Introducing me and my HIstorique 1955 Ultra-Fine

I've been lurking on the forum for the last year or so and after a very special visit to Vacheron Constantin last week, I promised Alex that I would sign in properly and introduce myself.

I've spent many years in the high paced world of technology and so my interest in mechanical watches is a bit of a departure for me (well, not really as I'm also a lover of hand-built wooden canoes made from the 100 year old Canadian traditions ). In addition to the world of tech, I'm in to wildlife photography, ice hockey, and the world of fine wine.

My connection with Vacheron Constantin is a recent one.

I've been fortunate to meet several people associated with some of the brands in the Richemont family but one occasion that really stood out for me was meeting with Juan Carlos Torres nearly a year ago. I vividly remember him showing me something special that he was wearing on his wrist - the Historiques 1955 Ultra-fine. It was fascinating to hear the details about the watch and to learn more about Vacheron Constantin but I still remember the pride he had in this fascinating watch and it clearly left a very strong impression with me.

So, fast forward the clock to last week when I was fortunate to meet Jaun Carlos again along with Alex and others from Vacheron Constantin in Geneva. I was treated to a remarkable tour of the manufacture. I was really blown away by the incredible  precision involved and the attention to every detail in the production and assembly of these fine time measuring instruments. What a tour!

I'm also now very proud to have my own Historiques 1955 Ultra-Fine.

I suppose that this means that I am no longer merely a lurker and can claim to be an member of Vacheron Constantin clan.

So, if you are interested, I've taken some pics of the un-boxing (well, a recreation of the un-boxing at home with my Canon SLR).

As far as the watch goes, I love it and can't keep the grin off my face when I am wearing it. It seems impossibly thin yet feels solid and everything is in wonder balance.

The opened box
Introducing me and my HIstorique 1955 Ultra-Fine


Close-up of the offical passport
Introducing me and my HIstorique 1955 Ultra-Fine


The hallmark
Introducing me and my HIstorique 1955 Ultra-Fine


The watch
Introducing me and my HIstorique 1955 Ultra-Fine


Simple and elegant
Introducing me and my HIstorique 1955 Ultra-Fine

Impossibly thin
Introducing me and my HIstorique 1955 Ultra-Fine

The buckle
Introducing me and my HIstorique 1955 Ultra-Fine

From the back… (please excuse the photoshop edit on the ID)
Introducing me and my HIstorique 1955 Ultra-Fine


And on my wrist!
Introducing me and my HIstorique 1955 Ultra-Fine
Welcome to the Lounge Ken and congrats on your amazing watch
04/25/2011 - 10:50
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Good to see you here Ken and and thanks for sharing your 1955 the
04/25/2011 - 11:45
scans are beautiful...so is the watch May it time only happy moments
Congratulations Ken, I think you're the 1st owner
04/25/2011 - 14:05
of that beautiful Historiques 1955 to post about it on the Lounge. It looks wonderful, and that gold, cal 1003/3 is beautiful.  I usually love the original, vintage, pieces when compared with the Historiques line.  But the extra that VC has done with the movement, really makes your watch special. Enjoy it to the utmost. Best Regards, Dan
Re: Good to see you here Ken and and thanks for sharing your 1955 the
04/25/2011 - 20:21
Thanks for the warm welcome and all of the kind words from everyone. The watch has already received a number of unsolicited compliments (solicted ones too!).  Simplicity can be such a beautiful thing especially when you know that it is masking some rather remarkable complexity below the surface. My only problem is that I will need to upgrade my wardrobe so match its elegance!
you are a lucky man! Congrats
04/25/2011 - 13:43
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Welcome and...
04/25/2011 - 13:44
thanks for sharing this beauty with us. The 1955 (and the 1968 as well) is a real tribute to simple yet elegant watches from the past. Wear it in good health!
Re: Introducing me and my HIstorique 1955 Ultra-Fine
04/25/2011 - 16:24
Welcome to the Lounge and congratulations on your first VC! Excellent choice and great pics too.  I do recall (reading from somewhere) Mr. Torres having said many nice things about this piece.  I think it is at the pinnacle of understatement and technical excellence, and being able to view the Cal. 1003 is a real treat too. May it time only happy moments. Best regards, Kazumi
great account your amazing watch,
04/25/2011 - 16:38
I am a recent VC fan, too, and I understood your sentiment well. I hope your watch brings you years of enjoyment!  -Phil
A beautiful watch - actually, pretty much perfect - and...
04/25/2011 - 17:52
...looks good on your wrist. Welcome to the Lounge.
Congratulations and welcome aboard! You have
04/25/2011 - 19:52
selected a real beauty and have given us an excellent article for The Hour Lounge. Many thanks, Tim
Congratulations, Ken
04/25/2011 - 21:25
I have yet to see this watch in person, but am looking forward to doing so. Wear it in the best of health. And yes, this watch deserves nothing but the finest clothing to accompany it! Bill
Do u know this watch is made in the secret chambers ? ...,
04/26/2011 - 04:20
My top 3 in the current offing. Thank u for sharing the presentation boxes, looks very delicious too. The watch looks good on you too. Congrats for your fine acquisition and many more follow .
Re: Do u know this watch is made in the secret chambers ? ...,
04/26/2011 - 05:11
I did see an older post from Alex mentioning that the watch is made in area where even he can't visit. It makes it feel even more special if that's possible. I have no doubt that more acquistions will follow. There are so many amazing watches to consider, past, present and future. How to choose?
many here, including myself, choose to follow our hearts...
04/26/2011 - 14:01
alex shared with me that if there is a watch he likes, he will monitor himself for a year and if he still crave for it after a year, he will follow his heart. 
Congratulations!
04/26/2011 - 05:16
I had the chance to see one of these (well, it was in a case, behind glass) a couple of weeks ago, and it is gorgeous.  The rear view is amazing, isn't it???? Your photos are superb.  It is good to see all the stuff the 1965 comes with.  Best of all, it looks great on your wrist.   You are right, though, the darndest thing about these spiffy VCs is that they necessitate wardrobe upgrades.   Enjoy that beauty! Best, respo
Welcome Fellow Canuck!
04/26/2011 - 18:13
Glad to see you've revealed yourself, and in such a spectacular way .  Its a wonderful watch that was pivotal to VC's plans for in-house movement manufacture.  I can only imagine how much effort was devoted to its concept, being that comparisons with past extra-flat models featuring the marvelous 1003 calibre would be foremost.  I think they hit the mark on all counts...the "new" 1003/3 is even better and the case design is modern in size but traditional in appearance.  Congratulations and hope to see many more pics in the wild.
Re: Welcome Fellow Canuck!
05/02/2011 - 05:56
Thanks for the warm the warm western welcome. I'll be visiting your part of the country later this month for a great wine event in Lake Louise and will be proudly wearing my new treasure. I have a lot to learn about he history of VC but I'm enjoying every moment that this watch has given me so far.
Lake Louise
05/02/2011 - 18:17
Lake Louise is ineed a wonderful place .  If you have the time, I recommend a visit to nearby Moraine Lake.  The view is magical, located in the Valley of the Ten Peaks just 15 minutes drive from more crowded Lake Louise.  Here is a picture from a few years ago, with a few of us walking the ledges on the way up to a summit above Moraine Lake.
Re: Lake Louise
05/05/2011 - 02:11
Nice vantage point and great photo. I've been to Moraine Lake a couple of times and enjoy every visit. It is a very beautiful part of the world.
Beautiful post for this beautiful watch!
04/27/2011 - 18:05
Welcome here. I remember quite well when I tried this 1955, at first sight... nothing... but on the wrist after detailing it, it grows and grows and grows.  The movement is a fatastic ultra thin in gold, seems simple and already used but in fact not. The lines of the case seems simple but they are very well done and not simple at all in details, no straight lines. It is a marvellous watch which needs time on the wrist to be fully appreciated. So shy at first sight but a fantastic watch indeed in the details. Congrats ! Francois