A look at a bespoke American 1921 perpetual calendar

The American 1921 was launched in 2008 and became the huge success we know of today, selling like hot cakes and one of the rare watches where there actually is a waiting list (waited 9 months for mine!!!)

Another version made in only 20 pieces available at the Vacheron Constantin boutiques was launches the same year: a perpetual calendar in a platinum case usung cal 1120.
 
American 1921 Perpetual Calendar

American 1921 Perpetual Calendar

As you may know clients can commission the Ateliers Cabinotiers, Vacheron Constantin’s bespoke watch department for a special watch and that’s what two collectors did: the wanted a perpetual calendar in platinum with a blue dial, numbered 1/2 and 2/2

And I’m pleased to show you these photos today.

Notice the crown which is pushed to the top left side of the case (contrary to the time only model which has the crown on the right), notice also the gorgeous hand engraved platinum moon phase (not available on the boutique special edition) which is currently available only in the perpetual calendar chronographs. 


American 1921 Perpetual Calendar

American 1921 Perpetual Calendar

American 1921 Perpetual Calendar
12/15/2010 - 17:34
12/15/2010 - 17:49
12/15/2010 - 23:00
I would really like to see the mechanism that holds the strap
12/15/2010 - 13:36
as its evident that the strap is released from the inside, through the small cutout in the leather strap.
These 2 collectors have a very elegant taste
12/15/2010 - 15:57
Love this model so much too. Thanks for sharing, Alexandre. Best regards, Liger
the American 1921 is such a gorgeous watch that it should become a
12/15/2010 - 17:01

whole new collection! Congratulations to the owners

Delicious!
12/15/2010 - 17:34
Damn, another potential screensaver .  Did the "regular" version also have a display back?
yes it did (nt)
12/15/2010 - 17:49
e
Wow, that is a beautiful piece!
12/15/2010 - 17:51
Congratulations to the new owners, they have great taste! Best, Mike
Does it mean in total ...
12/15/2010 - 20:17
there are 20+2+1 ... or even more?
ahem ahem, someone here is in the know :-)
12/16/2010 - 11:12
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Re: ahem ahem, someone here is in the know :-)
12/17/2010 - 20:26
I saw and handled a unique piece QP with a black dial in the geneva salon a year ago or so.... very nice!
The good news: I have the perfect "buttons" for the blue face...
12/15/2010 - 21:34
The bad news: I'll have to sell my house to own it. Regardless, I'll take either one. Simply outstanding! Congratulations and wear in good health, Miki
When I can afford to bespoke a 1921,
12/15/2010 - 22:36
I would love to have a perpetual calender. As a matter I think it even push my old original Medicus dream aside BUT since I suddenly became rich and I'm talking about a bespoke, I would definitely use the same type of 1920s digits, as o the ones on the periferi of the dial. I think the other inserted is far to modern. I would also have the text of weekdays in typical script, 'hand writing' style from that era. I tried to paste some examples but the sytem didn't work. As the perpetual is now, it's not as beautiful as the genuine original rosé gold version, which probably will find it's rest on my wrist, sonner or later. First I want an old OverSeas, a bit worn, anybody that got one and want to get rid of it, contact me. I need a watch that I can handle rough. Since I sold out so many and only got 'jewels' left, I can't wear them as everyday watch. None of them. I haven't one watch in steel except an old GP from 1949 and a Seiko, quartz from 1979! est is 18k, white, yellow or rosé and a PT.. Nothing for the boat or the bikes or the chainsaw... Doc
I would also add a repeater to the watch and it would become my Grail
12/16/2010 - 11:14
e
Yep, that would be all, anything more we close? nt
12/16/2010 - 16:23
vc
well give me a nice tourbillon in the back and we have a deal :-)
12/16/2010 - 18:45
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this and Respo's watch have made my day :-)
12/15/2010 - 22:47
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I want one of those :-)
12/15/2010 - 23:00
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Movement and Dial Questions
12/16/2010 - 02:02
Truly gorgeous pieces and a movement/complication to which I am very partial.  Two things come to mind: 1. I was not aware that the VC1120 was still in production.  Is it still used in any other models? 2. I am surprised that no one commented on the fact that the top of the dial on these two pieces is aligned with the strap rather than the corner of the case.  Is this because the crown was placed to the left instead of the right?
VC never stopped production of cal 1120 which is used in both the
12/16/2010 - 11:25

Patrimony Traditionnelle perpetual calendar skeleton, Patrimony Traditionnelle skeleton and the Historiques 1968Patrimony Traditionnelle Perpetual CalendarPatrimony Traditionnelle Perpetual CalendarPatrimony Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar

As to the alignment it is die to the placement of the crown, in a normal setting the subcounters are placed in the same order as in the perpetuial you own

Re: VC never stopped production of cal 1120 which is used in both the
12/16/2010 - 12:54
Got it.  I was aware of the Skeletons, but not the continued use of the non-skeltonized version in the Historiques 1968.  I see that the subdials are all in the same position relative to the crown (with displays rotated as needed), so I guess that aligning the dial with one of the corners would have severely constrained the size of the 12-3-6-9, which is an important element of the American 1921 design.  There also must have been some interesting work on the correctors given the shape of the beautiful case! Thank you so much for sharing these with us!   They are crave worthy.
Re: Movement and Dial Questions
12/16/2010 - 17:16
I'm sure most folks don't look at, or use, the second hand on watches...but I like them and am supprised when expensive movements don't have them! Even your "logo" running watch at the top of the Hour Lounge page has a second hand!
cal 1120 was originally built in 1968 without a seconds hand as to
12/16/2010 - 17:58
keep the caliber as thin as possible that's the reason this watch does not have a seconds hand. I like having a seconds hand, because at least I know the watch is functionning
this cushion shape is very likeable....
12/16/2010 - 02:20
hope i will join the bespoke american club soon. one of the must have in the current collection.
That is a beauty, especially the engraved moon phase.
12/16/2010 - 06:35
Thanks for sharing Alex. - SJX
Re: A look at a bespoke American 1921 perpetual calendar
12/16/2010 - 09:07
Fantastic piece,I wouldn t know which to chosse IF I had the chance,maybe boutique edition.even though the customizied 1921 has a strong feel of uniqueness. seeding some bad ideas in my mind.......  Mo
I say go bespoke :-) (nt)
12/16/2010 - 12:16
e
love the blue dial and even more the engraved moon (nt)
12/16/2010 - 12:24
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A blue face ona white metal + the complication really do it for me!
12/16/2010 - 13:43
Way to go, VC! And congrats to the happy owners