SIHH 2011: Vacheron Constantin Historiques Aronde 1954
January 25, 2011
At SIHH 2011, Genevan watch brand, Vacheron Constantin, who has been existence since 1755, unveiled a new timepiece within their Historiques collection. The collection consists of watches that are inspired by original timepieces from Vacheron Constantin's past. In this case, Vacheron Constantin chose to resurrect a beautiful rectangle timepiece from their archive, the Aronde.
The new Historiques Aronde 1954 features a double rounded design on the case flanks, along with a distinctly curved sapphire crystal (the curved case and sapphire crystal are extremely complicated to manufacturer). The 31.20 mm x 44.5 mm case is made of 18K pink gold. It features fully polished sides and the top is brushed. The silver-toned opaline dial with hand guilloché pattern is exquisite.
Powering the Aronde, is a hand wound mechanical Calibre 1400 AS, developed and manufactured in-house by Vacheron Constantin. It runs at 4 Hz (28,800 vph), with 20 jewels and a power-reserve of approximately 40 hours. The movement is finished to the highest standards, by hand, and is stamped with the Hallmark of Geneva (Geneva Seal).
Water-resistance is 30 meters. The strap is made of brown stitched-tip, large square-scaled Mississippiensis alligator leather. The buckle is in 18K pink gold with a polished half Maltese cross.
Two trends were apparent at this year's SIHH show, thin watch cases and retro designs. The latter was the focus of a number of brands this year, most notably, Jaeger-LeCoultre, for example, with their vintage inspired Reverso and Memovox Deep Sea timepieces. Like Jaeger-LeCoultre, Vacheron Constantin has perfectly executed the remake of a previous model. The Vacheron Constantin Historiques Aronde 1954 is absolutely stunning in-person. The images, although good, do not do it justice. It is classy and elegant, much like the famous Reverso, however, the Aronde is even more distinctive with its signature curved sapphire glass and double rounded case design. And it will be far more rare, with a very limited annual production.