Vacheron Constantin recently announced the return of its asymmetrical 1972 Prestige to coincide with the opening of its boutique at 2 Rue de la Paix in Paris. Essentially a remake of the Prestige de la France, created to mark the occasion of VC receiving the eponymous award from the Comité de France in 1972.
|Vacheron Constantin 1972 Prestige
The new 1972 is naturally larger than the original; its white gold case measures 25 mm by 47 mm. And the dial is a pale grey with a herringbone pattern, paired with rose gold hands. I had the chance to see this in person at SIHH last year and it is a gorgeous timepiece, a formal dress watch with a twist. The herringbone motif on the dial is an especially beautiful detail. Inside is a movement that predates even the original 1972 – the ultra-thin cal. 1003 was unveiled in 1955 and based on a Jaeger-LeCoultre ebauche. VC has upgraded the movement and it now sports solid gold bridges and the Geneva Seal.
Additionally, a second, 40 piece limited edition of the 1972 will be available only at Vacheron Constantin boutiques. This has the same case, but the silver dial is paired with silver hands for a monochromatic look. – SJX
|Vacheron Constantin 1972 Prestige Boutique Special