If you are looking for a new luxury watch, you may be interested in the Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix watch model. This brand has mastered the art of combining vintage design with modern innovation.
The collection is made up of simple automatic watches with three hands and a date display, models with a day-date display and complete calendar editions. They all feature a 40mm wide case and come in stainless steel or pink gold.
The Fiftysix collection
Vacheron Constantin is a company that has mastered the art of marrying innovation and tradition. Its Fiftysix watch model is a great example of this. The collection is based on one of the earliest water-resistant watches from 1956, but has been modernized in order to appeal to the younger generations.
The Fiftysix collection has a sector dial and a box-shaped case, both of which are inspired by the Reference 6073 launched in 1956, but it has been updated in order to appeal to the younger generations. This is because the brand has recognized that the young people do not want to wear the traditional models of the brand, but they rather prefer something more contemporary and casual.
As a result, they have developed the Fiftysix watch model with a retro-chic design and a lot of modern elements. This makes the Fiftysix a very trendy product on the market and it can be worn by any age group.
It is a very versatile watch model and it has all the important features that a watch collector needs to know. It is also very affordable, so it can be a good choice for those who are on a budget.
These Fiftysix models are available in a 40mm diameter and come in steel or pink gold. Each one is equipped with a two-tone opaline sunburst sector dial.
The dial is a nice contrast between the light and dark tones of the opaline sunburst, which allows for some interesting light play. The outer dial is punctuated by alternating Arabic numerals and baton-style hour markers while the date is displayed at 3 o’clock through a simple rectangular aperture.
Another great feature about this watch is that it is very easy to read the time with its luminescent hands, which make the Fiftysix an excellent choice for any age group. It has a very beautiful and delicate appearance, which can easily be worn at night or in the sun.
The price of these watches is very reasonable for this type of watch, which is why the collection has been so popular. It is a very good alternative to the Quai de L’Ile for those who are not on a budget.
The Fiftysix Day-Date
The Day-Date is one of three models from the new Fiftysix collection, each of which aims to attract a new generation of Vacheron Constantin clients. The line is loosely based on a reference from the 1950s, 6073 (hence its name), and features lugs shaped like a section of the Maltese cross emblem, a box-type sapphire crystal, a classic case measuring 40 mm in diameter, and a sophisticated sector-type dial.
At BaselWorld 2018 Vacheron Constantin introduced the Fiftysix collection, which was designed to be a gateway into the brand for those who may not be ready to invest in a more complicated piece or chronograph, but still want to experience some of the quality of Vacheron Constantin’s work. The collection, which is available in both stainless steel and pink gold, includes three variations: the Self-Winding, Complete Calendar, and Day-Date; all feature a silvered opaline dial with applied numerals, pencil hands, and concentric ring detailing.
In celebration of its release, the brand also teamed up with Abbey Road Studios, where it held a launch event that saw Benjamin Clementine and James Bay perform to a crowd of 150 guests in the very room at the famous recording studio where the Beatles recorded most of their music. Among the highlights of the evening was a ride in a vintage car to three iconic London locations where monumental rock-and-roll album covers were shot.
I received a stainless steel version of the Day-Date from the Vacheron Constantin team for review, and it is an elegant everyday watch that is sure to please. It has a polished 18-karat pink gold case and a supple brown alligator strap, with an exhibition back revealing the jewels, cogs and wheels of the internal calibre 1326.
It has two windows at the 12 o’clock position to indicate the day and the month, as well as a moon phase window at the 6 o’clock position. It also has a date aperture on the right-hand side of the dial and a outer chapter ring that features a hand that indicates the date, which is printed in a sans-serif typeface along the perimeter of the dial where the seconds’ track normally is.
The Fiftysix Complete Calendar
Vacheron Constantin is one of the most storied watch manufacturers in the world. Its ancestry dates back to 1755 in Switzerland, and its heritage is still alive and well today.
Its first movements were created in the 1700s, and today the brand is known for mixing time-tested techniques with contemporary design. With its Fiftysix collection, the brand wants to appeal to a new generation of customers.
This new line has been designed to appeal to a younger clientele with a retro-contemporary style that is in sync with current vintage spirit trends. The new collection includes an elegant self-winding model, a day-date watch and a complete calendar.
The Fiftysix Complete Calendar is a more complicated timepiece than the other models in the collection. It features two rectangular apertures at 12 o’clock for the day of the week and month, as well as a bosom-style moon phase display at 6 o’clock.
What makes the Fiftysix Complete Calendar stand out from the other watches in the collection is its dial. Its opaline/sunburst-finished sector-type dial features a magnificent blue that Christian Selmoni calls “petrol blue.”
Another unique feature of the Fiftysix Complete Calendar is its movement. It is powered by a variant of the Cal. 2460 that also drives the Traditionelle Complete Calendar and other models from Vacheron Constantin. It features perlage on the baseplate and bevelled edges, as well as Geneva stripes on the bridges, and is driven by a gold rotor with a skeletonised Maltese Cross.
It also has a power reserve indicator on the dial, which is a nice touch. A luminous baton-style hour and minute hand with luminescent treatment completes the look of the dial.
Overall, the Fiftysix Complete Calendar is a great timepiece that will make a fine addition to your wrist. Its case, dial and complications all work very well together.
The Fiftysix Complete Calendar is paired with an alligator strap and stainless steel deployment clasp. It features an automatic (self-winding) movement with date hand, day, month, moon phase and seconds hands complications. This watch has 3 atmospheres water resistance.
The Fiftysix Self-Winding
The Fiftysix Self-Winding Watch is a new entry-level timepiece in the Vacheron Constantin catalogue. The collection reflects Vacheron Constantin’s past and the current trend of vintage styling with contemporary details, all aimed at younger watch buyers and collectors who are new to the brand.
The self-winding model is a nice introduction to the Fiftysix range, featuring a 40mm stainless steel case with an automatic movement. It is the most affordable timepiece in the collection, priced at $11,700.
This model has a silver opaline dial with applied stainless steel Arabic numeral hour markers on the even hours, and luminous applied faceted baton indices on the odd hours, around a black perimeter railway-style minute/second scale with square white markers. There is a date aperture at three o’clock, centred with the minute track.
In addition to the dial, the self-winding model also features a center sweep second hand, which is set on an arrow shaped counterbalance. The hands are polished, and the movement is signed. It has a 40-hour power reserve at full winding and it’s water resistant to 30 meters/100 feet.
On the wrist, the svelte 9.6mm thick Fiftysix Self-Winding is a lovely everyday watch. The case is sturdy, yet not too big or bulky, and the polished stainless steel brushed finish is a welcome change from other entry-level Vacheron Constantin timepieces.
Its case lugs take their inspiration from the Maltese cross, another symbol of fine watchmaking, and the crown is recessed in the case, which is a very tasteful choice. The open-worked pink gold oscillating weight is a classic Vacheron Constantin touch that looks great when it’s viewed through the case back.
Overall, the Fiftysix Self-Winding has a very clean appearance with its opaline dial, sunburst chapter ring, and snailed (concentric circled) peripheral minutes track. It is extremely legible and has a nice contrast between the dial’s opaline centre and the sunburst chapter ring, which is complemented by the alternating 18K 5N pink gold hour-markers and pencil-style baton-type gold hour and minutes hands that are encased in a blue luminescent material.
The self-winding model is powered by a new in-house Calibre 1326, which is the first movement from Vacheron Constantin to have been fully finished and assembled by the brand. It beats at 28,800 vph (4Hz), contains 25 jewels and has an approximate power reserve of 48 hours.