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Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Collection Hands-On

Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Collection Hands-On Hands-On

Do you know what the new-for-2018 Vacheron Constantin FiftySix collection is based on? Come on, have an educated guess! Nothing? Anything? Well, it is the “modern interpretation of the iconic reference 6073, launched in 1956 and inspired by the Maltese cross.” Good thing I already took my pills prescribed for the nervous twitch I had recently developed for the i-word.

Now, first things first, I know I have gone on a rant about the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris here, but it is only now, weeks after I have written this draft while coming back for another look that I realize the resemblance between the two watches, as well as my reaction to them – this, I presume, simply couldn’t have dawned on me during the remarkably busy weeks during and after SIHH. Now, this being said, as we shall see below, the two watches very much belong to the same trend, but one (this one) makes a notably better effort at it… And with that, let us now discover the many shades of vintage laziness.

Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Collection Hands-On Hands-On

All hands-on images by David Bredan

Iconic, iconic, iconic, iconic, iconic

With a bit of help from Wikipedia, I think I could feasibly give you a 24,753-item-long list of things more iconic than a watch that, I suspect, a considerable percentage of global Vacheron Constantin staff couldn’t pick from a group of five other 1950s Vacheron dress watches. Call it historical or call it original, but the 6073 is not an icon of much anything. Icons by definition you have either seen before (and remember), or at least have seen their impression on many other contemporary items that have been inspired by it. In other words, an icon should somehow be relevant today and it should be part of at least the passive knowledge base of the masses. Now, you tell me how many of you have thought about the 6073 in the last number of decades.

In its official communcation about the FiftySix collection, Vacheron Constantin fails – doesn’t even try – to explain how the 6073 has affected watches that came during its time or after it. Sure, the 6073 is by all means a neat-looking dress watch, but I deeply doubt the absolute majority of watch lovers have sought it before or used it as a point of reference. I chose to not add a picture of it here, because if it’s that iconic, I’m sure all of you know what it looks like. Although I am certainly no authority on this topic, I think most of us will agree that the Royal Oak is an icon, the DW-5000 G-Shock is an icon, or perhaps the iPhone or the Porsche 911. A largely forgotten and in fact not at all highly collected 1950s Vacheron Constantin dress watch is not.

Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Collection Hands-On Hands-On

A hip publicity photo from the brand.

Vacheron Constantin remains confident about the FiftySix collection and describes it as “Design and positioning [being] in tune with the current expectations of Fine Watchmaking connoisseurs.” Oh, okay then. I had my doubts, but this totally convinced me otherwise. Apparently what we want is the confused look of mixed up indices and sub-dials that are just way too close together. Yes, these certainly rank high on the bucket list of “Must-have watch design elements in 2018” for every Fine Watchmaking Connoisseur. But wait, there’s more.

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Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Collection Hands-On Hands-On

“For the first time in its history, the Maison has decided to offer a classic collection both in gold and in steel, while treating the latter material with the same high aesthetic standards as the precious metal. As an example of this, see the use of white gold hands and appliqués on the steel versions of the FIFTYSIX®.”

So, after some 46 years of utter disdain, the lowly, lowly stainless steel – a material proudly used in other stupid-expensive luxury watches since 1972 – gets to enjoy the warm, welcoming embrace of “the Maison” in a classic collection, no less. White gold hands and appliqués, like on any Rolex watch at any price point in recent memory, as well as an undoubtedly beautiful, 22k gold automatic rotor find their ways into the entry-level Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Self-Winding Steel, competitively priced at $11,700 – not just into its pink gold superior, that costs a decidedly less plebeian $19,400.

Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Collection Hands-On Hands-On

Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Collection Hands-On Hands-On

Sure, all this fits the image of the brand neatly. Vacheron Constantin’s forte is being the ultimate safe-haven for a certain type of clientele. Beyond selling to those who genuinely like their watches, one gets the idea that it also attracts the sort of chap who makes good money but does not yet have a distinct personal taste nor/or the confidence to wear something he discovered he likes. Hence, until this changes, his concern is to be able to defend his purchase and to be reassured by it, so that when he’s asked why he bought his Vacheron Constantin – not that most run of the mill Vacheron Constantins could be regarded as hot conversation starters these days – he can just play the heritage card, 1755 and all that. Oh, and also 1956, don’t you dare forget 1956… even if, weirdly, the watch doesn’t say FiftySix anywhere on it.

Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Collection Hands-On Hands-On

Now, Vacheron Constantin has made a step forward, as with the FiftySix collection he at least gets to pretend he has a personality. It’s called FiftySix – such a quirky cool and hip way of writing 56, this arbitrary number – while the neatly applied, mixed-up indices on the dial truly look like someone at “the Maison” really got to go to town that one day at work. Even if the resulting baton-Arabic numeral index layout looks like it belongs in a grammar school math book exercise – “today we are learning even numbers up to twelve.” In all seriousness, I don’t find it to be a balanced look, somehow. It isn’t elegant, it isn’t fun, it’s just half this and half that – as though the watch tried not to overwhelm its wearer with all these confusing numbers between 1 and 12. It looks weird on images and it does not look any better on the wrist.

Now that we fully understand the iconic ancestry and the connoisseur-expectation-meeting positioning of the FiftySix, it is certainly time to start looking at its many, many details. The main challenge in this endeavor for the average “Fine Watchmaking Connoisseur” lies in deciphering which elements of this new collection trace from its iconic – and yet somehow shamefully forgotten! – forebearer, and which ones are new.

Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Collection Hands-On Hands-On

The Positives

The FiftySix collection displays a deep-running fascination with the Maltese cross. Sure, it is the logo of the brand and the – mind you, genuinely refreshing-looking and creatively designed – lugs were also inspired by it but, actually, the Maltese cross for Vacheron Constantin comes from a lesser known, rather more obscure detail. The brand’s logo “is inspired by the shape of a component formerly found in mechanical movements. A small wheel connected to the barrel of the cover (sic., presumably they meant the cover of the barrel) which made it possible to use the most constant section of the spring by regulating its degree of winding and unwinding, in order to enhance the precision of the watch.” Am I the only one who’d love to see this namesake feature on these watches again?

Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Collection Hands-On Hands-On

Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Collection Hands-On Hands-On

Though I can’t quite twist my mind to see the Maltese cross in the lugs, it nevertheless is unquestionably the neatest element shared by all pieces in the FiftySix collection. They simply are as fabulous as lugs can get and if there’s one element where the FiftySix shines without reservation, it is here. In previous years I kept asking if it was actually impossible for big brands to form lugs into something more unique and exciting on their more competitively priced pieces as well. Turns out, Vacheron is at last showing the way, because these really are some of my favorite designs in a long, long time. If anything, these bold, elegant, unique-looking lugs – and the overall case design itself – highlight even more strongly the lame and indecisive dial design.

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  • Mikita

    VC beated JLC in their revival “from the old catalogues” hands down IMO. However, the proletariat won’t get the Geneva seal (strange for VC!), but what do you expect for mere $12,000.

  • Minute hand too skinny. Dial busy. Font and proportions all over the place… Rejected back to Design department!!

  • The 3 hander is the best of the lot (less to dislike). The date window is a sore thumb on it though. The only possible benefit of the mixed of baton/arabic hour marker mess is that this way half of the hour markers can have lume. The complete date reference with moonphase is a little shop of horrors design-wise. Lower prices are great, but it sort of sucks to have a VC and not have a Geneva Seal on it.

    • Chaz

      “Budget Vacheron”. What a great marketing slogan for them to use. Sales will skyrocket!

  • Generic Watch #56

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  • Raymond Wilkie

    Oh dear.
    The lugs are awful
    Crown guard not needed, makes the face is lop-sided
    I dont like Baton/arabic markers, either one or the other. Cant numbers be lumed?
    My usual complaint about being a bit crowded.
    The minute hand is a tad short.
    40mm is too small.
    I love a moon phase. This one is really boring.
    Lovely reverse.

  • JosephWelke

    “Viciously elegant”? Did you perhaps mean “vivacious”?

    Great article though! Keep this up and you’ll be a curmudgeon yet!

  • David Rolls

    Nice watches. Most of the complaints here will be from people who can’t afford them 🙂 (peasants, rofl)

    Good to see one of the big three do a decent watch in SS. Sadly I already have a VC Patrimony Contemporaine Date in yellow gold, so another VC is off the table until I complete the holy trinity. An AP ROO is next, yes, I am a douche bag nouveau riche arsehole 😛

    • David Bredan

      Oh what I’d give to know the very situation where and how this Big 3 BS was invented. As for the watches one buys, there’s only one rule as far as I’m concerned: buy whatever makes you feel [insert_emotion].

      • SuperStrapper

        But if you don’t post on the internet about shopping the trinity how will anyone ever like or respect You?

      • Polerouter

        I wonder too; actually I discovered this “holy trinity” thing quite recently on the internet, mostly on american websites. Here in Switzerland I have lots of friends working in different positions and companies in the watch industry, so I asked them what was the holy trinity… most of them had never heard about it.

      • Good Gene 42K18

        Better than the African Big 5, where guys feel compelled to kill certain animals just because of some silly list (and I’m not anti-hunting).

      • David Rolls

        So if buying one of the so called “holy trinity”/”big three” is based on my decision to “buy whatever makes me feel [insert_emoticon]”, then buying an AP, PP or VC is OK then…

        I’m confused, are you saying it’s bad or good David? Not that it should matter because buying a watch to impress the WIS who comment on ABTW is the last thing I’d ever want to seen to do… I’d rather live in a cave….

    • Chaz

      AP ROO? Yes…a Bilzerian wannabe…

      • David Rolls

        No mate, I just taking the piss 🙂

        • Chaz

          Yeah, I figured that but still had to get in my Bilzerian dig. Any chance to out that POS.

          Cheers

  • As a musician and producer I find the “hip publicity photo” very funny. Bypassing the obvious “what’s a vinyl record doing flat on the desk with a watch on top” question — the photo alludes to a supposedly cool music producer who owns a VC.

    On the background you have a condenser mic on a shock mount (meant to reduce vibrations) that is neither plugged in (the cable connects at the bottom) nor is attached to a mic stand. So the shock mount is useless as it only works when attached to a stand. Even if the mic were just lying around, you would not unscrew the whole shock mount with the mic, you would just unclamp the mic itself.

    Further this type of mic is very sensitive and would pick up fan noise and any other sound in the background — so using this on a desk in a sonically untreated room is akin to using a 30m dress tourbillon for free diving under the ice.

    The mic looks like a Neumann TLM102/103 which is a base model from Neumann mics and costs about the same as a VC croc strap. If you want so sell “heritage” put it next to a vintage U67 tube mic as a nod to those who can afford the mic and the watch.

    So does the photo portray a successful musician/producer? Or a hi-fi audiophile? The answer is neither. VC and other similar brands should realise that details matter when you sell to a demanding crowd, and such half-baked attempts are one reason why the industry is losing its touch with watch buyers.

    • David Bredan

      I know this sounds like a stretch but I was expecting that picture to stand out for at least some which is why I added it… And I added it also because I was annoyed by the fact that I never made it back to the VC booth at SIHH to take a cell phone pic of the windows these watches were in. They had the hippest sunglasses and retro over-ear earphones to supposedly match this Fine Watch Connoisseur enticing watch, all the while the same people with the same sort of attitude were peacocking 2 feet away inside the booth as they have in recent years. The disconnect between them (+ their presentation) and their target audience was as palpable as the disconnect between… Well, all that I pointed out above.

      • Well it definitely stood out for me I can tell you that 🙂 It’s always the same theme though. You have marketing people who can paint a pretty picture but completely fail to relate to those who will look with a critical eye at the content of said picture. In other words, they fail to connect with the people they are trying to reach.

        I am positive that watch lovers have other hobbies that they are as passionate about. So I can imagine someone collecting knives, or vintage cameras, or who loves vintage cars etc. being irked by a stylised publicity photo that uses these items as pretty backdrop only.

  • SuperStrapper

    Despite the slightly routered edges, all of the wondows in each ofbthese watches look too crude/unfinished for watches of this caliber. This case is not pleasant either. I don’t know its it’s village idiot unpleasant…

  • hatster

    They are just a bit dull……or maybe safe?

    • It takes a special kind of designer to make something that is simultaneously quirky and forgettable !

  • Steve Loader

    Funny, my reaction on seeing this range was ‘how refreshing to see something from VC with some unpredictable imagination applied’.
    I think the day-date in particular has charm because of its non-symmetrical quirkiness.

  • Mikita

    “Icons by definition you have either seen before (and remember), or at least have seen their impression on many other contemporary items that have been inspired by it.”
    My brain just collapsed.. 🙂

    • David Bredan

      Haha give me a break!

  • BNABOD

    Ok I will change the tune a bit I do like the day date w moonphase. I find it well balanced and elegant and love the lugs. Still confused about the models presented to us today though they all start mixing together and since it is early and on my first coffee I am not entirely clear which model is what. Either way I don’t do dress watches . David I would agree on the corrector push things, they are ugly but I also don’t think these watches would do well w protruding appendices on all sides of the case. Kind of a difficult problem to address . I will also agree that in 2018 one has to do better than the lame power reserves presented to us today. For the price I expect good finishing and decent specs. 40/48 hours sucks even though yes one can easily adjust a three handed but more painful if you want a accurate moonphase.
    The more i dig the watch world the more I am intrigued by vintage. Seems more fun to me. Got my fair share of watches of reasonably good caliber from maisons that do produce a few watches a year (think O, R,I-C, …) but there is something about older pieces w good movements . Just grabbed one w Val calibre 23…

  • Greg Dutton

    I want to like the time-only version, but the date window is truly awful. If the grey market price falls closer to $8K then it might be more compelling, but at $11K there are so many other watches I’d look at first.

    • ProJ

      Yup for that price you can get a nice watch from an independent like H.Moser or Moritz Grossman.

  • Marius

    According to this article: “…that it also attracts the sort of chap who makes good money but does not yet have a distinct personal taste nor/or the confidence to wear something he discovered he likes. Hence, until this changes, his concern is to be able to defend his purchase and to be reassured by it, so that when he’s asked why he bought his Vacheron Constantin.”

    In my view, watch blogs should stick to discussing watches based on the technical/aesthetic/financial/etc. aspects. I think it’s quite unprofessional for watch blogs to start offering pseudo-psychological assessments of the character of watch buyers. Arguing that the individuals looking to purchase this watch don’t have the confidence to wear what they like is completely out of place considering that:
    a) You have absolutely no idea who this people are, and what reasons they have for buying this watch;
    b) You have absolutely no idea what their tastes and preferences are;
    c) You don’t know how confident his/her tastes are.
    What’s more, with few exceptions, most high-end brands are relying on very classically-designed products with a timeless appeal. Using the logic of this article, one could argue that a person owning a Porsche 911, a Rolex Daytona, and a Savile Row bespoke suit is also not confident in his tastes since these are all “safe-haven” iconic pieces.

    According to this article: “…their performance is average at best. Part of this is likely due to the fact that these appear to be rather old construction movements… . For 12, and especially 20 thousand dollars and above, from a brand that calls itself “the Maison,” actual movement performance clearly isn’t something you’ll get to boast about.”

    I fail to understand the fetish that ABTW bloggers have with the “performance” of movements. Sure, I know that at the ABTW headquarters in Jaywick there’s an Omega shrine (METAS-certified, of course) to which ABTW writers pray every day, and which they kiss three times before writing an article and twice after. However, that doesn’t mean that “performance” poppycock is applicable to everyone. In the case of high-end brands such as Vacheron, Lange, FP Journe, etc. the performance aspect is of minor importance. I highly doubt that buyers walking into the Vacheron boutique will be inquire about the power reserve, silicon hairsprings, or magnetic resistance. Most buyers of a Vacheron will look at three aspects in a caliber: a high-end decoration (which the triple calendar and the day/date have since they feature the Geneva Seal); an attractive architecture, and a quality fit & finish. Similarly, one doesn’t buy a Rolls Royce Phantom for its fuel efficiency, cornering speed, or 0-100 acceleration.

    • T m

      Hear hear

    • Tempvs Mortvvs

      ABTW offers expert and honest opinions on economics, psychology, marketing, retail and design. We all get to learn and benefit from them at no cost, someone else pays for it, guess who and why? So, ahem, ….be thankful…

    • Raymond Wilkie

      I have a fetish for movements and am out and proud.

      • Sheez Gagoo

        That’s why you like the Swissmatic?

        • Raymond Wilkie

          Switchmatic?…………….who domes up with these ridiculous names?

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Tissot. Already forgot?

          • Sheez Gagoo

            You posted it on the Orient Bambino article.

    • Juan-Antonio Garcia

      To be honest, the first thing I asked the dealer about the Rolls was the MPG, but that is, because I am a cheap bastard.

    • Good Gene 42K18

      …and the AR coating on BOTH sides of the windshield. Can’t have any of that glare!

    • Timestandsstill

      I also think that the sort of chap (“who makes good money but does not yet have a distinct personal taste nor/or the confidence to wear something he discovered he likes”) is HIGHLY unlikely to even have heard of Vacheron Constantin much less buy one….. more likely a Rolex or possibility Tag or Omega

    • Boron

      I’m struggling to recall a sensible post from you, ever – but on the off-chance of being mistaken, you’ve completely outdone yourself here, Marius!
      Are you on new medication? If so, tell your doctor/pharmacist that it seems to be working well.

      • Marius

        I’m pleased to see that you are an avid reader of my comments. My comments are so captivating that even people who don’t like them feel compelled to read them with religious fervour. I would like to thank you for reading my missives, and I’m very excited to have you in my ever-growing international group of fans.

  • R Ramki

    The 3 hander belongs in the Montblanc catalog. Has no business being a VC. I do like the lugs and case design though.

  • PollyO

    No brand should ever refer to one of its own products as iconic. It makes them sound like dicks.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      I concur.

      • PollyO

        Agreed. I have a lot of respect for Seiko and GS. I never understood the name.

        Lexus are good cars, but imagine if they were called Grand Toyota.

        • But, but it’s a “Grand Corolla”. Sure it’s boring looking but it has laser cut, beveled door handles. Well, it’s intended for the Japanese Domestic Market, so of course you don’t “get it”.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            I had a Corolla gt-i liftback. This car survived an unfortunate parking in a small forest in the south of France 2003,which burned down. A helicopter threw an orange liquid over it. After the car cooled down it worked just fine. In 2004 it survived massive riots in Bern, where punks used it as a cover and the police shot it with rubber ammo. Then it looked like a zebra. In 2008 I was invited to a wedding in Kosovo where a bullet (Serbian AK-47) shot during the wedding went through the door and was stuck in the seat and drunk folks were vomiting inside after to much shligowice. On the way back I hit a wild boar in the wilderness of Hungary were it could easily be repaired and cleaned from vomit. Swiss border guys were curious about bullethole and disasse bled it. In 2012 I sold it to a Lebanese guy and it has been exported to Mossul. I miss this car. Was faster than a Golf GTI at the time. I miss this car.

          • Any of that really true?

          • IG

            Probably the drunk vomiting.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Yes. It was one of my favourite cars. All my other cars were just boring, unreliable or both. I called it Jason. Like Jason Vorhees, it was impossible to kill.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            https://goo.gl/images/iiNytU
            Picture is from the Internet but colour, model and even the licence plate is the same. Not the number but the canton.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Corolla-affecting riots:
            https://youtu.be/MLLa98wFpTk

          • Kuroji

            I have to throw in a reference to my favorite Suzuki name, the Grand Viagra.

          • Yeah, I used to call those little SUVs that also.

        • IG

          Grand = $1000

        • Kuroji

          I would bet money they focus-grouped Grand Toyota before going with Lexus.

  • I thought I had something to add to the discussion. Until I realized you pretty much said all I would have had to say. Thanks for the review!

  • Chaz

    Something about VC that leaves me feeling indifferent. Strange.

    Am I *supposed* to love it because of the history? Geneva seal? It’s alleged positioning in the “Top Five” brands?

    • Lash LaRue de Bayou

      Something there is that doesn’t like a wall
      To stand between ‘the big three’ and the rest
      (The-the-the-that’s all)

  • Yan Fin

    …And the Moon map is inaccurate!

  • TechUser2011

    Hi David, do you have any detailed impressions of Complete Calendar model in particular? I think it looks great, so much so that it I would consider it for my first VC purchase.

  • Sure, and when I snarkily dissect a watch, I get called a douchebag. Good for you David; no one company should ever be able to rest on its laurels. I still happen to like the JLC Polaris, but this VC screams ‘entry level’ so loudly it might as well be engraved on the caseback. That stamped second hand, in particular, is so egregiously bad, it should be a dictionary entry for fremdschämen.

    But the lugs. What a terribly harsh name for such a beautiful form.

    • I prefer ‘rapscallion’.

      • Kuroji

        Don’t we all.

  • David A Rainey

    Probably the last time they send a watch to you for review!

    • Raymond Wilkie

      I would hope that they read the reviews and take on board what a fine selection of reviewers have to say and make design changes accordingly.

      • IG

        Wake up and smell the haggis!

      • Yanko

        If they designed this watch, illiteracy maybe playing a role. And illiteracy is extremely difficult to combat. Don’t hold your breath.

  • benjameshodges

    This and the Polaris are just more failed attempts by Richemont to create a Nautilus sports ‘bread and butter’ watch for the masses. Vacheron have tried it with the Quai De L’ile and the Overseas and now they are just flooding the space.

    Good article.

    I had the same eye rolling feel when these were announced. Coincidentally, the new Montblanc 1858 range has really sparked my interest in them, partly because of the smoky green monopusher the more affordable bronze champagne.

  • Philip Beresford

    Great review David! It’s always refreshing to read honest reviews, especially when backed up by facts and rational reasoning. These brands would have us believe the sun shines out of their backsides…

    • Boron

      Honesty is an admirable trait, but when it drifts into vitriolic territory, then you’re in a bit of a no-man’s land.

      FWIW, aside from the DD, the other two’s dials look perfectly acceptable, and if you look at the 6073s, you can see a variant that has a mix of arrowhead and straight baton for its hour markers.

      Credit where it’s due, David has picked up on lug design, and raised the issue of cheap stamped flat hands – something I’d imagine many of us have just taken for granted, and given no real thought to.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    No love for these beauties? I can’t understand…I agree, technically not the most advanced but these are beautifull watches. Come on. Is this a eurothing?

  • Kuroji

    Ouch! Harsh words, but you are right, of course.
    I don’t mind the look of the three hander, but no sale. Hate the buckle.

  • Carlos Trejo Vázquez

    Dude, did Vacheron steal your girlfriend or did they miss a sponsored content payment?, hard to take seriously your criticism about the marketing talk (which most people ignore as background noise) when this site has sponsored content 100 times worse.

    • David Bredan

      Dude, at least it’s marked as such. I’ll go out on a limb and say online watch journalism’s biggest issues are not clearly marked sponsored posts or one’s with actual critical editorial.

      • JLeeMD

        Agree with Carlos. Vitriolic sarcastic rant is not a review. I miss James Stacey.

    • JLeeMD

      Agree with you Carlos. David, I think you’re missing Carlos’ point. When a reviewer comes off this sarcastic and vitriolic, the reader is left with the impression that the reviewer has an axe to grind.

  • Pete L

    Good article. Still a real VC but understand the reservations. Wouldn’t mind the complete calendar but if I was in the market for a high end dress watch would probably go JLC (master ultra thin not polaris!)

  • Art Leyenberger

    Nice to see a BTW writer have balls (and I don’t mean the watches) for calling out a meh design. Refreshing write-up David. Nice movement, though

  • Jeff Mead

    completely underwhelming face. beautiful movement. I’d wear the watch, case back out!

  • Dan Finch

    Wow, I’ve never seen such a controversial come watch from the Holy Trinity! However, I think that the criticism is mostly overblown…
    The 56 may be a different kind of watch for the brand. But, really, I find it to still be in keeping with the brand’s attributes. The biggest thing I am surprised with is not the watch itself, but the huge spread in price over the line. The curious thing is the animosity generated by lowering the starting price. Understandable in a soft market, but apparently, many feel a Vacheron should be as expensive as possible! As for the watch itself, I like the different design direction, and think it’s a beautiful watch. While others are comparing it to a JLC Sector, I but can’t help notice a remarkable similarity to sister brand Baume and Mercier’s Clifton. The case shape, the alternating index markers and numerals, the same dial layout of the moon phase model. Just coincidence? Now, I’d really be worried if it also had a Sellita movement! The base model instead uses a shared movement from Richemont, which must means they must think it’s nice enough to be worthy of VC. Seeing it with it’s nice finishing, I can’t tell much difference from the in house movements of the other 56 models. Now not only VC, but also Patek and Audemars share JLC, Frederic Piquet and Lemania movements. So it’s a natural extension for Richemont to use ValFlurier movements across different brands, much like Swatch does.

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