These gorgeous new triple calendar watches were just unveiled by Vacheron Constantin. Both based on models produced by Vacheron in the 1940s, the remakes have been sized up to 40mm cases and given modern day calibers, but the aesthetics do convey a sense of vintage (and are aptly named after the year of their inspirational model). Various styles are available in two different case metals — a pink gold & limited edition model (which also has an added moon phase complication) and stainless steel variants (nice!).
The Historiques Triple Calendrier 1948 draws from the ref. 4240L of 1948. It is cased in pink gold and limited to 200 pieces in each dial style (same dial with either blue or red accents). It is powered by the same Caliber 4400 base as the steel version, though like its precious metal case, the caliber is upgraded with a moon phase complication.
below: 1948 inspiration
More looks at the modern day version:
Just as enticing for reasons of both affordability & good looks, the Historiques Triple Calendrier 1942 is presented in a stainless steel case, also with blue and red dial variants. This piece is is not a limited edition, and is modelled on the ref. 4240 of 1942. Notice there is a slight difference in the style of the lugs as compared to the 1948 edition above.
Notice also the ringed (gadrooning?!) caseband on these models – decidedly retro!
The 4400 is a hand-wound movement with 65-hours of power reserve and is the same base movement found in the new Historiques American 1921 “Small Model” which were also unveiled today.
The Triple Calendrier 1942 in steel (refs. 3110V/000A-B425 and 3110V/000A-B426) is priced at 20,296 Swiss Francs and the Triple Calendrier 1948 in pink gold (refs. 3100V/000R-B359 and 3100V/000R-B422) — a 200 pieces limited edition in each color — is priced almost double at 36,405 Swiss Francs.