As mentioned earlier this year, Vacheron Constantin introduced a completely new collection called ‘Harmony’ to celebrate their 260th anniversary in 2015. We have already covered the Harmony Tourbillon Chronograph, and today’s watch is the simple Chronograph, perhaps the one that is the purest representation of the 1928 cushion-cased model which inspired this new collection.
Firstly, the externals. The case is 18 carat 5N pink gold, and a very modern size, 42mm x 52mm, with a thickness of 12.81mm. The dial has a small seconds at 9 o’clock, a 45-minute counter for the chronograph at 3 o’clock, and a power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock.
With its pulsometric scale in red and blued hands, even without the reference to a 1928 watch this is clearly a very classically designed piece, and there is little doubt that it was inspired by vintage chronographs intended for medical use.
Inside is the new manual-wind Chronograph Calibre 3300, a column-wheel monopusher movement with a 65-hour power reserve that is visible through an open case back, with its hand-engraved scroll decoration on the cock-bridge, and the Vacheron Maltese Cross. Happily, all the 260th anniversary models have some form of engraving on their movements.
This is an elegant handsome watch with a strong presence and a beautiful movement, but its size may not be for all. If you want an idea about the size of the Harmony Chronograph, another modern Vacheron cushion case, the American 1921, is 40mm x 40mm.
The Harmony Chronograph is limited to 260 numbered pieces.
In commemoration of their year of the chronograph, Vacheron Constantin held a special exhibition in their Geneva museum, which we visited earlier this year. You can read more about it, and see some photographs of exhibits, at this link.