This mid-size dress watch with day and date is inspired by a great, if sometimes forgotten, reference from the mid-50s – 1956, to be exact. The Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix day-date reference 6073 wasn’t just a dress watch, though. It was one of the first automatic wristwatches ever made by the Geneva manufacture. Like the rest of the models in the all new FiftySix collection, this one comes in your choice of pink gold or stainless steel.
It’s not everyday that a major horological marque, certainly one of the “big three,” decides to come out with a whole new line of watches. One senses that the decision to bring the FiftySix this year has to do with Vacheron targeting a younger clientele and those whose spending power doesn’t quite stretch into the territory of high-complications. We have three models total in the range: This Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix day-date, a complete calendar, and a simple three-hand automatic.
I like the idea of Vacheron reaching out to younger clients and new collectors with watches that feel realistic and attainable. If this is a harbinger of what’s to come from other brands at SIHH, and I think it might be, we’re in for one very interesting show. As far as this watch itself, I like the offbeat take on a classic round watch with practical complications that can be used every day.
The Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix day-date is one of the most affordable timepieces in the Vacheron Constantin catalogue, surpassed only by the FiftySix Self-Winding and the Quai de l’Île (2016 release).
A name and a date evoking an iconic model by Vacheron Constantin dating from 1956. This modern, elegant and relaxed collection with its resolutely cosmopolitan style expresses its personality through the contrast between the classic dial and the daring case.