It was 45 years in the past in 1977 that the oldest regularly working Swiss watch model, Vacheron Constantin, unveiled the 222 watch — higher identified by collectors because the Jumbo. It was designed by Jorg Hysek and created in celebration of the 222 anniversary of the model. Now, to rejoice 45 years of that particular sporty-chic watch, Vacheron Constantin unveils the brand new 222 timepiece in 18-karat yellow gold.
Just earlier than the opening of Watches & Wonders Geneva 2022, Vacheron Constantin launched the 37mm timepiece, which relies on one of many iterations of the unique 222, the Ref. 44018. Part of Vacheron Constantin’s Historiques assortment, the brand new watch rivals the unique, with a number of modern updates.
The authentic 222 was boasted an built-in bracelet with a fluted bezel and monobloc case. It was waterproof to 120 meters because of a screw-down bezel and was extremely skinny for the instances at 7mm skinny when absolutely cased (the motion was 3.05mm thick). The bracelet was significantly interesting due to its hexagonal middle hyperlinks – one of many key options collectors love.
That period was all about 18-karat 3N yellow gold, and so the primary watch made its look in that coveted steel. Following the 37mm dimension, a 34 and 24 mm dimension was additionally launched and the 37mm dimension shortly obtained the nickname, the Jumbo. Subsequent variations included two-tone metal and gold fashions, typically with diamonds. All 222 watches, although, boasted the Vacheron Constantin Maltese Cross emblem on the best decrease nook of the case. The 222 was in manufacturing till 1985, when it was retired.
Now, the brand new Historiques 222 watches – simply in time for 2022—take inspiration from the early variations, however with up to date styling good for right this moment’s sporty stylish life. The 37mm dimension, the yellow gold, the fluted bezel, the gold-toned dial and the hour markers and arms are all there. Even the built-in bracelet with hexagonal central hyperlinks and the beloved Maltese Cross at 5:00 on the case (and crafted of 18-karat white gold) adorn the watch. Nuances, although, abound.
To start with, the brand new Historiques 222 watches are powered by the self-winding Caliber 2455/2 motion created in home and geared up with an oscillating weight engraved with the unique 222 brand. This caliber operates at a frequency of 4 Hz for enhanced efficiency and presents 40 hours of energy reserve. The case again of the watch is clear sapphire crystal to permit for viewing of the motion and the specifically made oscillating weight. The caliber is completed with a bunch of brushed and polished and hand-chamfered methods that contribute to the motion’s Cotes de Geneve certification.
On the entrance of the watch, the golden-hued dial options the phrase “automatic” within the classic font of yesteryear. The date window has been moved from the rim of the dial towards the center for simpler readability.. Even the arms and hour markers are improved because of Super-LumiNova coatings for simpler readability and a terrific lime inexperienced glow at evening. Oh, and that beloved bracelet with hexagon hyperlinks? It has been fitted with a triple-blade clasp and completely re-articulated for excellent consolation. The watch is meant to underscore the model’s theme for 2022: The Anatomy of Beauty®.
“The 222 watch crystallizes the spirit of the Nineteen Seventies, marked by an evolution of design in the direction of one thing extra genuine, extra private or much more ‘disordered,’ in addition to endowed with character and natural shapes,” stated Christian Selmoni, Director of Style and Heritage for Vacheron Constantin.