Early peak at the Historiques 1954

Hello fellow Loungers,

After showing some pictures taken from magazines a few months ago, I finally got to meet the Historiques 1954 in the metal.
A very limited number will be sold earlier in Japan (apparently VC has opted not to release a commemorative Japan market model this year).
Early peak at the Historiques 1954

Its predecessor went by the monicker "Lips" and the reason for this is made clear from the sideview shot below.  
(I don't think VC was able to get a trademark on the "Lips" though)
Early peak at the Historiques 1954

Here is one last photo taken from a different angle.  The watch uses the cal. 1400 and rightfully has a solid case back.
Early peak at the Historiques 1954

Please forgive me for forgetting to take a wrist shot.  Anyway, I am sure Alex will have all the bases covered come January.

So what do you think guys?

KazumiEarly peak at the Historiques 1954
Thanks Kazumi for this scoop!
12/04/2010 - 12:52
I've actually looked at the original version in the past and it is one of my favorite form (non-round) watches.  The other one I like the best looks a little bit like a rectangular Maltese cross. This Historiques 1954 looks like its been upsized compare to the original.  It looks like a white metal, WG or Pt.? I like the look of it in the pictures, would love to try one on and see how it looks. BR, Dan
Me like Historiques 1954! How big, buddy? (nt)
12/04/2010 - 15:18
Beautiful ! [nt]
12/04/2010 - 17:40
Very appealing comparison...
12/04/2010 - 18:39
It is great that another classic design has been put forward by VC.  It also makes for interesting comparison with the original Ref. 4984 .Kazumi's PicAntiquorum Photo Spot-on in terms of design!  The original measured 24 x 39mm, petite by todays standards.  Its hard to tell but I'm guessing the new version is a little beefier as the lugs appear less elongated and more curved.  As Kazumi revealed, the Historiques model houses a 9-ligne caliber 1400 movement while the original was the tonneau caliber 435/3C.VC Photo Perhaps when the movement designers need a break from their horological masterpieces, they may consider developing a non-complicated modern shaped movement?  I don't mean to be critical at all...a shaped caliber would place VC's heritage inside as well as outside and set them apart from other brands.  All kudos to their brillant modern 1003 and 1120 calibers - a tonneau would continue the strategy .
There is a lot to like about this beauty. How long is it? It looks
12/05/2010 - 00:37
like a nice piece of real estate. Thanks for the look. Best, Tim
Kazumi you're are the Tintin of horology digging up scoops :-)
12/06/2010 - 10:35
Yeah baby!! now that is a killer!!! NT
12/06/2010 - 11:32
Very nice piece...
12/06/2010 - 18:57
This piece has Doc written all over it Best, Mike
some more scans...
12/07/2010 - 10:01
now that Pandora's box is open here are some more scans Historique 1954Historique 1954Historique 1954
Really Really nice Alex,
12/07/2010 - 10:40
Need to be see in the flesh Is it a white gold case or a platinium one? Thanks for sharing right now this beauty Cheers, Liger
it is white gold (nt)
12/07/2010 - 10:43
seems the case have some brushed and polished parts
12/07/2010 - 11:06
This combination looks pretty nice, IMHO  Congratulations VC Liger
yet another victory! that watch is gorgeous!!!
12/07/2010 - 13:05
Wow, that's a beautíful watch
12/07/2010 - 12:54
I just love the case! Thank you for the scoop Kazumi! Best regards Martin
hi kazumi and dean,
12/08/2010 - 10:32
one of u is a super papparazzi and the other the reference section of VC.  the scoop made me sleepless and the comparison and analysis made me ponder. i much wish they can house the new historique 1954 in a formed movement, and take away the logo on the dial.  the sophistication and far sightedness of the japan watch market make collectors there previleged as many treasures can be found in pristine condition. i shall visit this mecca soon to get a dose of the VC air.