18k Yellow gold
Vacheron Constatin Chronometer Royal Ref. 1116
Wow look at this beautiful vintage timepiece.
This watch takes us way back in time in visioning the post-war years. Everything started to turn good again, and Vacheron created this beautiful Chronometer Royal with an 18k yellow gold integrated bracelet designed by arguably the most important bracelet designer of his time- Guy Freres
This specific ref.1116 has a manual winding caliber and beautiful gold-applied indices. Measuring in at 35mm it is extremely wearable for both men and women.
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Vacheron Constantin is the oldest Swiss watchmaker, having been in continuous existence since 1755. The three iconic Swiss houses of Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin are lovingly referred to as the Holy trinity by watch lovers around the world.
Vacheron Constantin is an old school Swiss watchmaker in the truest sense. They are known for complicated in-house calibers, advanced decorating techniques and extreme levels of fine finishing. They have numerous inventions and patents to their name, among which the first non-magnetic movement in 1885 and the world’s thinnest movement in 1955. In 2015, VC created the most complicated movement ever made, featuring a mind-blowing 57 complications.
Vacheron Constantin is known for its decorating prowess, which you can clearly see by their current Metiers d’art collection. These works of art feature extremely fine engraving and enamel work. All, of course, done by hand by highly trained artists.
But VC’s catalogue is not limited to complicated dress watches. Back in 1977, Vacheron Constantin joined the luxury steel sports watch game. After Audemars Piguet had launched its Royal Oak in 1972 and Patek followed with the Nautilus in 1976, VC introduced the Ref. 222 a year later. The distinctive watch with integrated bracelet was named in celebration of the house’s 222nd anniversary.
The Ref. 222 would remain in production until 1985 and provided some much needed youthful freshness to Vacheron’s offerings. Eleven years after its discontinuation, the Ref. 222 would be succeeded by the Overseas, a new sports watch from the fabled brand. A design riddled with hints to the house’s logo: the Maltese cross.
Vacheron is a real connoisseur’s house. It probably wasn’t the first brand on your list when you got into watches. But once it appears on your radar, it will enchant you with truly magnificent watchmaking in many different forms.
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