Vacheron Constantin 1972 Prestige


For that opening of Vacheron Constantin’s new Paris flagship boutique in Paris, the company revisited a definite model from the past to produce the 1972 Prestige.  The brand new Prestige belongs to the asymmetrical “1972” collection and it was inspired through the original from 1972.  Though, this contemporary day version features the Geneva Seal and it has the ultra-thin VC hands-wound quality 1003 made from gold (same as with the Historiques 1955).  It will likely be offered in 2 versions – together with a 40-piece boutique-only edition, proven above.  The Vacheron Constantin 1972 Prestige cost is $40,000.  Despite its asymmetry, it’s really an extremely elegant watch.


Based on Vacheron, the initial 1972 is made in an exceedingly limited series having a caseback engraved using the Prestige p la France coat of arms, in order to commemorate the award provided to the exclusive watch manufacture through the Comite p France.

The 1972 Prestige featured here’s, such as the original, adorned using the Prestige p la France around the caseback.  The situation dimensions, though proportionally exactly the same, are slightly bigger compared to original.  Both of them are in compliance using the Golden Ratio, an equation which may yield visually pleasing objects – hence its use by artists and designers for a lot of a long time now.


The 1972 Prestige is provided in white gold or platinum having a gray satin-finished sunburst dial with subtle chevron motifs.


The boutique-only model includes a silvered dial and glossy black strap.


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Vacheron Quality 1003 was created beginning in 1952 and introduced around the company’s two-hundredth birthday in 1955.  Even today, it continues to be slimest mechanical hands-wound movement available on the market.  Of note is the fact that using the original quality 1003 of 1955 the engineers and watchmakers made the decision to forgo shock protection around the escape wheel in order to keep up with the slimest execution possible however in early 90s the watchmaking industry techniques enabled adding shock protection without growing the calibers height.


At this juncture, Vacheron Constantin has selected to utilize a revisited form of this calibre.  It remains only one.64 mm thick – still an archive for slimness available on the market. In comparison, its finishes tend to be more sophisticated than in the past, because the bridges and plate are constructed with 18K gold.  It’s 117 components work on a frequency of 18,000 vph, and despite its minuscule size it features a energy reserve well over 30 hrs.  It’s thoroughly finished: using the Cites p Genève motif, circular graining and bevelling from the components, and drawing from the steel parts are done entirely manually.