Vacheron Constantin FIFTYSIX Self-Winding and Complete Calendar with Blue Dials (Hands-On)

This year, Vacheron Constantin will acquaint hitting blue dials with its mainstream FIFTYSIX assortment. While it very well might be a conspicuous emphasis for the brand, it is absolutely not an unwelcome one, adding another component to Vacheron’s entrance level contribution. Today, we’re investigating the new FIFTYSIX Self-Winding and FIFTYSIX Complete Calendar wearing blue.

By method of a speedy boost, Vacheron presented the FIFTYSIX assortment a year ago at SIHH 2018 . Proposed especially as a section level reach intended to pull in more youthful purchasers to the brand, it was at first met with blended surveys. A few – including us here at MONOCHROME – considered the possibility of an ‘reasonable’ (generally talking, obviously) watch a piece at chances with the brand’s esteemed standing for Haute Horlogerie.

To be reasonable, this assessment was predominantly framed based on the sub-10k Self-Winding model in steel. Having had the chance to encounter a portion of the models in the assortment all the more personally in the course of recent months (read our point by point audit of the Vacheron Constantin FIFTYSIX Complete Calendar here ), we’ve come to acknowledge there is much more of Vacheron in the FIFTYSIX assortment than at first meets the eye. Furthermore, that is a decent thing.

For 2019, there are no specialized changes to one or the other model and nor would we essentially expect there to be. The instances of both are in steel, and still measure 40mm in distance across. The Self-Winding is a thin 9.6mm, while the more complicated complete schedule comes in at 11.6mm. Inside the previous is oneself twisting, in-house Caliber 1326, blessed with a 48-hour power save. The last is fueled by the notable type 2460, which bears the Hallmark of Geneva.

So, the lone genuine update here is the shade of the dial. In particular, the presentation of a brilliant shade of blue – named petroleum blue by the brand – that has been uniquely produced for the FIFTYSIX assortment. The dials on both component an opaline focus with differentiating sunburst outside and raised applied 18k white gold Arabic numerals and markers, all treated with white glowing material. The Complete Calendar form likewise flaunts 18k white gold moons.

To coordinate the new blue dials, the two models are offered on dim blue croc calfskin ties with coordinating sewing. Cost for the 3-hand FIFTYSIX Self-Winding in steel will be EUR 11,500, while the Complete Calendar, likewise in steel, will be EUR 22,400. More subtleties at www.vacheron-constantin.com .