Vacheron Constantin has released a pair of classic triple calendar watches based on the brand’s own models from the 1940s. The Historiques collection is Vacheron’s home for its popular watches from the past to be reborn, so these are in fact rereleases of specific models with updated modern attributes such as materials, movements, and size. There are actually a number of differences between the two models aside from the addition of a moonphase complication in the case of the limited edition Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendrier 1948. For the Historiques collection that tends to include a lot of precious metal cases, it is also notable that the non-limited edition Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendrier 1942 watches are in steel.
The new Historiques Triple Calendrier watches are both rooted in Vacheron’s 4240 watch from what the brand calls a “golden age” for watches with these complications – and aesthetics. The 4240 was popular, and such triple calendar watches are said to have greatly contributed to Vacheron Constantin’s reputation at the time. While the original was 35mm, which would be considered very small for a modern men’s watch, the remakes are larger but remain moderate in size for modern tastes. In fact, both the 1942 and 1948 watches share the same dimensions of 40mm wide by 10.35mm thick, water-resistant to 30m. They might each share measurements, design features, and even base movements, but differences in the dials and cases make them feel like more than just versions of the same watch.