Small is beautiful

Dear Loungers,

last Saturday I came across some NOS watches found in a shop, once official dealer; it was real fun to spend some time trying them on.

I've particularly appreciated a couple of pieces whose size would make them look as antiquated/inadequate to the eyes of some collectors I know - I've met (this is not strictly related to VC).

No such a big news to me but a good chance to remind myself, balance, grace and harmony have nothing to deal with sizes.

Here's the proves:

Ref. 47022 with awesome dagger/gladius hands - 34mm and a Ref. 49002 with its touching enamelled dial - 35mm.

What if we came back to these dimensions? What would gone lost, leaving the current big size trend? Not much to my humble opinion.

I'm clearly not against big size "tout court", it's just sometimes small is better.

I'd like to read your opinion about this topic.




Very nice find!
02/02/2015 - 16:12

Hi Roberto,

The Chronometre Royale, with cal 1126 in white gold looks great on your wrist.  I really love the alpha hands used on CRs!

My wrists allow me to wear watches of this size very comfortably, although I don't expect watches will come in to this, 34-35mm, size.

I think 38-39mm may be possible, in fact...the new Cal 4400 version of the new Mechaniques Gravees is 39mm in size.

BR, Dan

time that will not come back
02/03/2015 - 13:37

As a vintage watch fan I have no issues wearing smaller watches but I don't think we'll see anything in the 35-36mm for men other than one offs like the Historiques 1955. The reason being that today 35mm-36mm have become the norm for ladies watches and it will be difficult marketing a gentelman's watch at that size today.


I love the ref 49002, a superb heir to the ref 4072 from the 40s!


Re: Small is beautiful
02/03/2015 - 22:37

Hi Loungers!


I have a smaller wrist, so even a 31mm still looks quite nice!


Very light on the wrist, too!


So, I am all for smaller watches! 


With best regards


Prefect proportions are paramount
02/04/2015 - 04:08

 Small is beautiful

Yes, small can be beautiful. I consider the Historiques Ultra fines 1955 one of the most beautiful watches currently produced by Vacheron Constantin, or anyone else for that matter.  I am very glad that VC makes this watch today in an era when few manufactures produce a 36mm watch for men. The proportions of the 1955 are perfection.  And really, it is the proportions that make or break the design, I think.  A larger watch can be equally satisfying if the design and proportions are equally well balanced, no?


Re: Prefect proportions are paramount
02/04/2015 - 16:01

I'm with you on that philosophy 100%, Robert.

I have a number of vintage smaller pieces, not all VC and it is the design and proportions that are real factors in my decision to acquire them.

The 1955 is one example, the Prestige 1972 is another. There are many examples and they are a real joy to look at, admire and wear.


Thank you All
02/04/2015 - 12:07

for your kind comments and patience as I guess this topic was discussed in the past already.

The watches whose pictures I've posted may witness an age won't ever come back, like Alex wisely suggested, but I'm an irreducible dreamer cheeky

Thanks Dan for your comment on the chronometre, it really is a keeper; actually my choice was addressed to another watch this time. I hope for another chance in the future.