Vacheron Constantin is known to be one of the oldest watchmaking companies with a continuous history in the world. The company was founded in 1755 by Jean-Marc Vacheron who was later joined by Francois Constantin in 1819 creating the name we know today. They are quite popular among watch lovers and collectors to create extremely high end watches with great design and pristine mechanisms. However, their price reflects the amount of effort and the high quality materials they use, as the watches can range between $100,000 to $900,000 and even more.
The case dimensions were increased when this watch was first updated in 2007 to 40mm x 50mm with a height of 12.85 mm and a width between the lug of 22 mm. The previous models was a bit smaller measuring only 36 mm (case) and 13.05 mm (height).This watch definitely has a more simple design than the rest of the versions and the manufacturers managed to make it more imposable without taking from its prestigious look. The bezel seems pretty narrow due to the fact that the case has big dimensions with a dial that has a triple date with a vintage design with round dial combined with a square space. The dial is made of gold and then silvered with other details that were added by hand. There are also subdials with gold fillings and markers; the numbers are also made of gold and we can notice how the Silver Guilloche Dial makes a beautiful contrast with the flat silver chrono sub-dials. The movement is done by using the F Piguet’s 1185 with 21,600 vibrations per hour and a power reserve of 40 hours. It has a 12 hour Chronograph/Stopwatch function with a 30 minute counter at the 3 o’clock position, 12 hour counter at the 9 o’clock & large central seconds hand counter.
This is a beautiful watch that has been unfortunately in limited edition since it was designed. However, those who really want to obtain this beauty can probably get it from a collector or somebody who sells used watches. It is definitely worth its high price as it is suitable for a true king.