuring Vacheron Constantin's iconic Maltese cross design, the tourbillon carriage is perhaps one of the most beautiful expressions of the gravity-defying complication in modern horology.
Surrounding that divine tourbillon is a silvery-white dial, a pink gold case and a supple brown Mississippiensis alligator leather strap. The Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Tourbillon is undeniable in its execution, perfectly balanced, decorated to the nth degree and proportionally brilliant. A complete spectacle of contemporary haute horlogerie.
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