The iconic Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921 turns 100 and is revisited in three versions.
Vacheron Constantin’s famous cushion-shaped watch, with a diagonal dial and crown in the upper right corner of the case, celebrates its 100th anniversary. To commemorate this centenary, Maison presents two models in white gold, in 40 mm and 36.5 mm cases, and a special limited edition of 40 mm in platinum that will be part of the Collection Excellence Platine.
The 1921 Vacheron Constantin American was produced for the American market in 1921 in very limited numbers. Born in the roaring 1920s, American 1921 captured the design trends of the time and the great optimism born at the end of the First World War. Widespread prosperity animated a consumer culture ready to enjoy the latest goods and animated the construction of affordable cars, such as the Ford T. The curious diagonal dial of the American 1921 was particularly useful for drivers of the time, who could check the hours without having to raise hand from the steering wheel.
100 years after its birth, Vacheron Constantin American 1921 continues to shine and is now presented in three versions as part of the Historiques collection. All models are powered by the 4400 AS manual manufacture caliber, revealed from the sapphire crystal caseback. Developed in 2008, this movement is deviated from the usual axis by 45 degrees, providing the emblematic diagonal reading of the hours, signature of the American 1921 collection.
The new American 1921 is available with two models in white gold, part of the Historiques collection, and a model in platinum, integrated in the Excellence Platine collection. The gold versions come in either a 40 mm or 36.5 mm case and reproduce the original American’s elegant cushion-shaped case. These models also have lugs reminiscent of those used in pocket watches during the transition to the wristwatch format.
Like the original, the dial of the new American 1921 has a silver tone and has a grainy texture with sloping black Arabic numerals and a black painted railroad minute scale. The small seconds counter at 3h is a clear departure from the original position (at 6h) in the 1921 American. The gold Breguet hands and a baton hand on the small seconds counter, all blackened, mark the passing of the hours, minutes and seconds.
The finishing touch is given by the calfskin straps manufactured by Serapian, an Italian leather goods company based in Milan: brown for the 40 mm model and dark brown for the 36.5 mm model.
Finally, the American 1921 Excellence Platine Collection model, limited and numbered to 100 pieces, comes in a 40 mm platinum case, which frames a dial in the same precious material. Arabic numerals are worked in white gold and applied to the dial, surrounded by a black railroad style minute scale. The small seconds counter is slightly lowered and features a black scale for the seconds and a blue steel hand. Breguet-style hands and the applied Malta Cross are produced in white gold. As part of the Excellence Platine collection, even the sewing of the bracelet in dark blue crocodile leather is in platinum and silk thread.