Introducing the new 1972 Prestige: An icon returns

For over 40 years the 1972 Collection has been a symbol of creativity. Paying tribute to the original piece from 1972 the latest model underlines the perfect equilibrium of an asymmetrical case. The white gold case houses the world’s slimmest manual wind movement: Calibre 1003 made in yellow gold and only 1.64mm thick.

Some timepieces are born under a lucky star and the 1972 is undoubtedly one of these. On June 23 1972 the Comité de France grants Vacheron Constantin with the coveted « Diplôme du Prestige de la France » in tribute of the brand’s persuace of excellence, technical perfection and elegance. To celebrate this distinction Vacheron Constantin created a surprising asymmetrical watch with the emblem of the Prestige de la France engraved on the back.

Ever since this shape has remained in the Vacheron Constantin collection varying in size and proportuons depending if it was to be worn by men or women.

Today two new masculine versions join the collection, both in white gold (25mm x 47mm)  and bearing the Hallmark of Geneva. The first has a grey dial with a delicate herringbone motif and rose gold hands. The second limited to only 40 pieces has a sliver dial with visually arresting geometrical pattern.



Introducing the new 1972 Prestige: An icon returns

Introducing the new 1972 Prestige: An icon returns


Introducing the new 1972 Prestige: An icon returns

Introducing the new 1972 Prestige: An icon returns

Introducing the new 1972 Prestige: An icon returns

Introducing the new 1972 Prestige: An icon returns

Introducing the new 1972 Prestige: An icon returns

Introducing the new 1972 Prestige: An icon returns
seen in person it makes a tremendous impression!
02/08/2013 - 15:28
you didn't mention the LE at SIHH, Alex. Now you got me rockingyes do you have any information on  the retail price of both version? cheers, radek
Re: seen in person it makes a tremendous impression!
02/11/2013 - 10:34
Hi Radek, retail is around euro 30k
Instant love for me, Alex
02/08/2013 - 16:43
What a beautiful elegant watch! Nice cufflinks too (last pic). JB
Two-tone or LE, Joseph? Just curious ;-) nt
02/09/2013 - 11:52
JB
Very tasteful
02/08/2013 - 17:15
A restrained example of timeless design, this modern version inherits the prestige of the past.  Featuring the calibre 1003 makes it even more desirable heart catalog pic courtesy Berny :-)
Questions
02/08/2013 - 20:21
I love that VC is re-introducing the 1972 in a men's size to the current collection.  This is great news, and for me this is the most exciting news from VC we have had thus far in 2013 -- but then again, i have been an ardent admirer of the oroginal Prestige de la France. Some questions: 1. Alex, you mentioned "Calibre 1003 made in yellow gold," which would be very special, as it is in teh Historiques 1955.  Is this confirmed? 2. Is this to be part of the Les Historiques line OR part of the 1972 line? 3. How do the dimensions compare to the original Prestige de la France model in the large size?  4. Would VC share a scan o fthe inside of the watch, the cal. 1003 mounted into the case conforming to the new Hallmark guidelines? Thanks for sharing these new watches, Alex.  VC definitely had something left up its sleeve at SIHH.  wink Best, Robert
Answer to #4
02/08/2013 - 20:52
If you don't mind my jumping in Robert, the original PdelaF came in 18x38 and 21x46 with calibre 1050/B cushion movement.  Even the dual-time version fit two of these little marvels within the standard 21x46 case.
Thanks, Dean
02/08/2013 - 21:50
I would love to see the inside of one of the dual-time models with the double movements.  I don't recall having seen such an image before.  What a great watch that was! Best, Robert
Re: Questions
02/08/2013 - 21:21
Hi Bob, I saw it in Geneva and it looks like the case is wider than the previous models. I didn;t measure it though. The height is the same but the width is greater. It does give it a more masculine look too. My own feeling is that had the original been of these proportions it would have been more appealing (the men's version that is). I think the proportions of the older model are right in a ladies watch and both sizes would look good on a woman's wrist. It's interesting how a minor ajustment in width to length ratio makes such a significant difference. Best, Joseph PS: How's the snow?  :-(
Re: Re: Questions
02/08/2013 - 21:55
From the pictures, the relative proportions still look wonderful, which is surprising if the height was maintained at 46mm.  I had the opportunity to try on a larger size model of the original PdelaF in December, and while small by today's standards, I was not at all unhappy with how it looked and felt on my wrist.  No doubt, however, it was a good idea to update the size a bit for modern tastes.  As I said, the proposrtions look  great and preserve the character of the original watch. No snow in Philly yet, but we are just south of where the action is happening thus far. Best, Robert
Robert, you're going to love the watch in the metal I assure you
02/08/2013 - 23:52
you have a weak spot for those pieces from the Les Historiques  line-up, right?wink I love the fact there's a limited edition model on this piece, don't you?
I am very afraid you are right, buddy!
02/09/2013 - 00:00
I have to see them in the metal to be sure about which version I like better, but a limited edition is nice for us.  wink
answers
02/11/2013 - 10:42
Its a really elegant watch and I'm not surprised you like it :-) 1- Yes same movement as in the Historiques 1955 2 - Part of the 1972 range 3 -Its slightly larger but will give you the exact dimensions soon 4 - I'll post scans soon
Thank you, Alex
02/11/2013 - 15:44
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Re: Introducing the new 1972 Prestige: An icon returns
02/08/2013 - 21:00
COOL, very cool!
Magnificent
02/08/2013 - 21:55
One of my first love when I discovered the brand was the 1972 (and the chronometre Royla of the 80s at that time ^^ ) The dial is a nice surprise, really really well done. Finally a beuatiful novelty and a good one ! thanks for sharing Francois
I really fell in love with VC's 2-tone offerings this year!
02/08/2013 - 22:03
This watch and the Patrimony Chronograph 2-tone with the new "warm cream" dial color. I'd love to have both of these in my collection. We didn't see the limited edition version at SIHH, but from the pictures - I still prefer the non-limited version. Not many men's offerings this year, but the ones that have come out - really strike a positive cord with me!
I'm with you on that, Dan!
02/09/2013 - 20:05
I prefer the regular version rather than the LE.
Count me in! I I like the warmth of the grey dial and the rose gold
02/11/2013 - 10:46
hands
100% agree
02/10/2013 - 05:37
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At last!
02/10/2013 - 08:28
Thank you Alex, This new watch is pure beauty, clearly a superbly designed modern interpretation. I'm in love with the two tone version and have kept thinking about it for more than a year, clearly a lasting appeal! Best Dje
Re: Introducing the new 1972 Prestige: An icon returns
02/12/2013 - 08:36
Very elegant!!
When Alex said "soon",
02/12/2013 - 10:04
he really meant it :p One of the distinguished timepieces of VC we were chatting about last Oct. Handsome watch. Melvin