Vacheron Constantin is under the spotlight with the Triple Calendar 1948 model which was added to the retro-inspired Historiques Collection in 2017.
Brands re-interpreting the old models in their archives relaunching them became a familiar strategy in today’s luxury watchmaking. An elegant example in the Dress Complication subtitle of the Heritage trend that doesn’t apply such filters like brand prestige or price range, Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendar 1948 (Ref. 3100V / 000R-B359) was the guest of our Hands On corner.
The model we opted for our review is from the Historiques Triple Calendar 1942 & 1948 model family, which was presented to the likes of watch enthusiasts under the well-established brand’s SIHH 2017 novelties. The Historiques Triple Calendar 1948 model is offered in two different versions and we have the Ref. 3100V/000R-B359 version here which successfully represents the Dress Complication Watch concept.
Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendar 1948 (Ref. 3100V/000R-B359) comes in a 18K pink gold case measuring 40mm in diameter and 10.35mm in height. Re-sized to fit today’s standards in luxury watchmaking, the case is equipped with scratch resistant sapphire crystals on both sides. It is difficult to talk about unique details regarding the case design as expected from the Dress Watch style timepieces. Though, the case features “claw” formed thick lugs that look like they’ve been integrated to the case separately, which successfully support the vintage-inspired theme. There is three recessed pushers on the sides of the case in addition to the winding crown that is decorated with the brand’s signature Maltese cross figure. The case is water resistant to 30 meters / 3 bars.
The model is actually based on a vintage timepiece, Ref.4240L, which was released back in 1948. There are several details throughout the model’s design that tribute to the original version. And the dial design is undoubtedly the part that offers the strongest resemblance. Designed with a cream colored background, the dial offers burgundy accents for the calendar which matches perfectly with the 18K pink gold case. Supported by the pink gold hands and 3D applique indices, the dial offers the ultimate visual integrity. The moon phase indicator, featuring a burgundy accented disk, is located at 6 o’clock while the day and month displays are present below the 12 marker. The pointer style date display is read through the chapter ring scale from 1 to 31 placed around the dial.
Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendar 1948 (Ref. 3100V / 000R-B359) is powered by the manufacture Caliber Ref. 4400 QCL, which is based on the brand’s 4400 movement family. In addition to its complete calendar function, the hand-wound movement also features a moon phase indicator. Offering a power reserve of 65 hours when fully wound, the movement is Hallmark of Geneva certified like the other products of the brand and is enjoyed through the sapphire crystal display case back.
The Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendar 1948 (Ref. 3100V / 000R-B359), produced with in a limited quantity of 200 units only, comes on a brown hand-stitched alligator strap. The strap is secured by an 18K pink god standard buckle designed in the form of Maltese cross.
The model is available with a MSRP of EUR 34,500.00. There is also a dark blue color-themed version (Ref. 3100V / 000R-B422).