SIHH 2011 novelty: Les Historiques 1954 Aronde

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Historiques Aronde 1954  Bold character and sculptural lines 
Les Historiques 1954

This Historiques Aronde 1954 immediately catches the eye with its original rectangular case. Radiating a blend of boldness and creativity, this newcomer to the Historiques collection is inspired by a model created during the effervescent post-war years. Its guilloché dial is a tribute to the Métiers d’Art – the artistic crafts inseparable from the field of haute horlogerie – that are consistently cultivated by Vacheron Constantin. Like all models in this collection, this Historiques Aronde 1954 watch with its sculptural lines is produced in limited numbers.

For over 250 years, creativity has been the watchword at Vacheron Constantin. The history of the Geneva-based watch manufacturer is punctuated by timepieces testifying to its ability to combine boldness and creativity, technical breakthroughs and deliberate aesthetic choices. The year 1954 produced further evidence of this perpetual creative élan.

Stemming from a determination to highlight the rich heritage of Vacheron Constantin, the mission of the Historiques collection is to revive models emblematic of the spirit and know-how of the brand through contemporary reinterpretations of its legendary models. 

Les Historiques 1954

The Historiques Aronde 1954 watch perfectly reflects this approach. Featuring a rectangular case that is unique within the current range produced by the Manufacture, this newcomer is distinguished by a 1954 Vacheron Constantin model. Its pink gold 31.2 x 44. 55 mm case, embodying the powerful creative impetus of the post-war era, displays a complex construction graced with alternating polished and brushed surfaces. The name “Aronde”, which is an Old French word for a swallow’s wings, refers to the extremely original double-rounded curve unfurling almost like wings along the case flanks, and accentuated by a strongly cambered sapphire crystal. The subtle and elegant opaline silvered dial is adorned with a finely hand-guilloché motif epitomising the artistic crafts faithfully perpetuated by Vacheron Constantin; while the applied gold numerals, hour-markers and Maltese Cross symbol emphasise the highly structured nature of this model.

This distinctive model imbued with a vintage spirit beats to the rhythm of Calibre 1400 AS, a mechanical hand-wound movement developed and manufactured in-house by Vacheron Constantin. Its balance oscillates at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour), and the watch boasts a substantial 40-hour power reserve. This meticulously finished movement bearing the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva drives displays of the hours, the minute, as well as small seconds in a rectangular counter at 6 o’clock.

Through its rectangular case, daring design and sculptural lines, the Historiques Aronde 1954 highlights Vacheron Constantin’s acknowledged creativity and rounds out the range of this Historiques collection that delights connoisseurs by giving a new lease on life to some of the models that have made their mark on the history of the venerable Geneva-based House.

SIHH 2011 novelty: Les Historiques 1954 Aronde

Les Historiques 1954


Reference 81018/000R-9657 

Historiques Aronde 1954

Calibre 1400 AS, developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin stamped with the Hallmark of Geneva

Energy Mechanical, manual-winding

Movement diameter 20.65 mm (9 ‘’’)

Movement thickness 2.60 mm

Jewels 20

Frequency 4Hz (28’800 Vibrations/hour)

Indications Hours, minutes, Small seconds at 6 o’clock

Power reserve Approximately 40 hours

Case 18K 5N pink gold
31.20 x 44.50 mm

Water-Resistance 3 bar (about 30 meters)

Dial Opaline silvered, hand-guilloché

Strap Brown stitched-tip, large square-scaled Mississippiensis alligator leather

Clasp Buckle in 18K 5N pink gold
Polished half Maltese cross
Exhibition case-back...
01/17/2011 - 16:00
Please  Miki
That would be nice..but maybe not with the tiny, round cal. 1400 (nt)
01/17/2011 - 18:40

That "Tiny, round cal.1400" sure is a beauty! (nt)
01/18/2011 - 18:03
Yes, especially if used in a suitable case. I hope..
01/19/2011 - 05:55

I hope that after VC is finished developing its in-house chronograph movement, it will get around to developing a nice "form" movement (or maybe they can develop both simultaneously). Kazumi

I think that I'll wait to see it in the metal before passing judgement
01/18/2011 - 02:40
on this one...