Known not only for their cutting edge Overseas, but also for a unique Historiques collection of re-issues, the Swiss watch manufacture Vacheron Constantin is about to start selling a timepiece that comes in a fairly unusual (for the brand) body that blends the noble rectangular shape with a sporty cushion.
While not as bizarre as the Vacheron Constantin Historique Aronde 1954 (Ref. 81018/000R-9657) that was issued almost three years ago and officially presented to the public at SIHH 2011 event, the new Vacheron Constantin Historiques Toledo 1951’s (Ref. 86300/000R-9826) peculiarly shaped rose gold body seems to be not only pleasant to look at, but also quite comfortable, too, thanks to its thin, ergonomically curved profile.
Powered by their in-house Caliber VC 2460SC engine (a very thin automatic movement that also animates at least 10 other three-handers from the prolific Swiss-based brand), the watch is only 9 millimeters thick, which makes it especially comfortable for those who prefer to wear shirts with tight cuffs. And at a size of just 33.3 x 42.3 millimeters (let the latter dimension doesn’t scare you since it also includes the model’s pair of rather short integrated lugs), it is definitely compact enough to be called a classic dress watch.
Judging by the look of it, this beautiful timekeeper was possibly made as a tribute to the gorgeous Art-Deco Vacheron Constantin Cioccolatone model that was on sale around 60 years ago.
Although the silvered opaline dial with its applied Arabic numerals, “pearl” minute track and longer, more refined hour and minute hands are definitely from another era, the curvy body of the watch with its flowing lines and integrated, organic lugs seems to be recreated very accurately.
As usual for the brand of this caliber, the Vacheron Constantin Historiques Toledo 1951 offers a superb combination of elegance, ergonomics and legibility making it a perfect choice for a person who considers round and classic rectangular watches too generic for his taste.
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WWR preliminary verdict:
Build quality: 5/5
Value for money: 5/5
Vacheron Constantin Historiques Toledo 1951 in Rose Gold (Ref. 86300/000R-9826) watch specification
Movement: Automatic, Caliber VC 2460SC, in-house, 182 parts, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 27
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 40 hours
Movement decoration: 22-carat gold rotor with guilloche and Hallmark of Geneva stamp on the bridge
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Case material: 18-carat rose gold
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Rectangular/Cushion
Bezel shape: Rectangular
Case size: 42.30 mm x 33.30 mm
Case height: 9.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Dial: Silvered opaline
Numerals: Arabic, applied, 18-carat rose gold
Hour markers: Match numerals
Hands: Rose gold
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Hand-stitched, saddle-finish large square scale brown Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with 18-carat rose gold buckle
Case back: Sapphire