Vacheron Constantin
Les Historiques Chronograph | 47101 | platinum


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Vacheron Constantin
Les Historiques Chronograph | 47101 | platinum


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Vacheron Constantin boast a lengthy and uninterrupted history of manufacture, dating back to 1755. The firm’s founder, Jean-Marc Vacheron, was one of many cabinotier-watchmakers who specialised in the production of complex components. Upon partnering with François Constantin, Vacheron (the brand) became widely-known for upholding the finest horological traditions - enamelling, piercing, engraving and engine-turning.

Les Historiques

The Vacheron Constantin Ref. 47101 was introduced in 1989, as part of the brand’s Historiques collection - paying tribute to the Geneva watchmaker’s archives. The origins of the watch can be traced back to Vacheron’s iconic reference 4178, from the 1940s - with its tachymeter scale and placement of the subsidiary dials - considered by many to be one of the most beautifully refined chronographs ever made.

The watch displays a finely-grained, silvered dial with applied Arabic and baton numerals. The two sub-dials, at three and nine o'clock are the thirty-minute and sub-seconds registers, respectively, with engine-turned patterning at the centre. The dial is classically understated, balancing the outer five-minute divisions and tachymetre scale perfectly. The watch displays five hands - hours, minutes, and seconds for the time, with seconds and minute hands for the chronograph.

Overall, the dial layout is cleanly designed, with the chronograph highly legible in a variety of lighting conditions. With its 36 mm case diameter, the size of the 47101 is classically inspired - featuring down-turned, angular lugs and a polished, chamfered bezel. The snap-on, display case-back, features the Maltese cross and manufacturer's hallmarks, along with its unique reference numbers.

The Movement

The reference 47101 integrates Vacheron’s 21-jewel, manual-winding, 1140 caliber, based upon a thoroughly re-worked ‘Nouvelle Lemania2310 ebauche - much like the Patek Philippe Ref. 5070. The movement is beautifully finished, with exquisite chamfering on all angles, polishing and decoration, in the form of Geneva striping. The movement uses a straight-line lever escapement, a monometallic balance adjusted to 5 positions, self-compensating Breguet spring and swan-neck micrometer regulator.

The Set

This Vacheron Les Historiques Chronograph is accompanied by an Extract from the Archives of Vacheron Constantin, confirming the year of manufacture as 1994.

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Brand: Vacheron Constantin
Model: Les Historiques Chronograph 47101/000P-4
Movement: mechanical manual-winding Cal. 1140
Functions: chronograph, hours, minutes, sub-seconds
Features: tachymetre scale, tear-drop lugs, display back
Case: 36mm platinum
Crystal: sapphire front and display back
Strap: Tokyo grey grained leather strap, corresponding platinum Vacheron Constantin buckle
Lug/buckle: 18/16 mm
Year: 1994
Box & papers: Extract from the Archives
This manual-winding, platinum Vacheron Constantin Les Historiques Chronograph is in excellent condition and has perfect mechanical functionality. Small signs of wear are visible on the left side of the case, with one small imperfection visible on the caseback, above the 950 platinum stamp. There are also small marks visible on the reverse side of the lugs. All of the hallmarks are clearly defined, including those located underneath the strap at 6 o'clock. It is guaranteed for authenticity and comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man.

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