Hands-on – Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Day-Date Steel – Cool, Calm and Collected

As you know, our first impressions of the 2018 launch of the Fiftysix collection were mixed. Introduced as the brand’s more casual collection, with steel options and automatic movements, and choice of complications. The Fiftysix taps into the ongoing trend for vintage-style watches by taking inspiration from a VC model of 1956 and has lightened up the […]

2 months ago

Interview – Cory Richards, his Attempt to Blaze a New Route up Mount Everest and a Vacheron Constantin Overseas Prototype…

Cory Richards is an exceptional individual. Part of Vacheron Constantin’s campaign “One of not Many”, Richards was a brilliant kid, dropped out of school, got into alcohol… and became the first American to summit an 8,000m peak in winter time. This photographer, adventurer and mountaineer has climbed Mount Everest twice. But this year, along with […]

2 months ago

Buying Guide – The Most Technologically Innovative Watches of 2019 (So Far…)

Innovation can be a rather confusing buzzword in the world of watches, an industry full of tradition and somehow playing on the “old-school” concept. Still, the Swiss watchmaking industry continues to innovate and to surprise us – and 2019 already had its lot of crazy advanced timepieces. So here are 5 developments that take mechanical […]

2 months ago

Buying Guide – 5 Sophisticated Dress Watches with Blue Dials Launched Recently

A dress watch is the epitome of elegance and every well-dressed man should consider having one in his wardrobe. James Bond might get away with wearing a dinner jacket and a Seamaster 300M, but most men don’t have to abandon the casino table and engage in life and death battles. Simplicity, understatement and elegance are […]

3 months ago

Introducing – Vacheron Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Rose Gold and Blue Dial (Hands-On)

For over five years now, blue has been the predominant colour for watchmakers when it comes to the dress watch. Blue is elegant, dressy and has this small “je ne sais quoi” about it that a black or silver dial doesn’t deliver… But not all blue watches are born equal. Some have a special pedigree, and Vacheron Constantin‘s models play in a different league (see the new Blue FIFTYSIX for instance). Today, an emblematic model from the Patrimony collection dons a midnight blue shade especially created for the line.

3 months ago

Introducing – Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Manual-Winding Excellence Platine

Platinum is often seen as the king of materials – or at least the most exclusive metal you can imagine for a watch. With this in mind, Vacheron Constantin created a collection dedicated to this precious metal in 2006 called “Collection Excellence Platine”. Exclusively composed of limited edition pieces, all of them share a unique monochromatic […]

6 months ago

Review – Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon 6000V

Vacheron Constantin expands its Overseas collection with the introduction of a sophisticated tourbillon complication. The first tourbillon model to debut in the Overseas collection, the complication injects a dose of Haute Horlogerie spectacle to the mix without jeopardising the solidity of a luxury sports watch designed for everyday wear. Presented in a stainless steel case with a striking blue dial and expected high-end finishes, the watch is fitted with Vacheron Constantin’s self-winding ultra-thin calibre 2160 and, like its fellow Overseas models, brings versatility to the table with three interchangeable bracelets/straps.

6 months ago

A Technical Perspective – Understanding the Concept of Multiple-Regulator Watches

The presence of one single heart is ingrained in our idea of biology and… watchmaking. In order to live – or to indicate the time accurately – one only need a single beating heart. But there are a few creatures with multiple hearts. And more and more watches come with multiple regulators – for different reasons. It is time to understand what multiple regulating organs can add to a watch.

7 months ago

Recap – MONOCHROME’s Top 10 Watches of the SIHH 2019

Now that the SIHH 2019 is over, it is time to sit down and to take a closer look at the dozens of watches that have been introduced. Overall, it has been a good year in terms of novelties – probably not the best edition ever, but still, there were some pretty interesting things to see, especially in the field of complication. This also means that the “entry-level” or “affordable” categories have been slightly forgotten by some brands. After all, SIHH means Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie. Thus, you won’t be surprised to see that our selection of the 10 best watches of the show is quite “high-end” focused.

7 months ago

SIHH 2019 – Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar

Vacheron Constantin’s very own customisation department – Les Cabinotiers – has created a one-of-a-kind timepiece that perpetuates the brand’s longstanding tradition of combining sophisticated horological complications.  Following the release of the Mécaniques Sauvages animal-themed collection, the Grande Complication Phoenix, and the Minute Repeater Tourbillon Sky Chart,  Vacheron gives yet another display of the virtuosity of its watchmakers and artisans grouped in the Les Cabinotiers, where bespoke fantasies come to light. The latest unique piece shared by the brand is this Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar fitted with a totally revisited and ultra-thin movement: Calibre 1731 QP.

7 months ago