Round-up of the 4 best Vacheron Constantin releases from 2019

Round-up of the 4 best Vacheron Constantin releases from 2019

2019 was a busy year for Vacheron Constantin. While we wait for their 2020 releases — barring the already revealed new Egerie collection — let’s have a roundup of the 4 best watches by Vacheron Constantin from 2019. 

We have divided the 4 best Vacheron Constantin watches from 2019 according to the months they were released in: September to December.

1. Re-issue September – Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 

2. Men & Women OctoberTraditionnelle “Catcher of Time” Limited Edition

3. Limited Edition NovemberPatrimony Middle East Edition

4. Ladies DecemberPatrimony Blue self-winding

Historiques Cornes de vache 1955

This watch was announced in September last year. It is a Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece. The defining aspect of this release is that it is a steel version of the iconic and sought-after “Cornes de vache” model from 1955 that is known for the characteristic shape of its lugs and for being Vacheron Constantin’s first water-resistant chronograph. Following on the footsteps of the platinum re-issue of 2015 and the 18K 4N pink gold version of 2016, the new steel version features those same distinctive cow horn-like lugs.

Quick Tech Specs: The reference 5000H/000A-B582 features the calibre 1142 which is a manual-winding mechanical movement developed and manufactured in-house. The movement comprises of 164 components, 21 jewels, beats at the frequency of 3Hz (21’600 A/h) and is encased inside a 38.5mm diameter and 10.9mm thick brushed stainless steel case. The watch face shows the functions of central hours & minutes, small seconds at 9’o clock and a column-wheel chronograph. The latter features a central seconds hand and minute counter, and a tachymeter scale (serving to determine average speed over a known distance) featuring a 1000-metre base reading. The watch offers a decent 48-hour power reserve and an okay water resistance of 30m (3 ATM).

The Standout Features: The high legibility of the grey velvet-finish opaline dial with two snailed counters is incredible. Add to that the white minute-circle punctuated with dark red numerals and 18K white gold applied hour-markers and Roman numerals and together they form the genesis of a stunning dial. The 18K white gold hours, minutes and small seconds hands compliment these indexes while the blued steel chronograph and 30-minute counter hands add an interesting contrast. 

Traditionnelle “Catcher of Time” Limited Edition 

Going online, in October last year, Vacheron Constantin introduced two limited edition watches in 22 pieces each on the NET-A-PORTER flagship store on Tmall Luxury Pavilion in China. Both the Traditionnelle “Catcher of Time” go hand in hand and compliment each other’s looks. Connoisseurs of the Maison will appreciate the use of the round “étagé” case and lugs, slim bezel, fluted case-back, “bâtons de Genève” applied hour-markers, and the rail-track minute-circle.

Quick Tech Specs for the men’s model: The reference 87172/000R-B690 features the calibre 2455 which is a self-winding mechanical movement developed and manufactured in-house. The movement comprises of 194 components, 27 jewels, beats at the frequency of 4Hz (28’800 A/h) and is encased inside a 38mm diameter and 8.00mm thick 18K 5N pink gold case. The watch face shows the functions of hours, minutes, small seconds at 9’o clock and a date aperture at 3’o clock. The watch offers a 40-hour power reserve and an okay water resistance of 30m (3 ATM).

Quick Tech Specs for the women’s model: The reference 83570/000R-B691 features the calibre 1410 AS developed and manufactured in-house. The movement comprises of 175 components, 20 jewels, beats at the frequency of 4Hz (28’800 A/h) and is encased inside a 36mm diameter and 8.90mm thick 18K 5N pink gold case. The diamond-set bezel, lugs and crown (81 round-cut diamonds, approx. 1.15 ct) beautifully frame the dial. The watch face shows the functions of central hours & minutes, small seconds at 6’o clock, power reserve indicator between 10 and 11’o clock, and a moon-phase at 9’o clock. The watch offers a 40-hour power reserve and an okay water resistance of 30m (3 ATM).

The standout feature: The 18K gold hand-guilloché dial is got to be the best part about these watches. The degree to which this “Clous de Paris” pattern has been applied is simply praiseworthy. The hand-guilloché decor that spreads across the entire dial face and the 18K 5N pink gold applied hour-markers (along with dauphine-type hands) reveal a stunner of a dress watch.

Patrimony Middle East Edition

This watch was announced in November last year and released as part of the 4th Edition of the Dubai Watch Week.  

Quick Tech Specs: The reference 1110U/000P-B653 features the calibre 4400 AS which is a manual-winding mechanical movement developed and manufactured in-house. The movement comprises of 127 components, 21 jewels, beats at the frequency of 4Hz (28’800 A/h) and is encased inside a 42mm diameter and 7.65mm thick 950 platinum case. The watch face shows the functions of central hours & minutes, and small seconds at 6’o clock. The watch offers a good 65-hour power reserve and an okay water resistance of 30m (3 ATM).

The Standout Features: This Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece embodies the beauty of the Middle Eastern sunsets through the use of the unique shade of salmon. The salmon metal dial features a convex external zone with circular “pearl” minute-track and 18K white gold applied hour-markers that bring about an intrinsic minimalistic beauty. The Patrimony Middle East Edition is a masterclass in understated elegance. 

Patrimony Blue self-winding

Rounding up our list of 4 best Vacheron Constantin releases of 2019 is the Patrimony Blue. The new self-winding ladies’ watch was announced in two versions in December last year. Both in pink gold, they are released in sizes of 36mm and 36.5mm diameters, without or with diamonds respectively. 

Quick Tech Specs: The references 85515/000R-B644 (diamond version) or 4100U/000R-B643 (sans diamond version) feature the calibre 2450 Q6/2 which is a manual-winding mechanical movement developed and manufactured in-house. The movement comprises of 196 components, 27 jewels, beats at the frequency of 4Hz (28’800 A/h) and is encased inside either a 36.5mm or 36mm diameter and 9.15mm or 8.10mm thick 18K 5N pink gold case. The watch face shows the functions of central hours, minutes, seconds and a date window at 6’o clock. The watch offers a 40-hour power reserve and an okay water resistance of 30m (3 ATM).

The standout feature: sunburst satin-finish midnight blue dial is just oh-so-elegant. Our pick is the diamond version. Featuring 69 round-cut diamonds on the bezel and crown, this version with its circular “pearl” minute-track and 18K 5N pink gold applied hour-markers is pure magic. And the case-back featuring Côtes de Genève motif and equipped with a gold open-worked oscillating weight inspired by the Maltese cross can be admired via the transparent sapphire crystal.

There you have it: a roundup of the 4 best watches by Vacheron Constantin from 2019. 

What’s your favourite?

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