Vacheron Constantin releases a FiftySix Tourbillon, an ultra-thin self-winding movement

Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Tourbillon
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Joining the trio of timepieces in the FiftySix collection is the Tourbillon watch in rose gold

In case you haven’t heard, Vacheron Constantin launched a brand new collection earlier in the year named the FiftySix. This watch was based on a historical model known as Reference 6073 which was first introduced in, you guessed it, 1956. Watches in the collection feature clear design codes reminiscent of the 1950s such as a sector-type dial, a box-type sapphire crystal and alternating hour numerals and markers. In addition, all were equipped with self-winding movements because Reference 6073 was one of the first self-winding Vacheron Constantin watches ever made. The FiftySix collection debuted with three classical variations: one with a simple date window, a second model with day, date and power reserve, and finally a complete calendar with precision moon phase.

But a bigger surprise lay in store which the manufacture had only just released, alongside the announcement of its exclusive partnership with London’s famous Abbey Road Studios. The Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Tourbillon is the first major horological complication in the collection and this ultra-thin self-winding movement had been released a little earlier at the 2018 SIHH within the Traditionnelle Tourbillon. Calibre 2160 is a new movement, beautifully finished and Geneva Seal-certified, featuring an elegant gold peripheral oscillating weight that obscures none of the gorgeously finished plates and bridges. Like the lugs, the tourbillon carriage pays homage to the Maltese cross, which is the official emblem of the manufacture, and took over 12 hours to chamfer and polish by hand.

The FiftySix Tourbillon is a Vacheron Constantin boutique exclusive model and will be available only from April 2019.

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Published 11th September 2018
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