THE 1755 JUBILE
After presenting 2 absolutely amazing timepieces the Tour de l’Ile
and the unique Esprit des Cabinotiers
during the past week, lets sit back, cool off and start the week-end with Vacheron Constantan’s third 250th anniversary model: The Jubilé 1755. The more simple and more affordable model amongst the anniversary pieces.
Simplest in complications but just as beautiful as the rest of the models and which bears all the design features of the anniversary pieces: special case with the distinctive lugs, channelled bezel, special guillochage motif of the dial, exclusive hands along with the secret signature on the dial at 12 (1755-2005) which can only be seen with a loupe.
(the beautiful and distinctive lugs)
The name of the watch of course refers to the date young Jean-Marc Vacheron set up his ateliers in Geneva.
A DISTINCTIVE TIMEPIECE
The Jubilé 1755 is presented in 501 pieces in each color of gold (yellow, white and pink) as well as 252 pieces in platinum…adding up as you could have guessed to 1755 pieces!
Four Jubilé 1755 watches – the number one in each of the versions – will also be sold by Antiquorum in Geneva on April 3rd 2005, four other will be kept by Vacheron for their private collection.
(model in platinum)
The platinum model also features a platinum dial which due to the hardness of the metal was extremely difficult to engrave but the final result is nothing short from stunning.
In addition to the gold hands, the dial is enlivened by four blued steel hands for the sweep seconds, the power-reserve moving over a segment at 6 o’clock, as well as those indicating the day of the week and the date in two horizontally placed subdials. The watch is clothed in a case measuring 40 mm in diameter and featuring distinctive lugs which can only be finished by hand as to obtain their special form.
The Jubile 1775 is certainly also the most “classic”, design wise, of the 250th anniversary pieces, with its perfectly symmetrical day and date sub dials and power reserve indicator at 6. A bit more of audacity and flamboyance would have, in my opinion, made this watch even more desirable but as always this is only a matter of taste and many will certainly disagree with me.
Unfortunately neither the press photos nor the ones I took give justice to the Jubile 1775, and believe me it looks much better in real. All the elements in this timepiece add up to create a feeling of elegance, craftsmanship and quality and would make any collector happy.
A TOTALLY NEW MANUFACTURE MOVEMENT
The Jubilé 1755 also features, and this is what makes it so interesting, the new 100% in-house automatic cal 2475 developed and created by Vacheron Constantin.
This movement which beats to a 28,800 vph rhythm has a 40 hour power reserve, bears the Geneva seal and has a gorgeous 22k rose gold guilloche rotor. The watch makers at Vacheron have gone one step further in terms of finish and apply the same meticulous tasks with regards to finish on the parts hidden beneath the dial as they do to the visible parts!
Its dimensions are 26mm diameter and 5.5mm thickness and it will be used in future automatic models.
The Jubile 1775, along with the other Anniversary models, shall be delivered with a special case made from the wood of the American walnut tree and includes a polishing cloth, a travel pouch, a loupe and a setting pin.
: mechanical self-winding Calibre 2475– Entirely developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin
Materials: 18-carat 750 pink gold (5N), 750 yellow gold (3N), rhodium-plated 750 white gold, 950 platinum
Diameter and thickness: 40mm, 12,10mm
Inter-horn width: 20mm at the wristband attachment
Shape and construction: round, 3 parts, screw-on bezel
Case-back: secured by screws
Crystals: sapphire, glareproofed on the inside, mounted on a joint
Finishing: polished case, fine knurling on the bezel and case-back
“250th anniversary” type soldered lugs
Water resistance: 30 metres
Dial material for versions with gold cases: nickel silver
Dial material for version with platinum case: 950 platinum
Description for gold models: light silvered finishing, guilloché “250th anniversary” motif, 18-carat gold Roman numerals and appliques
Description for platinum model: brilliant-brushed finishing, guilloché “250th anniversary” motif, 18-carat Roman numerals and appliqués
Hour and minute: in 18-carat gold, fan-shaped, inspired by a 1926 vintage model
Seconds: in blued steel, baton-shaped
Counters: in blued steel, dagger-shaped.
Indications & functions : hours and minutes
Other technical characteristics:
Energy: mechanical, self-winding, Cal. 2475
Regulating organ: flat balance-spring, Geneva balance-spring stud
Frequency: 4Hz (28,000 vph)
Power reserve: >43 hours
Jewelling : 27 jewels
Winding stem: 2 positions : winding, time-setting
Day adjustment: using a corrector housed in the case
Date adjustment: using a corrector housed in the case
Caging diameter: 25.60mm
Total diameter: 26.20mm
Total thickness: 5.50mm