Fiftysix®. A name and a date evoking an iconic model presented in 1956: the reference 6073. Its design expresses the creativity displayed by Vacheron Constantin during the 1950s. The originality of reference 6073 also stems from the contrast between the classicism of its dial and the bold design of its case. The lasting impact that reference 6073 was to have on Vacheron Constantin’s history also stemmed from its stature as one of the first watches from the Manufacture to be equipped with a self-winding movement, the Calibre 1019/1, and with a water-resistant case.
There is a definite sense of kinship between the 6073 model presented in 1956 and the Fiftysix® collection introduced in 2018. A number of 1950s characteristics are incorporated into this contemporary heir. The most striking example of this filiation is undoubtedly the aesthetic nods to the Maltese cross since the lugs of the watch-cases are inspired by the branches of the cross. Another bridge between the past and the present can be seen in the distinctive shape of the box-type crystal rising well above the bezel. Historically made from Plexiglas or mineral glass, it is now in sapphire. Naturally, both in tribute to the self-winding movement of the 6073 and for the wearer’s convenience, all the versions of the Fiftysix® collection, including those with complications, are powered by a self-winding movement, with a new calibre for the three-hand variation. For the first time in its history, the Maison has decided to offer a classic collection both in gold and in steel, while treating the latter material with the same high aesthetic standards as the precious metal.
The day-date Fiftysix® with its 40 mm-diameter case in steel or 18 carats 5N pink gold provides additional functions driven by its self-winding movement, Calibre 2475 SC/2. Equipped with a stop-seconds device, the latter powers the day of the week indication appearing at 9 o’clock, the date at 3 o’clock and the power-reserve display at 6 o’clock. The 22 carats gold openworked oscillating weight visible through the sapphire crystal caseback is fitted with a ceramic ball bearing rotation system requiring no lubrication and guaranteeing the movement’s longevity. In keeping with the characteristic face of this collection, this version features a monochrome dial with double opaline-sunburst effect, enhanced by the additional contrast of its two snailed counters.