The Vacheron Constantin
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 an engine-turned, black 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, tear-drop 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 reference 47101/3
’s 21-jewel, manual-winding, 1140
caliber, based upon a thoroughly re-worked ‘Nouvelle Lemania
ebauche - much like the Patek Philippe
. 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.
This Vacheron Constantin Les Historiques Chronograph
comes on our Milano
black saffiano strap and corresponding yellow-gold tang buckle.
Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.