New from SIHH 2003 – Vacheron Constantin

Hi Folks;

I am just back from the SIHH, and I have to say that one of the watches that really “pushed my buttons” was the re-edition of the Toledo from Vacheron Constantin.

Originally made in 1952, the Toledo is a full calendar moonphase equipped with Vacheron’s calibre 1125, which is a 36 jewel, 28,800 bph movement built on a JLC ebauche (which of course is also a V&C tradition).

The watch shown above is in yellow gold, whilst the one seen here is in white gold.

As well as the modified JLC ebauche, another great V&C tradition is carried on, as the watch features a guilloche dial centre and contrasting dial textures.

The 2 gold models are regular catalogue models, whilst the platinum version shown here is limited to just 100 units and is distinguished by the slate coloured dial.

What I really like about the watch is that it manages to combine the square, rectangle and sphere in one shape; the dial aperture is square, the overall case is rectangular and the top of the case & glass are curved in an almost spherical manner.

It also has a nice heft to it, in case you didn’t get the subtext, I liked the watch!!

Good Luck


“‘Tis with our judgments as our watches: none

Go just alike, yet each believes his own.”

Alexander Pope.