Introducing the new les Historiques Chronometre Royal 1907 in platinum

In 2007 Vacheron Constantin launced the Chronometre Royal 1907 in rose gold. Inspired by an original pocket watch created in 1907 it featured an enamel dial and housed the calibre 2460 SCC, which is of the latest generation of inhouse automatic movements (bearing the Geneva Hallmark and COSC certified) having left the manufactory. It beats to the rhythm of 28’800 VPH, has a 43 hour power reserve and a rotor placed on ceramic ball bearings doing without any lubrication. Other than its flawless finish (both on the visible and non visible parts) this calibre features a hacking seconds hand to enable precise time setting and a beautifully sculpted rotor.

The calibre before being sent of to the COSC to undergoes 15 days of tests and is carefully regulated and tested under strenuous conditions as to be certain it will obtain COSC certification. When the movement comes back, it is cased and once again undergoes a 30 day test period to make sure it is keeping time within the stringent chronometric criteria. The watch will be delivered to the final client with not only the COSC results but also with the Vacheron Cosntantin’s internal test results. 


This year sees the arrival of the Historiques Chronometre Royal 1907 in platinum. This model will be produced in about 15 pieces per year and only available in Vacheron Constantin boutiques of Geneva, Moscow and Shanghai.

You can click here to read my article on the Chronometre Royal's history


click on the photos for a larger view


39mm platinum case
Introducing the new les Historiques Chronometre Royal 1907 in platinum


brushed case side
Introducing the new les Historiques Chronometre Royal 1907 in platinum


I love the contrast between the rose gold rotor and platinum case back
Introducing the new les Historiques Chronometre Royal 1907 in platinum


notice the Vacheron & Constantin on the rotor
Introducing the new les Historiques Chronometre Royal 1907 in platinum


the white enamel dial is perfectly flat
Introducing the new les Historiques Chronometre Royal 1907 in platinum

Introducing the new les Historiques Chronometre Royal 1907 in platinum

Introducing the new les Historiques Chronometre Royal 1907 in platinum
03/10/2009 - 17:54
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Doc
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Very nice...
03/10/2009 - 17:54
is that semi-recessed crown a new addition, Alex? Regards, Tony C.
the recessed crown is not new and already on the RG model. In my
03/11/2009 - 10:29
photos of the RG model the crown was pulled out to stop the seconds.
I like it very much
03/10/2009 - 19:04
In RG, I much prefer the LE edition (with the 12 in red) to the normal one - the little touch of red really brings the whole dial to life. I wouldn't say that the normal edition is bland, but the LE was that much more lively IMO. However, in white metal and with the dark blue strap, the pure black & white dial works perfectly. And I'm a sucker for platinum... That is one beautiful watch. Going forward will the standard be for VC to put on dark blue strap on all of its platinum pieces? I initially thought that this was limited to the Excellence Platine collection, but thinking about it, the Openface Malte Retrograde also had the dark blue strap... Cheers,  Francois
I don't know what the policy Re strap color is but you can choose any
03/11/2009 - 10:30
color whan buying your watch.
It seems to me that with PT, the dial looks to white... (nt)
03/10/2009 - 20:18
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Clean! nt
03/10/2009 - 21:48
V&C
Re: Introducing the new les Historiques Chronometre Royal 1907 in plat
03/11/2009 - 02:11
Beautiful watch!  Although I think a red "12" would have made it a bit more special. Unfortunately, at 38mm, it's a little small for my wrist ... will have to wait for the next piece!
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03/11/2009 - 02:13
Beautiful watch but just a little to stark IMO. I think this dial would make a great improvement!!!!
still working on that one John :-) (nt)
03/11/2009 - 10:30
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I'm glad that so many find fault with this beauty....
03/11/2009 - 03:44
maybe there will be a chance for me to obtain one some day....It is gorgeous, a real stealth piece....pure elegance IMHO.
A gorgeous piece Alex....................
03/11/2009 - 03:50
I wish it were just a little bigger though...still stunning! Best regards, Tom
Simply Grand! & Clean (that was for Doc of course ;) nt
03/11/2009 - 05:12
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03/11/2009 - 06:04
A real beauty in platinum. Will try and see this one in person. Regards,  Matt
Wow! nothing more and nothing less than a great V&C time keeper in my.
03/11/2009 - 06:20

fav metal.

Classic looking! I like it. Hey, it's my 500th post :-)
03/11/2009 - 09:36
Let me celebrate it by admiring this beauty through Alex's pics. Thank you Alex!
Champagne Rei :-) Congrats !!! (nt)
03/11/2009 - 10:28
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I'll toast to that as well! Congrats! (nt)
03/11/2009 - 15:09
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Congrats! Looking forward to your next 500! (nt)
03/11/2009 - 15:35

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Thank you so much guys for your wishes!
03/12/2009 - 03:53
Here's to another 500 posts.
Nothing new...
03/11/2009 - 11:32
As usual fabulous timepiece.
Re: Introducing the new les Historiques Chronometre Royal 1907 in platinum
03/11/2009 - 13:46
Enamel dial looks better in rose gold case for Chronometre Royal 1907, especially with the red 12
Re: Introducing the new les Historiques Chronometre Royal 1907 in platinum
03/11/2009 - 14:32

The Chronometre Royal 1907 is one of best examples of Vacheron Constantin classical pieces. The new version in platinum is very elegant. However, in my opinion the version in rose gold has more charm, because it mantains the aura of the past, when the original piece (pocket watch) was created. The Chronometre Royal is a piece with a minimum of complications and its line is limpid, clear, accordingly with the purposes of the watch, that is, designated for lovers of accuracy, tradition and elegance. In this sense, the rose gold is not so 'cold' as platinum, an extremely rare metal, thirty times more precious than gold. Best wishes to all.

Platinum and WG are tricky!
03/11/2009 - 17:08
I do agree with your eloquent phrases on warmth and rose gold.  IMHO, something could be done with the dial to make platinum or white gold pieces less "cold".  Pink gold applied numerals would look stunning!  I wish I had the photo shop skills to create an example.
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03/11/2009 - 16:58
delicacy,intelligent within and beautiful without! watchband buckle is classic!
Welcome to the Lounge!
03/11/2009 - 19:44
It's great to see somebody else on the mainland, and in Beijing! BR, Dan
now we can have a Hour Lounge dinner in Beijing :-) (nt)
03/12/2009 - 10:05
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Beijing dinner would be wonderful :-)...
03/12/2009 - 11:40
but a Shanghai one would be even better, especially if we can get Alexandre Kerguen or other SH Maison people to join us.  (I'm serious, why not?) . Maybe I'll get so enthusiastic that I'll buy a pair of VC cufflinks that I saw there last time, a bit pricey, but I'm sure many of the Loungers would love them! BR, Dan
nice and rare watch...
03/11/2009 - 23:10

I like the brushed case sides and the fact that it's platinum. It makes it even more desirable as it is only going to be available in the 3 VC boutiques.

I wouldn't get it for two main reasons: size of the case - too small and a premium to be paid because of its rarity...

Very clean!
03/11/2009 - 23:53

It's a fairly severe look, but I like it quite a bit.  On the reverse the 22k rotor does provide an attractive contrast.  Well done V&C!

Best,

GaryG

Is Vacheron "&" Constantin a mistake?
03/12/2009 - 00:30
Or it is a deliberate hint that soon and very soon, "vacheron constantin" will be changed to "vacheron & constantin" It is a gorgeous watch.  I prefer platinum to rose gold.  However, a red "12" will make it more attractive, to me. Regards Ling
it's a nod to the VC's historical pieces (nt)
03/14/2009 - 10:17
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Very clean, discrete
03/12/2009 - 09:57
Maybe a dial which a little bit with more contrast would have been appreciated. The back in contrary is very pleasant. Very good finish, Very good idea for the rotor. But the watch certainly gives an other feeling at the wrist. Deniz
small correction: case is 39mm and not 38mm (nt)
03/13/2009 - 12:34
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Not fan at all :'(
03/15/2009 - 12:54
... When the RG Chronometre Royal was released, I wished to see it in a white metal, but now I find the dial very flat, without flavours for me
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03/22/2009 - 18:51
I agree as well.  The design of the case, hands and the numerals are all very "romantic" (sorry, can't think of a better word, but maybe someone with an art history background can help), and this lends itself towards rose gold rather than white gold or platinum.  Perhaps some designs just don't work in the white metals?
I prefer my LE version
03/21/2009 - 09:32
It is amazing that so many say the watch as too small, I think is just right.