First introduced in 2009 in rose gold, followed by a quiet launch of a yellow gold version for the Chinese market in 2014, the Historiques American 1921 is now available in platinum.
One of the Vacheron Constantin‘s most distinctive timepieces, the 1921 is modelled on a wristwatch from that year designed with the dial angled at 45 degrees from the vertical. This was intended to allow the time to be readable while gripping a steering wheel, hence the “driver’s watch” label.
The modern day 1921 sticks to the unusual design of the vintage original, albeit with a mystifying twist: the seconds sub-dial is aligned with the vertical, so out of sync with the hours and minutes.
The 1921 in platinum has the same look as its rose and yellow gold counterparts, except for a variation in colours. On the platinum version the Breguet numerals are in a striking blue, and matched with blued steel Breguet hands, while the dial is silver-plated with a grained finish.
The case size remains a modest 40mm, though the shape of the watch gives it tremendous presence on the wrist. Inside is the calibre 4400 AS, a hand-wound movement with a 65-hour power reserve. A large movement with a diameter of 28.6mm, the calibre 4400 AS fills up the case nicely, though its layout with two large bridges is somewhat plain.
Pricing and availability
As gorgeous a watch as it is, the 1921 has always been inexplicably expensive compared to equivalent models with the same movement. That remains true for the new platinum version, which is 30 percent more expensive than the 42mm Patrimony hand-wind in platinum that was just introduced earlier this year.
The Historiques American 1921 in platinum (ref. 82035/000P-B168) is priced at US$44,000 or S$67,800. It will be available at Vacheron Constantin boutiques and authorised retailers around October 2016.Back to top.