Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Day-Date

A new mid-size dress watch with convenient calendar displays.

Quick Take

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 Constatintin 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.

Why This Watch Matters

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 day-date, a complete calendar, and a simple three-hand automatic.

Initial Thoughts

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 Basics

Brand: Vacheron Constantin
Model: FiftySix Day-Date
Reference Number: 4400E/000A-B437 (stainless steel), 4400E/000R-B436 (pink gold)
Diameter: 40mm
Thickness: 11.6mm
Case Material: Stainless steel or pink gold
Dial Color: Silvered opaline with sunburst exterior (pink gold), grey, opaline center, with sunburst exterior (stainless steel)
Indexes: Pink gold applied numerals and luminous indexes (pink gold), white gold applied numerals and luminous hour markers (stainless steel)
Lume: Yes
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Brown or black alligator strap

The Movement

Caliber: Vacheron Constantin 2475 SC/2
Functions: Hours, minutes, central seconds, day of the week, date, power reserve indicator
Diameter: 26.2mm
Thickness: 5.7mm
Power Reserve: 40 hours
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Jewels: 27

Pricing & Availability

Price: $17,400 (stainless steel), $32,500 (pink gold)
Availability: Coming Soon

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