As I have already mentioned in one of the previous articles, next month in Geneva Vacheron Constantin is going to use the upcoming SIHH 2010 event in order to reveal its new Historique collection. Besides the gorgeous Historique 1968 in a square case, there will also be a Historique Ultra-fine 1955 (ref. 33155/000R-9588) model in a more traditional round super-slim body. Also crafted from a thin slab of 18-karat yellow gold, the 1955 Ultra-fine offers a nice combination of a classic-shaped case with one of the best “historic” movements that you can currently get not only in a perfect working condition but backed by full manufacturer’s warranty as well!
The stunning Lange 1 series is a fairly new “flagship” collection from the brand that was resurrected after the fall of the Communist regime in Eastern Germany. It may not be as technologically daring as their recent Zeitwerk model. Yet it successfully showcases the German brand’s heritage and offers such trademark complications as off-centered displays, as well their signature big date complication. According to a recently disseminated press release, the collection will soon be expanded with an even more beautiful A. Lange & Sohne 1 Daymatic model. Compared to other members of the family, the new collection offers a less complex dial layout reducing the extensive list of functions to just a bare minimum: hours, minutes, small seconds, retrograde “days of week” display and, of course, the big date aperture, which is now ergonomically placed at 10 o’clock.
At the next SIHH 2010 exhibition in Geneva, Vacheron Constantin will present a pair of vintage-styled ultra-thin automatics both in the round (Historique 1955, ref. 33155/000R-9588) and square (Historique 1968, ref. 43043/000R-9592) cases. Judging by its timeless exterior that will stay relevant until that bitter day when mankind finally ditches the concept of a wristwatch altogether, the Historique 1968 is going to be a real hit.
The 2009 Gerald Genta Octo Tourbillon Sunray (ref. OTR.Y.20.925.CN.BD) brings you an unusually styled yellow gold case combined with a complicated automatic caliber featuring a finely executed tourbillon escapement. Of course, the most interesting part of this watch is neither its brutal body nor the mechanism (although the tourbillon does look like a real piece of art), it is the dial with its two squares (one for hours and the other for minutes) and an octagon that gets the lion’s share of attention here. Looking like an ancient puzzle box, the part makes a strong, almost (vaguely) frightening impression when the first time you see it.
The limited-edition Hublot Classic Fusion Yacht Club de Monaco (ref. 501.PM.1680.RX.YCM09) is offered to you in a generously sized 45-millimeter case in a somewhat strange combination of yellow gold and solid titanium case back with black PVD coating.
The revolutionary A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk was unveiled by the German brand in May, 2009. At that time, it was one of the most daring and controversial (as well as immensely beautiful from the point of view of pure engineering) models from the German manufacture. Although not as deliberately high-tech as some wristwatches made by, say, Louis Moinet -another brand that is known for its audacious approach to industrial design- this “digital” timekeeper attracted a lot of attention even before it went on sale later that year.
The 2009 Patek Philippe Calatrava Officier Ref. 5153J was officially introduced in March 2009 during the annual Baselworld 2009 international trade show. Presented in a yellow gold case, the 5153J features the usual sober dial layout and is equipped with an elegant “hunter” back cover. Previously, a mandatory feature of a “trench watch,” the engraved cover makes this new collection a nice (although quite expensive for a simple three-hander) present for a West Point graduate.