SIHH 2010 Exclusive: Historiques 1955 and 1968

Here it is: For SIHH 2010 Vacheron Constantin will be introducing two new extra slim models in the Historiques collection: 1955 (manual wind cal 1003) and 1968 (automatic cal 1120).

The caliber 1003 returns as a 100% inhouse movement in 18k yellow gold! The caliber 1120 comes redesigned (no photos yet).

Both models are in 4N gold which has the interesting particularity of having a tint between yellow and rose gold.

The image of the Historiques 1968 is a 3D rendering - but I'll be posting in the flesh photos with my SIHH 2010 write up.

For those with smaller wrists here's the good news, the round Historiques 1955 has a 36mm case and the rectangular Historiques 1968 is 35.2mm x 35.2mm (not including lugs).

SIHH 2010 Exclusive: Historiques 1955 and 1968

SIHH 2010 Exclusive: Historiques 1955 and 1968

SIHH 2010 Exclusive: Historiques 1955 and 1968

SIHH 2010 Exclusive: Historiques 1955 and 1968
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SJX
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Doc
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Dje
11/09/2009 - 21:26
WOOOOW!!
11/03/2009 - 18:08
Amazing Alex! Thank you for these scans!! I am not at all fan of the square 1968 .... but the very classic 1955, a pure Dream!! Can't wait to see these novelties in the flesh!! :D
Re: SIHH 2010 Exclusive: Historiques 1955 and 1968
11/03/2009 - 19:22
Wonderful !!!
Hot Damn!!!
11/03/2009 - 19:38
I think I wet my pants .  This is the best news for sure: vintage and modern all together.  True Vacheron; owing nothing to other manufacturer's ideas .  I'm speechless.
Absolutely beautiful...both of them!
11/04/2009 - 02:05
Really something, the thin design is elegant and classic IMHO
11/04/2009 - 02:40
with V&C artistry, what a joy. It will be interesting to see them in the metal and see how they look on my big wrist. Looks like they will be ideal to slip under a silk/linen cuff! Great work. Best to all, Tim
Re: SIHH 2010 Exclusive: Historiques 1955 and 1968
11/04/2009 - 03:11
Beautiful watches, both, Alex. The round one is very reminiscent of both the JLC XP (extra plat) and the Chopard UP (ultra-plat) with similar thin movements. Its about time VC put out something to compete with those two very lovely watches. The other one, the rectangular watch is a real masterpiece and really combines vintage and new. I think its a real triumph for Vacheron. I am very eager to see both. Many thanks Alex. Joseph
Not for me
11/04/2009 - 03:23
The watches do look very nice. I especially love the rectangular one, it is a real stunner.  But the 2 elements that would stop me from buying them: 1) Size. 36mm and 35mm is just way too small for me. 38mm is the lowest I would go 2) I am not keen on the 4N gold. It is different and interesting, but I much prefer 'pure' RG... Interesting to see that VC's product portfolio management in terms of size - on one hand VC offers the new Patrimony QP Chrono at 43mm, and on the other hand VC comes out with these two small models... Thanks Alex for the breaking news! Cheers, Francois
Think again François, the size is perfect for you! (nt)
11/06/2009 - 14:24
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Mmm... thought about it again, and... no! 38mm is the minimum for me
11/11/2009 - 01:42
they've perfected a vintage piece and more........
11/04/2009 - 04:36
the 4N gold emulates oxidised yellow of vintage.  both models looks very good. i believe they will look better in real as hint 2 shows a microblasted champagne dial which is not captured here... but between the 2, i'd prefer the 1955 round model with faceted lugs, which tells a V&C story. the streamline silhouette fits under any shirt without alterations and perfect for a black-tie event. i am wondering what is the material used for the 1003/3 movement ? and what does the /3 stands for in technical improvement ? am eagerly awaiting to see a piece in real. an impression of how a 36mm would look on a 6.2" wrist, i think the real thing will visual much bigger because of the thin bezel .  (yes !!! i know it's a Rolex) this watch i bought to soothe my fonder heart of the thunderbird of oxidised gold on strap sent to the spa which i very much anticipated a year's wait : 
Thanks for the info Alex
11/04/2009 - 05:10
Good to see Vacheron is improving classic movements, even if they are JLC designs. :-) - SJX
Ohhhh !!
11/04/2009 - 08:54
Very nice, just amazingly nice watches!! So perfect....
Excellent, as a (very short time) owner of such a square VC...
11/04/2009 - 09:16
I am delighted for the new possibility to acquire such a peice without unpleasant second hand experiences Looking forward to the real-life pictures! Best, Magnus P.S.: A pity that I was one day too late in Munich...
Beautiful but,
11/04/2009 - 09:40
to be honest, I think it's a little step backwards. I wrote not long ago that Les Historiques was a past period, apparently not !  OTH I just love the movement Two beautiful watches, of course but I would go for the Patrimony! Cheers Doc
Gorgeous!
11/04/2009 - 09:44
And very much against current trends. Let's hope it's the start of a new one.
Soooo VC
11/04/2009 - 11:05
Typical from the image I have of the brand. A design simple but bold at the same time, nothing flat or annoying, but still pure. Perfect proportion, extra flat yes but with style and not too flat. That's Vacheron Constantin! I am a fan of the brand. The Quai de l'île, the American 1921, these two... so many stunners ! It tears my heart again. François
Great pieces: Historiques 1955 and 1968, both of them...
11/04/2009 - 11:59
Blend of heritage, history and modern design - what Vacheron is all about!  Awesome reincarnation of the 1003 cal Still, I wouldn't buy any of them. They're simply too small for my taste. QdI is still my no. 1 VC creation and on top of my wishlist 
They are beautiful!
11/04/2009 - 14:34
I love the Les Historiques collection, because the style of the originals really cries out to me.  If I was really interested in pursuing these, I think I would still prefer to search for the original pieces. The cal 1003/3 looks beautiful in gold.  I can't wait to see the in-house cal 1120! BR, Dan
Fabulous watches
11/04/2009 - 14:39
A return to historical values is appropriate. Vacheron rules !.
Re: SIHH 2010 Exclusive: Historiques 1955 and 1968
11/04/2009 - 14:49
They're both really beautiful, but I prefer the 1955 over the 1968. I'm looking forward to the pictures of the watches in the flesh and especially of the cal 1003 Thumbs up V&C!
Thanks for the Exclusive Alex
11/04/2009 - 15:27
They are both wonderful examples of "less is more".  Very classic designs indeed. Personally, I think they are a little small and a bit too "pure" for me (my taste needs to mature a little more perhaps). Still, I think all watches need to be seen in the metal, and sometimes some need a little time to get used to (as the Contemporaine did for me). Looking forward to seeing in-the-metal photos of these beauties as well as the rest of VCs goodies for 2010! Cheers! Kazumi
Kazumi, is a return to the real size (nt)
11/06/2009 - 14:25
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Perhaps so. Hope they wear bigger on the wrist than on paper (nt)
11/06/2009 - 18:16
Style not so important...
11/04/2009 - 17:49
While I really like the 1955 (and its case size suits my smaller wrist) the actual design isn't so important as the movement!  Case styles come and go and I look forward to many different versions housing these new manufacture movements.  The bravery of VC to take on the challenge speaks to me of a serious committment to their image and the future.  It also establishes, I hope, a return to thin movements (not necessarily small) rather than the 15mm+ thick wrist weights that are impractical for regular wear. While the average watch fan doesn't know or care much about what is inside the case, and many brands cater to (even profit by) this ignorance, it seems the WIS community is gaining more influence with watch companies, as this new release demonstrates.   BTW, I don't denegrate this caliber as a "JLC design" either, considering that for over 50 years VC has taken the supplied ebauche and worked their magic to make the 1003 the best possible version.  I'm really looking forward to seeing the 1120 .
Re: SIHH 2010 Exclusive: Historiques 1955 and 1968
11/04/2009 - 22:56
This is fantastic news,as it is a bold step,given the trend as of present to larger watches and I believe I may endorse my earlier purchase,albeit it a champagne coloured dial.
Here is my equivalent 1120 - actually an AP 2120 - same calibre
11/04/2009 - 23:16
Here is my second ultra thin movement,albeit in an AP form 2120 - as someone said earlier,substance over style !!!
wonderful size, indeed
11/05/2009 - 12:50
Thanks Alex for posting 3D rendered pictures. It's been a while since I posted last time. But new Historique pieces have enough impact to urge me to post. The size, around 36mm, is exactly my preference for classical style watches. What’s more, theses Historique models feature legendary cal 1003 & 1120! Cannot wait to see them in the metal.
Very good!
11/05/2009 - 23:30
Both models are awesome, but the square one really speaks to me! And although some people have been complaining about the size, I think it is perfect: very classy smaller size!
Re: SIHH 2010 Exclusive: Historiques 1955 and 1968
11/09/2009 - 02:01
I am no doubt that the two Historiques models will be sucessfull, particularly the rectangular (Historiques 1968), because there are no similar competitors in the segment of fine classical timepieces. Once again VC showed its pro-active approach. I am very interested to know the technical details of the cal 1120, considering its is both an automatic and a very slim movement.
Excellent news
11/09/2009 - 21:26
Hi Alex, If Vacheron Constantin has launched very beautiful watches these last years I've found them much too large for my wrist (the American 1921 excepted). These two new models are even more beautiful, so pure, and they have sizes I appreciate. I would have imagined the 1003 in the square watch though and the 1120 in the round one, I don't know why! I'm glad that Vacheron Constantin is keeping alive and even reviving these two legendary calibres that count so much in its history! Cheers Dje